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OVERVIEW

What to expect

ITINERARY

What you will do

COSTS

Ways to pay

ESSENTIAL INFO

All you need to know

Everything you need to know

This page provides you with a variety of information about the challenge that you might find useful.

Level of difficulty

Typical day

Safety

Responsible Tourism

Flights

Visa

Insurance

Vaccinations & Medicines

Climate & Terrain

Training

Training weekends

Luggage allowance & valuables

Leadership

Group size

Clothing & equipment

Accommodation & toilets

Food & drink

Money

Phone & Wi-fi

Emergencies

Level of difficulty

The Dana to Petra Challenge is graded as Challenging. This is the perfect challenge will test someone who is relatively fit and has a spirit of adventure. You may have had some previous experience, but this is not necessary as long as the correct training is undertaken and a good level of fitness achieved pre-departure. 

You can tell your supporters that on your Dana to Petra Challenge you will be:

  • Trekking an average of 6-9 hours per day
  • Trekking in high temperatures 30°C approx
  • The maximum altitude reached is 1100 metres above sea level
  • Trekking through and camping in remote areas where facilities are basic

Typical day

During the trekking days you rise early and prepare to leave camp after breakfast, then trek carrying only daypacks for 6 to 9 hours, stopping for lunch en route. You will have plenty of time to stop and view the remarkable scenery. The trek zone is remote. The evenings are spent in beautifully located camps situated among sandstone outcrops shaped by wind and sand and under the twinkling stars.

Safety

Charity Challenge considers the safety of all of its participants and staff to be a top priority, and as such we have set up one of the most thorough safety management systems in the industry. Our Challenge Safe brand formalises our ethos when it comes to safety and brings together the procedures and risk management strategies that we use to audit all aspects of our challenges, from vehicles to accommodation to the activity itself. Your welfare is paramount!

In terms of your Trek to Petra Challenge, there are a couple of important points that you should be aware of:

  • Trekking in the heat of Jordan is a significant challenge in itself, so make sure you are well hydrated throughout.
  • There is one day of acclimatisation to the new surroundings built into this itinerary
  • You will be trekking in hot conditions in the day and sleeping in much cooler conditions at night.
  • The terrain can be quite rough rocky and sandy so please make sure that you have suitable boots, not trainers, and make sure that you are comfortable walking on loose sand and rocky terrain.
  • You will be trekking through, and camping in, remote areas where facilities are basic

Responsible Tourism

At Charity Challenge we are committed to sustainable and responsible tourism, and work closely with bodies such as the International Porter Protection Group and Climate Care to ensure that our challenges benefit the local environments and communities in which they take place. We ensure that all rubbish is disposed of responsibly, and following local guidelines on cultural and environmental protection and respect, we aim to limit our impact on the natural environment. In addition to taking these practical steps to ensure that our challenges are sustainable, we also make a contribution each year to a number of local community projects, so as to give something back directly to the communities that we visit. Since 2000 we have donated almost £200,000 to such projects, supporting a range of initiatives, including schooling for children in Africa, shelter for street children in Brazil, and Orang-utan conservation in Indonesia. We recommend that any gifts brought over for children are given to the UK challenge leader and distributed where needed by them and our local Ground Agent. If you wish to do more, you should consider buying drinks, postcards and souvenirs from the local vendors. For many, it is their sole source of income. For more information, please visit our Responsible Tourism pages, where you will be able to view a list of the projects that we currently support.

On your Dana to Petra Trek, we commit to the following:

Wherever possible using local leaders and support staff:

  • Your challenge leader for your Dana to Petra Trek will be a local, well trained and knowledgeable professional leader. All our leaders for this challenge are either native from or long-term residents of Jordan. This will ensure that you not only will have a much higher level of engagement with the local culture, but also knowledge of the environment, local ways of living, history and experiences from the locals.
  • During your trek you may pass through local communities. We support these communities by asking our ground handlers to employ support staff from them. For example, the local chefs will be providing you with delicious meal after your hard day of trekking.  Not only does this ensure that the money is going straight back into the community, but it also means you can learn so much more from them about their culture and lives and therefore support local sustainable businesses. 
  • The support of our local staff does not stop after your challenge has finished.  Our ground handler provides annual training on safety, group management, environmental protection management, and First Aid. This continued support throughout the year empowers our local leaders and helps to keep them up to date with best practice.

Using local produce and reducing our plastic footprint:

  • Our ground handler sources local produce to ensure fresh food and provides water for you to refill your water bottles at the beginning and end of the day which cuts down our use of plastic bottles, and of course all this fresh water will help you to stay hydrated.

Animal Welfare:

  • Donkeys are used by the local crew to transport the camp equipment from site to site. The donkey handlers are part of the local crew and animal welfare is monitored by our in-country suppliers as part of the agreement with Charity Challenge.

Flights

You will be flying from a London airport to Amman. The journey will take approximately 6 hours. Your flight tickets will be e-mailed to you before departure. If you choose to book your own flights, you must confirm with the Charity Challenge office before paying otherwise you may be liable for your included group flights. Please contact: flights@charitychallenge.com for further assistance.

Visa

British citizens require a visa to visit Jordan. When arriving at an airport in Jordan, participants can obtain a visa which will be organised in advance by our partners in country who will be provided with a full list of participant names and passport details. Our partners in country will provide an airport representative to facilitate the smooth collection of the visas for the group on arrival. 
You must hold a full ten-year passport with at least six months to run from the end of your challenge, and at least one blank page for your visa and entry/exit stamps.

Insurance

It is a condition of booking that you have a suitable travel insurance policy whilst participating on the challenge. We have a special policy which covers among other things, medical (emergency, evacuation and repatriation) arrangements, cancellation and curtailment of the challenge, and more specifically for the adventurous activities undertaken on this challenge.
If you have your own travel insurance policy, you must ensure that it provides at least the same level of cover as our recommended policy, including protecting the charity in the event of your cancellation 56 days or less prior to departure. If you choose not to purchase our recommended policy when you book, we will send you a disclaimer which you should complete and return.
For more general travel insurance questions, please refer to our main FAQs page.

Vaccinations & Medicines

Vaccinations
For up to date vaccination information please check the Travel Health Pro page:  https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/115/jordan

The Charity Challenge team are not medical experts and we would encourage you to visit your doctor or travel nurse to discuss vaccination requirements. Your doctor may ask questions about the specific locations that you are visiting, and as such it may be useful to take a copy of your itinerary with you.

Medication

  • Carry medicines (including those bought over the counter) in their correctly labelled original packaging, as issued by the pharmacist. These should be carried in your hand luggage.
  • Consider packing a spare supply of medication in the hold luggage in case of loss of hand luggage
  • A letter from the prescriber detailing the medicines with the generic names for the medications can be helpful for border control checks, and in case medicines have to be replaced or medical help is required
  • Carry a note from the prescribing physician on letterhead stationery for controlled substances and injection medications

N.B.  Some medications are banned abroad so please check. You can find further information at https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/factsheet/43/medicines-abroad

Climate & Terrain

Climate
Jordan's climate is sub-tropic – hot to very hot summers and warm to cool winters. Most of Jordan is covered by desert, summers are extremely hot. Although, always remember the nights will be cold, and could be below freezing between December to February. The north-west experiences most of the country's annual rainfall, in January especially. Cooler temperatures in Jordan are between March and May. Day time temperatures between September and November are between 28°C and 19°C and nights are cold. Amman reaches a comfortable 32°C between June and September. On our challenge you can expect temperatures of roughly 30°C by day and 5°C by night.

Terrain
The route is mountainous, rocky and dusty. There will be several undulating sections, especially on days 4 and 6 of the challenge. On most days of the trek you will be climbing and descending varying gradients under hot and dry conditions. Walking poles are advised.

Training

This challenge is graded ‘Challenging’, which means that a good level of fitness is required! Anyone who leads a fairly active and moderately healthy lifestyle should be able to complete the trek, as long as they train regularly over a period of at least three months leading up to the challenge. Don’t forget that the temperatures are different from the UK! While strength is important, endurance training should be your primary focus. Walking up hills and climbing stairs are both ways to condition your lower body. Begin slowly, without the weight of a pack, eventually adding weight as you increase your training pace. Take long hikes (6-8 hours) with a weighted pack, up and down hills (weigh your pack with water containers and pour out the water before your descent to minimise knee stress).

Training weekends

We offer superb training weekends across various locations in the UK, from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. These training weekends not only help you become physically prepared for the challenge, but our experienced instructors and leaders will talk you through your clothing and equipment, camp craft, health and wellbeing, trekking skills (walking on different terrain/at altitude/at night/using walking poles), teamwork on expedition and many more themes designed to make you get the most out of your challenge. The weekends are great ways for you to get out into the mountains of the UK, while also meeting other Charity Challengers and sharing your experiences. To read more about our training weekends, including dates and prices, check out our dedicated page.

Luggage allowance & valuables

As no formal clothes are needed, luggage should be kept to the absolute minimum – details of what to pack are provided in your Kit List. Your main kit bag, or rucksack, must not exceed 20 kgs in weight.
The packing information for Jordan is different for other challenges, so please read carefully! When you set off on your trek, you are expected to carry a day pack with your daily essentials in (Sun block, water, camera etc.) whist a support vehicle transfers your main bags from camp to camp.
While we will do everything to provide adequate safety for the group and security for your possessions, the general rule is that if you don’t need it, don’t bring it. This includes jewellery, necklaces and rings.

Leadership

We employ several challenge leaders, all of whom speak fluent English. They each carry first aid kits will be ultimately responsible for the running of the itinerary and the safety of your group.

Group size

Each group is intended to be a minimum of 13 people in order to run and a maximum of 25 people. We will be able to run this challenge for 10 people by charging a small group supplement of £95.00 which will be added to your final balance invoice (self-funders) or charged to your charity (minimum sponsorship or flexi).

Clothing & equipment

Good quality, durable kit could mean the difference between a fantastic challenge experience and an uncomfortable one. For this challenge, well-worn in boots will be indispensable, particularly coupled with some quality walking socks. The benefits of a comfortable day sack cannot be underestimated, so make sure that you train with this. Other essentials are a lightweight waterproof jacket and technical/wicking t-shirts rather than cotton shirts. Walking poles are also highly recommended, however we would recommend training with these prior to your trek. A full kit list for this challenge can be found here and once you book you will have access to kit discounts with our partners Outdoorhire and Cotswold Outdoor.

Accommodation & toilets

Accommodation
In Amman and Petra the accommodation will be in basic,locally run hotels (2 or 3 star), with rooms for two or three people sharing. During the trek you will camp in spacious two-person dome tents with foam mattresses that we provide. If you would like your own room/tent, this can be arranged if there is availability but there will be a single room supplement. There are showers in the hotels, but no showers whilst camping, washing facilities are basic. There will be an opportunity to shower after the Dead Sea float.

Please let Charity Challenge know if you are travelling with a friend or partner who you wish to share with.

Toilets
Toilet tents are supplied during the challenge. They are set up near the campsite at specific locations away from watercourses. Toilet paper is provided. During the actual trekking day, you will have to make use of the bushes and rocks. Please ensure you have a few nappy bags to dispose of used toilet roll and hand sanitiser.

Food & drink

The meals we provide are nutritionally balanced and well suited to the environment. Breakfast will usually include cereals, bread, fresh fruit, juice and coffee. Lunches will be in the form of a packed lunch given out at breakfast to be carried in the daypack. Dinner always includes a soup/starter, main course and a dessert served as buffet to participants seated out under the stars whenever possible. The vegetarian food is excellent. Water will be provided during the trekking at campsites. Soft / alcoholic beverages and water either side of the trek will be at your own expense, please bear in mind Jordan has varying limitations to alcohol availability depending on where you are located. 
Please let Charity Challenge know prior to departure if you have any dietary requirements or allergies.

Money

Currency: Jordan uses the Dinar as its currency. For up to date currency exchange, go to www.xe.com. You should ideally bring a combination of Dinars and Sterling, or Sterling that you can change into Dinars on arrival in Jordan.

Credit Cards: Credit cards are welcomed in Amman (Visa, MasterCard, Diners and American Express), but take cash for small towns and villages. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants.

ATMs: You will find ATMs in Amman and Petra, located in the airport, the city centre or near banks.

How much to bring: You will not need a large amount of money during this trip, as most expenses are included. You should only need money for tips, food & drink (additional), gifts and souvenirs. There are a wide range of souvenirs to buy including rugs and jewellery. On average around £150-£200 + a credit card in case of an emergency, should suffice. Keep in mind that, other than at the start and end of the trip, you will be in the desert away from any foreign exchanges or banks. We therefore recommend that you carry some cash. You will mainly need Dinars in small denominations for the staff tips for this trip.

Tipping: Tipping is personal and at your sole discretion. You should only tip if you feel that you have received good service. We recommend the equivalent of approx. £10 per person per day (approx £50) in Jordanian Dinar (ideally in small denominations), and this should be given to the challenge leader during the trek who will distribute it among the support team, including guides, assistant guides cooks, and porters.

Phone & Wi-fi

During your stay in Amman and Petra you will have good wi-fi access and phone signal. On camping days there will be no wi-fi and phone signal will be extremely limited.

Emergencies

The event is not run as a race and there is always a large discrepancy in people’s walking abilities. This is allowed for. There will be a staff member at the back of the group at all times to ensure that you are not left behind and can take things at your own pace. In the event of an emergency all guides and leaders maintain contact via radio, and the 4x4 support vehicle not far away. If somebody is unable to walk at all, then we can transport him or her from one location to the next.

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We hold an Air Travel Organiser's Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 6546. Many of the flight-inclusive challenges on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. This ATOL protection only covers challenges that include flights booked by Charity Challenge and that originate in the UK. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLcertificate

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