Rakhabat Canyon

Also written Rakabat Canyon or Raqabat Canyon*

Rakhabat Canyon is a narrow gorge that cuts through Jebel Um Ishrin between the Wadi Rum valley and Anfashieh Inscriptions. The gorge is a long technical route that ascends to reach a pass over Um Ishrin and enjoys views high above the valley. The route has several sections that require climbing, although it is achievable without ropes or harness.

There is a plateau on Um Ishrin that overlooks Wadi Rum valley that is easily accessed. After which point there is no obvious route with various steep technical sections. The most difficult section to both navigate and climb, is between the Wadi Rum valley overlook and the pass. The passage on the other side is more gradual and follows a narrow gully making it simple to navigate. It is advisable for anyone attempting the trail without a guide to start at the eastern end as it is easier to follow the route travelling westward.

Rakhabat Canyon is offered as a trekking/scrambling activity, however, we need to be confident of your ability to complete the route. The trail is achievable in 2 hours, however with logistics to reach the trailhead and comfortable rest stops, it is offered as a half day activity. This will provide opportunities to not only rest, but also enjoy the rock formations and take sufficient breaks. During the longer days between April and October it can be added to a full day tour. It is enjoyable early in the day when the temperature is comfortable for walking. During the shorter days it is better combined with a half day Red Desert Tour.

The trail passes east-west across Um Ishrin perpendicular to the valleys running north-south. The GPS coordinates for the trail heads are 29.577381E, 35,432272N at the western end. 29.562969E, 35.441422N at the eastern end.


  1. Rakhabat Canyon requires athleticism and confidence with free climbing through some technical sections.
  2. Rakhabat is an Arabic word that means overlook. It is commonly used to refer to a supervisor, however in this case it is in reference to the view over the Wadi Rum valley.