After I had experienced the magic of the Treasury by the first light of day, it was time for me to keep moving and exploring, however, I just didn’t feel quite ‘done’ with the stunningly beautiful Treasury.
I wanted more.
So, I made the decision to embark on one of Petra’s most incredible trails, and one of the least trodden!
Basically, follow the main trail to to the Royal Tombs (see point #7 on the map below for reference) and then veer off to the right after you’ve past them.
After veering off to the right and turning right off the main trail, you will come across some stairs – this is how you know you have successfully found the beginning of the trail head.
Be prepared, these steps are just the beginning.
This trail involves climbing some 600 stone steps, and not all of them are in such great condition. If you are accident prone or not wearing the best footwear (or all of the above like myself) do yourself a favour and stick to the sides of the pathway – this is where the steps in the best condition usually are.
I had read online people warning visitors against hiking this trail alone due to areas requiring ‘scrambling’ up rock faces, however I never needed to do any such scrambling, and overall, from a technical perspective, the trail was not all that difficult.
However, be aware, this trail would be tough for anyone who isn’t at least a little physically fit.
I consider myself an unfit person in the sense that I couldn’t win a running race to save my life, however, what I do have is stamina, and on this hike, I needed it!
I knew that there was roughly 600 stone steps between me and flat-ish ground, so to keep myself strong and to keep myself going, I counted every single step in my head, and allowed myself to rest every 100 steps… unless there was a truly magnificent photo opportunity that warranted an earlier respite.
After reading online reports of this hike, I had prepared myself for it to take over 2.5 hours, but I had conquered the steps after only 20 minutes and as a reward – was treated to this stunning view of the amphitheatre.
Now, at this point there is temptation to continue on the right hand side, keeping view of the valley below you, but instead, you need to veer off to the pathway on the left. This may seem counterproductive, but trust me, it is the right way!
After veering left you will find yourself heading down into a valley. Once again, it may seem completely counterproductive to start heading downwards, but it is definitely the right way!
I only say this because I didn’t see a single other soul when hiking to the viewpoint and I was second guessing myself the entire way. I had read online that this was the correct way and followed the advice, but it really didn’t feel right at the time.
After 10 minutes of downhill hiking, I came to this extremely helpful sign and was finally reassured that I had ventured in the right direction.
Another few minutes of hiking and this sign came into view. I was mildly suspicious that this would lead me in the wrong direction, but followed it anyway…
…and I was certainly not disappointed!
I mean honestly, how is that for a view?!
There is a bedouin style tent pitched at the point of the best view, meaning that you really do need to go inside. Now, this may be an obvious ploy to obtain business, but this was one of the few instances where I really didn’t mind.
The shade gave me a reprieve from the overcast skies, the tea was reasonably priced (1 JD) and the owner was one of the only ‘Bedouin’ men who didn’t actively push me to buy things from him. Instead, he simply greeted me, invited me into his tent and allowed me to decide if I actually wanted anything.
Oh, and he wasn’t the only occupant of the tent!
This gorgeous ginger kitty had also set up home high up on the rocks, and as soon as I sat down she wasted no time in saying hello. I guess the Jordanian hospitality doesn’t end with humans!
In this next picture I am laying down and she has made herself very comfortable on my tummy.
I don’t usually like my tummy (it is more squishy than I’d like) but it comes in handy when trying to befriend new animals – they always seem to enjoy making my squishy tummy into a comfy resting place!
Apparently pretty kitty didn’t have a name, but in my mind she was named ‘Indy’.
Indy also had a rather squishy tummy herself, and I was about 95% sure she was gestating some kittens.
Unlike many cats, Indy was not standoffish in the slightest. She hung out next to me (and on top of me) for the entire time I was there, and she even posed with me for a photo!
The result is one of my favourite travel pictures of all time.
The Treasury is stunning from any angle, however in my opinion, it looks most spectacular from above.
I could have sat on that ledge all day admiring the unbelievable facade in front of me.
However, I only had two days in Petra! So after finishing my tea and giving Indy a goodbye cuddle, it was time to head back to the beginning of the trail and continue my exploring.
Even though the route means you need to completely backtrack all the way to the Royal Tombs, the trail looked completely different on the way back. The sun had moved, the light changed, and it made a world of difference.
As always, stay tuned and happy solo travelling! xx
Getting to Petra: Flights arrive to Amman from many airport hubs, from Amman you can drive or bus to Petra
Petra Gate Hostel: A basic but comfortable hostel – dorm beds start at $16/night
The Lost City of Petra: More information about ticket prices can be found here
Threads: My white top is by Tigerlily Swimwear
Camera: Images captured with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 in conjunction with M.Zuiko 12-40mm f2/8 lens
Remember: Get an early night and prepare yourself for an early start!