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Jabel Umm Al Biyara Hiking Trail in Petra (PT-JHT-007)

Category: Petra Guided Trails & Tours While You Are in Petra by JHT

Petra has many things to offer visitors who come to explore its dramatic tomb facades and the many ancient temples and buildings situated along the city’s main colonnaded thoroughfare. Petra’s beauty and grandeur, however, can only be fully appreciated from above, especially when seen from one of the scenic trails that ascend to the summits of the surrounding mountains. The most well-known hikes are those to Ed-Deir (the Monastery) and the High Place of Sacrifice. But if you’re looking for a less frequented and secluded hike, the one to the top of Umm Al-Biyara is for you.

Tour/Trail Details :

Trail Name :       Jabel Umm Al Biyara Hiking Trail in Petra

Trail Duration :   08 -09  hours

Grade/Level:      Difficult

Start location :   Petra visitors center

End Location :    Petra visitors center

Jabel Umm Al Biyara overlooking Petra ancient city, the Mother of the cisterns. The trail start from Petra city center, Qasr el Bint, climb to reach the peak, visit an Edomite stronghold with cisterns and storage and houses bell shaped cisterns, view Petra from the top of the Summit, back same way.

Umm Al-Biyara (“Mother of Cisterns”) is Petra’s highest and most prominent mountain and looks directly over the ancient city center. It is topped by a flat plateau that slopes slightly downward toward the city. On top are the remains of Edomite buildings from the seventh–sixth centuries B.C., and more recent excavations have revealed a splendid Nabataean/Roman bath complex that overlooks the entire city.

The hike to the top of Umm Al-Biyara is a minimum 07 hours, but takes 08 hrs with the distance from the visitors center and back. Good walking shoes, sun screen, a hat, and plenty of water are essential, as the ascent is quite steep and challenging, especially during the heat of the day. Since Umm Al-Biyara is at the heart of Petra, hikers should account for the walk in and out of the park as well.


Rate Per Person in USD$ for the Guided Trail :

No. of Persons:

Rate per person

1 Person

$ 280

2 People

$ 140

3 People

$ 95

4 People

$ 75

5 People

$ 60

6 People

$ 50

Rate for 07 & More please contact us.

Important Notes

Regarding the ticket, if you have already booked a tour package to Jordan which includes Petra entry, then the ticket is included. Otherwise you will need to purchase your entrance ticket yourself.

The Rate for this trail includes a guide only.

*We endeavour to utilise the guiding services of a licensed guide who is known to our agency. During peak times we might provide you with a guide from the Petra Visitors centre. As these guides are not known to our agency we can not guarantee the level of their service. Any complaints about problems encountered with the guides from the Petra Visitors centre should be directed to the Petra Visitors Centre directly at the conclusion of your guided tour.

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