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Jordan Trail 2018 Thru-Hike Starts


The Jordan Trail Association (JTA) has launched the Jordan Trail’s 2018 Thru-Hike, kicking off the second edition of the annual event in northern Jordan. A group of 10 adventurers of different nationalities have embarked on the Thru-Hike, crossing the 650 kilometres between Um Qais and Aqaba in 44 days.

The adventurers have been joined today by Queen Rania of Jordan for a section of the hike. The Jordan Trail traverses the length of Jordan, providing hikers with the opportunity to experience the country’s diverse natural landscapes, as well as its most notable historic and touristic landmarks. Organised by the JTA, the annual Thru-Hike event aims to promote the Jordan Trail and raise funds for its sustainable development. Passing through 52 villages and communities, the trail offers support to people living in remote areas while also providing hikers with chances to interact with hosting communities along the way.

For more ideas about what to do in Jordan, read: Jordan: Peace in Troubled Waters.

The 2018 Thru-Hike has been organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, and with the support of the Jordan Tourism Board and the USAID Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project (BEST).

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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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