11 November 2020: Travellers looking to take on the challenge of hiking the epic north-to-south route of the Jordan Trail can now take advantage of the Jordan Trail Pass, which has been launched by the Jordan Trail Association. The pass has been created to encourage visitors to travel beyond the usual tourism spots in the country and experience the best of Jordan’s hiking terrain and scenery.
The Jordan Trail is a long-distance hiking trail in Jordan connecting the length of Jordan from Um Qais in the north to Aqaba in the south. Visitors can choose to walk sections of it, or for the more adventurous, the trail offers a total of 40 days of hiking over more than 675 kilometres of trail, travelling through 75 villages and towns along the way. The newly launched Jordan Trail Pass is a type of passport, similar to the one hikers receive on the Camino de Santiago – and includes useful information, hiking tips and things for visitors to see in every region. The pass costs 20 JD and can be purchased from trailpass.jordantrail.org
The Jordan Trail Pass will also help to support the local communities based along the trail through job creation, whilst also promoting outdoor activities in the destination. Travellers will be able to collect stamps along each section of the trail and once hikers have collected every stamp, the pass holders will receive an official Jordan Trail Association stamp and a certificate of completion of the Jordan Trail.
The trail traverses the diverse landscapes and vistas of the country, from the rolling wooded hills of the north, the cliffs overlooking the Jordan Rift Valley, the rose rock of Petra, the dramatic sands and towering mountains in Wadi Rum, to the crystal waters of the Red Sea.
Dr Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat, managing director of the Jordan Tourism Board, said: “The Jordan Trail has been a popular hiking trail since it was launched in 2017 and offers visitors the chance to get off the beaten path and explore rural Jordan on foot. Following months of extended lockdowns around the world, we believe that travellers will want to get out into the great outdoors and have meaningful, authentic connections with the people they meet on their way and the Jordan Trail is the perfect way to do this. Not only will the pass be a keepsake document for travellers to remind them of their time in Jordan, but the trail is a great way for visitors to explore the striking landscapes and meet the welcoming Jordanian people.”
For more information on the Jordan Trail, visit www.jordantrail.org
For more inspiration and information on travelling to Jordan, visit www.visitjordan.com
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Situated in the heart of the Arabian Desert, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is considered an oasis of stability in the Middle East. The country is roughly the same size as Portugal and has a population of around ten million people.
From the hustle and bustle of the capital Amman to southern desert, Jordan is awash with biblical, historical and cultural significance. Jordan’s iconic landmarks include the panoramic views from Mount Nebo, the rose red city of Petra, the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea, Aqaba on the Red Sea and Wadi Rum – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. www.visitjordan.com