Dana to Shobak

Stage 11 of 15 - 28Km - Medium / Hard

28 Kilometres
Mixed terrain

788m Ascent
739m Descent

1504m Max Elevation

1033m Min Elevation

7% Avg Grade

23% Max Grade

Estimated riding time: 3 – 4 hours
Challenge Level: Medium / Hard

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Overview

Starting from the 500-year-old village of Dana, travel along the ancient trade route of the King’s Highway, before cutting through the desert and climbing to a finish at the Crusader castle in Shobak.

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Description

From Dana village, the route ascends on road and dirt track passing the town of Al-Qadisiyah, with great views across to the right. The route then continues for a short section on the Kings Highway, the ancient trade route between Damascus, passing through Jordan to Egypt and Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

 

The route passes Wadi Ghwayr to the west, before leaving the main highway, and descending on dirt tracks. The trail follows the side of the hill down, before ascending through the desert along ancient towns with stone remains to Shobak Castle. The castle was one of several Crusader castles along the Kings Highway.

Physical & Technical Difficulty

Moderate – Some steep slopes and avoidable obstacles. May have to push bike for short stretches. One physically challenging off-road incline, and then one long gradual incline along road.

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Ammenities

  • Shops for water and snacks in Dana and Shobak
  • Bathrooms at Shobak Castle

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