Trek to Petra

In aid of the Chiltern Centre for Disabled Children, 15th – 25th May 2020

Join us on a trek through the deserts of Jordan to reach the iconic ancient city of Petra, one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World. We’ll follow ancient trails through enchanted country which the nomadic Bedouin people and their livestock have travelled for generations.

To get there we’ll trek over dry wadis and through lush canyons, open sandy desert and rocky hamada. You’ll encounter hot springs, Roman remains, crusader castles, Neolithic houses and green valleys fed by crystal streams. The scenery is absolutely mesmerising with the canyons and gorges coming alive under the changing light and glowing in various shades of red and orange. At night, we camp in Bedouin tents and feast by the campfire as the desert sky opens up to the stars. Entering the incredible city of Petra is the highlight of the expedition – the ancient capital of the Nabateans, age unknown but ‘half as old as time’, seems impossibly carved from the rock face. As a special extra we visit Petra at night when it is beautifully lit by candlelight. We end our exertions with an incredible days trekking on camel back through the famous and stunning Wadi Rum before a night of glamping in the middle of the sand and mountains.

On our last day we head to the Dead Sea to soak our weary feet at our spa resort and relax in the unique buoyancy of the waters.

Can I really do it?

This fully supported expedition is attainable by those with a good base level of fitness. It will involve prolonged walking over varied terrain. There may be uphills and downhills, so a good solid fitness is required. Expect to be able to do a 6 to 8 hour walk over undulating terrain with a few punchy uphill climbs carrying a pack up to 6kg in weight. Consider this a trek, although there may be occasion to use hands for short sections of easy scrambling. No previous climbing or trekking experience is necessary. You will be provided with training plans, kit lists and the very highest levels of support both on and off the mountain to allow you to achieve this amazing challenge and with a full year to train before the trip, we are confident that if you want to, you can achieve this.

Why the Chiltern centre?

The pressures that a family with a disabled child face can be immense and challenging. The Chiltern Centre gives families the chance to have a break from some of these pressures safe in the knowledge that their children are being looked after in a safe and caring home-from-home environment. Not only that, they know that their children have the opportunity to form friendships, build confidence and achieve. By removing the barriers that many disabled young people face, the Centre enables them to socialise and enjoy themselves whilst taking part in leisure and developmental activities that aretoo often off limits for them. It is no exaggeration to say the Chiltern Centre is a lifeline to disabled children and young people locally, and their families.

Each year the Chiltern Centre has to raise £200,000 in order to open the doors the following year. In order to do this, we are reliant on the generosity of the local community. By taking on this extraordinary challenge, you would help us to keep on changing the lives of disabled children and young people in the local area.

Why 360 Expeditions?

Experience:

We employ sought-after leaders. We know remarkable individuals make or break expeditions. 360 leaders pack huge enthusiasm, true expertise & dedication on every expedition. It’s not uncommon to find yourself trekking with an Everest summiteer as your guide.

Standards:

They’re high. From office to support in country to supplying fresh tasty food (very important!), value for money is key. You get what you pay for, and so does the crew. All our Sherpas, porters, cooks, even four-legged team members, are treated & paid fairly.

Organisation:

Out in the field & out of your comfort zone, emotionally & physically, you need total support. Our meticulous office staff have wide field experience & ensure everything’s covered for a seamless experience: detailed information prior to departure, practical tuition when out, gathering feedback on return. Absolute attention to detail means we’re ready for all eventualities.

What will it cost?

We have three different payment options for you to consider depending on how much you wish to fundraise (your fundraising target) versus how much you wish to pay yourself (tour cost + deposit). The Chiltern Centre will help you to find effective ways to fundraise for the trip giving advice and support as you need it to ensure that you are able to achieve your fundraising target. Please note that with the two fundraising options, 55% of all money fundraised goes directly to the Chiltern Centre and, any money raised in addition to the minimum target also goes directly to the Chiltern Centre.

Please note: You will need to raise and send to the charity 80% of the minimum sponsorship for the Fundraising and Part Payment options by 14 weeks prior to departure in order for the Chiltern Centre to pay the balance of your costs. Please contact liz@chilterncentre.org.uk to discuss fundraising and payment options

Included Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Local guides and a 360 Leader where applicable
  • All accommodation and hotels and tents based on 2 people sharing
  • All transfers
  • All meals on treks and city-based
  • Vehicle support
  • Donkeys for 4th & 5th day to carry luggage
  • Night stroll through Petra by candle light early including any airline surcharges as a result of changing
  • Camel ride in Wadi Rum return airline tickets
  • Glamping in Wadi Rum
  • 2 nights in 5 star dead sea Moevenpick Resort
  • Mineral water during trekking days
  • Entrance Fees to all sites
  • Camping equipment
  • Bedouin guides
  • Horse ride in Petra
  • 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor
  • Mostly payment plan, on request

Not Included

  • Personal equipment
  • Staff and guide gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages sharing -Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry, phone calls etc)
  • Visas
  • Unscheduled hotels or restaurant melas
  • Any additional costs associated with leaving the expedition early including any airline surcharges as a result of changing return airline tickets
Find out more about the trip & how you can become a part of the adventure www.360-expeditions.com/expeditions/jordan-desert-trek-to-petra or contact Liz on liz@chilterncentre.org.uk