12 Oct 18:00 - 21 Oct 21:00 - Saltash
South west survival
Explore Jordan – The Jewel in the Desert Crown
The Spirit of Jordan expedition is a 10 day trip designed to give you an insight into the local Bedouin culture. You’ll be trekking in the Wadi Rum desert, following in the footsteps of the controversial and flamboyant Lawrence of Arabia. Having trailed through the desert and camped under the stars, you’ll visit the world heritage site of Petra. You’ll round off your trip with an unforgettable ‘float’ in the salt-rich Dead Sea.
The eccentric British army officer and writer, T.E. Lawrence made Wadi Rum famous among Westerners. In 1916 and 1917, he travelled there on several occasions. In 1962 Wadi Rum provided the setting for David Lean's film, starring Peter O’Toole - Lawrence of Arabia.
Jordan is situated on the East Bank of the River Jordan. It is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the South and East, Iraq to the North-East, Syria to the North, and Israel and Palestine to the West.
The Wadi Rum Desert
Wadi Rum is one of the world’s most attractive and peaceful deserts in the world. Located to the south of Jordan, it is also known as The Valley of the Moon (Arial picture of desert).
Wadi Rum is a protected area covering 720 square kilometers of dramatic desert wilderness. Huge mountains of sandstone and granite emerge, sheer-sided, from wide sandy valleys to reach heights of 1700 meters and more. Narrow canyons and fissures cut deep into the mountains. They conceal ancient rock drawings etched by the peoples of the desert over thousands of years.
For centuries, The Bedouin have inhabited the Wadi Rum region. Successive generations have maintained a lifestyle of breeding camels, goats and sheep while living in tents or in caves. They weave their tents from goat, sheep or camel wool. The Bedouin move their livestock seasonally in search of grazing areas and water. In recent years, most of the Bedouin have settled into a less mobile way of life. However, they retain their traditions of oral expression and still maintain connections to their original nomadic lifestyle.
Trekking Phase - four days in Wadi Rum
The expedition begins with a day of professional expedition training, focussed on understanding the desert environment.
Topics covered include.
The dangers of the desert
Shelter building - using ponchos and rock shelters.
Camel handling and riding.
Navigation skills - using the sun and stars, as well as a Silva compass and a GPS.
For the next 4 days, you and your team will set off on foot, heading for successive check points. Working as a team, you will use your training and navigate by compass, GPS and the lie of the land to decide on the best route. Each day you will visit fascinating new sites -
Lawrence’s Spring: where Lawrence of Arabia reputedly paused to refresh himself at the height of the Arab Revolt.
The Khazali Canyon: this deep, narrow fissure cut into the side of the mountain contains numerous rock inscriptions.
Rock Bridge: a spectacular natural arch carved from rock, with amazing views
The Seven Pillars of Wisdom: the famous landmark, named after T.E. Lawrence’s famous autobiography.
Sand Dunes: large area of sand piled up against the mountains. They’re fun to climb … and even more fun to come down. A little-known fact – sand dunes harbour a surprising collection of hardy and plant species.
At the end of each day, local Bedouins will welcome you to their encampments. You will eat their delicious tagine-style food, cooked in traditional underground ovens. You’ll relax around a desert camp fire, whilst learning about the rich Bedouin history and culture. Nights will be spent under tents , before heading off the following day to continue your desert expedition. This is exploring in its purest form - following in the intrepid footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia.
Throughout the trekking phase, a professional U.K. expedition leader will be on hand to deal with any group or individual needs , along with local guides.
A Visit to Petra
Petra is truly the jewel in Jordan’s rich cultural crown. One of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, Petra’s has 2000 years of history and 800 surviving monuments.
There is evidence of habitation in Petra since prehistoric times. This Nabataean caravan-city, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea was an important crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia. Half-built, half-carved into the rock, Petra is surrounded by mountains, riddled with passages and gorges. It is one of the world's most famous archaeological sites, where ancient Eastern traditions blend with Hellenistic architecture
You will pick a path through the steep rocky slopes and craggy mountain tops. You will admire the temples, tombs, theatres and stairways, carved into the rock. Only then will you truly understand why Petra is known as the 8th Wonder of the World.
That evening you will relax in a nearby hotel.
Within the folds of the Jordan Valley lies the Dead Sea. It is more than 400 metres below sea level and the lowest point on earth. Rich in minerals that have seeped from adjacent wadis, the Dead Sea is well known for having exceptionally buoyant water. Many also believe that its waters possess curative powers.
The sensation of weightlessness while swimming in the Dead Sea is a novel experience – one never to be forgotten.
Enjoy a unique and unforgettable perspective on the desert with a hot air balloon ride over the Wadi Rum Desert. Lasting a full hour, this fantastic experience can be yours for just £140 extra per person (price may change). This price includes transport to and from the balloon site. Balloon flights are dependent on the weather - unfortunately, a guaranteed confirmation is not possible. Of course, if the balloon ride has to be cancelled, there will be no charge. Booking and payment for this will be direct to Bait Ali hotel.
Our aim is to allow everyone the space to challenge themselves whilst enjoying a personal learning journey. All safety back-up plans, risk assessments and in-country support will be explained in detail.
Elite Survival Training has been responsible for a number of high profile expeditions for Television Companies including the BBC and National Geographic Channel. Recommendation from these companies emphasised the safety and emergency planning aspects covered by Elite Survival Training.
Elite Survival Training will ensure that complete and in depth safety arrangement have been made. Staff will have GPS and Satellite phones on hand at all times in case of emergency, along with comprehensive medical equipment
October 12th October - 21st October October 2018
Price for: The Spirit of Jordan expedition £1,795.00 per person.
Only 10 places are available for this trip which will be accompanied by two expedition leaders.
A £300 deposit will be required to secure your place. Hotels will be arranged by us, This will be none refundable. Full payment will be needed by 31st August 2018.
International flights are not included. Flights from London to Queen Alia Amman airport start at £450.00 return.
Guides, permits , 4x4 jeeps, meals within the desert. Hotel evening meals and drinks are not included.
-Entrance fees to Wadi Rum Protected Area and Natural Reserve.
- Entrance fees to Petra.
- Entrance fees The Dead Sea.
- All accommodation hotel and tented.
All lunches or Packed lunches during Wadi Rum trekking.
Evening meals in Wadi Rum desert.
Assistance by 4x4 Jeep with English Speaking Bedouin Guide/driver
- Mineral Water , Tea , Coffee , Juice during Wadi Rum.
- All taxes and service charges applied for the hotels and all services listed above
Camel riding one hour through Wadi Rum.
Transport from Amman to Wadi Rum and back.
Kit and equipment
A full kit list will be sent you on securing your deposit. You will need items such as desert boots, sleeping bag and suitable outdoor clothing.
You will need to provide your own travel insurance for this trip. We will require a copy of your certificate of insurance.
You’ll need a visa to enter Jordan. You can get a single entry visa valid for 1 month on arrival at the airport. This cost 40JD / £40.00.
What not included
Evening meals in Petra and Amman. Lunch is not included on day nine when site seeing in Amman.
Group size : Only 10 places are available for this trip which will be accompanied by John Sullivan - U.K expedition leader and local guides.