Fuheis / Carakale to Madaba

Stage 5 of 15 - 50Km - Extreme

50 Kilometres
65% Offroad

1,991m Ascent
1,814m Descent

820m Max Elevation

166m Min Elevation

6% Avg Grade

23% Max Grade

Estimated riding time: 7 – 8 hours
Challenge Level: Extreme

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Overview

Departing from Carakale Brewery, the last day in the Northern Region includes traversing up and down rolling hills along quiet roads, before a climb to Mount Nebo and the Madaba plateau.

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Description

After departing Carakale Brewery, head down the valley following tracks and country roads through small farm holdings. Then rise up over the hills, passing the town of Zebda, close to the Hellenistic site of Iraq Al-Amir.

 

From Iraq Al-Amir, the route follows country lanes overlooking Wadi Al-Kufrain to the west. There is a steep section up to cross the main Amman/Dead Sea highway and then the route passes through the village of Adassiyah. After passing the village, the Jordan Bike Trail follows old roads and dirt tracks east, around the top of Wadi Al-Hisban. Then the route turns back south along country lanes before ascending to the Madaba plateau.

Physical & Technical Difficulty

Very Difficult – A mixture of long steep climbs and various track surfaces, with some more technical riding. Over 1,500m of ascent. Some uphill on rugged terrain requiring rider to push bike.

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Amenities

  • Shops for water and snacks in Fuheis, Iraq Al-Amir, Madaba
  • Restaurant in Iraq Al-Amir
  • ATM machines available in Madaba

Additional Information

Optional Detour: to Mount Nebo, where Moses looked across at the Promised Land before he died there on the mountain. The church on Mount Nebo holds some of the Mosaics from Madaba and provides a great view across the Dead Sea, Jericho and the hills of Jerusalem on the horizon. From Mount Nebo the route ascends eastwards, before turning south on quiet roads across the plains of the Madaba plateau.

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