The Road to Mudawarra

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  • Wadi Rum and it's amazing sandstone Inselbergs
  • Star studded nights
  • The Rub al-Khali
  • Mudawarra, famous for Lawrence's attacks on the Hejaz railway
  • The old Turkish garrison
  • Tooth Hill, where Lawrence had his secret desert camp



Autumn 2017



Wadi Rum has been inhabited by many human cultures since prehistoric times, with many cultures leaving their mark in the form of rock paintings, graffiti, and temples.

In the West, Wadi Rum may be best known for its connection with British officer T. E. Lawrence, who passed through several times during the Arab Revolt of 1917–18. 

In Jordan we will be in the care of the Howaitat, famous both for their hospitality and for their part in the Arab Revolt. Many will recount vividly great tales of their grandfathers fighting alongside Lawrence. They are one of many Bedu tribes in the Arabian Peninsula, 'Bedu' being the Arabic word from which the name Bedouin comes, and literally means 'inhabitant of the desert'. These ancient nomadic tribes are descended from peoples who migrated from the Arabian Peninsula between the 14th and 18th centuries.

They live a simple and pure lifestyle where, in the vast silence and brooding solitude of the desert, simply encountering another person was, and still is in some places, a rather unusual and noteworthy event. Wilfred Thesiger wrote seeking "to find peace that comes with solitude, and among the (Bedouin), comradeship in a hostile world".

As detailed in the itinerary below, those who wish may undertake an extra three days trekking to gaze upon the stunning carved city of Petra and experience this magical monument in a way not possible for the average tourist.





Day 1: Depart UK, arrive Jordan: Overnight at Wadi Rum 

Day 2: Training and acclimatisation, Wadi Rum

Day 3: Training and acclimatisation, Wadi Rum

Day 4: The trek commences 

Days 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9:Trek westerly out of the canyons of Wadi Rum and out into the desolate Rub al-Khali (the empty Quarter)

Day 10: Arrive at Mudwarra and explore the town and the old Turkish Garrison. Transfer back to Wadi Rum, stopping at Tooth Hill along the way.

Day 11: Transfer to Amman for the flight back to the UK.

Day 11: Alternatively, transfer to a Bedouin camp East of Petra

Day 12: Trekking in and around the ruins of Petra

Day 13: Trekking in and around the ruins of Petra

Day 14: Transfer to Amman and depart for the UK


  • All Accommodation
  • All in-country transfers
  • All food while on expedition
  • McX guides
  • Bedouin guides and drivers
  • Permits

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Personal kit
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Beverages
  • Tips


Q: Do I need a visa?

A: No. Most EU citizens receive a stamped visa on arrival at Amman Queen Alia International Airport. 

Q: What vaccinations do I need?

A: A full list of required vaccinations can be found here. Use our discount code to get 15% off all vaccinations.

Q: Where do I fly to and who with?

A: The nearest airport is Amman Queen Alia International Airport, with flights from London via Istanbul available with a variety of operators. We recommend teams coordinate to travel together for safety and convenience.

Q: Where do I go from the airport?

A: An McX leader will meet you and the team at the airport and transfer with you to our first night's camp.

QWhat's the security situation like in Jordan? Is it safe?

A: Where we operate in Jordan on the border of Saudi Arabia is extremely remote and there is a low risk of outside interference. Nevertheless full precautions must be taken to avoid any conflict with local wildlife. We take your safety very seriously and a full detailed risk assessment will be sent out to team members well in advance. For up to date foreign travel advice on Jordan click here.

Q: What do I need to bring?

A: Desert attire should be light, loose-fitting and where possible made from natural fibres. Good desert walking boots are a must. A full detailed kit list is available to team members upon request.

Q: How fit do I have to be?

A: We recommend team members are able to walk up to 10km per day and carrying a pack of 10 kilos for ten days.

Q: What will the food be like?

A: In base camp and while trekking we eat a variety of dehydrated army rations to meet the daily calorie intake. On travel days we enjoy delicious traditional Jordanian food cooked by the Bedouin.

Q: I have special dietary requirements. Are you able to cater for me?

A: There are a wide range of rations available including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. We try to cater for everyone's needs so please do advise us with as much notice as possible if you have any special dietary requirements.

Q: Can I extend my trip?

A: Of course! Any modifications to the itinerary should be discussed with us beforehand and we can recommend you to our in-country tourist providers.

Q: Are there any medical conditions that would prevent me from coming?

A: We have a strong policy of inclusion and try to accommodate everyone as best we can. We therefore insist on complete transparency regarding any past and present medical conditions. Any concerns you have please contact us directly and we will be happy to speak to you in private.


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