Winter seems to be over. The landscape is getting greener. The Jordan Trail Association (JTA) has announced the Thruh Hike 2018 which will take place from March 2nd to April 14th. For the second time, you will be able to cross Jordan from North to South, joining fellow hikers through a diverse landscape from the green mountainy Umm Qais not far from the Syrian border to Aqaba in the South. You will pass by small villages, mountains, rivers, some of the highlights such as Petra, Karak Castle, the Dana Nature Reserve and the stunning deserts of Wadi Rum. While certainly not every traveler will be able to join this 45-day journey in its total, you can decide to walk one day, a weekend or a certain area.
Bookings are open now, 18 JD for Jordanian, 30JD for other nationalities for a day trip, which includes transportation from Amman and back, a guide, water, lunch, and an accident insurance.
Despite that, you can also hike certain parts on your own. It is split up in into 8 regions with 4 to 6 shorter trails ranging around 12 to 20 km. All parts have something nice to offer, I assume. Last year in May, we walked the section from Fuheis to Iraq Al-Amir with some friends and colleagues due to the proximity to Amman. We downloaded the GPX maps and printed a written documentation of the route, which turned out to be helpful. It is a great idea for a day out of the city and not to far to get there and back if you live in Amman. If you plan to discover more difficult tracks with more extreme (weather) conditions, I highly recommend to contact the JTA or join an official travel operator. I really hope to join at least a part of this adventure this year.
See the pictures below from my first experience of the Jordan Trail – Fuheis to Iraq Al-Amir in May 2017.