Following extensive developments and expansions, the Jordan Trail is a new 402 mile (647km) stretch connecting Um Qais in the north of the country with Aqaba on the Red Sea in the south.
Offering 40 days of trekking across the country’s varied and diverse landscapes, the trail is the first of its kind to connect the north and south. Passing through 52 villages, the Jordan Trail is set to become an iconic and integral part of the country.
Visitors to Jordan are invited to appreciate the natural beauty and diversity of the country and experience for themselves why it is hailed as the jewel of the Middle East. The trail passes through the Dana Nature Reserve, the ancient city of Petra and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Wadi Rum desert, as well as primarily unseen areas, offering trekkers a chance to experience a well-rounded view of Jordan.
The Jordan Trail first came to be in the early 1990s when guidebook authors Tony Howard and Di Taylor produced the first edition of the ‘Jordan Walks and Treks’ book. Over the years it became popular with those in the outdoors circuit, with many devoting their efforts to the structuring and waymarking of the trail. In April 2016 the Jordan Trail became officially approved by the Jordan Tourism Board.
Challenging yet rewarding, the trail is suitable for all ages and abilities. Amateur hikers can journey along one of the eight sections of the trail, each varying in length and difficulty, or those interested in more of a challenge can walk the whole length. In preparation to walk the trail visitors must purchase a visa to the country costing £45 (40JD) and are advised to travel with GPS navigation, appropriate footwear and plenty of water to keep hydrated in the warm climate.
Dr. Abed Arabiyat, Managing Director of the Jordan Tourism Board, said; “We are very much looking forward to the launch of the Jordan Trail after years of hard work and determination from all of those involved. We hope visitors to the country will enjoy exploring the surroundings and discovering what makes Jordan so special.”
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