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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.face­­l­abeh, 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.

Fur­ther info

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.

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