• A sporting challenge carried out in the stunning Wadi-Rum desert

• Fun bivouacs and meals in the desert

• The unforgettable visit of the mythical city of Petra

An UNFORGETTABLE DESERT experience, the challenge of completing 100 kilometres or 100 miles (160km) Trail running or walking, in 4 days / 4 stages / 4 nights sleeping in bivouac in the Wadi-Rum desert, in Jordan with a visit to Petra as an acclimatisation day, "all-inclusive" trip, flights and meals provided by the organisation for 7 days.

Enter the heart of the Wadi-Rum desert, a mixture of sand and rock in multiple shades of ochre. For an individual and collective sporting experience either running or walking. An adventure where you will carry light backpacks, the organisation will provide food at aid stations and all meals, including on race days.

The trip is « all inclusive » with flights from Paris or Lyon. In the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia, the challenge is filled with culture and tourism, including a day of acclimatization by visiting the city of Petra, and a day of recovery after the race at the beach on the banks of the Red Sea.

1st edition, limited to 150 participants



TROPHY format : 160km in 4 stages, RUNNING which is timed and ranking.

CHALLENGE format : 100km in 4 stages, WALKING or RUNNING, not timed and without ranking.

possibility of switching format from Trophy to Challenge during the event in case of abandonment of a stage, possibility to start again the next day (penalty = time of the last competitor plus one hour


  • Their backpacks lncluding mainly* : sleeping bag, change of clothes, compulsory safety equipment compulsory safety equipment, any additional personal supplies if necessary.
  • Backpack of about 10 to 25 litres - 2 to 5 kilograms (list of compulsory equipment on the technical sheet)


  • - Tents, water, basic supplies.
  • - Breakfast, lunch and dinner including during the days of running in the desert.
  • - Marked out stage routes.
  • - Medical service.



Flight Paris - Amman / Lyon- Amman
  • Meeting at Paris or Lyon airport 3 hours before the flight
  • Hotel near Amman airport

SUNDAY 09/04

Guided tour of Petra - transfers to desert

  • Bus transfer to Petra
  • Guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Petra
  • Transfer to Wadi-Rum
  • Overnight bivouac

MONDAY 10/04

Stage 1 : In the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia

25km trail run

  • Morning checks, bag preparation
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon stage, refreshments every 10km or so
  • Dinner together at the bivouac camp
  • Overnight bivouac


Stage 2 : The caravan trail

32km trail run • D+380
25km walking • D+380

  • Breakfast
  • Morning stage, refreshments every 10km or so
  • Lunch-snack at the finish
  • Dinner together at the bivouac camp
  • Night in bivouac


Stage 3 : Ultras des sables et canyons

65km trail run • D+380
30km walking • D+380

  • Breakfast
  • Stage in the morning and during the day, refreshments every 10km or so
  • Lunch-snack at the finish
  • Dinner together at the bivouac camp
  • Night in bivouac


Stage 4 : Rock Bridge Marathon - Transfer Aqaba

42km trail run
25km hike

  • Breakfast
  • Morning stage, refreshments every 10km or so
  • Lunch and snack at the finish
  • Transfer to Aqaba on the Red Sea
  • Dinner at the hotel


Beach day at the Red Sea - Prize-giving ceremony

  • Day at the hotel and beach
  • Optional snorkeling or scuba diving
  • Prize-giving ceremony
  • Dinner at the hotel


Flight Amman Paris / Lyon

  • Transfer by bus from Aqaba to Amman
  • Flight from Amman to Paris and Lyon

An acclimatisation day in Petra


Registration fee : 2590€
8 days and 7 nights stay

Limited to 150 participants

Single room option : 150€
Cancellation and repatriation insurance (see details on our website) : 162€
Registration without flights : 1890€

Departure from Paris or Lyon


  • Return flights
  • Technical support from Nature Extreme Development and local partners.
  • Accommodation in a double room (unless otherwise mentioned in the description)
  • Full-board meals during the entire stay.
  • Refreshments during the stages as well as all transfers.
  • Entrance fees to the protected sites included in the programme.
  • Obtaining visas.


  • Drinks other than those provided by Nature Extreme Development and more generally alcoholic beverages.
  • Activities or visits other than those included in the programme or noted as "optional".
  • Cancellation and repatriation insurance.
  • The possible extra cost in case of overweight luggage in the airports.



The stages are marked out. The marking is made with red and white tape, washable paint, or small flags, which the team takes care to remove after the last particpante has passed.


The hotels (3 nights) are 3* level. The bivouacs (4 nights) are shared Bedouin tents, toilets will be installed nearby. Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day during the whole stay. Basic food aid stations provided. Drinking water will be provided.

Meals will be generous and of good quality, based on chicken and rice and adapted to the sporting efforts, whether they are prepared in the hotels or in the camps of our Bedouin partners.


The first stages are rather rocky, on wide paths and some thinner paths from time to time. The two stages in the desert will be sandy, and the desert gaiters are strongly recommended.
The terrain is sandy on most of the stages.
However, we will encounter some hard dirt paths, and stony paths during the first stages.
The difference in altitude is significant on the first 4 stages.


Every 10 km or so. The exact locations will be confirmed during the daily briefing the day before each stage. They include : mineral water, crackers, fresh fruit (orange or banana),dry fruit according to availability.

In order not to waste plastic cups, each runner must carry his own personal cup and a water reserve (bottles, flasks, hydration bladder...)


The list is not definitive, the regulatory list will be provided later.

  • Backpack 10 to 25 litres (to carry approx. 2 to 5 kilograms) LEGEND type bag
  • Hydration pack containing at least 1.2 litres, like 2 Raid bottles or 2 Flasks 600ml
  • Eco-cup or equivalent (no disposable cups or water bottles will be provided)
  • Race shirt + shorts
  • Trail shoes
  • Desert gaiters
  • Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Spare: 1 top + 1 pair of socks
  • Windproof jacket
  • Sleeping bag temperature 10°C min
  • (optional ground sheet)
  • First aid kit (minimum to be defined), sun cream, toilet paper
  • Survival blanket, safety mirror, whistle, aspivenin pump
  • (additional personal supplies if required)

You will leave your suitcase on Day 3 after the controls before the 1st stage and you will find it after the race on day 6 at the hotel.


The organisation seek to limit the environmental impact as much as possible.

- The carbon equivalent of the air flights will be compensated by a contribution to the NGO "GOODPLANET (included in the registration fee).

- We will limit the consumption of plastic bottles and other single-use utensils.



Each participant will return the medical certificate dated less than one year old and indicating they are allowed to participate in a running competition (or walking for the Challenge format), or a valid running licence.

No vaccination is compulsory.

Please inform the team doctor of any medical conditions and/or treatment (and to bring enough of it for the duration of the stay). A list of recommended equipment will be sent to you.

In Jordan, the sun is king, don't forget your sunglasses. Drink water only from sealed capped bottles.


Participants must hold a passport that is valid for 6 months after the return date.

The organisation manages the obtaining of the visa, which will be issued on on arrival at the airport in Amman.


  • Currency : The Jordanian Dinar (JD) is the national currency 1 JD = €1.20 In major hotels, payment by credit card is possible. It is not necessary to bring US dollars with you, as Euros can be exchanged without any problem..
  • Language : Arabic is the official language. English is widely spoken, especially in tourist centres and and hotels.
  • Voltage : 220V in the hotels, no need for an adapter.
  • Internet : Network coverage almost everywhere and wifi connection in hotels.
  • Safety : Jordan is a safe country where misbehaviour is severely punished.


The RAIDLIGHT DESERT TROPHY is an event organized by Nature Extreme Developpement (NED) - TRAIL TO BE ALIVE, a French travel agencyspecialised in the organisation of sporting events, more than 200 stage races abroad since 1995, including more than 20 races in Jordan.

Raidlight is associated as a title partner, the specialist in equipment for desert races since 1999, and who continue to put into practice its DNA of "Let's share the Trail experience".

The Raidlight Desert Trophy is designed and route mapped by Benoît LAVAL, passionate ultra trail runner for over 20 years, and President of Raidlight and President of Nature Extreme Development.