Around Jebel Rum

  • View North From Jebel Rum - © By Flickr user Elson
  • Jebel Rum domes - © By Flickr user Polandeze
  • View West From Jebel Rum Summit - © By Flickr user Elson
  • Jebel Rum - © By Flickr user Elson
  • Jebel Rum Domes - © By Flickr user Polandeze
  • Jebel Rum descent - © By Flickr user Polandeze
  • Gallery in Jebel Rum - © by Flickr user Polandeze
  • Jebel Rum summit flag - © By Flickr user Elson

Key information: Around Jebel Rum

  • This long day walk circles the magnificent mass, Jebel Rum, the western side of Wadi Rum.
  • Outstanding desert mountain scenery: justly famous conbination of vast multi-coloured towers and cliffs looming over red sandy desert. A protected area with a surprisingly rich array of animal and plant life.

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  • Beauty32
  • Natural interest17
  • Human interest2
  • Charisma31
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating82

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 22km (for full walk)
  • 9hrs
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
Jebel Rum summit flag - © By Flickr user Elson


This long but rewarding walk circles Jebel Rum, a magnificent, titanic mass of bare rock and the western walk of famous Wadi Rum.

From Rum village, head south to a Bedouin encampment at Rakabat Abu Aina. Then either (easier but longer) continue south, rounding the southern end of the Rum Massif, or (harder but shorter) follow the valley just south-west of the camp over a col and down into the valley on the far side.

The routes rejoin and form a crossroads with another route heading NE back into the jebel. This is a serious scramble back across to the Resthouse requiring climbing equipment, experience and skill. Instead, take the route NNW, a scramble up a long scree slope to a cirque below the col between Jebel Rum and Jebel Rumman, going straight up and down again past a large valley to the right and down to a well and springs at Wadi Um Hassa (an hour after the pass). Descend via the riverbed (some scrambling) and past a stone with Thamudic inscriptions and possibly a Bedouin encampment in the sand cirque on the far side.

Continue north until you encounter three valleys; take the middle one up to a pass marked by a huge cairn (1.5hrs from Wadi um Hassa), followed by a mountain basin. Follow the right side of the basin until a large descending valley opens up, winding down and left to Wadi Leyyah. Follow the line of this wadi east; you will hit the Rum road (turn right) approximately 1.5hrs north of the Resthouse.

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