Vertical walls at Wadi Mujib
8-day adventure

Canyons of Jordan

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Our Jordan office is based in the capital city of Amman and provides storage for our vast array of desert expedition gear as well as a work place for our team. Our operations in Jordan are expertly managed by Nasria and Saoud, who know their country inside out and ensure that every detail of your trip is planned to perfection. We offer canyoning trips, desert expeditions and of course, visits to ancient Petra. As well as our scheduled departures...
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On this journey through the Kingdom of Jordan we will work our way from Amman in the north all the way down to Aqaba in the south. Along the way we stop to hike through the gorges of Wadi Mujib, Wadi Ghuweir and Wadi Hammad, scrambling between vertical rock walls and swimming in deep pools beneath overhanging vegetation.  We will see the crusader castle of Karak and walk amidst the incredible ruins of ancient Petra. Finally reaching Aqaba, we spend a day on a diving boat in the Red Sea, observing corals and multi colored fish as we snorkel in the warm waters.  Staying in comfortable hotels each night this trip is a superb mix of activity and culture. 

Trip highlights

  • Enjoy canyoning in three of the best locations in Jordan
  • Visit the ancient city of Petra
  • Chill out on the Red Sea

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Welcome to Jordan

    We will meet you at the airport in Amman and transfer you to your hotel where you will meet your guide and the rest of your group. For the remainder of the day you will have free time to explore. You can order food at the hotel or why not head out into the town of Madaba to find a local restaurant. The cuisine in Jordan is superb!

    • Transport: Private transfer (0.5 hour, 24 km)
    • Accomodation: Hotel
  • Day 2

    Wadi Mujib

    After discovering the mosaics of St George's Church in Madaba, we set off for a day of hiking in the canyon of Wadi Mujib. We move through this green and shady paradise, jumping and swimming whenever possible in the pools of fresh water. The contrast between the aridity of the region and the cool waters of the canyon is superb. In the afternoon we return to our vehicle and head back to our hotel for the night.

    • Transport: Minibus (0.8 hour, 40 km)
    • Hiking time: 5 - 6 hours
    • Ascent: 150 m
    • Descent: 150 m
    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Day 3

    Wadi Hammad

    Today we make a descent of the canyon of Wadi Ibn Hammad. We are greeted by a stunning gorge filled with palms and ferns. We navigate through narrow passages where some scrambling is required to make progress. At the end of our hike through the canyon we have spectacular views of a waterfall cascading out of the rock walls. In the afternoon we transfer to Kerak to check in to our hotel and relax for the evening.

    • Transport: Minibus (2 hours, 85 km)
    • Hiking time: 6 - 7 hours
    • Descent: 600 m
    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
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Trip information

Difficulty

This adventure is of moderate difficulty. You will be required to walk for up to 8 hours a day for 6 consecutive days. There may be up to 600m of vertical ascent and the temperatures could reach as high as 35°C. It is essential that you drink plenty of water and stay well hydrated. Pathways are often uneven and care should be taken to avoid slips and trips. While descending through the canyons, it will be necessary at times to use your hands to support yourself on the steeper sections. 


You should be in good physical condition with recent experience of hiking for several consecutive days with up to 600m of ascent and descent. To ask about your suitability for this trip and what you can do to prepare please feel free to give us a call.

Food & drink

Breakfasts are taken at the hotel or in small adjoining restaurants. There will be a selection of bread, honey, jam, cereals, fresh fruit, tea and coffee. Lunches are picnics with bread, fresh fruits and vegetables (apple, banana, tomato, cucumber), cold meats and cheese. In the evening, meals are taken in small local restaurants or at our hotel. There will be a selection of main courses to choose from. We attach great importance to gastronomy and all the places in which we eat have been chosen with care.

Please be aware that the water in Jordan is not drinkable.  You should bring a water filter or purification tablets with you. Please see the equipment pages on our website for recommendations. Bottled water can be purchased in nearly all towns and villages but not in the desert. Whilst crossing the Wadi Rum Desert we will carry an ample supply of water with us.  

Accommodation

For your comfort, we have selected only the best 2 and 3 star hotels  in the best locations for exploring the local area. Accommodation will be in either twin or double rooms with en-suit facilities. Some hotels will have swimming pools and free WiFi. A single supplement is available for solo travellers who would prefer not to share.


In the Dana Nature Reserve we stay in a fixed camp with rustic but comfortable bungalows for 2 or 3 people. Bathroom facilities are shared. The camp offers incredible views over the entire Dana Valley.

Transport

All transportation including airport transfers is included.
We will travel around the country in comfortable minibus style vehicles with seatbelts. 

How do I get there?

You will need to arrive in Amman on day 1 of the trip. Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) is located 30km south of the capital city. From London there are direct flights to Amman with British Airways and Royal Jordanian. The flight time is roughly 5 hours. Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa both offer indirect flights from Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh. For those traveling from the US, Qatar have convenient flights via Doha from New York, Boston and Atlanta. Turkish airlines offer flights via Istanbul from San Francisco and Los Angeles. British Airways have convenient flights departing from Seattle. Once you have arrived in Amman, cleared immigration and collected your luggage, please look out for a member of our team in the arrivals area. They will be holding a large “KANDOO” sign.

On arrival

After clearing immigration and collecting your luggage, look out for a member of our team in the arrivals area, they will be holding a large "KANDOO" sign. 
You will be transferred to your hotel where there will be time to recover from your journey before the pre-trek briefing. 

Pre-trek briefing

Your pre-trek briefing will be held at your hotel on the evening of day 1.
This is an opportunity for your guide to make sure everybody is prepared for the adventure ahead and answer any questions you may have. It is a requirement of joining any of our treks or climbs that you attend the pre-trek briefing. 

Budget & change

The currency in Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar (JOD). For the latest exchange rates please see www.xe.com

It is best take cash in US dollars, GB pound or Euros and exchange it locally.  Credit and Debit cards are widely accepted and there are ATMs in the larger towns and cities. Travelers cheques are best avoided as you will be charged a hefty commission for exchanging them.

Tips

In Jordan "baksheesh" is a national institution and small tips are frequently paid several times a day to numerous people. Your guide will take care of this so you do not have to. Tipping your tour guide and drives is at your own discretion. As a rough guide you should tip $2-$3 per person per day. 

Formalities & health

Passport

Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after your day of departure from Jordan.

Visa

A visa is required by European and US citizens and this can be purchased on arrival. Please check the latest requirements before departure.

Vaccinations

No mandatory vaccinations are required.

Insurance

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully and adequately insured for the duration of your trip. Please ensure that all activities, excursions and destinations in your itinerary are included in your travel insurance policy, in addition to your regular cover for cancellation and medical expenses. We ask that you keep a copy of your policy summary (containing policy number and the emergency contact number for your insurer) in your daypack at all times, so that we can access this information should we need to contact the insurer on your behalf.

Equipment & clothing

Equipment supplied by Kandoo Adventures

  • Fins, mask and snorkel for swimming in the Red Sea

Clothing to bring

  • Warm beanie style hat for the evenings
  • Sun hat with wide brim for protection
  • Neck gaiter
  • Quick drying underwear
  • Walking boots (with good ankle support and sturdy soles)
  • Socks (quick drying and not too warm)
  • T-shirts
  • Warm jumper
  • Fleece or soft shell jacket
  • Swimming costume
  • Walking trousers or shorts
  • Waterproof and windproof hard shell jacket
  • Water proof over trousers
  • Comfortable shoes for the evenings

Equipment to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch and spare batteries
  • Water bottles or hydration pack
  • 30-40 litre day pack
  • 80-100 litre duffel bag
  • Camera
  • Walking poles
  • Wet wipes and hand sanitiser
  • Water filter or purification tablets 

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Price includes

  • All transportation including airport transfers
  • All accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
  • An expert Kandoo Adventures guide
  • A local team of drivers, guides and cooks
  • Entrance fees to all sites on the itinerary
  • Tips (excluding your guide)

Price does not include

  • Flights and visas
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Tip for your guide
  • Meals on day 1 and 8 and dinner on day 7
  • Travel insurance

Options

  • Additional hotel nights before or after your tour