12. Wadi Rum to Aqaba

Stage 12 of 12

PHYSICAL CHALLENGE: 4 out of 5

(2 out of 5 if you skip the first 10km south of Wadi Rum)

DISTANCE: 70.5 km

APPROX. RIDING TIME: 5.5 – 7 h

ELEVATION GAIN: +336 m

ELEVATION LOSS: -1284 m

PAVED: 37 km (52 %)

UNPAVED: 34 km (50 %)

MAX. GRADE: 6 %

AVG. GRADE: -1 %

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PHYSICAL CHALLENGE: 4 out of 5

(2 out of 5 if you skip the first 10km south of Wadi Rum)

DISTANCE: 70.5 km

APPROX. RIDING TIME: 5.5 – 7 h

ELEVATION GAIN: +336 m

ELEVATION LOSS: -1284 m

PAVED: 37 km (52 %)

UNPAVED: 34 km (50 %)

MAX. GRADE: 6 %

AVG. GRADE: -1 %

Description

Leave Rum Village and begin a demanding slog through sandy jeep tracks; or if you’ve stayed in a Bedouin tent outside of Rum Village, have your hosts return you to the track. Approximately ~10km south of the village, the tracks turn west. While the route is still sandy and may require you to push your bike, the surface becomes slightly harder. Once you reach Titen — a village that once belonged to Saudi Arabia — you’ve more or less completed your trip. From here, it’s all downhill to Aqaba — you can coast most of the way down to the Red Sea!

Food & Water

BEGINNING:
Rum Village has several stores and restaurants.

 

ON ROUTE
In emergencies you can get water from someone in Titen. There is also a small store here, but don’t count on it being open.

 

END:
Aqaba has numerous stores and restaurants.

Accommodation Options

Aqaba: There are numerous hotels in Aqaba. You can also find several budget accommodations at the South Beach (about 12km south of town). We recommend Captain’s Hotel (3 stars), the Grand Swiss Hotel (4 stars) and Moevenpick Hotel (5 stars).

Transportation

Notes & Tips
  • Aqaba has pharmacies, ATMs, and a medical center. Border crossings from Aqaba to Saudi, Eqypt, and Israel.
  • You may be asked to show your passport at a police checkpoint when you reach the highway after Titen.
  • Be careful on the final descent to Aqaba along the highway. There is a wide shoulder for most of the way.
  • If you’re not equipped with wide enough tires to handle the sand just south of Wadi Rum, your Bedouin hosts can take you by jeep ~10km south of Rum village to a point where the trail becomes slightly more solid.
  • Be sure to carry enough food and water from Rum Village—no guaranteed resupply points until Aqaba.
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