In about 2 week this year’s Thru hike of the Jordan Trail will kick off. While only two years ago the first thru hike was completed the Jordan Trail has already gained worldwide publicity and manifested its place as one of the most interesting hikes on the planet. Certainly, it doesn’t lack diversity, challenge, extraordinary places or beauty. Initially it is advertised as a 650 km trail from the green North of Jordan over lush valleys, mountains and desert passing by world wonders to finally reach the Red Sea at Aqaba in the South of Jordan.
2019 shall however be a premiere as not only has the old Ottoman city of Salt been added to the trail but the start on 1st of March is at the Read Sea and will lead the hikers up North until they eventually will reach Umm Qais on April 13th. I think for many reasons this might actually be a good idea to go South to North as usually weather will get hotter during these 6 weeks and you start with some challenging terrain in the beginning but will be rewarded with more green surrounding in the end.
I should mention that you can, of course, hike also on a daily basis, do weekend hikes and region hikes as well. While some of the region hikes covering the most prominent sections of the trail around Wadi Rum, Petra and Dana are already sold out, you can still register for some weekend hikes or daily tours from Amman or sign up for the full hike. Complete information covering all the sections in detail can be found in the booklet.
You can of course not only go with the Jordan Trail Association that is a non-government, non-profit organization who maintains the Trail, publishes all information and provides GPS coordinates or maps of the trail. There are plenty of other organizations such as Hike with me, Have a Hike, or Discover Jordan Tours who cover parts of the trail and you also might even go self-organized, however, you should be well prepared and it might not be recommended for all sections of the trail, if you are an inexperienced hiker! Most of the hikes in the Northern region are pretty easy to moderate also not too far from Amman, so that you can do these as one day hikes. One really beautiful day trip is for example from Khirbet Al-Souq to King Talal Dam.
More and more hikers join every year, people from more nationalities joined and more local families and communities got involved in the Jordan Trail enabling them to benefit from the tourism industry. I definitively intend to join some daily hikes if not more and can’t wait to get out of the city. If you wand to see some amazing pictures and stories make sure to follow some professional hiking enthusiasts covering their impressions on Instagram as announced by the Jordan Trail Association.
And please follow me as well if you like my pictures.
If you still haven’t seen enough, this video showing the part from Dana to Petra is an excellent teaser