The Trail of Wadi Mudhluim (Wadi al Mudhlim - an alternative to the Siq) : Trail 05

The Trail of Wadi Mudhluim (Wadi al Mudhlim - an alternative to the Siq) : Trail 05

 

Tour/Trail Details :

 

Trail Code PT005
Trail Name  The Trail of Wadi Mudhluim
Trail Duration  04-05 Hours*
Trail Distance  06-07 KM 
Grade/Level Difficult
Start (Point) Main Gate / Visitors Center
End (Point) The Bedouin Village or Qaser Al Bint

 

Trail/Tour Itinerary : 

The Siq is the best-known and most spectacular entrance to Petra, and is used by the majority of visitors to the ruins. However, there are a number of alternative entrances to the ruins, which see far fewer visitors and which are well worth exploring, especially if you plan more than 1 or 2 days in Petra. 
The first of these was along Wadi al Mudhlim, via a 4km canyon, which became narrower and narrower before finally emerging at Wadi al Mataha inside the Petra Basin. 
The trail begins just before the entrance to the Siq, where there is a small bridge and a couple of shops. The route is indicated by a small sign, which warns visitors not to try this route without a guide, though a guide is not compulsory and not needed in my opinion and we had no need of one. 
There appears to be two paths at the start. If you have time you might like to explore the path to the right which goes over a tunnel and up a short valley to the Eagle Shrine, where you can see some Nabataean rock art. 
The path into Wadi al Mudhlim initially follows the river bed and then passes through a short Nabataean tunnel (built to divert floodwater) before continuing along the river bed. After the tunnel, navigating is easy as there are no turn-offs - all you need do is follow the canyon until it emerges into a much larger canyon after 4 km. 
 
The further you hike in Wadi al Muthlim the more the canyon starts to narrow, especially towards the end, when there is little more than a couple of metres between the canyon walls. There are a couple of tricky spots to navigate and you need to scramble up and down rocks in a couple of places, but for the most part it's fairly straight forward hiking.
The scenery along this canyon is not so impressive as in the Siq but it's a good way to escape the Siq's ever present crowds. When you finally emerge into the Petra Basin, there is still a walk of about 20 minutes back to the Roman Theatre and the main ruins. You'll be in the quieter areas of Petra, with only local Bedouin for company, but there is still plenty of hidden corners to explore and fantastic scenery to enjoy.
The Siq is the best-known and most spectacular entrance to Petra, and is used by the majority of visitors to the ruins. However, there are a number of alternative entrances to the ruins, which see far fewer visitors and which are well worth exploring, especially if you plan more than 1 or 2 days in Petra. 
The first of these was along Wadi al Mudhlim, via a 4km canyon, which became narrower and narrower before finally emerging at Wadi al Mataha inside the Petra Basin. 
The trail begins just before the entrance to the Siq, where there is a small bridge and a couple of shops. The route is indicated by a small sign, which warns visitors not to try this route without a guide, though a guide is not compulsory and not needed in my opinion and we had no need of one. 
There appears to be two paths at the start. If you have time you might like to explore the path to the right which goes over a tunnel and up a short valley to the Eagle Shrine, where you can see some Nabataean rock art. 
The path into Wadi al Mudhlim initially follows the river bed and then passes through a short Nabataean tunnel (built to divert floodwater) before continuing along the river bed. After the tunnel, navigating is easy as there are no turn-offs - all you need do is follow the canyon until it emerges into a much larger canyon after 4 km. 
 
The further you hike in Wadi al Muthlim the more the canyon starts to narrow, especially towards the end, when there is little more than a couple of metres between the canyon walls. There are a couple of tricky spots to navigate and you need to scramble up and down rocks in a couple of places, but for the most part it's fairly straight forward hiking.
The scenery along this canyon is not so impressive as in the Siq but it's a good way to escape the Siq's ever present crowds. When you finally emerge into the Petra Basin, there is still a walk of about 20 minutes back to the Roman Theatre and the main ruins. You'll be in the quieter areas of Petra, with only local Bedouin for company, but there is still plenty of hidden corners to explore and fantastic scenery to enjoy.
 
THE WADI MUTHLIM ROUTE : 
Although you should definitely follow the Siq into Petra at least once (and probably more than once, at different times of day), if you’ve allocated several days to a visit, the beautiful Wadi Muthlim is a good alternative entry route through stunning scenery, but taking no less than two hours to deliver you to the Nymphaeum in the city centre. Due to the very real danger of flash floods, you shouldn’t attempt it at all during the rainy season – roughly November to March – and even as late as May, there may be difficult-to-avoid standing pools of water harbouring water snakes: wading would be a mistake.
 
Before beginning the walk, you can take a small detour from the dam at the Siq entrance up to the Eagle Niche, set in the rocks 400m to the northwest. Cross the wadi over the roof of the tunnel and head left up the second side-valley; it’s a short scramble over the smooth, hot rock up to a set of small niches carved in the right-hand wall, one of which features a strikingly carved eagle with wings outspread.
 
Back at the tunnel, Wadi Muthlim – full of oleanders, but with high walls cutting out all sound bar the occasional birdsong – is easily passable up to the remains of another Nabatean dam; beyond here, the path gets steadily narrower until you reach a point where a massive boulder all but blocks the way. It’s possible to squeeze past, and the path continues to narrow until, with the wadi floor no wider than your foot, you reach a T-junction; arrows on the solid walls all around will point you left. This cross-wadi is the Sidd Maajn, equally narrow, but beautifully eroded by flowing water. As you proceed, seemingly moving through the heart of the mountain, you’ll notice the Nabateans were here before you: there are dozens of carved niches, some featuring pediments, other curving horns. It’s around here that the way might be blocked by rockpools.
 
Eventually, you’ll emerge into the open Wadi Mataha, about 600m northeast of Dorotheos’ House, and the best part of 2km northeast of the Nymphaeum.
 
 

* Rate Per Person in USD$ for the Guided Trail : 

 

Number mber of Persons  Rate Per Person in USD $
Rate for 01 Person only  $ 130
Rate for 02 Persons  $ 70
Rate for 03 Persons  $ 50
Rate for 04 Persons  $ 40
Rate for 05 Persons  $ 30
Rate for 06-07 Persons $ 25
Rate for 08 & More  Contact Us* 

 

* The Rate for this trail includes a guide only , You might find  the guiding fees we offer is different from the rate available at the visitor's center of the site , but please do consider the followings :
- The Local guides (Who are at the visitors center of Petra site   ) are assigned at the visitor's centre of the site, they are employees of the Jordanian Ministry of Tourism and Travel Agencies cannot guarantee the quality of their services. They , so far , have complaints , for some but not all ! 
- We , at CWRT as a Travel Agency , can guarantee the quality of the guides with the following standards & criteria :
             * Language Fluency & its accent
             * Historical and archeological Background & knowledge
             * Our Guides are fit & young
The above criteria/standards , you may not find at the guides who are assigned by the visitors center & the Ministry of Tourism, sorry for that , of course !
At the end of the tour , we are ready to re-fund you if you are not satisfied or happy with our guide and we are sure as it never happened …
 
* Regariding the ticket , if you have already booked a package to Jordan includes Petra , then the ticket is incldued , But if you have not and not included in the package , you should purchase your ticket which is NOT included in the ticket ! 
* The Rate for this trail includes a guide only, You might find  the guiding fees we offer is different from the rate available at the visitor's center of the site , but please do consider the followings :
- The Local guides (Who are at the visitors center of Petra site   ) are assigned at the visitor's centerof the site, they are employees of the Jordanian Ministry of Tourism and Travel Agencies cannot guarantee the quality of their services. They , so far , have complaints , for some but not all ! 
- We , at CWRT as a Travel Agency , can guarantee the quality of the guides with the following standards & criteria :
             * Language Fluency & its accent
             * Historical and archaeological Background & knowledge
             * Our Guides are fit & young
The above criteria/standards , you may not find at the guides who are assigned by the visitors center & the Ministry of Tourism, sorry for that , of course !
At the end of the tour , we are ready to re-fund you if you are not satisfied or happy with our guide and we are sure as it never happened …
 
* Regarding the ticket : if you have already booked a package to Jordan includes Petra tour with a main trail  , then the ticket is included , But if you have not booked any of our packages and not included in the package , you should purchase your ticket which is NOT included in the ticket ! 
 
 
 
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