Wadi Rum Challenge

2nd – 8th October 2021

We are delighted to announce the launch of the incredible Wadi Rum Challenge – a fabulous four day trek in the magnificent Wadi Rum, Jordan.
The home of several Bedouin tribes, the vast Wadi Rum (‘the Valley of the Moon’) is most famous for its association with British Army Officer T. E. Lawrence, who passed through several times during the Arab Revolt of 1917–18. In the 1980s, one of the rock formations in Wadi Rum, originally known as Jabal al-Mazmar (The Mountain of the Plague), was named “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom” after Lawrence’s book penned in the aftermath of the war. Shots of Wadi Rum in the 1962 film ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ were responsible for kick-starting Jordan’s tourist industry and introducing travellers to this spectacular place. The trail follows old shepherd paths, weaving its way west across desert wadis and over striped granite mountains, caused by basalt dyke intrusions. At the end of the trek, we pay a visit to the ancient city of Petra.

Challenge highlights

  • Trekking between 22 – 25km per day in the majestic Wadi Rum (a World Heritage site)
  • Finding dramatic, hidden desert scenery, including sandstone domes, rock formations and granite and basalt striated mountains
  • Experiencing the Bedouin culture and cuisine
  • Wild camping beneath spectacular desert skies
  • Summiting Um Dami, Jordan’s highest mountain
  • Exploring the ancient city of Petra


Dates and group size

The dates for our Wadi Rum Challenge is 2nd – 8th October 2021.

The maximum group size for each trek is 20 people. Demand is likely to be very high due to the success of our previous adventure challenges.  The minimum group size will be 10 people.  The deadline for booking is 1st July 2021 and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Interested in entering as part of a corporate or company team?

Do you know five people or more interested in entering a team from your company? If so, contact us on wales@soldierscharity.org call 02920 726 132 to find out more.


Why trek for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity?

Taking part in the Wadi Rum Challenge will help us raise vital funds so that all soldiers, veterans and their immediate families can have the opportunity to avoid hardship and enjoy independence and dignity.

The overall scale, breath and range of the charity’s support is vast. We help serving families cope with a sudden bereavement or traumatic loss; provide wide-ranging support to wounded soldiers, many of whom will need increasing financial assistance for decades to come; provide help with housing, education and training for employment for soldiers and veterans of all ages; we are there for older veterans and their widows or widowers when they find themselves lonely or isolated.

In the past year, we have helped 70,000 people in 68 countries across the globe and funded numerous charities and organisations to support the Army family at large.


Online fundraising

Join The Soldiers’ Charity Just Giving team page here.

We will also send you your fundraising pack in the post, which is full of top tips, sponsorship forms and more. We are here to support you every step of the way. Check out our Facebook page to meet and connect with your fellow trekkers.


Fundraising support

We have got lots of resources to get you started, including extra sponsorship forms and information on Gift Aid. We can also post you resources such as sponsorship forms, collection tins, and posters and balloons for your fundraising events.  If you need anything simply email wales@soldierscharity.org or call us on 02920 726 132.


  1. To learn more about taking part in our Wadi Rum Trek here.
  2. To register and secure a space follow the link here.