The glorious Mujib Nature Reserve covers many kilometres of mountains and canyons beside the Dead Sea, including the lower part of Wadi Mujib, Jordan’s Grand Canyon, which drops from Jordan’s mountain spine to the Dead Sea, making it the world’s lowest nature reserve.

 

wadi mujib

wadi mujib

Quite a lot of these walks are difficult, requiring climbing skills as indicated below.

  • The Mujib siq is a thrilling (but very wet) ‘walk. The full Monty is a serious canyon and takes you downstream, abseiling over the 20m waterfall, but most people slosh their way upstream from the canyon entrance by the Dead Sea Highway to the falls, a round trip of around 2 km or an hour. This involves some easy wet scrambling and you should expect to be soaked but ecstatic. The falls themselves are spectacular, but it is the fantastically narrow, sheer water-scoured sandstone walls which are the heroes of the occasion. If going upstream, this is unlikely to be practical before May.

wadi mujib

wadi mujib

* The two day Mujib Gorge Trek, a moderate trek then a moderate canyon, the grand one of them all, which can be broken down into separate long day walks. Shorter walks can be made out and back along the Upper Mujib Gorge Trial (which has two entrance points), or you can camp in the gorge and walk back the next day.

wadi mujib

wadi mujib

  • The Malaqui Trail, a half-day wet canyon, said to be the reserve’s most popular walk. A long, hot slog up into the mountains, then a descent of the Mujib Siq (see above), including over the 20m waterfall. Demanding, potentially dangerous but thrilling.
  • The Ibex Trial, a 3 plus hour yomp up into the hills and back down. A fine walk in search of the rare Nubian Ibex, which is being bred here. Excellent ridge views.
  • The tributary Hidan Gorge has various splendid sounding but difficult treks.

wadi mujib

wadi mujib

wadi mujib

wadi mujib

Those pictures were taken in Mujib Siq wet trail. Pictures courtesy of Atta Jabr