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Jordan Trail is an ultimate hiking spot.

Jordan is a young country that has a lot to offers,because of its geographic positioning, it is highly influenced by several cultures such as the Mediterranean & the Middle East even the Levan and the Bedouin ones. All of them have strongly affected the culture and history of the country. Also, nature framed the landscape of this country in such a way that it became the hub for the Hikers,Specially the Jordan Trail.

Among the best activities, the country has to offer is not only sightseeing although there are plenty of remarkable sites to visit such as Petra or the Dead Sea.

Something that has recently become very popular is hiking. Even though Jordan is one of the least forested countries as only 2 % of its territory is covered by forests it still offers the possibility to explore lots of really diverse landscapes.

 

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Having in mind, all that it is actually pretty difficult to choose where to go hiking.

This is why in 2015 some hiking enthusiasts decided to create a suitable rote that passes not only through many popular venues but also has something no offer for everybody.

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced hiker, the Jordan trail is a good way to enjoy your hobby while getting to know this magical country.

What is the Jordan trail you might ask?

Well, in fact in the past it was known as the King’s Highway because it was a trade route connecting Egypt with Aqaba and north to Damascus. It is a 650-kilometer-long trail that crosses 52 villages and towns and that exists from ancient times. It is perfect for all adventure lovers.

If you want to join it and dive into Jordan culture, history and cuisine there are several things you definitely should consider before beginning.

 

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When exactly?

As the climate differ from place to place within the country, which makes planning a bit complicated as the route passes through a vast area.

February and March are great for hiking in the south, but in the north, it’s better to go during the spring. September and November are good months for hiking too but keep in mind that winter season in this region is quite rainy. Be careful of the hot weather which is the most common in Jordan. Carry sun protection, lots of water.

 

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Safety? Yes!!

It is the most important, as the part of the territory is a desert so keep an eye for scorpions and snakes. Sometimes the terrain can be rocky so mind your steps also especially when crossing canyons because there’s also the possibility of flash floods during the rainy season.The best to make sure you are safe is to have a local guide with you.

 

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For How Long?

Generally, the whole trail can be taken in 36 days but according to those who have completed the whole route it’s better to do it in 49 as it allows you to have more day of rest and actually enjoy it.

What exactly the Jordan trail offer?

The trail begins in Umm Qais, a point overlooking Israel and Palestinian territories, and goes to the Red sea. The path surrounded with olive trees leads you to many mixed Muslim and Christian villages.  It passes through Ajloun castle, Jordan rift valley, the rose rock of Petra which is a four-day walk from the starting point. This is also the most magnificent place which you will see while hiking as it gives an entirely different perspective. Continuing from the ruins of Petra to the beautiful sands in Wadi Rum you slowly progress to your final destination the view through the waters of Red Sea and Gulf of Aqaba.

 

 

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Sum up your Experience 

Overall, the Jordan trail is probably one of the best possible ways to explore the natural spirit. Lots of the visited places are not really touristic which gives the opportunity to mingle with locals. Also, accommodation is often offered in local hotels so hikers actually experience the typical Jordan hospitality. Nevertheless, it requires good research, planning and a nice group of people to do it with as this will certainly make the whole experience much, much better.

So enjoy it!

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