Walking

Walking

Palestine’s unique geographic diversity makes the country ideal for outdoor activities!

Walking is great way to discover Palestine‘s diverse landscape and indigenous flora and fauna. Treks range from historical and biblical paths to strenuous and challenging hikes through mountains and valleys.

What makes Palestine especially well-suited for trekking, however, is the numerous Wadis – a dry riverbed that contains intermittent streams, which discharge into the Jordan valley and the dead Sea. These Wadis used to shape up routes coming into Palestine from neighboring countries, and today their picturesque pathways are perfect for seasoned hikers and holidaymakers who prefer a gentle stroll with a local guide. In addition some of these Wadis were active with the monastic lives, where many monasteries were built.

Trails range form long-distance to short walks, from gentle afternoon strolls to challenging desert scrambles.

Suggested Trails:

Jerusalem Wilderness
The Jerusalem Wilderness explores the area of desert that lies to the east of the cultivated hills between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. The program allows one to wander into the heart of this unique landscape.
Masar Ibrahim al Khalil (Abraham’s Path)
One is welcome to walk in the footsteps of Ibrahim across the landscape of Palestine, learn about the history and culture of this land, and to share the warmth and hospitality of the people.
The Nativity Trail
Over 2,000 years ago, Mary and Joseph made the long trek from Nazareth in the Galilee to Bethlehem, and it was a journey that would have taken several long days and nights.
Tour in the Natural Trails
Experience the best of Palestine’s natural environment on a guided walkthrough Al Auja, Wadi Al-Makhrour, Wadi el Qelt, Wadi Qudr on and many other locations.
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The Gardens of Batir

EXPLORING THE LANDSCAPE OF A HISTORIC PALESTINIAN VILLAGE

Walk in the green hills and olive groves around the ancient village of Batir. Explore the Sufi lodges, Ottoman shrines, and irrigated gardens of the old center. Stay for lunch with a family, sample the fabulous local produce, and learn the story of Batir’s long struggle to retain its land and its identity as an historic Palestinian town. Read more…   

A NIGHT WITH A BEDOUIN FAMILY IN THE DESERT OF RASHAYDEH

Hike one of the most pristine and spectacular canyons in the Jerusalem wilderness. Share food and stories with the family of Hajj Ali in his tents at Rashaydeh. Watch the desert sunrise over the distant hills of the Dead Sea. Read more…  

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 The Monastery in the Desert

A WALK FROM MAR SABA TO THE TENT AT TEL AL QAMAR

Explore the ancient monastery of Mar Saba, hidden in a remote canyon above the shores of the Dead Sea. Hike south, across the desert, and arrive on foot at Tel al Qamar – the Hill of the Moon – for a firelight feast under the stars. Read more…  

Sufi Trails – Exploring the Hidden Heritage of Palestine

Hidden in the mountains north of Ramallah, on the hilltops and in the old Palestinian villages, lies a scattered network of Sufi shrines and sacred sites that go back to remote pre-history. The Sufi Trails are designed to help you explore the landscape – to walk the paths through the oak forests and olive groves, to discover the story of these forgotten sanctuaries, and to meet the kind, welcoming people who live in these villages today.

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