No Jordan itinerary is complete without visiting the ancient city of Petra. If Petra is already on your bucket list (and it really should be!) then you must have seen a ton of pictures about Treasury from above. There are two different ways to get up there and lucky for you, one of them is free! If you want to know how to find the best secret viewpoint in Petra (Treasury from above) without paying anything, keep on reading!
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The map of Petra
The best viewpoint in Petra - Treasury from above
Step 1: Arriving to the Treasury
To reach the Treasury, you have to walk approximately 2 km from the Visitors’ Centre. First, you will enter through the Siq – a dim, narrow gorge created by natural rock formations. In the end of the trail the gorge suddenly opens up and you will be rewarded with the most magnificent view: the Treasury!
You will find many beduins there and I’m sure many of them will offer to take you up to the famous viewpoint. They will even show you some photos of it, in case you are not familiar with the place. They can be really pushy and many will follow you around even if you already said no.
What they are not telling you is that there are actually two viewpoints. The first one is on the left side of the Treasury, a steep stairway carved into the rocks. This one is only accessible with a local guide. If you wish to choose this way, you have to pay them a couple of bucks and they will take you up there. According to them it is a 10 minute climb but looking at those stairs I bet that it takes a lot longer.
Step 2: Finding the Al Khubta Trail
If you want to find the other trail by yourself, you have to continue your journey on the main path (on the right side of the Treasury). You have to walk past the Street of Facades and the old Theatre until you reach the Royal Tombs. There is a restroom on the right side and you will find the first sign of the Al Khubta Trail before it.
You have to follow the sign by starting to climb up on the stairs near the Royal Tombs. The path will curve around the tombs and that’s where the ultimate climb begins! Basically you just have to follow the stairs from this point until you reach the top. Depending on your fitness level, it will take around 20-30 minutes. Once you reach the top you will able to see the whole valley of Petra. I’d suggest taking a little break there and just enjoy the view for a few minutes!
Step 3: Finding the best viewpoint in Petra
After you gathered some energy you should continue the path. You will soon reach a structure that looks like a small house. There is a little stairway on the left side and as the sign shows, that’s where you need to go.
Good news: no more stairs after this! You just have to follow the road down to the valley. There is no signed path but you can’t really go wrong anywhere from this point, so just relax and go on!
After a couple minutes of hiking, you will already get a glimpse of the Treasury.
You have to continue hiking down in the valley until you see a small hut with the Best View of the Treasury sign. Congratulations, you made it!
Go inside the hut to enjoy the magnificent view of the Treasury from above! Since you are in a beduin tent please respect the owner by buying something from him, like a tea or a can of coke. Chances are you will be the only one in the tent, so just sit back with your drink and enjoy the view!
Where to stay in Petra
Wadi Musa is the closest town to the ancient city of Petra so I would recommend to stay here at least 1-2 nights. Although the town is pretty big with many options to choose from, it’s worth to stay in a hotel which is close to the entrance of Petra. You can check all the accommodations in Wadi Musa here, or if you don’t want to spend time with searching, check out my recommendations below!
*Please note that the below mentioned rates are calculated for 2 people and they are based on my independent research at the time of writing. Therefore I can not guarantee this rate in any way.*
Featuring free Wi-Fi, the 5-star Mövenpick Resortis at the to the ancient city of Petra. The hotel’s rooftop garden terrace offers views of the hills. The spacious rooms feature white linen and bright windows.
Boasting a garden and a terrace, Petra Boutique Hotel is situated in Wadi Musa, 2 minutes from Petra Visitor Centre. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi.
Once you start your hike from the Treasury, it takes around one hour to reach the upper viewpoint. It is not the easiest hike thanks to the million stairs but it’s totally worth it! And to be honest I don’t think that the other version (with the local guide) is any easier than this.
Please don’t use any donkeys, camels or horse carriages while you are in Petra! The beduins will offer you to ride them practically every minute you are in there, but please don’t! The animals are often treated badly and it was really horrible to see them carrying all those people around all day long. Thank you in advance!
I hope you liked this post about how to find the best view of the Treasury from above. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email, I always love helping you out! Did you manage to find the best view of the Treasury? Let me know in the comments!