Challenge yourself on this 8-day adventure trekking through deserts, gorges and over ridgelines as you approach the city of Petra with its carved sandstone temples and relics. There will be tough trails, high temperatures and fantastic views, and we’ll cap it all off with a float in the Dead Sea and a celebration dinner Jordanian style!
On this 8-day adventure we hike for 5 days through the vast desert landscape of Jordan. Each day of this challenge we pass gorges and ridgelines before settling into our Bedouin Camp each night beneath the stars. The trek takes us from desert wilderness right to the incredible sites of Little Petra and Petra, with their incredible carved sandstone temples and relics. Exploring these sites is an incredible end to our trek, but this Jordanian adventure has more in store. After the trek we head to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth at minus 430 meters, for a mud bath or a relaxing float in its salty waters!
On an Action Challenge trip you’ll be part of a team which takes on an adventure together – and that’s what makes the experience so special. Getting to know others, supporting each other when the going gets tough, laughing together, and sharing those special moments & the new friendships that will stay with you for many years. Led by a UK Mountain Leader and supported by a Medic overseeing the group’s wellbeing – you’ll be in safe hands, and our expert local logistics team & guides will ensure it all runs like clockwork. These are ‘fully inclusive’ trips – leaving you to focus on your challenge, and to enjoy it!
An Action Challenge trip is much more than a holiday! It brings like-minded people together in fantastic landscapes, provides the best support & great hospitality, and enables the group to take on a tough & unforgettable challenge which forges new friendships, broaden horizons, and leaves you wanting more of life’s adventures!
The blueprint for Action Challenge trip is based on delivering a high quality enjoyable experience – and doing it all safely. An experienced UK Mountain Leader ensures that all aspects of the challenge run to plan – and one of our UK Medics with an expedition med kit is on-hand to look after the group’s wellbeing – enabling everyone to have the best chance of successfully competing their challenge.
We go to great lengths to ensure that we only use the best local organisations to supply the all-important ground logistics and the on-challenge support, catering, and hospitality teams – with experienced guides leading the way on the trails with their deep local knowledge and authentic style.
Like minded people with a similar sense of adventure – but often from very different backgrounds, and with a wide range of experience, ages, levels of fitness, and personal ambitions. Our trips are perfect for individuals, couples, and small groups of friends to join – and then to take on a unique challenge as part of a larger group which shapes & bonds as the adventure unfolds!
Whether its’s the hotels, restaurants & transfers before & after the main challenge – or the challenge accommodation & meals whilst out on the trails – our all inclusive packages mean that you will get a top quality experience at a great value price! Flights are generally included, but there’s a ‘land only’ option if you’d prefer to book your own – and single supplement accommodation upgrades are available.
The group comes together – takes on a tough challenge together – and then celebrates its achievements in style on the final night of the trip in a local restaurant or hotel, with medals, awards, and a maybe a bit of a party! Many of our participants make new special friends on our trips – and quite a few come back together for another challenge in the following years!
A successful challenge starts with good preparation. The better prepared you are the more confident you’ll be, and the more you’ll enjoy it! Our ‘Challenge App’ will have all the info & details of what to expect on your challenge – and how to prepare for it – and we have optional training walks, training weekends , and a place on one of our UK Ultra Challenge events to get out on the tails and test your fitness, kit, & equipment.
Itinerary & Route
Please note that some details of the itinerary may change, you will be provided with a detailed itinerary once you are signed up to the challenge.
We depart London on our flight to for the Jordanian capital Amman. On arrival we transfer a couple of hours south to our hotel in Dana. Tonight we have a briefing on the challenge ahead and a welcome meal of Jordanian delicacies before relaxing after our long journey.
Meals: L,D Accom: Hotel
The trekking begins! Supported by our Bedouin local crew, nomads of the desert, we cross vast open desert, pass through dried gorges and over rugged ridgelines. The going is tough but the views are spectacular. Every evening we camp beneath the stars just how the local Bedouin have for centuries before.
Meals: B,L,D Accom: Camping
The closer we get to the ruins of Petra the more sites that we come across. Our guides will give full explanations of the sites that we pass on our trek including Ba’ajah ruins, the Nabataeans wine and olive presses, water tanks, wells and the rock carved facades, all before arriving at our camp close to Little Petra. This mini version of Petra is a real treat as we spend our time discovering the ruins with far fewer tourists than we will come across at the main Petra sites.
For the highlight of our challenge we trek from our campsite on relatively flat terrain to the 2000 year old city of Petra. The vast complex stretches over several kilometres and was a strategic centre for the old silk and spice routes which crossed the Middle-East, Asia and Africa. Petra prospered for centuries with a population of about 25,000 at the height of its power. The Nabateans built Petra on a terrace pierced from east to west by Wadi Musa (Moses) one of the places where Moses struck a rock and ‘water gushed forth’. The valley is enclosed by sandstone cliffs, veined with shades of red, purple and pink, out of which the city’s monuments and temples were hewn. On arrival at the site we climb for an hour up the well-worn steps to the Monastery, Petra’s most awe-inspiring monument. Tonight our hotel is a welcome delight and we enjoy a celebratory meal to mark the end of an incredible challenge.
Meals: B,L,D Accom: Camping/Hotel
On day 7 we experience the last of the highlights of our time in Jordan. After breakfast we transfer 3hrs to our Hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea. Here at an altitude of minus 430m we find ourselves at the lowest place on earth. We have a completely free day to enjoy floating in the salt waters of the Dead Sea, having a mud bath spa session and generally relaxing and recuperating from the last tough five days trekking.
Day 8 sees us transfer to the airport for our return flight home.
Meals: B only, both days Accom: Hotel
Costs & Fundraising
We’ve three payment & fundraising options for you to take on this challenge.
Sign up with a £295 online deposit & balance payment due 12 weeks before, with no fundraising target.
Sign up with a £295 online deposit & fundraise for a charity of your choice, with different target options.
The Challenge brochure details the full itinerary, inclusions, dates & prices – download for a full run down of the challenge details.
It’s like paying for an all-inclusive holiday.
You pay the registration deposit. The final balance for the trip cost will be due no later than 10 weeks before your departure date
If you want to fundraise for charity, you may still do this separately – either on or offline. All fundraising will be a direct donation to your chosen charity. Please contact them for more information.
This option lets you pay some of the trip cost yourself, including the registration deposit. You then fundraise on top for a chosen charity.
Action Challenge will invoice your charity for 50% the trip cost 12 weeks before departure.
You must complete 80% of your fundraising by 12 weeks before departure, with the remaining 20% completed 4 weeks after departure.
Let us know what charity you want to support when registering so that we can set up your agreement.