Shobak to Petra

Stage 12 of 15 - 48Km - Extreme

48 Kilometres
Mixed terrain

1,649m Ascent
1,958m Descent

1,697m Max Elevation

1,038m Min Elevation

4% Avg Grade

14% Max Grade

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

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Start from the crusader castle in Shobak and cycle mostly off road with views throughout the day over the Jordan Valley until finishing at the rose-red city of Petra.

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Start this section with an incline on city roads, curling around the castle, until reaching the top of the hill. At the top, the trail begins a beautiful section traversing the side of the mountain on dirt tracks, overlooking the mountains of Ras Al-Feid and Mount Safaha, and Gbour Wahdat with the Jordan valley in the distance.


The trail continues along tracks, crossing dry streams (due to seasonal changes caused by rain, some sections might require getting off the bike for short periods). The track then climbs to a nice higher elevation dirt track (currently marked by orange spray paint). Along this track there is a lookout over Petra, Wadi Musa, and the small town of Um Sayhoun, with Jacob’s Aaron’s Shrine barely visible in the distance on top of Jebel Haroun. Finish with a short, steep descent along city roads to the entrance of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Physical & Technical Difficulty

Difficult – A mixture of long steep climbs and various track surfaces. Over 1,000m of ascent.  Some uphill on rugged terrain requiring rider to push bike. Some more technical sections along moderately rocky dirt tracks.

Things to See

Accommodation Options


  • Shops for water and snacks in Shobak and Wadi Musa/Petra
  • Water, snacks, bathrooms at Little Petra
  • All city amenities in Wadi Musa

Additional Information

  • Optional Detour: From the high track, about 8km before Petra, There is an optional detour that takes a strait road that descends directly to Al-Baydha, and site of Little Petra. Before the turnoff, you can see in the distance Little Petra at the end of the road, as this is a relatively small detour. From Little Petra, the trail follows paved roads through the small town of Um Sayhoun before entering Wadi Musa city and the entrance to Petra.
  • On the offroad section after Shobak castle you may get Israel/Palestine phone service due to your high elevation and the Jordan Valley in between, so be careful about phone charges in this area.

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