Explore the land of Lawrence of Arabia
Next ride dates: TBC
BHS Challenge Riders, including Hannah Marsh (BHS South Development Officer), returned from Jordan in October 2013 after successfully completing a trek across the sandy landscapes of Wadi Rum. Thank you to all the following participants for their support, and their sponsors, for collectively raising £7,000 for BHS Welfare: Helen Bainbridge, Sarah Bale, Jane Hampton, Isobel Hanson, Brenda Henney, Rebecca Hunt, John Illingworth, Poppy Newton-Clare, Tanya Sherwood, Margaret Wood and Susie Ramsden.
This ride has proved extremely popular, with over 300 participants rising to the challenge in the past 10 years. Facing long rides and basic facilities, it is not for the faint-hearted but it is a truly amazing experience for everyone involved.
What is The Bedouin Challenge?
Starting in the Wadi Rum desert, challengers enjoy the spectacular scenery of sand dunes and canyons of the vast landscape. Your journey ends in ancient Petra where there is an opportunity to explore the fascinating archaeological sites.
Which horses will I ride?
Part of what makes the Bedouin challenge so special is the chance to ride the majestic Arabian horses. These horses are tireless, intelligent and full of character and having them to guide you really allows you to appreciate all that the trip has to offer.
What will I do on the Challenge?
This brief itinerary should give you a rough guide of what to expect but for various reasons some parts may be subject to last minute changes.
Day one sees you begin your journey from London Heathrow to Amman, where you will spend a night in a hotel.
In the morning you travel to Wadi Rum near Disah where you will meet your horse and ride a short way to camp. The camp is close to Jebel al Amoude, and having made yourself at home you will stay here for two nights.
Day three gives you the opportunity to explore Wadi Rum through the dunes and canyons riding down one of the longest valleys in the area, Wadi Hafeer.
There is more opportunity to explore the area on day four when the guide will show you many places of interest and native flora. Here the horses feel at home and both horse and rider enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the wide open dunes.
You journey northwards on day five to the beautiful natural rock bridge of Kharazah, and there the scenery begins to change, becoming more open as you approach your camp for the overnight stay.
On day six you ride towards Humemah, taking in the sights that include the extraordinary and elaborate remains of the Nabatean water irrigation canals that once served the city. You will then continue on to Wadi Alhelweh for your overnight camp.
Day seven is your last day riding and your mountain journey below Rajeef gives you stunning views across Arava Valley (Rift Valley) and Petra. The landscape and scenery greatly contrasts to the experience of the earlier part of the trip. At Al Tayyiba you say goodbye to your horse and transfer to your hotel for the night.
The next day you have the opportunity to spend the entire day exploring the Rose Red City, one of the great wonders of the world. The trip is rounded off with a celebratory meal at either the hotel or local restaurant.
The last day of the trip is spent making your journey home from Amman to London Heathrow.
Any participants should note that this is a very complex itinerary and is subject to change.
How much does it cost?
All our Challenge Rides require a registration fee. This £300 fee is needed to secure your place on the trip and is non-refundable if for any reason you are unable to participate. Challengers are encouraged to fundraise to pay for their trip. The minimum sponsorship (level to be confirmed) must be received by us eight weeks before you depart. This money includes all tour costs and a donation to The British Horse Society; however, it doesn’t cover travel insurance, optional tours and spending money.
Now you’ve read about the Bedouin challenge we’re sure you’ll want to know how to raise the money to get there. Check out our list of fundraising tips to help you on your way.
New dates for this nine-day trip runs are to be confirmed. If riding through sand dunes and cantering along desert valleys appeals to you, email firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest.