Wadi Rum is the emerging rock climbing capital of the Middle East, offering fantastic routes from scrambling to highly technical climbing in a surreal setting of domes and cliffs scattered in a red sandy desert surrounded by camels and Bedouin camps.

Climbing
Fantastic routes on the wildly sculptured sand stone towers, domes and massifs.
Environment
Stunningly beautiful and surreal landscapes of the Wadi Rum desert, colourful and fascinating coral reefs of the Red Sea, temples carved into the red rock cliffs of Petra.
People & Culture
Friendly and welcoming people, rich history and cultural heritage - Wadi Rum and Petra are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

ROCK CLIMB IN WADI RUM JORDAN

In the footsteps of Laurence of Arabia...

From 2,975.00€

Price per person for a group of 4 climbers.

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Advanced tech level

 

Fitness level 3/5

 

6 days of rock climbing

 

Visit of Petra & Dead Sea

 

6 nights camping in the desert

 

2 nights in 3* hotels

 

All inclusive trip

Compared to other world-class rock climbing destinations, Wadi Rum is not yet heavily frequented by climbers - which is just one of the many reasons to go now! The hard sandstone rock has been sculpted by the wind into incredibly varied shapes in glowing shades of deep orange and red. Its remote atmosphere and surreal landscape of sandstone towers, domes and mountains rising from the flats of the vast sandy desert makes Wadi Rum a stunning place to climb.

Rightfully listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the unique beauty of Wadi Rum has attracted many filmmakers in the creation of movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Red Planet, Prometheus and The Martian.

The rock climbing is of exceptional quality and beauty here. Bedouins have been climbing these mountains for many generations; the 'Bedouin routes' are bold paths and scrambles leading to summits of the jebels (mountains) with fairly technical and exposed sections. Technical rock climbing was established in Wadi Rum in 1984 and many routes have been put up since then. The routes are formed along the typical slabs and cracks found on sandstone, and the climbing style is trad using cams, slings and stoppers for protection. The descents are fun, often adventurous, and require a good sense of orientation and route-finding.

On this trip we will experience Bedouin desert camps, snorkel amongst the coral reefs of the Red Sea, and visit the ancient city of Petra and the Dead Sea. Yet we will just be scratching the surface of the incredibly rich historical and cultural heritage of Jordan.

Dates

Rock climb in Wadi Rum Jordan dates - 2020

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March 08, 2020
2,975.00€
March 16, 2020
2,975.00€
October 18, 2020
2,975.00€
October 26, 2020
2,975.00€
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Itinerary

Please note that this is an example itinerary, which may be adapted if necessary. The first 3 climbing days will be spent exploring peaks surrounding the village of Wadi Rum, and then we will go into the desert for the following 3 climbing days to discover more remote routes.

Day 1 Arrival Day

Arrive at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman. We will take a shared taxi from the airport to Wadi Rum (about 4:30 hour drive). Check in to the accommodation and relax over dinner. 

Day 2 Climb Buddha Arch or Orange Sunshine 5+/ 6a 300m

Day 3 Climb Aperitif & Beauty 5+/6a 300m

Day 4 Climb Wisdom Pillar 5+/6a 600m

Day 5 Climb Merlin's Wand 6a 200m

A 4x4 truck will take us into the Barrah canyon where we set up camp. Today we will climb Merlin's Wand - known as the Supercrack of Rum. This evening we eat dinner beside the campfire and sleep in the desert under the stars. 

Day 6 No Way for Ibex or Star of Abu Judaidah 6a 300m

Today we stay deep within the desert to climb more of the amazing routes in the area. We spend another night camping out in our tents.

Day 7 The Haj 5+ 300m or Lyon's Heart 6b 300m

We have a choice of 2 routes to climb, after which we will take a 4x4 truck back to Wadi Rum followed by a taxi to Aqaba. This city is on the coast of the Red Sea and is famous for snorkeling and scuba diving amongst fantastic coral reefs. We will stay in a hotel here for the night. 

Day 8 Visiting Jordan

Today is dedicated to visiting the most fascinating sites in Jordan. We can enjoy a morning swim in the Red Sea before we check out of the hotel and take a taxi to the ancient city of Petra, to explore the incredible archaeological sites and Roman architecture. From Petra we will drive further north, making a quick stop at the Dead Sea before arriving in Madaba fro the night. Madaba is a quaint little town with nice restaurants and many historic sites to visit.  

Day 9 Leaving Day

Check out from the hotel in the late morning and take a shared taxi to the airport to depart from Jordan. If you wish to extend your trip please contact us for recommendations and assistance on where to stay and what to do.

Level Requirements

The small guiding ratio (1:2) allows us to split the group into independent climbing teams, matching people of similar ability for the best climbing partnerships. This gives us the flexibility to welcome climbers of varied ability and select routes to suit your level. However, we expect you to have good outdoor rock climbing experience and know the safety skills of multipitch rock climbing. You will get the most out of this trip if you can follow routes of 6a - 6b French grade.

Equipment

Clothing

Warm hat

Warm hat

Fleece or woollen layers

Fleece or woollen layers

Light puffer jacket

Light puffer jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Thin gloves

Thin gloves

Sun hat

Sun hat

Climbing shoes

Climbing shoes

Climbing pants

Climbing pants

Approach shoes

Approach shoes

T-shirts

T-shirts

Shorts

Shorts

Long sleeve shirt

Long sleeve shirt

Causal shirt or t-shirt

Causal shirt or t-shirt

Technical gear

Harness

Harness

3 x Screwgate carabiner

3 x Screwgate carabiner

Belay device

Belay device

Climbing helmet

Climbing helmet

25-30 litres rucksack

25-30 litres rucksack

Lanyard

Lanyard

60 cm tape sling or cordelette for prusik

60 cm tape sling or cordelette for prusik

Crack climbing gloves

Crack climbing gloves

Climbing tape

Climbing tape

Climbing chalk

Climbing chalk

Chalk bag

Chalk bag

Other essentials

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle - Ideally two 1L bottles

Water bottle - Ideally two 1L bottles

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Washbag and toiletries

Washbag and toiletries

Towel

Towel

Earplugs

Earplugs

Sleeping bag comfort rating 0°C

Sleeping bag comfort rating 0°C

Water purification tablets

Water purification tablets

Antibacterial handwash

Antibacterial handwash

Tupperware lunch box (0.6 litre)

Tupperware lunch box (0.6 litre)

Fork & spoon

Fork & spoon

Pen knife

Pen knife

Insect repellant

Insect repellant

Basic first aid kit

Basic first aid kit

Tent

Tent

Camping mat

Camping mat

Camping cookware

Camping cookware

Camping stove + gas

Camping stove + gas

Included or not

Included

Mountain Guide Fees

Our course includes 6 days of guiding and instruction by experienced UIAGM qualified mountain guide. All our guides have been chosen for their lovely personality and high standard of skills.

Accommodation in the Wadi Rum desert

6 nights in Wadi Rum desret (bedouin camps and bivouac). We provide tents and stoves if you do not have your own.

Accommodation in 3* hotels

2 nights in 3* hotels on shared basis.

Food

All breakfasts, packed lunches and dinners are included in the trip package. 

Transport

All transport is included as per the itinerary. The transport is on a shared groups basis. Any transport requested on individual private basis is not included. 

Group Equipment

Ropes, safety equipment, etc will be provided when needed by your guide.

Not Included

Snacks & Drinks

Food other than breakfast, packed lunch and dinner is not included in the trip package. You will need some cash for snacks and drinks & water. 

Personal equipment

Personal climbing and camping equipment is not included. However, we can provide tents and stoves if you do not have your own. 

Travel to / from Jordan

Insurance

Travel insurance including a mountain search and rescue insurance is mandatory on all our trips (we can organise the mountai search and rescue insurance for you on request). We highly advice to have a policy covering the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation. When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

Additional costs

Any addional costs such as the enrty tourist visa, entryr ticket to Petra, entry fee to Wadi Rum ,snorkelling equipment, etc. are not included in this trip. Consult the Jordan Pass as it includes the Jordan entry visa + entries to Petra, Wadi Rum and 38 other historical sites in Jordan.  

Practical Information

Food

Vegetarians and people with other dietary requirements will not struggle to find dining options in the cities. Food choices in Wadi Rum, on the other hand, are very limited (including both restaurants and shops), so you may want to bring your favourite snacks with you.

Money

This trip is all-inclusive: you will need some money for extra snacks and drinks (plenty of water!) during your stay in Wadi Rum. You need to exchange/withdraw enough cash for the trip in Amman or at the airport. There are no cash points in Wadi Rum and bankcards are not accepted there.

Visa & Travel Documents

You will need a tourist visa to visit Jordan. Visitors from most countries can easily purchase the visa on arrival at the airport for 40 JOD. Organisation of which visas/documents you require is your own responsibility, so please make sure that you have all the necessary paperwork before you travel, and have everything ready for the border control check.

If you are purchasing the Jordan Pass, check if your visa cost is included in the cost of the pass. 

Trip Extension

If you wish to arrive earlier and add some visits to your trip, there are so many historical sites and natural gemsto see!

Madaba is the closest town to the airport and is a small vibrant place with good accommodation options, nice restaurants and many archeological sites showing the rich history of this region. 

A short drive from Madaba is the world-famous Dead Sea - definitely worth visiting and taking a dip in the super salty waters. 

Dana Biosphere is Jordan's largest nature reserve and is renowned for its beautiful hiking trails, abundant wildlife, and ancient copper mines.

Al Karak Castle is a 12th century crusader fortress located within the ancient city walls of Karak. The 7 storey castle is a fascinating time capsule of stone passageways, dungeons, and chambers.

Petra is a wonderfully historic city and famous archaeological site with plenty to see and do. Immerse yourself in the ancient streets, the Roman ruins and the many museums that tell the story of one of the world's oldest civilisations.

Aqaba is Jordan's only coastal resort and is known as the "Jewel in the Red Sea". It is the gateway to snorkeling and scuba diving amongst fabulous coral reefs, or simply relaxing on a beautiful sandy beach.

Jordan Pass

The Jordan Passis a multiple access ticket to over 40 sites of Jordan. It includes the tourist visa if you purchase the Jordan Pass before arrival in Jordan (information from the website, have to be confirmed).

Local Customs

People in Jordan are generally very friendly and helpful to visitors. Please be respectful to local culture by dressing appropriately. Long trousers and sleeves will ensure a mutual respect and will protect you from the strong sun. 

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