Starting from the hilltop ruins of Sabastiya – the ancient city of Samaria, later named Sebaste in honor of the Roman Emperor and sponsor of the city’s renovation – the trail wanders along dirt roads through lemon orchards before ascending to the shrine of Sheikh Shaleh, originally a fortress strategically located to monitor traffic through the region.
Leaving the shrine the path continues along a ridgeline through highland fields and farms in the direction of Mt. Ebal, the biblical “mountain of curses,” which is located on the north side of Nablus, opposite Mt. Gerizim, the “mountain of blessings.” Before reaching Mt. Ebal, the trail descends into the city of Nablus, nestled in a deep valley between Mt. Ebal and Mt. Gerizim.
Price Includes: experienced trekking guide, transportation form and back to the meeting point.
MEETING POINT: 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.
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