When to go
The spring and autumn months are best: summer is way too hot and winter nights can be very cold.
How to get there
Royal Jordanian have several flights a week from various major Asian cities to Amman, the capital. From there, it is a three-hour trip by taxi or bus on good highways to reach Rum village.
Where to stay
Rum still retains the character of a desert village. For no-frills accommodation, contact Atayek Al Zalabeh, www.facebook.com/atayek.alzalabeh, who has catered for climbers for years. He can also arrange transfers to Barrah Canyon and nights in the desert. If you prefer, there are also luxury campsites set up to cater for tourists looking simply for a night under the desert stars.
Wadi Rum features mostly traditional protected climbing routes suited to climbers proficient in trad techniques – this is not a place to learn. Rappel anchors have been put in on the most popular routes but the sandstone can be deceptive so make sure you test those you use first. There are now hundreds of routes ranging from little more than hikes to exposed scrambles and full-on climbs. These are best summarised in Tony Howard's book, Treks and Climbs in Wadi Rum, Jordan.