Petra Monastery Hike

Ad Deir

Today we wake up early for our Jeep ride to Ad Deir, or the Petra monastery. The monastery hike is actually the highlight of my Petra visit. The hike is along a scenic back trail with rock formations out in the distance. There are two main ways to get to the monastery: one is the most used route from the main Petra site and there is the one we took from the back roads.

Those of us who chose to do this hike are divided into two jeeps. We then start our ride to the back road of Petra.

Showing our passes before they take us to the trail start.
Does this look like a smooth ride to you?
Me starting my hike. Photo credit to one of my travel companions.
Some of our lovely views
The route is not too challenging but there is a bit of up the stairs and some down the stairs along the way.
Travel companion Phil having some panorama fun. Photo credit Phil.
Not great trail for those with a fear of heights.
Very cool stone patterns
Finally we have arrived.

When we arrive at the monastery we are well rewarded. There are barely any visitors and the lighting is satisfactory for pictures. We explored and snapped some photos for a while. Soon we sat back and enjoyed some refreshments at the tea shop.

Once we made our way toward Petra proper after our monastery visit I knew we made the right choice; crowds start to thicken, souvenir stands appear and aggressive vendors are upon us. We fortunately missed all that on our journey there. Our journey consisted of a peaceful, quiet and impressive hike with a beautiful monastery at the end.

Route back to Petra

After our descent we decided to go do the hike to the high place of sacrifice which I reluctantly did. That was a journey of its own so more on that later.

3 thoughts on “Petra Monastery Hike

  1. Petra is such a bucket-list list destination. I would love to visit one day to see it for myself. Although it doesn’t look like we are going anywhere anytime soon due to coronavirus but a girl can dream, right! Thanks for sharing and safe travels 😀 Aiva

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