Challenge Fundraising Walks and Treks

Trek to Petra

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Due to high demand we are thrilled to have booked a second week for our trek to Petra.

Voted by the National Geographic as one of the world's best hikes, this remote trek follows an ancient Bedouin migration route all the way to Petra. Taking place on 16-23 November 24, our trekkers will cover up to 10 miles a day, over 5 consecutive days. The route goes through stony desert landscapes and across mountainous rocky terrain, rewarding trekkers with stunning views of some of Jordan's most spectacular natural scenery.


Day 1 (Saturday 16 November 2024):

Fly to Jordan
Fly from London to Jordan and transfer to a nearby hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2 (Sunday 17 November 2024):

Wadi Feinan – Wadi Barwas
Transfer to Wadi Feinan for our first day’s walk across ‘hamada’ landscape – dry, rock-strewn desert, with little sand. 
Trekking: Approx. 14km / 6 hours.

Day 3 (Monday 18 November 2024):

Wadi Barwas – Ras el Feid
We walk around the foot of the mountains to reach an ancient Bedouin migration path that ascends steeply across rocks and small boulders, going high into the mountains. This section is very challenging, but the reward is amazing views over the stunning Wadi Araba desert. We eventually descend into Wadi el Feid for a well-deserved dip in its cool waters. We then walk upstream through dense foliage before reaching a dry river-bed surrounded with colorful sandstone outcrops to reach our camping spot.
Trekking: Approx. 9.5km / 6-7 hours.

Day 4 (Tuesday 19 November 2024):

Ras el Feid – Shkaret Msei’d
This morning we retrace our route along the riverbed and gradually climb up the hills following Bedouin shepherd paths to discover some of the most spectacular scenery in Jordan. The trail continues along the wadi floor and gently climbs up into the pale coloured sandstone hills with incredible views across the surrounding mountains and canyons until we reach our camp at Shkaret Msei’d.
Trekking: Approx. 16km /8-9 hours.

Day 5 (Wednesday 20 November 2024):

Shakret Msei’d – Beida – Little Petra

The trail passes agricultural fields and some Bedouin encampments. We descend into Little Petra to visit this fabulous site for a taster of the main site which we will encounter tomorrow. A short walk then takes us to a permanent campsite, uniquely located in the midst of the sandstone mountains in Beidha.
Trekking: Approx. 14km/ 5 to 6 hours.

Day 6 (Thursday 21 November 2024):

Our trail takes us across open farmland and then contours around the mountain ridge to enter Petra itself. The views across to the Araba Desert some 100km away are impressive and after 5 days of hard trekking, the first glimpse of the top of Petra’s Monastery is jaw-dropping. Our route takes us into the main site and the heart of Petra, exiting via the Dark Siq to enable us to re-enter the site through the Main Siq, and experience the most famous view of Petra – the Treasury. We then proceed with a full sightseeing tour, including the Facades Street, Urn Tomb, the Theatre, Colonnaded Street, Royal Tombs and Qasr al Bint, before leaving the site and heading to our hotel in nearby Wadi Musa for a comfortable night’s sleep in a guesthouse.
Trekking: Approx. 16km / 5 to 6 hours to the

Day 7 (Friday 22 November 2024):

Spend the day visiting more highlights of this fascinating country.  You will either visit Wadi Rum on a jeep tour to explore this spectacular desert including Lawrence of Arabia’s Spring and the natural rock bridge of Jebel Um Fruth or you will head north towards the Dead Sea for an opportunity to have a float in the waters! If time allows, you will also visit Mount Nebo, where Moses is said to have seen the promised land and the ancient town of Madaba.

Day 8 (Saturday 23 November 2024):

Return to London
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. Depending on flight schedules we will either depart from Aqaba or Amman.

More information can be found on the Different Travel website.


The registration fee is £350, and then…

  • Sponsorship target is £2990, or...
  • Self fund £1940 towards trip costs and fundraise as much as possible for St Catherine’s, or...
  • Choose the Flexi option and pay £1490 towards trip costs and fundraise a minimum of £1490 for St Catherine’s

More information about our different payment plans is also available on the Different Travel website.

Statement regarding the current situation in the Middle East. 

Whilst the situation in Israel is worrying, Jordan has not been affected. The Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) is not advising against travel to the region. We will continue to monitor this, and will also maintain close contact with Different Travel, the challenge operators and their partners on the ground. If anything changes we will keep you updated. At the moment we fully anticipate the trip will go ahead as planned.

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