Wadi Rum Canyons Tour
Bedouin designed tour of the canyons in Wadi Rum that will take you to Rakabat Canyon, Jebel Umm Ishrin Valley, Burrah Canyon, El mahama Canyon and Khazali Canyon
Total Distance Covered 45.5 km of which 10km is hiking
Route of the Canyon Tour, method of travel for each section and distance of each section.
Section 1: Rum Village Office to Rakabat Canyon beginning: walking 974m
Section 2: Rakabat Canyon: hiking 2.0km
Section 3: Rakabat Canyon end to Jebel Umm Ishrin Valley Beginning: walking 2.0km
Section 4: Jebel Umm Ishrin Valley: hiking 2.6km
Section 5: Jebel Umm Ishrin Valley end to Burrah Canyon Beginning: jeep 5.0km
Section 6: Burrah Canyon: hiking 4.0km
Section 7: Burrah Canyon end to El Mahama Canyon Beginning: jeep 5.4km
Section 8: El Mahama Canyon: hiking 1.3km
Section 9: El Mahama Canyon end to Khazzali Start: jeep 5.7km
Section 10: Khazali Canyon: 1km
Section 11: Khazali Canyon to Official Bedouin Camp: 5.1km
Section 12: Official Bedouin Camp to Rum Village Office: 10.4km
Elevation starting height 1315m
Minimum elevation of Canyon Tour 1024m
Maximum elevation of Canyon Tour 1375m
The Bedouins name places in Wadi Rum using a few different methods. One way is by naming after a story that has happened in the past at the place. Another is naming it because it looks similar to something (like a human neck).
Distance 2.0 km Elevation 1204m to 1370m
Location 36 R 0735497 UTM 3274353
The name Rakabat means neck. Because its very similar to this place on your body. The canyon is set between two big mountains from the village side called al nasraneh and the other side called Um Ishrin. Some people along time ago before cars used this way to cross to the village as it was easier to cross than walking around the mountain.
Walk Description: Rakabat will give you some challenge and sense of adventure. In one section our guide will need to assist you to pass carefully and in the other instruct you how to climb down. It is useful to stretch your muscles before you begin as in the beginning of the walk you need to walk up the mountain for 10 - 15 minutes. There are good views of Rum Village and Jebel Rum from the beginning of the canyon. One rock that you will be showed has ancient inscriptions on it. This canyon walk is not straight, you often go left or right and it is easy to go the wrong way without the guide leading you thru it. At the end of the canyon there are nice views of a red sand dune where you will be able to have a nice rest sitting in the red sand before you begin to walk to Horg Um Ishrin Canyon as they are close to one another.
Jebel Umm Ishrin Valley
Distance 2.6 km Elevation 1136m to 1022m
Location 36 R 0737499 UTM 3274436
The name Horg means the piece that is used to put on the donkey, so they can carry things on the donkey like water or wood. We think Um Ishrin looks like a donkey and the mountain next to it looks like the Horg so this is where the name of the canyon comes from. Um Ishrin is named because 20 people died there. Um means mother and Ishrin means 20.
Walk description: This walk is mostly flat. The canyon is wide and you will be walking in the sand. It is possible to see camels in this canyon as one family from the village always put their camels in this canyon. You dont need a guide in this canyon so the guide will meet you at the end of the canyon ready to take you by jeep to Burrah canyon. It is a nice peaceful walk.
Distance 4.0 km Elevation 1128m to 1178m
Location 36 R 0742355 UTM 3274403
Burrah means round shaped rock. They call it Burrah because it has many round shaped rocks.
Walk description: This walk will take over 1hr and probably closer to 2hrs to complete. It is mostly flat with stunning views to your left side when walking. There are many photo opportunities in this canyon as you walk straight for a few hundred metres then you turn a corner and find a whole new view to admire and take in. The mountains to either side are truly beautiful nature and will put a smile on your face as your walking.
El Mahama Canyon
Distance 1.3 km Elevation 1097m to 1135m
Location 36 R 0739624 UTM 3265770
Mahama means crossing a canyon between smaller mountains. Also when there is sand in a canyon and you can cross it,it is called Mahama.
Walk Description: El Mahama Canyon will give you a totally different impression to the other canyons previously visited. It is not as wide and the colours and atmosphere are both darker than the others previously visited. It has fig trees, rocks, sand and some tight areas where you need to climb up, but it is not difficult and can be completed without much assistance.
Distance 500 m Elevation 1013m
Location 36 R 0734898 UTM 3268102
Hazz means jump. Ali is a name of a man. He jumped from a high place in Khazali as he was being chased by men who wanted to kill him. Everyone thought he would die as it was so high but when he jumped he survived and run away.
Walk Description: This canyon is a short walk however the surface is different as water comes here in the winter so you must be careful walking as it can be slippery on the rocks as the surface is very smooth. A long time ago people came here to get water from the man made pools of water left here from the winter time. Nowadays these old pools are full of sand. There is another canyon joined to Khazali and if you feel like walking further you can with our guide, however it is hard to climb up the slippery surface. Khazali has three types of inscriptions Nabataean, Islamic and Thamudic. The Nabataean inscriptions consists of mountains goats, people, camels, horses, feet and spirits. The Islamic inscriptions talks about the prophet Mohammed and Islamic God. The Thamudic inscriptions are not very clear as water has damaged them over time and they are nearly not visible on the sandstone rocks, but you can still see a little bit.
Included in the price:
-Bedouin guide, BBQ lunch with salad and tea (cooked in Burrah Canyon), drinking water and jeep transportation.
-Overnight stay in Wadi Rum Protected Area Camp with Bedouin BBQ Zarb dinner cooked under the sand with sides of salad, rice and vegetable dishes, breakfast, Bedouin tea and water
-Sunset and Sunrise viewing.
-Star gazing the galaxy at night
Time Details: Starting time 9am, finishing time approximately 5pm depending on the speed of the group.
+ Camel Ride 10JD Rum Village to Rakabat Canyon
1 Person 140JD
2-4 People 85 JD PER PERSON
5-8 People 75 JD PER PERSON
9+ People 65 JD PER PERSON
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