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Ajloun Castle, also known as Rabad Castle, was built in the 12th century by the Ayyubids and later enlarged by the Mamluks. It is placed on a hilltop within the Mount Ajloun District and guards three wadis descending the Jordan Valley. The main purposes were to control and protect the trading road, the Bedouin tribes, and the Ayyubids against Crusaders' incursions and the iron mines of Ajloun. Unfortunately, the castle had to endure several destructions by several battles and two major earthquakes. Nevertheless, recent restoration activities ensured that you could admire the wonders of this castle on your Jordan travel.

The Zarqa River is the second largest stream flowing into the Jordan River after the Yarmouk River. The river often flows underground into the Jordan Valley and rises in springs near Amman. It is about 30 million years old and is also known as the Jabbok River; when biblical Jacob crossed the Jabbok on his way to Canaan.

Required gear

  • Sports Shoes
  • Hat & sunscreen
  • Reusable water bottle 
  • Light clothing, rain and wind jackets in the winter season 

Tips  

  • Take plenty of drinking water!
  • Always wear a helmet when cycling!
  • Take sunscreen with you.
  • A support vehicle will always be available to assist, don't hesitate to use it when you feel so! 

Risks

  • Wild dogs will never attack.
  • Slippery downhills during the wet season 
  • Light traffic in villages 
  • Dehydration, sunburn, heat stroke

The Ajloun to Azraq River is an advanced-level bike route. The trail starts from Ajloun Castle with a nice descent. After the visitor center, we will go over the mountains passing olive farms and oak tree forests. After that, the route will take us on double-track off-road sections to Zarqa River. But do not underestimate the trail; it contains various intense uphill sections that will push your limits.

Distance: 46.4km
Elevation gain:  +1,019m +13.7%
Elevation loss:  -2,024m  -20.4%
Difficulty level: Advanced/mix on- and off-road
The Trip Confirms Upon Weather Conditions!
For Groups above 4, Create a Tailor-Made Tour

  • Bike & helmet - Scott Sub cross 30 2018 model
  • Qualified first-class English-speaking cycling guide
  • Escorting vehicle with spare parts during the biking tours
  • Mechanical support 
  • First Aid support
  • Water & fruits
  • Excursions in modern deluxe A/C tourists vehicle as per the program
  • Archaeological site entrance fees ( can be covered by Jordan pass)
  • Transportation to the starting point
  • Extra meals and beverages
  • Any personal expenses
  • Tips and portages of all kinds
  • Accommodations

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