18 - 24 November 2017, Tuqu’ to Beit Mirsim, Thru Walk 2017

From USD 500

Begin your journey from encountering the Bedouin hospitality. Your hosts will make sure to take you to the best lookout on the Dead Sea in the area. After a picturesque hike through the rough surfaces of the desert landscape, you will arrive to a spot that may prove hard to forget.

After leaving the desert, you will head towards Beni Na’im, tranquille village famous for the grape groves surrounding the area. There your hosts will treat you with the freshly made grapes molasses called dibis for breakfast or serve a platter of savory Palestinian grape leaves stuffed with a mixture of meat and spiced rice for lunch.

The trail will lead hikers towards the Old City of Hebron, where home of Al-Ibrahimi Mosque, a place of conflict and spirituality and a symbol of struggle and hospitality. Follow the labyrinth of alleys, streets and courtyards through Hebron’s old quarters and mingle with the shopkeepers as you move toward the Mosque.

South of Hebron awaits you the new part of the Masar Ibrahim that invites all the hikers, especially those interested in architectural and archaeological heritage. The new stages reveal impressive ruins of ancient monasteries, shrines, presses and cisterns. 

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Day one: Saturday 18/11/2017 Tequ to Rashaydeh

This walk will take us from Tequ’ through Wadi Jihar to Reshayda village, located about 20 km east of Hebron.  This is a wonderful desert hike through the Jerusalem Wilderness, descending into the spectacular Wadi Jihar, a deep limestone canyon that winds down into the desert. The hike from Tequ’a through Wadi Jihar will take about 4 hours.  The terrain is rocky desert tracks, with a descent and few small climbs. We emerge from the valley reaching Rashayda village, and then continue walking toward the Bedouin Tent in Rashadydeh

  • Length: 24.30 km
  • Duration: 4 - 5 hours
  • Category: Easy to Moderate
  • Dinner and Overnight in Rashadydeh
     

Day two: Sunday 19/11/2017 Rashaydeh to Bani Naim

We will hike from the Reshayda desert area to Beni Naim, which is a mountain area from which Abraham watch the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Jordan Valley below.  The terrain is rocky and uneven. By the end of the day we will have a tour at Bani Naim city ad by a great experience and enjoying a cooking class with the women of Bani Naim.

  • Length:      22 km
  • Duration:   6- 7 hours
  • Category:   Difficult
  • Dinner and Overnight with local families

Day Three: Monday 20/11/2017 Bani Naim to Hebron

This hike starts from Bani Naim to Hebron , This section of the Masar takes you from the mountainous region where Ibrahim interceded on behalf of Lot’s people in Sodomand Gomorrah by the end of this day a great opportunity to eat a traditional meal with a local family.

  • Length:                  7 km
  • Duration:   2-3 hours
  • Category:   Easy 
  • Dinner and Overnight at the lamar Guest House in Hebron

Day Four: Tuesday 21/11/2017 Hebron to Dura

The Hebron to Dura day stage takes hikers from the busy streets of Hebron It begins in front of the Ibrahimi Mosque (Al-Haram al-Ibrahimi), the most important landmark in Hebron, where Ibrahim (Abraham), revered by three religious traditions, was buried alongside his wife, his son, grandson, and their wives. The path leads further through the souqs and alleys of Old City of Hebron, heading towards Dura city.

  • Walking distance: 12.40 km
  • Walking time: 4-5 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day Five: Wednesday 22/11/2017 Dura to As Sura

In Dura, hikers can start their day by visiting Dura Cooperative Association for Agricultural Production, where they can stamp their Hiker Passports and support the women’s cooperative by purchasing some aromatic herbs or sweet raisins or malban (dried grape juice rollups) - a tasty snack for the way.

After leaving Dura the trail passes through scenic valleys covered with the abundant pine trees. Along the way, there are some hills to climb. The final part of this section leads up the hill to As-Sura, a small agricultural village in the Hebron Governorate.

  • Walking distance: 11.2 km
  • Walking time: 4-5 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Dinner and Overnight at the lamar Guest House in Hebron

Day Six: Thursday 23/11/2017 As-Sura to Adh-Dhahriya

After passing through the rural areas surrounding As-Sur, the path to Adh-Dhahriya, leads through evergreen pine forests. It continues towards Khirbet Rabud, the only major Late Bronze Age archaeological site in the mountains around Hebron.

  • Walking distance: 13.5 km
  • Walking time: 4-5 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Dinner and Overnight at the lamar Guest House in Hebron

Day Seven: Friday 24/11/2017 Adh-Dhahriyato Beit Marsam

The final stage of Masar Ibrahim takes hikers on an interesting 19-kilometer hike between Adh-Dhahriya, located 23 kilometers southwest of Hebron, and Beit Mirsim, located 30 kilometers southwest of Hebron.

  • Walking distance: 19.8 km
  • Walking time: 5 - 7 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Price include:

  • 6 overnight including dinners and breakfasts (1 night at local Bedouin community in Reshayda, 1 night at homestay at Bani Naim, 4 nights at Lamar Guesthouse in Hebron)
  • Light lunches during the walk from 18- 24 November 2017
  • Experienced local hiking guides
  • Luggage transfers during the walk

Not include:

  • All Transfers to/ from the starting point and ending point
  • Optional Vehicles ride to the overlooking point (18$)
  • Other expenses

Highlights:

  • Bedouin hospitality
  • Agricultural Landscapes of Hebron area
  • Architectural and Archaeological Heritage
  • Famous landmarks: Old City of Hebron, Adh-Dahriya Old City

Route

  1. East Jerusalem