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Challenge Jordan – Cycle Mt Nebo to the Red Sea

25th September – 2nd October 2011

Join us in Jordan! It promises to be fun, memorable and CHALLENGING

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DAY 1 LONDON – AMMAN
We depart London for our afternoon flight to Amman. On arrival we transfer to our hotel in Madaba. This evening we enjoy an introductory briefing and welcome dinner.
DAY 2 MOUNT NEBO – WAJI MUJIB – THE DEAD SEA 50KM
This morning after breakfast we have our bike fitting before getting into the saddle. We then set off to explore Madaba, including the map of Madaba Mosaic and Mt Nebo. Mt Nebo overlooks the Dead Sea and the West Bank of the River Jordan. Jericho, Bethlehem, Ramallah and on a good day Jerusalem are all clearly visible. From mount Nebo the route is downhill to the edge of the the Dead Sea and the entrance to Wadi Mujib, the lowest nature reserve in the world. This afternoon we trek through the gorge, spending the night at our chalet on the shores of the Dead Sea.
DAY 3 THE DEAD SEA – KERAK 60 KM
Today begins with an early breakfast and optional paddle in the Dead Sea, before setting out along its eastern shore. The route is mainly flat, but we are afforded amazing views across the water and the Judean Desert visible on the far shores to the west. Heading east towards the mountains we climb a steep hill up to the 12th century Crusader Castle of Kerak, which is a difficult 24 km uphill pedal. After a tour of the castle we transfer to our camp in the Dana Nature Reserve stopping on route to view the remarkable Hasa Canyon.
DAY 4 DANA – SHOUBAK – LITTLE PETRA – WADI MUSA 70KM
DanaThe Dana Nature Reserve stretches over the ancient Edom (red) plateau and is a spectacular blend of mountain and desert landscape with an extraordinary botanical diversity. As we cycle along this unique terrain we may catch glimpses of wild animals such as the Nubian Ibex, Golden Jackal or Red Fox. First we make our way to the village of Shawbak with its impressive Crusader Castle Montreal. We continue through the cliffs while enjoying views below of the Araba Valley and the Dead Sea Rift, reaching the mysterious Nabatean city of Baidah ( also known as little Petra). The final leg of our journey today is to Wadi Musa, the modern day town located by the entrance to the ancient city of Petra.
DAY 5 PETRA
Just a short walk from the hotel we arrive at the Gate of the ancient Nabataean city of Petra where we spend the whole day. The rock carved city is hidden in a valley behind an almost impenetrable barrier of rugged mountains. This was once the centre for Nabataean caravan trade. We enter the site through the famous Siq, the narrow and colourful sandstone canyon, at the end of which we find the famous “Treasury”, a huge rock carved facade. This ancient Nabataean capital built more than 2000 years ago, was the cultural and strategic centre for the old spice trading routes. After visiting all the main sites we spend the day at leisure either exploring the city or visiting a “Hamam” – the local bathhouse. We return to our hotel in Petra this evening to relax and get an early night before we get back in the saddle the following morning.
DAY 6 PETRA – DILAGHA – ROBERTS ROCK 70 KM
After breakfast we start cycling 25 KM uphill to Rajeff, located high above Petra. From here we begin a fantastic cycle into the Arava valley, downhill along a narrow winding road passing small villages and Bedouin camps. A steep uphill climb brings us to our lunch stop where we are rewarded with views across the Arava Valley. After a picnic lunch there is a very steep descent winding into the valley amongst striking desert scenery. Our destination is our Bedouin camp at Roberts Rock – a real highlight of the trip and a once in a lifetime experience with a BBQ dinner, campfire under the stars, before retiring to our traditional Bedouin tents.
DAY 7 ROBERT’S ROCK – AQABA 105 KM
From “Roberts Rock” we cycle 8km to the road that intersects the Arava valley from north to south. Heading south we follow a tarmac road to Jordan’s southern most city and only seaside resort, Aqaba. The Arava is part of the Great Rift Valley, a huge fault that runs from Turkey and Syria in the North to the great lakes of Kenya in the South. Our route takes us through the lowest part of the valley with the granite mountains of Edom to the east and the limestone hills of Israel to the west. We know our challenge is nearly complete when the shimmering red sea comes into view up ahead. Tonight we toast our achievement at the celebratory dinner.
DAY 8 FLY HOME
Today we have a free morning to swim, snorkel, sleep or shop before transferring back to Amman by bus for our flight home.
For more details, or to register for the event, please contact Ken Imrie at ken.imrie@youthschool.org