Young Jordanian shows ropes of adventure travel to enthusiasts

[22-08-2021 11:20 AM]

Ammon News - amzeh Ababneh turned his passion for exploring mountains and valleys into a career where he helps adventure enthusiasts discover Jordan.

The 27-year-old amateur adventurer has been hiking in the mountains and valleys (wadis) of Jordan since he was 16.

“I have visited many beautiful and unique locations in Jordan, which made me acquire the right skillset and experience needed for such activities. I love exploring places that are difficult to reach by car or on foot,” Ababneh told The Jordan Times on Saturday.

According to Ababneh, Jordan is full of places to explore, which is why he wanted to be a “mediator between nature and people”.

“I aim to help people see the beauty of Jordan and have exciting experiences,” he said.

Ababneh said that he had hosted many adventurer groups from across the world.

He also noted that approximately 50 to 80 people participate in the weekly trips he organises to the different wadis in Jordan.

“We are working on boosting both domestic and foreign tourism. Jordan is suitable for adventure tourism in each season and we organise trips all year round,” Ababneh said.

Ababneh pointed out that adventure tourism requires specific equipment and experience and training in climbing, abseiling, among others.

“I have received training from the Civil Defence Directorate and volunteered with them for a long time,” he said.

According to Ababneh, the most challenging valley in Jordan is “Wadi Manshala” in the Dead Sea area.

During the pandemic and the lockdowns, Ababneh used his time to explore new locations around Jordan.

“I managed to find around 20 new adventurous tracks in different areas in the Kingdom,” Ababneh noted.

He also indicated that most valleys in Jordan require more services and care to serve tourists.

“As adventurers, we always prepare the equipment and stations for people during trips in the valleys. We also communicate with the local community so they can help us with transport to the location,” he said.


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