The Middle East, the mere mention of it conjures up images of deserts and drought.  Jordan however, the jewel of the Arab world, harbours hidden treasures

 The border with Israel is traced out by the huge rift of the Dead Sea: here we are at the meeting point of the Arabian and African tectonic plates.

 This rift has produced an intricate and rugged landscape.  At altitudes fluctuating between 1500metres (4921ft) and to -350m (-1148ft) we find sandstone, basalt, limestone...    which bare witness to over 500 million years of movement in the earth’s surface.  From the upper eastern plateaux water has carved its way down, plunging into the Wadi Araba and the Dead Sea in the west.  The combined action of these elements has created a fantastic landscape: that of the canyons of the rift valley..

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The heat can often be intense and it is hard to imagine water gushing from the rocks in such arid surroundings.  This water transforms the canyons into a cool oasis where abundant vegetation vies with minerals, hanging gardens, palms and fig trees... which decorate pretty much all of the itineraries with flowers.

We are in Biblical country, in what used to be the realms of Moab and Edom, through which Moses and the Hebrews crossed, and only a stone’s throw from Jerusalem...Places with names that evoke their eventful pasts (historic and religious).  A cross-road for numerous civilisations and birthplace to, among others, the Judaeo-Christian culture.  Here and there the rare but ever-present relics bear witness to this history.

 

So what’s on the menu?  Canyons and chilly water!

Exceptional excursions by water, punctuated by abseiling, at times vertiginous.  Without being particularly difficult technically, these give us a taste of adventure mixed with exploration and reflection – a unique cocktail!  Swim in the Wadi Hasa waters, descend the impressive waterfalls of Wadi Himara (2 x 90m!), and marvel at the hanging gardens in Wadi Karak...

 

 

 

There’s almost too much to choose from.  From the relatively easy -- Wadi Bin Hammad, Afra, Hudeïra -- to the canyons for experienced abseilers -- Wadi Himara, Sakakin...—via magnificent routes through Wadi Hasa, Ghuweir and Assal: each one with its own special qualities

 

Access which can be complicated is made as easy as possible thanks to our perfect knowledge of the area.

Accommodation, in local hotels, is comfortable: or, from time to time, a touch more rustic: staying in bivouacs in the countryside.

 

 

As anywhere else, activities depend on weather conditions.  There are genuine risks of flooding in winter: and, in the summer, despite refreshing water-holes it can be too hot.  The best seasons to visit, therefore, are in the spring – April until the end of June, and in the autumn – September until the end of November.

I invite you, both in groups and as individuals, to realise a crazy dream – to drift down the steams of one of the most arid areas in he world.