2 March - 9 March 2019, Rummana to Kafr Malek, Spring Thru-Hike 2019

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On this first day we will be meeting with your guide in Jenin, a small debriefing about the program.

Pass through the agriculture-based villages of the Jenin Governorate and enjoy the lively olive harvest season. The olive groves are perfect spots to rest with a cup of herbal tea brewed on a fire. Aside from a beautiful natural landscape that includes the gnarled, enchanting trunks of ancient olive trees, there are plenty of landmarks to encounter, such as Burqin Church. The trail passes through agricultural fields filled with cabbage and tobacco, as well as through beautifully preserved old villages like Arraba and Sanur, where you will be greeted with traditional Palestinian hospitality.

On the fifth day of the journey, you will reach Nablus, a city sure to enthrall you with its history, culture and hospitality. Nablus is located between two mountains - Gerizim and Ebal - and reflects the mysteries that come with a thousand-year existence. After exploring the bustling markets of Nablus’ Old City you will again be greeted with the tranquility of the surrounding villages. Follow the Masar Ibrahim and enjoy the marvelous views over the Jordan Valley.

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The day before: Friday 1/3/2019 Arrival
The group will meet in Bethlehem. The meeting point will be in front Bank of Jordan at Bab Zukak Junction in Bethlehem. It is the last bus stop for #231 bus starting from the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. The buses are frequent (around each half an hour) and it takes around 45 minutes to arrive to Bethlehem.
At 2 pm there will be an arranged transfer for all the participants to Jenin. The group will be lodgment in a Hotel in Jenin, were the group get the changes to relax before starting the Thru-hike journey. More detailed information we will provide for the participants, so they know where they are staying and hear more about the guides.

Day One: Saturday 2/3/2019 Rummana to Burqin

Rummana, a town whose name literally means 'pomegranates', is approximately 17 km northwest of Jenin in the northern West Bank. This hike is one of the most challenging but amazing hikes in Palestine. We will start by walking up a hill through the ancient village, where you will find traces of ancient remains, including cisterns and caves carved into rock. Next you will come across a village called Ta’ennek in the northwest of Jenin, where you will be welcomed and hosted by their village consulate and some local people. Ta’ennek is a tranquil and quiet village with a very simple way of living.

 

We will continue walking towards Burqin, a small agricultural village. Walkers will have the chance to purchase locally produced fresh fruit, olive oil and other organic products.  Burqin is home to the Church of St. George, also known as Burqin Church, which is 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 3/3/2019 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 locally produced fresh fruit, olive oil and other organic products: the area is known for its olives and olive oil, and most villagers depend on the industry to make their livelihood. 

 

We will continue walking to Arraba, where you will find beautiful antiquities from the Ottoman era and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, plains and valleys. In Arraba you will be welcomed with a tour of the old city and again be hosted by the village consulate. 


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


Day Three: Monday 4/3/2019 Arraba to Sanur

We will start our hike from an ancient palace in Arraba's historic center and continue through olive groves and orchards to arrive at Sanur’s hillside lookout tower, approximately 26 km south of Jenin. In Sanur you will meet with the village consulate and enjoy a tour of the old city, before relaxing and enjoying a lively evening filled with traditional food and culture.


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


Day Four: Tuesday 5/3/2019 Sanur to Sebastia

The walk begins in Sanur: from there, you will travel south by donkey to Sebastia, approximately 12 km northwest of Nablus.  You will visit the ancient hilltop city of Sebastia, home to several important archaeological sites dating back to the Canaanite, Israelite, Hellenistic, Herodian, Roman and Byzantine periods.


Length:                  15.50 km
Duration:               4 - 7 hours
Category:              Challenging
Dinner and overnight at a guesthouse in Sebastia


Day Five: Wednesday 6/3/2019 Sebastia to Nablus

The walk begins in Sebastia, approximately 12 km northwest of Nablus.  The old city of Nablus is home to a number of sites of archaeological importance, including Jacob's Well. Nablus is famous for its delicious dessert, kanafeh, as well as its olive oil soap.  Enjoy your walk!


Length:            12.10 km
Duration:         2 - 4 hours
Category:        Easy
Dinner and Overnight at a hotel in Nablus


Day Six: Thursday 7/3/2019 Nablus Free Day

Include: Breakfast, Dinner and Overnight


Day Seven: Friday 8/3/2019 Awarta To Duma

After breakfast you will be transferred from Nablus to Awarta, where you will walk through the beautiful hills of the Nablus region towards Duma.  Awarta, 8 km southeast of Nablus and 560 m above sea level, has been inhabited since biblical times. The villages in the Nablus Governorate are interspersed in a mixed landscape of plains and mountains. The area is famous for its bountiful crops of olives, almonds, corn, lentils, and a variety of summer vegetables such as tomatoes and zucchini. The production of olives and olive products is one of the main sources of income for many inhabitants.

We will end the hike in Duma, 25 km southeast of Nablus. Duma's residents primarily rely on field 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 Eight: Saturday 9/3/2019 Duma to Kafr Malik

The walk begins from Duma and passes 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 visit the oldest microbrewery in the Middle East, Taybeh Brewing Company, as well as the ruins of the 4th century church of St. George.


Length:            14.80 km
Duration:          5 hours
Category:         Moderate to Difficult
Dinner and overnight at local family in Kafr Malik

Price includes:
8 overnights including dinners and breakfasts (5 nights at local communities, 1 night at the guesthouses in Sebastia, 2 night in Nablus)

Light lunches during the walk
Experienced local hiking guides
Luggage transfers during the walk


Not include:

Any other expenses that were not mentioned above

Highlights

Picturesque landscapes
Olive harvest atmosphere
Traditional hospitality and delicious homemade meals
Famous landmarks: Burqin Church, Ottoman Palaces of Arraba and Sanur, Sebastia
Visit to the vibrant city of Nablus

Route

  1. East Jerusalem