11 May 2017, Thursday. Desert Full Moon Walk

The modern village of Arab al Rashaydeh dates back to 1983, although its residents have lived there intermitently for much longer. The name Arab Al-Rashayda is in relation to the Rashaydeh tribe, a tribe that exists across the Arab world and is related to Rashid family.


This hike is a unique opportunity to the walk in the Jerusalem desert, guided by the illuminating light of the full moon.  You will stay overnight in a Bedouin tent before waking to an early morning walk, which will lead you across the desert terrain to a stunning point overlooking the Dead Sea and Jordan. After watching the sun rise, you will be transferred back to the Bedouin tent by jeep.

  • 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 Rashaydeh
  • Transportation from the Jerusalem Hotel and back
  • Jerusalem 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: 16:00 on Thursday, 11 May 2017
  • Approximate returning time: 09:00 on Friday 12th of May 2017

Rate: From Jerusalem 100$, from Beit Sahour 60$

  • Take a very early morning hike through the desert of Rashaydeh, guided by the illuminating light of the full moon.  
  • Enjoy the beautiful sunrise with the Dead Sea in the foreground and the mountains of Jordan in the background.  
  • Ride by jeep to the Bedouin tent.
  • Eat a traditional Palestinian dinner and breakfast.


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