27 May 2017, Saturday. Sebastia to Nablus

This walk begins from Sebastia which is 12 kms northwest of Nablus. Sebastia is home to a number of important archaeological sites. The ancient site of Samaria-Sebastia is located just above the built up area of the modern day village on the eastern slope of the hill. The ruins dominate the hillside and comprise remains from six successive cultures dating back 10,000 years: Canaanite, Israelite, Hellenistic, Herodian, Roman and Byzantine. Reaching to Nablus, which is located 49 kilometers north of Jerusalem, you will have the chance to try the famous Nabulsi Kenafeh, as well as its olive oil soap.  Nabulsi, meaning "from Nablus", is used to describe items such as handicrafts (e.g. Nabulsi soap) and food products (e.g. Nabulsi cheese) that are made in Nablus or in the traditional Nablus style. Nablus lies in a strategic position at a junction between two ancient commercial roads; one linking the Sharon coastal plain to the Jordan valley, the other linking Nablus to the Galilee in the north, and the biblical Judea to the south through the mountains. The city stands at an elevation of around 550 meters above sea level, in a narrow valley running roughly east-west between two mountains: Mount Ebal, the northern mountain, and Mount Gerizim, the southern mountain. Walking distance:         10.1 km Walking time:               2 - 3 hours Difficulty:                      Easy What to bring: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 2-3 liters of water and snacks/ Lunch for the hike Sunscreen and hat Your camera What is included: An experienced local hiking guide Transportation from the Jerusalem Hotel and back
Siraj Center 23 April 2017, Sunday. Awarta to Duma

23 April 2017, Sunday. Awarta to Duma

Walk through the beautiful hills of the Nablus region from the picturesque village of Awarta to Duma.  Awarta, 8 kms southeast of Nablus, has been inhabited since Biblical times. It is 560m high above the sea level. The village territories which are a mix of plains and mountains interfere with the neighboring villages. It is famous mostly for planting olive trees, almonds, corn, lentils, and a variety of summer vegetables such as tomatoes and zucchini. The yield of olive trees is of the main source of income for many inhabitants. You end up the hike in Duma which is 25 kilometers southeast of Nablus. Duma's residents still mostly rely on irrigated crops, fruit orchards, olive groves and livestock for food. There are four water springs in Duma that provide water for the residents. Walking distance:         18.6 km Walking time:               5 - 6 hours Difficulty:                      Moderate to Difficult What to Bring: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 3 - 4 liters of water and snacks/ Lunch for the hike Sunscreen and hat Your camera What is included: An experienced local hiking guide Transportation from/to Jerusalem or Beit Sahour 

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Siraj Center 5 May 2017, Friday. Duma to Kafr Malek

5 May 2017, Friday. Duma to Kafr Malek

You start this hike from Duma which is 25 kilometers southeast of Nablus, by walking through a landscape of olive groves, wheat fields, and limestone villages in the beautiful hills of the Nablus region from the picturesque village of Duma. Besides the few small sections on paved road, this segment takes you alongside a rocky valley. You complete this stage by reaching up a steep ascent that ends up at Kafr Malek village which is 17 kilometers northeast of Ramallah, and surrounded by the villages of Almughayyer, Kherbet Abu Falah, Almazra'a Alsharqiyya (Eastern Farm) and Dair Jreer (Jreer Monastery), is a very famous village for growing olive and fruit trees such as almonds and grapes. The residents depend on the rainwater in irrigating their crops and in drinking. Enjoy your walk and take lots of photos! Walking distance:         14.9 km Walking time:               5 hours Difficulty:                      Moderate to Difficult What to bring: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 3 - 4 liters of water and snacks/ Lunch for the hike Sunscreen and hat Your camera What is included: An experienced local hiking guide Transportation from/to Jerusalem or Beit Sahour 

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Siraj Center 11 May 2017, Thursday. Desert Full Moon Walk

11 May 2017, Thursday. Desert Full Moon Walk

Arab Al Rashayda village dates back to 1983 and its residents originate from the same region. The village name ‘Arab Al-Rashayda came in relation to Al-Rashayda tribe that exists in all parts of the Arab world, related to Rashid family. This hike is a unique opportunity to the walk in the Jerusalem Desert, guided by the illuminating light of the breathtaking full moon.  You will be able to overnight in a Bedouin tent, an early morning walk, and watch the beautiful sunrise with the Dead Sea in the foreground and the mountains of Jordan in the background. You will be transferred back from the sunrise point by jeeps. Length: 10 km Duration: 2-3 hours Category: Moderate – Difficult What to bring: Personal items/clothing for the overnight stay Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 2 liters of water and snacks for the walk Sunscreen and a hat Your camera What is included: An experienced local hiking guide Traditional dinner and breakfast with a Bedouin host family One overnight at the Bedouin tent in Reshayda Transportation from the Jerusalem Hotel and back

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Siraj Center 14 May 2017, Sunday. Sanur to Sebastia

14 May 2017, Sunday. Sanur to Sebastia

This stage extends from Sanur which is approximately 26 kms north of Jenin, to Sebastia which is located in the Nablus Governorate some 12 kilometers northwest of the city of Nablus. You start this hike by climbing the Mount Hraish which has an elevation of 650 meters and is located near Maythaloon town between Sanur and Sebastia. While hiking on this mountain towards Sebastia, you will get to see the shrine that is located on the top of the mountain which traces back to ottoman period. The ancient city of Sebastia is situated on a hilltop, and is home to several important archaeological sites which date back to the Canaanite, Hellenistic, Herodian, Roman and Byzantine cultures. Walking distance:         15.6 km Walking time:               6 - 8 hours Difficulty:                     Difficult What to bring: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 4-5 liters of water and snacks/ Lunch for the hike Sunscreen and hat Your camera What is included: An experienced local hiking guide Transportation from Jerusalem/ Beit Sahour and back

FromUSD 60
Siraj Center 27 May 2017, Saturday. Sebastia to Nablus

27 May 2017, Saturday. Sebastia to Nablus

This walk begins from Sebastia which is 12 kms northwest of Nablus. Sebastia is home to a number of important archaeological sites. The ancient site of Samaria-Sebastia is located just above the built up area of the modern day village on the eastern slope of the hill. The ruins dominate the hillside and comprise remains from six successive cultures dating back 10,000 years: Canaanite, Israelite, Hellenistic, Herodian, Roman and Byzantine. Reaching to Nablus, which is located 49 kilometers north of Jerusalem, you will have the chance to try the famous Nabulsi Kenafeh, as well as its olive oil soap.  Nabulsi, meaning "from Nablus", is used to describe items such as handicrafts (e.g. Nabulsi soap) and food products (e.g. Nabulsi cheese) that are made in Nablus or in the traditional Nablus style. Nablus lies in a strategic position at a junction between two ancient commercial roads; one linking the Sharon coastal plain to the Jordan valley, the other linking Nablus to the Galilee in the north, and the biblical Judea to the south through the mountains. The city stands at an elevation of around 550 meters above sea level, in a narrow valley running roughly east-west between two mountains: Mount Ebal, the northern mountain, and Mount Gerizim, the southern mountain. Walking distance:         10.1 km Walking time:               2 - 3 hours Difficulty:                      Easy What to bring: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 2-3 liters of water and snacks/ Lunch for the hike Sunscreen and hat Your camera What is included: An experienced local hiking guide Transportation from the Jerusalem Hotel and back

FromUSD 50