Trekking holiday in Jordan
Description of Trekking holiday in Jordan
This trekking holiday explores the stunning natural beauty, fascinating history and warm culture of Jordan in just one week. Kicking off in Amman, the trip then moves on to Mukawir, by the Dead Sea, where you can take a refreshing, floaty dip and get panoramic views over the landscape. Then, youíll visit the iconic tombs and dwellings of ancient Petra, where youíll also spend a day trekking with a local guide. A magical Bedouin desert camp in Wadi Rum comes next, and then the Byzantine mosaics and Ottoman houses of Madaba.
Youíll make your journey along with a small group of up to 16 like minded travellers and expert local guides, with four out of the seven days spent hiking. We encourage you to interact with local people as much as possible. This includes eating in local restaurants and spending a night with the Bedouin in a desert camp.
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PlanetThis is a small group trekking adventure and we want to leave nothing behind but footprints. So, our experienced and committed leaders ensure that no rubbish is left in our wake, protecting the environment for local wildlife and future generations. We carry bags to collect up any litter produced and make sure that it is disposed of properly.
To reduce single use plastics during this trip, we give reusable cloth bags to all of our travellers. Many Jordanian hotels and operators provide plastic bottles of water making it easy to use plastic excessively. However, we encourage our travellers to buy larger 5-10 litre bottles that they then use to refill their smaller ones.
Water conservation is a hot topic in Jordan, as itís one of the driest countries in the world. Our trained tour leaders are well versed in advising travellers on initiatives to manage water consumption, and we are working with our suppliers to encourage better management of this precious commodity. This may be by way of water refilling opportunities in hotels and more signage to advertise water conservation practices. We also ask our travellers to take short showers and to never leave the tap running unnecessarily.
PeopleThis trip is run by our own local Jordanian operator who shares our commitment to responsible travel, from waste and water management to ensuring we leave as minimal a footprint as possible. Our local team are trained on our global responsible travel policies and practices.
We encourage our travellers to eat in local establishments, including our favourite: a socially responsible kitchen where each meal you purchase buys a second meal for a homeless person or another community member in need.
In a country where the workforce is dominated by males, only 12-15% of the formal workforce sector are female and 25% of the informal workforce sector, we are actively campaigning for change by training more local female guides.
Our philosophy is to act local and that means respecting local traditions. For instance, women will be required to wear a headscarf when appropriate and both men and women are required to dress conservatively, with arms and legs covered.
We also take care to form genuine and mutually beneficial relationships with local people. An excellent example of this is in the remote Bedouin desert camp stay, where we get a taste of what itís like to live like a Bedouin, eat local food and sleep under the stars.