12 Dec 3 reasons why Khazali should be on your tour itinerary
3 reasons why Khazali should be on your tour itinerary
The gigantic chunk of mountain that you can see beautifully from Lawrence Spring is Jabal Khazali. It is supposed to be named for Khazal. He was a criminal that was pursued up to the summit. As he had nowhere to run he leapt off. He floated down and miraculously landed unharmed on the ground. And left his pursuers behind. Nowadays this ancient mountain is one of the most famous places within the protected area. In many ways a place that will touch and inspire you.
1. Khazali canyon with inscriptions and water pools
Khazali canyon is one of the most famous places in Wadi Rum desert. It is a less than 100 meter long deep and narrow crack in Jabal Khazali. But nevertheless it is a must see. The canyons inner walls are covered with numerous Nabatean, Islamic (Kufic) and Thamudic inscriptions and petroglyph rock drawings. The Nabatean carvings consists of camels, horses, mountains goats, people, pairs of feet and spirits. The Islamic inscriptions are about God and the prophet Mohammed. Both Nabatean and Islamic are in good condition as they are mostly out of reach of sun, wind, rain and people. Sadly enough over time water damaged the lower Thamudic inscriptions badly. You have to look carefully as they are nearly invisible.
Our ancestors already came to this canyon. They created handmade pools in the back. In wintertime these pools are filled with rain water. Nowadays they are mainly filled with sand. Pass the inscriptions to see the pools in the back.
2. Jabal Khazali’s Bedouin road
Bedouin roads are ancient routes that Bedouin used to climb and scramble the mountains of Wadi Rum. Jabal Khazali is one of the most dramatic mountains in the area. And it is one of the most beautiful ones to climb. But scrambling this Bedouin road is a much more serious affair than Jabal Burdah. If your fitness level is moderate and you have some experience in scrambling this climb is suitable for you.
We recommend the use of a Bedouin guide if you head out on ‘Sabbah’s road’ on the east side of the mountain. Going up this unmarked route will take you about 3 hours. In some more difficult areas we will use ropes for safety. Once you reach the summit you can easily spent a few hours there. The summit is a mixture of domes, deep canyons and gravel beds. The views for the top are better and more beautiful than from the top of Jabal Rum.
We prefer to make our descend on the north side. Going down will take another 3 hours. Enroute we will have a couple of place where we will abseil. Some of them are really spectacular. Of course you can also go down on ‘Sabbah’s road’.
3. Jabal Khazali’s wildlife
Wadi Rum desert is home to a wide variety of desert loving wildlife. In our blog The amazing animals of Wadi Rum desert you can read more about reptiles, insects and mammals. Jabal Khazali is home to a lot of animals you can see all around Wadi Rum desert. But there are some special ones too. Jabal Khazali is providing a home for the endangered ibex. If you are very lucky you can have a close encounter will climbing. Deep in the narrow canyon lives the lacerta lacerta lizard. This new lizard species was discovered in 2000. In spring Jabal Khazali is occupied by our national bird, the Sinai Rosefinch, that nests here.
If you are interested in a Jabal Khazali hike, please let us know by mail. We can provide you with a tailor made program.
See you in Wadi Rum desert,
Fawaz and Abdullah