2. Kufr Rakeb to Khirbet as-Souq

Stage 2 of 12

NEW FEATURE COMING SOON!

PHYSICAL CHALLENGE: 4 out of 5

DISTANCE: 58.5 km

APPROX. RIDING TIME: 5-6 h

ELEVATION GAIN: +1755 m

ELEVATION LOSS: -1558 m

PAVED: 47 km (81 %)

UNPAVED: 13 km (20 %)

MAX. GRADE: 15 %

AVG. GRADE: 1 %

NEW FEATURE COMING SOON!

PHYSICAL CHALLENGE: 4 out of 5

DISTANCE: 58.5 km

APPROX. RIDING TIME: 5-6 h

ELEVATION GAIN: +1755 m

ELEVATION LOSS: -1558 m

PAVED: 47 km (81 %)

UNPAVED: 13 km (20 %)

MAX. GRADE: 15 %

AVG. GRADE: 1 %

Description

Leave Kufr Rakeb, ascending and descending through the famous scrub oak forests of Jordan’s North. Take some time to explore the Ajloun Castle, a 12-century Muslim fortress. From the castle, enjoy a long descent, before climbing all the way back to Anjara. After Anjara, leave more populated areas behind and enjoy the rolling, forested terrain on your way to Khirbet as-Souq.

Food & Water

BEGINNING:
Kufr Rakeb has a range of stores (shops with basic supplies, grocery stores, produce stores); the junction on the east end of town also has a number of stores and a falafel shop. If you’re an early morning riser, there’s a coffee shop open very early just after Kufr Rakeb.

 

ON ROUTE:
Near the top of the day’s initial climb, there are a number of small stores and a bakery. A major junction, just off-route and just outside Ajloun, has a number of shops and a (falafel) restaurant. There’s a nice, small coffee shop at the Ajloun Castle Visitor center (only drinks); Ajloun stores and restaurants are in the main part of town, off-route and downhill. There are small shops in Al-Ameriye on the climb towards Anjara.
Anjara has a substantial grocery store, bakery, and falafel shop (at the traffic circle, a bit off-route).

 

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Accommodation Options

Burqush Forest: Burqush Park (00962 7 9596 0508)

 

Just after Ajloun Castle: Halet Sa’ada (00962777415723) – accommodation and cafe, restaurant (meals and drinks are available with advance notice; not guaranteed to be open without reservation).

 

Khirbet as-Souq: Eisa Zughul homestay (00962 7 99831041) (simple family home, Arabic only)

 

Camping

Potential campsites in various places throughout the Burqush Forest (see map, several locations before Ajloun), and in the forest just before reaching Khirbet as-Souq (fill up water at Sarabees Spring, filter).

Transportation

Notes & Tips

Be sure to stock up on food in Anjara (best stores are just off-route at the Anjara traffic circle); the next grocery/shop in Wadi al-Bir is 43km (and a long climb out of Wadi Zarqa) away.

Sights
Local Contacts

Stage Photos

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