4 - 24 November, Full Program, Thru Hike

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Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil is a long distance cultural walking route in Palestine. The trail is 330 km long and extends from the village of Rummana northwest of Jenin to Beit Mirsim southwest of Al-Haram al-Ibrahimi (Ibrahimi Mosque) in Hebron. The trail passes through 53 cities and villages where hikers, walkers and travelers can experience the legendary Palestinian hospitality.

The Masar Ibrahim is more than just a hiking trail. It is a means of meeting and making connections with Palestinians and hikers from all over the world. You can explore Bedouin villages and experience a fundamental Palestinian tradition: Hospitality. The Masar Ibrahim not only invites hikers to experience nature but also to change their perspectives by sharing common values and tolerance for acquaintances along the way. Join us on an unforgettable journey and wander through the country’s hidden treasures, explore the heights and depths of its wonder and encounter the local hospitality, rich history and heritage.

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Day One: Saturday 4/11/2017 Rummana to Burqin

Rummana literally means pomegranates, and is approximately 17 km northwest of Jenin in the northern West Bank. This hike is one of the most amazingly challenging and extremely superb hikes in Palestine. You start walking through the ancient village on a hill slope and you come across traces of ancient remains, including cisterns and caves carved into rock. After that, you come across a village called Ta’ennek in the northwest of Jenin. There you will be welcomed and hosted by their village consulate and some local people. Ta’ennek is a very calm and quiet village that has a very simple way of living.

We continue walking towards Burqin, a small agricultural village. Walkers will have the chance to purchase fresh fruit, olive oil and other organic products locally produced.   Burqin hosts the Church of St. George, said to be one of the oldest in the world.

  • Length: 17.8 km
  • Duration: 5 - 7 hours
  • Category: Difficult
  • Dinner and overnight with local families in Burqin 

Day Two: Sunday 5/11/2017 Burqin to Arraba

We will start our hike from Burquin, a small agricultural village in the northern West Bank. Walkers will have the chance to purchase fresh fruit, olive oil and other organic local produced cause most people depends mainly on olive growing and olive oil as a living . Burquin hosts the Church of St. George, said to be one of the oldest in the world. 

We will continue walking to Arraba, where you can witness the beautiful old antiquities from the ottoman era, the irresistible views of mountains and hills, and the amazing plains and valleys from all around you, making it hard for anyone to resist taking pictures and having the chance to run and breathe the fresh air of the villages. In Arraba you will also be welcomed and hosted by the village consulate, having a tour in the old city of Arraba and maybe will have the chance also to meet with local people. 

  • Length: 14.17 km
  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Category: Moderate
  • Dinner and overnight with local families in Arraba

Day Three: Monday 6/11/2017 Arraba to Sanur

We will start our hike from Arraba, where we will walk from the ancient stately palace in the village historic center, and then cross through serene countryside, olive groves and orchards to arrive at Sanur’s hillside lookout tower and which is approximately 26 kms south of Jenin. In Sanur you will have a tour in the city and will be able to meet with their village consulate. By the end of the day you will be enjoying a cultural night.

  • Length: 12.70 km
  • Duration: 2 - 3 hours
  • Category: Moderate
  • Dinner and overnight with local families in Sanur

Day Four: Tuesday 7/11/2017 Sanur to Sebastia

The walk begins in Sanur, and from there, you will be traveling by donkey’s most of the time to the south to Sebastia, which is approximately 12 kms northwest of Nablus.  You will visit the ancient city of Sebastia which is situated on a hilltop; it is home to several important archaeological sites which date back to the Canaanite, Israelite, and Hellenistic, Herodian, Roman and Byzantine cultures.

  • Length: 15.50 km
  • Duration: 4 - 7 hours
  • Category: Challenging
  • Dinner and overnight at Sebastia Guest house

Day Five: Wednesday 8/11/2017 Sebastia to Nablus

The walk begins in Sebastia, which is approximately 12 km northwest of Nablus.  The Old City is host to a number of sites of archaeological importance. Nablus is well-known for its delicious sweet, kanafeh, as well as its olive oil soap.  Enjoy your walk!

  • Length: 12.10 km
  • Duration: 2 - 3 hours
  • Category: Easy
  • Dinner and Overnight at a hotel in Nablus

Day Six: Thursday 9/11/2017 Awarta To Duma

After Breakfast you will be transferred from Nablus to Awarta , where you will be walking 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

  • Length: 18.6 km
  • Duration: 5 - 6 hours
  • Category: Moderate to Difficult
  • Dinner and Overnight with local families in Duma

Day Seven: Friday 10/11/2017 Duma to Kafr Malik

The Walk begins from Duma to Kufr Malek passing through the village of Mughayyar and alongside the deep, rocky wadi to the natural springs and archaeological site of Ain Samia. You will be transferred to Taybeh, a mainly Christian village, where you will enjoy the visit the brewery in addition to that you will also a visit the ruins of the 4th century ancient church of St. George.

  • Length:14.80 km
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Category: Moderate to Difficult

Day Eight: Saturday 11/11/2017 Kafr Malik to Al Auja

Following a small road from Kafr Malek to Ein Samia Valley. After that the path drops down into Wadi al-’Auja, a deep, rugged wadi that runs from Ein Samia (Samia Spring) down to Ein al-’Auja in the Jordan Valley. From Ein Al-’Auja, the trail follows the wadi and ancient Roman aqueducts, used divert water from Ein al-’Auja to Jericho, past the ruins of a Byzantine church and onto the Al-’Auja Bedouin community as to have a great cultural night with a delicious traditional meal .

  • Length:      14.10 km
  • Duration:    4 - 5 hours
  • Category:   Difficult
  • Dinner and Overnight at the Bedouin Community

Day Nine: Sunday 12/11/2017 Al Auja to Jericho

The section begins in the broad plains of the Jordan Valley and passes by the tents of the Bedouin community of Wadi al-’Auja. The trail enters Jericho, one of the oldest cities in the world.  Its calm atmosphere and rich heritage is a true oasis to all walkers. Visitors can enjoy a visit to the Mount of Temptation, Tell es-Sultan, and the winter palaces of Hisham and Herod the Great. Nearby Jericho, members of the Aqbat Jaber Refugee Camp Women’s Center invite hikers for warm home-cooked meals and offer overnight stays in a 0ne-of-a-kind mudbrick guesthouse. Hikers can also have their passports stamped at the guesthouse.

  • Length:       14.10 km
  • Duration:    4 - 5 hours
  • Category:   Moderate
  • Dinner and Overnight at the Aqbat Jaber Refugee Camp Women’s Center

Day Ten: Monday 13/11/2017 Jericho to Sea Level

A long and beautiful hike leads through the picturesque Wadi Quelt where walkers will have a chance to discover the ruins of King Herod’s winter palace and then see the vines and foliage clinging to the sides of the rocky canyon Deir al-Quelt (St. George’s Monastery).

The road becomes easier as it leaves the monastery and heads towards the Roman aqueduct - another spectacular landmark located along that section of the Masar. Then the trail passes through the remote lands and the wilderness of the Jordan Valley on the historic road from Jericho to Jerusalem and leads to the Bedouin’s camp located exactly at the sea level.

  • Walking distance: 18.70 KM
  • Walking time: 5 - 7 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Dinner and Overnight at the Bedouin Community

Day Eleven: Tuesday 14/11/2017 Sea Level Community to Khirbet al-Mird

This section of the trail begins at the desert sanctuary of Nabi Musa, dating to the 13th century. According to Islamic tradition the site is the final resting place of the prophet Moses; After that the journey follows through large uninhabited areas, The trail starts in a deep valley along old pilgrim routes. Then from the mountain which overlooks Jericho and the Dead Sea hikers can view beautiful landscapes below. Along the route hikers will meet Bedouins with their camels and sheep. At the end of this section of the trail awaits Khirbet al-Mird (Hyrcania in Greek), the mysterious fortress commonly attributed to the Hasmonean leader John Hyrcanus, who is said to have built it toward the end of the second century BC.

  • Walking distance: 15.10 KM
  • Walking time: 5-6 hours
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Dinner and Overnight at the Grotto in Khirbet El Mard

Day Twelve: Wednesday 15/11/2017 Khirbet al-Mird to Tal El Qamar

The winding trail takes hikers down into the Kidron Valley full of various in size caves that in the Byzantine times were inhabited by monks. The spectacular Mar Saba Monastery and a few Byzantine wilderness monasteries are found here; the cluster was named after Saint Saba (439-532 CE), who settled in a cave opposite the site to live in complete seclusion. The area is a perfect spot to take a break and enjoy the view and the atmosphere. The trail then takes walkers through hills and valleys leading to the Tal al-Qamar area.

  • Walking distance: 11.20 KM
  • Walking time: 4-5 hours
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Dinner and Overnight at Tal El Qamar

Day Thirteen: Thursday 16/11/2017 Tal El Qamar to Bethlehem

Starting at Tal al-Qamar the trek will lead across the serene landscapes of the Jerusalem Wilderness towards Bethlehem. On the way, hikers will climb some rocky hills but will also have some time to sit, close their eyes, and feel the relaxing atmosphere of the surrounding space.

After leaving the Bedouin desert, the Masar will take walkers step by step through rural Palestinian life. Here you will discover the meadows and serene villages. More urban life awaits in Beit Sahour and Bethlehem, the place of Jesus’ birth. There are many historical and sacred sites to visit such as the Church of the Nativity, the Milk Grotto, and Shepherds Fields.

  • Walking distance: 14.60 KM
  • Walking time: 4-5 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Dinner and Overnight in a guest house

Day Fourteen: Friday 17/11/2017 Bethlehem to Tequ

Our walk will start with a city walk from the Manger Square in Bethlehem towards Artas to visit the monastery and the spring.   Then leisurely continue walking on mainly flat terrain with only one ascent to enjoy stunning views from Khirbet Tequa.  The walk will then continue through the fertile valley until we reach Tequa’.

  • Length:       14.50 km
  • Duration:   4 - 5 hours
  • Category:   Moderate
  • Dinner and Overnight with local families in Tequ.

Day Fifteen: 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 Sixteen: 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 Seventeen: 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 Eighteen: 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 Nineteen: 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 Twenty: 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 Twenty-one: Friday 24/11/2017 Adh-Dhahriya to 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:

First week:

  • 7 overnight including dinners and breakfasts (5 nights at local communities, 1 night at the guesthouses in Sebastia, 1 night in Nablus)
  • Light lunches during the walk from 4-10 November 2017
  • Experienced local hiking guides
  • 7 November 2017, Donkey tour in Sebastia.
  • Luggage transfers during the walk

Second week:

  • 7 overnight including dinners and breakfasts (3 night at local Bedouin community, 2 night at the guesthouses in Jericho and Beit Sahour, 1 night in homestay in Tequa, 1 night at Kherbet al-Merd Grotto)
  • Light lunches during the walk from 11-17 November 2017
  • Experienced local hiking guides
  • Luggage transfers during the walk

Third week:

  • 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

 

Price does not include:

  • Transfers to/ from the starting point and ending point
  • Optional 12 November 2017 Bike rent (20$)
  • Optional: 15 November 2017 star-gazing at Tel al-Qamar
  • Optional: 16 November 2017 dinner and cultural night at Grotto Restaurant (18$)
  • Optional Vehicles rise to the overlooking point (18$)
  • Other expenses

First Week Highlights:

  • Picturesque Landscapes
  • Olive Harvest Atmosphere
  • Traditional Hospitality and Delicious Homemade Meals
  • Famous landmarks: Burqin Church, Ottoman Palaces of Arraba and Sanur, Sebastiya
  • Visit to the Vibrant City of Nablus

Second Week Highlights:

  • Natural wonders - two natural valleys
  • Bedouin hospitality
  • Visit to Jericho and Bethlehem
  • Adventurous climbs in the Jerusalem Wilderness
  • Famous landmarks: Nabi Musa Sanctuary, Wadi Quelt Monastery, Mar Saba Monastery
  • Sleep in a Cave

Third Week 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