Key information: Mujib Siq
- The truly thrilling Mujib Siq is a short wet slot canyon between high, sheer, beautiful, scoured sandstone walls where the vast Wadi Mujib debouches into the Dead Sea.
- Not to be missed if in Jordan, but beware of flash floods at certain times of year.
- Walkopedia rating84
- Natural interest18
- Human interest0
- Negative points0
- Total rating84
- Length: Variable
- Maximum Altitude: N/A
- Level of Difficulty: Variable
The Mujib Siq, the outstanding slot canyon where the vast Wadi Mujib gorge debouches into the Dead Sea, 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 (rarely more than knee deep) 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.
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Books and Maps
Books on this walk
Jordan – Lonely Planet, by Hugh Finlay
The Rough Guide to Jordan – by Matthew Teller
Jordan Insight Guide – by APA Publications.
Travels in Syria and the Holy Land – J.L. Burckhardt: detailed account of the travels of the 19th century “rediscoverer” of Petra.
Married to a Bedouin – by Marguerite Geldermalsen
A good large-scale map can be brought locally.
Stanfords: www.stanfords.co.uk. An excellent (and user-friendly) online specialist source of worldwide maps (it is also good for guidebooks).
Best times to walk/weather
Best times to walk
Spring (late April to mid May) and October are best: generally clear, sunny days and moderate temperate make them the best times to visit. Avoid tour-bus crowds, early morning and late afternoon are best.
Note that this trail only opens 1st April to 31st October, and closes mid afternoon (check time).
Summers see very hot temperatures and should be avoided. Beware rain: even a small fall can render gorges vulnerable to flash floods.
Royal Jordanian, the national airline, flies to Amman from numerous destinations worldwide. British Airways, BMI, Air France, Klm and Lufthansa also operate routes to the capital.
A visa is needed to enter Jordan: you can obtain single entry visas – valid foe one month – from any port of entry (except the King Hassein Bridge at the Jordan/Israel border), costing about ten Jordanian Dinars (around £7, €9 or $14).
Those on organised expeditions are likely to be transported from arranged departure points, usually Amman airport.
Many visitors hire a car and driver, which is still (as of 2010) a surprisingly cheap option.
Permits are needed, and can be got from the nearby visitors’ centre. Check details and timing carefully.
See Walk Summary above.
Possible problems, health, other warnings
- Heat and strong sun. Carry enough water and protect yourself.
- Canyon dangers: canyons can be lethal, particularly as a result of flash floods. Assess and prepare for all risks on those walks involving canyons or potentially wet siqs. In particular, check the weather carefully and don’t go after rain or if it is possible.
- Stability: as of 2010, Jordan has been safe and stable for years. But the region is inherently unstable, so check the current position.
See also the websites in our useful links page for more detailed, and up-to-date, information.
Safety and problems: All walks have inherent risks and problems can arise on any walk. Many of the walks featured on this website involve significant risks and possible problems. This website cannot, does not purport to, identify all actual or potential risks, dangers and problems that may relate to a walk or a country. Any person who is considering undertaking this walk should do careful research and make their own assessment of the risks, dangers and possible problems involved. They should also go to “Important information” for further important information.
Make sure you have appropriate insurance.
Guided or independent?
The first question is: how do you plan to get about, generally? Public buses cover many places, but don’t go to Wadi Rum or out-of-the-way sites. Many people hire taxis or cars, or cars with drivers, still a relatively good value option and one which can add huge benefits in local know-how.
And: do you make your own arrangements (perfectly doable especially if you have a helpful driver), or use a travel company? The latter will add cost but will simplify the process.
We used Petra Tours (www.petratours.com) to arrange our 8-day expedition. They are a large and reputable local firm and, while not walking specialists, made generally very satisfactory arrangements to fit the detailed plans we gave them. We were lucky to get the delightful and kind Ahmed Tahoon (mob (+926) 799249146) as a driver (you can ask him specifically): knowledgeable and happy to expand on any subject.
There is a multitude of Jordan tour organizers, including the following:
- Explore! - www.explore.co.uk - reputable and experienced organizers.
This walk does not, however, require a guide.
Hotels on the Dead Sea.
Other information and tips
Tipping: a delicate subject. Guides, drivers etc do not necessarily earn high wages as they are expected to get good tips. So, if you get decent service, you should err on the side of generosity. Regard it as a cost to plan for.
Useful websites and information
There are some websites with relevant information. Here are some that we think are useful or have been recommended to us.
Other things to do in the area
Wadi Rum; Lawrence of Arabia’s refuge and a desert of wondrous multi-hued rock formations and barren, rugged terrain.
Various street festivals are organised throughout Jordan in the summer months. The festival celebrating the end of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, is a particularly special occasion.
Jordan is crammed with historical and archaeological marvels: particularly recommended, the Roman ruins at Jerash, in the north and Crusader castle at Al-Karak.
Aqaba has plentiful hotels and famous Red Sea diving and snorkeling.
The Dead Sea: via several hotels and spas can often be organised on day-trips and shuttles from Amman. As well as its historical significance, the Dead Sea is renowned for its healing effects.
Safety and problems: All walks have inherent risks and potential problems, and many of the walks featured on this website involve significant risks, dangers and problems. Problems of any sort can arise on any walk. This website does not purport to identify any (or all) actual or potential risks, dangers and problems that may relate to any particular walk.
Any person who is considering undertaking this walk should do careful research and make their own assessment of the risks, dangers and possible problems involved. They should also go to “Important information” for further important information.
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