25 February 2017, Saturday. Nebi Musa to Mar Saba

A new challenge is awaiting you, a walk begins near Nebi Musa, in the eastern Jerusalem Desert, the history of the shrine dated back to the era of Saladin, and concludes at Mar Saba, the Greek Orthodox desert monastery.  Mar Saba is among the most ancient and wondrous desert monasteries in the Holy Land.  Women have not been allowed into Mar Saba for 15 centuries, and will have to admire the monastery from afar - over its exterior walls.

Without any shade, the strenuous walk, from near Nebi Musa to Mar Saba, will prove to be challenging, yet rewarding.  This hike is not recommended for those who suffer from vertigo, and who are afraid of heights.

  • Walking distance:         8 km
  • Walking time:               3 hours
  • Difficulty:                      Moderate - Difficult

What to bring:

Lightweight walking boots
Walking poles
At least 3-4 liters of water and snacks/food for the hike
Sunscreen and hat
Your camera

 

What is Included:

  • An experienced local hiking guide
  • Transportation from the Jerusalem/ Beit Sahour and back
  • Meeting point: in front of The Jerusalem Hotel, 4 Anatara Ben Shaddad St., East Jerusalem, near the Damascus Gate
  • Direction: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Jerusalem+Hotel/@31.7843026,35.2258947,677m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x150329c458973183:0x496b59518afd3fa1!6m1!1e1
  •  Beit Sahour meeting point: in front of Beit Sahour Municipality
  • Meeting time: 08:00
  • Approximate returning time: 15:00 
  • walk through the desert,
  • discover the history of the Nebi Musa shrine, which dates back to the era of Saladin
  • marvel at Mar Saba, the Greek Orthodox desert monastery, the most ancient and wondrous desert monasteries in the Holy Land.  Women have not been allowed into Mar Saba for 15 centuries, and will have to admire the monastery from afar - over its exterior walls. 

More information:

http://masaribrahim.ps/en/masar-the-path/jericho/nabi-musa-to-mar-saba-monastery-to-tal-al-qamar

 

Route

  1. Jerusalem