Wadi Rum is a spectacularly scenic desert valley in southern Jordan. Also known as ‘The Valley of the Moon’, this is the place where Prince Faisal Bin Hussein and T.E. Lawrence based their headquarters during the Arab Revolt against the Ottomans in World War I, their exploits intrinsically woven into the history of this amazing area. This area of Jordan is quite isolated and largely inhospitable to settled life. The only permanent inhabitants are several thousand Bedouin nomads and villagers. There is no real infrastructure, leaving the area quite unspoilt. The Burdah Bridge Rock is the gem in the area and is a 35 meters high arch from the sandy ground. Getting up to the arch requires one hour of strong effort. bout 200 meters after the chute in the huge rock mass, there is a little cirque where all tracks converge. Here is the start of a very primitive path which ascends to the arch. The path is only marked with some light cairns and carved arrows. It is very often steep through slickrock and domes, and there are two exposed chimneys along the way for which a safety rope would be advised for inexperienced persons. The route is difficult to follow and requires skill at route finding. The view around the desert from the top is very grand, and you can walk across the archway without any difficulty - a most unique reward!
Driving to the east across the remarkable valley of Khor El Ajram for a splendid 15 kms desert drive to Jebel Burdah (Burdah Mountain). The arch is visible from a sandy flat on top of the mountain.