Wadi Mujib Jordan: Everything you need to know

Many people visit Jordan to see Petra and experience the Dead Sea. And honestly: those were my main reasons for visiting too. But there are many more things to do in Jordan. One of them? Wadi Mujib. This is a river canyon which ultimately leads you to the Dead Sea. The area was formed millions of years ago, and today it’s a truly magnificent place to visit when you are in Jordan.

wadi mujib canyoning siq trail

For me personally, Wadi Mujib was one of the two ultimate highlights of Jordan (the other one: Wadi Rum). It’s super fun and challenging. These are definitely hikes for the more adventurous traveler. So are you up for it? I’ll give you information on everything you need to know before going to Wadi Mujib.

Also read about the perfect Jordan 10 day itinerary.

Opening dates of Wadi Mujib

In general, Wadi Mujib is accessible from the beginning of April to the end of October. However, even when you are there in the right month, it’s still not certain you can actually do a hike. When there’s heavy rainfall, they will close the area. So make sure to check their website before you make your way there. Also keep in mind that some hikes are not available during Ramadan.

The area is closed from November to March each year. When you are visiting Jordan somewhere during this time, you can do the Wadi Bin Hammad hike instead.

wadi mujib eagle

The different canyoning trails

In short, there are 3 different canyoning trails to choose from. The most popular one is the Siq trail, which is also the easiest one. But you can also go for the Canyon Trail and the Malaqi trail. Not keen on getting wet? There are several hikes too, for example the Ibex trail.

Wadi Mujib Siq Trail

Duration: 2-3 hours
Cost: 21 JD p.p.
Guided or by yourself? Both are possible, so it’s up to you. The abovementioned price is for the self-guided tour though. If I remember correctly, a guide will cost you 35JOD (May 2019).

The Siq Trail is the easiest trail, but don’t underestimate it. You still have to make your way through heavily flowing water streams and climb several waterfalls via rope ladders. If you are in a decent shape, you’ll be able to handle this.

In about 2 to 3 hours you will make your way to a beautiful 20m high waterfall, and then you’ll take the same way back again. You can take a guide with you, but it’s also possible to do the Wadi Mujib Siq Trail by yourself. We did the trail without a guide, and we had no trouble whatsoever.

Canyon Trail

Duration: 4 hours
Cost: 31 JD p.p.
Guided or by yourself? Guided only (not available during Ramadan)

The Canyon trail starts near the visitor center. You’ll start with a hike through the rocky area (no water yet). You’ll end up at the beautiful waterfall which was also the end point of the abovementioned hike. Important to know: to get from the trail to the waterfall, you need to do some abseiling. After some resting and photographing, you’ll take the Siq trail back to the visitor center again.

Wadi Mujib Malaqi Trail

Duration: 7 hours
Cost: 44 JD p.p.
Guided or by yourself? Guided only (not available during Ramadan)

This canyoning trail also starts near the visitor center, and goes straight into the hills. After that, you’ll descend towards the Mujib River, so you can enjoy some swimming time in the natural pools which can be found there. Fuel up with a nice group lunch (included), and then it’s time to go to the very same waterfall as in the two other tours.

Ibex Trail (hike)

Duration: 3-4 hours
Cost: 21 JD p.p.
Guided or by yourself? Guided only

Not keen on getting your feet wet? No worries, there’s a Wadi Mujib trail for you too. The Ibex trail leads you into the mountains, where you will be treated with spectacular views. After that you’ll visit the Radas Ranger Station, where you might even see a Nubian Ibex (a desert-dwelling goat). Ultimately you will make your way back to the Visitor’s center.

What should you take with you on a Wadi Mujib hike?

For starters you need some decent shoes. I’d recommend Teva sandals, or light weight sneakers with a good amount grip. They will get wet, so keep that in mind. Wear your bathing suit instead of underwear, and choose an outfit that’s comfortable: not too loose (in case of abseiling) and of course light weight. A sports outfit will do. If you have one, take your GoPro (or other waterproof action cam) to take some pretty pics and videos while canyoning.

The life vest is included in the price, so you can just grab one at the start of the trail.

You can rent one of those dry bags, but it will cost you 10 JOD (app. 12€ / $14) if you don’t take a guide. So you might as well buy one for cheap (literally cheaper than renting it!) beforehand and take it with you. By the way: if you do the guided tour, the waterproof bag is included.

How to get there?

Navigate to the Wadi Mujib bridge: the adventure center is right next to it. The center has a parking lot (free parking). Don’t have a rental car in Jordan? Take a taxi or book a van at one of the many tour agencies across Jordan.

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