Climbing Jabal Burdah, or Al Khaza'li ....
Jabal means mountain, during the climb you get to see the desert from different altitudes ...
You may be lucky and see certain desert animals, snakes or insects ...
If you are with a Bedouin he can point the traces of animals, and tell you a bit about how they do that.
I recommend doing that with a local Bedouin, as their insight and expertise comes handy as well as their local and cultural input to what you're seeing.
If you're planning to go to Jordan you have to spend at least one night in the Wadi Rum desert. We stayed with the guide Mzied (www.mzied.com) and he will give you everything you need. He has a small camp so there will not be a crowd of 30 people (we spend two nights in april and the second night we were the only guests!!). The day we spend hiking, the son give us a sightseeing tour with a jeep and because it was only the two of us Mzied took us on a ride to his camels because he felt like having a glass of camelmilk! Mzied is a perfect cook zo be prepared to get stuffed with all kinds of traditional bedouin food. Enjoy and say hi to Mzied from me.
I always look for a trip "off the beaten path", for myself it's the best way to travel. But don't hesitate to do it. No hotel, no accomodations, no comfort try to live like people in this area have to live some times open the eyes (I hope my eyes havent been totaly colesd during my travels, but i have so much to learn). I coulnd't describe my feelings during those trips, i hope my pictures will tell it.
Create your own wallpaper for your PC desktop or your web page by snapping photos of the jebels that look like melted wax up close.
Other ideas: Jeep Tracks, Sand Dune, Nabatean Wall Inscriptions.
Tip: go for the lighter colors.
This is REALLY off the beaten path, on the ancient camel road leading to Mecca.
In Wadi Salaada, 50 kms or more from Rum Village, there are numerous small (or large) valleys running into the mountains that border Saudi Arabia.
One of them leads to a pass through the mountains - the route is blocked now for anything much larger than a camel or a bicycle. But there is a stone right on the border showing the way through.
The photo shows the stones placed to block the road - and also the stone with the ancient drawing of hands urging you on to Mecca.
Posted by Lulu
Perhaps a kilometer away from the previous valley there is another one, completely hidden away and (well) protected by a lot of soft sand. It is not easy at all to bring a vehicle anywhere close.
This valley is hidden in a cleft of the mountain, close to Wadi Nogra and on the northern edge of Wadi Saabit. Even when you are only a few meters away, you don't realise that it is there.
The valley is perhaps 50 meters long, delightful, cool and green, and the many inscriptions there show that ancient people knew and used it. There is a place where water collects when it runs off the mountains, and the many carvings of ibex show how the people lived by hunting.
Posted by Lulu
Many people disbelieve the inscriptions that are shown to all tourists close to Jebel Annafishiya.
They should look further south in Wadi Saabit, 30 kms from Rum Village. There are a couple of tiny valleys where you can find the original Thamudic inscriptions - and many of them.
One valley has the walls practically covered with inscriptions, from 20 meters up to close to the ground. Probably not one tourist in ten thousand sees them.
Posted by Lulu
This valley is fairly easy of access - if you know where it is, which many of the Bedouin in Wadi Rum do not. Try one of the offered excursions "Um Adaami to Aqaba" and ask to be taken into this valley.
The summit of this mountain is right on the Saudi border.
A drive through the desert some 40kms to the south to Jebel Um Adaami followed by a guided hike to the top which will usually take about 2 1/2 hours.
This is a magnificent drive going through the far valleys of Wadi Rum and crossing the beautiful and lonely Wadi Saabit.
The path to the summit of this mountain is clearly marked and needs no rope. It is no more than hill walking, and you are rewarded by the panoramic view over Saudi Arabia to the south and Wadi Rum to the north.
Not many guides in Wadi Rum will take you here - it's really a long way south!
Posted by Lulu
Sorry, you can't see the drawings very well on the previous photo.
Here is the stone again in close up with the friend who drove me here very kindly showing the scale.