Jabal Umm ad Dami


A scramble up the highest mountain in Jordan located in the middle of the Wadi Rum desert on the border of Saudi Arabia. The filming location of many movies including Prometheus, the Martian and Dune.

Bird Watching
4WD Required
Scrambling or Climbing
Arid or Desert
Maximum Elevation

Getting there

Set course for the village of Wadi Rum. You can either pre-organise a guide and accomodation through a company such as this one https://www.wadirumtours.com/ or you can try and haggle for a guide at the visitor centre. You will need a 4x4 to get to the mountain - lots of sand and steep sections - most guiding companies will have 4x4s. 

Route/Trail notes

From the carpark you will immediately start hiking/scrambling up the ridgeline. The gradient is pretty consistent the entire way, which makes it quite easy to pace yourself. The views are exceptional from the get go, you will never be short of an amazing vantage point. The track zigzags a bit and it can be a bit hard to follow (easy if you have a guide with you) - but there are plenty of rock cairns marking the way. There is a Jordanian flag at the summit which marks the end of the trail - return via the same route. 


At the visitor centre you will have to pay a small entry fee for the National Park, or alternatively you can purchase the Jordan Pass which will wave that requirement. Prices vary depending on the tour you do, the number of days you stay etc.

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The views on this mountain are unbelievable, some of the best I've ever seen. The company in the link description was fantastic, organised everything for us. Our guide also took us to a bunch of other landmarks on the way, cooked us lunch, brought us to great vantage points for the sunset. We then spent the night in a little guest campsite which was warm and comfortable. The scrambling is pretty straight forward with no exposure. Highly recommend if you are in the area, great place to get an eagle eye view over the desert of Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Vonsnrub on 7 Feb, 2023


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