Trekking the Deserts of Jordan
When you think of the world’s great treks my guess is that hiking through the deserts of Jordan aren’t high on people’s list. It certainly wasn’t mine. While I always have been fascinated with the ancient Nabataean ruins of Petra, I shunned the idea of traveling to Jordan because what else was there to do? So when a representative of Discover Jordan reached out to me about my Great Treks website I was intrigued. “Trekking in Jordan?” I asked inquisitively. It didn’t take long to convince me we should check it out.
Guided vs Independent Treks
While technically you could arrange for transportation and trek independently, I wouldn't recommend it. First, there is virtually no support out in the desert. Second, you miss a lot of the experience. I also couldn't imagine how complicated the logisics would be. Part of the advantage of this trip was seeing the highlights and be shuttled to the next wonderous location. A purist might object, but anyone else will love the diversity of ecosystems that can be explored with a little help from internal combustion and an organized tour company's resources. We recommend using Discover Jordan. They exceeded all of our expectations!
Access / Local Information
If you use a guide/tour company, then access is easy. Fly into Amman and they will pick you up at the airport. We had a local hotel and restaurant arranged for our first night and then headed out to the desert the next morning. Beyond that there's not much you need to know.
Day to Day Account - Jeff Salvage -
Since my formal trekking with the Arthritis Society was behind me, the timing was perfect for a Salvage organized trek. I reached out to a few friends and very quickly we had a diverse group of 11 American and Canadian adventurers willing to head to a country whose mere mention prompted a single question, “Is it safe?” Having lived in a primarily Muslim country before, I knew not to believe the fear mongers. Jordan is a modern, reasonably westernized country who has been at peace with Israel for 20 years. After nearly 200 emails and many Skype calls a careful itinerary was planned. Unlike many “purist” treks, this would be a combination of trekking, site seeing, and being 4x4’d from one portion of the trek to another. In my mind I thought it’s like hitting Bryce, Zion and Arches National Parks. You can hike inside them, but you wouldn’t want to walk from park to park. The story continues...