Saturday, 3rd of November 2018 - Rummana to Burquin - Thru Hike Masar Ibrahim

We will begin at the village council of Rummana, where you will have a small welcoming ceremony with local families and a short debriefing about the program with the guide. Rummana, literally meaning 'pomegranates', is approximately 17 km northwest of Jenin in the northern West Bank. This hike is one of the most challenging and superb hikes in Palestine. We will start walking through the ancient village on a hill slope and come across traces of ancient remains, including cisterns and caves carved into rock. We will continue towards a village called Ta’ennek in the northwest of Jenin, where we will be welcomed and hosted by their village consulate and some local people. Ta’ennek is a calm and quiet village with a simple way of living.    We will continue walking towards Burqin, a small agricultural village. Walkers will have the chance to purchase fresh fruit, olive oil and other locally produced organic products. Burqin hosts the Church of St. George, said to be one of the oldest in the world.   Masar Ibrahim Hikers stamp location: Burqin Church Walking distance: 17 km Walking time: 5 - 7 hours Difficulty: Difficult Recommendations: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 4-5 liters of water and snacks for the hike Sunscreen and hat Your camera Included: An experienced local hiking guide Lunch en route arranged by local families Not Included: Transportations from/to the starting and ending point 

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Sunday, 4th of November 2018 Burqin To Arraba - Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

Begin hiking from Burquin, a small agricultural village in the northern West Bank. Walkers will have the chance to purchase fresh fruit, olive oil and other local organic produce from local farmers. Burquin is home to the Church of St. George, said to be one of the oldest in the world.    We will continue walking to Arraba, where you will find beautiful antiquities from the Ottoman era and captivating views of the surrounding mountains, plains and valleys. In Arraba you will be welcomed, given a tour of the old city and hosted by the village consulate.   Masar Ibrahim Hikers stamp location: Arraba Walking distance: 14.17 km Walking time: 4-5 hours Difficulty: Moderate Recommendations: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 4-5 liters of water and snacks for the hike Sunscreen and hat Your camera Included: An experienced local hiking guide Lunch en route arranged by local families Excluded: Transportation from/to the starting point and from the ending point 

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Monday, 5th of November 2018 - Arraba To Sanur - Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

Begin hiking from an ancient palace in Arraba's historical center before crossing through olive groves and orchards to arrive at Sanur’s hillside lookout tower, approximately 26 km south of Jenin. In Sanur you will have a tour of the city and meet with their village consulate.   Masar Ibrahim Hikers stamp location: Sanur   Walking distance: 12.70 km Walking time: 2 - 3 hours Difficulty: Moderate   Recommendations: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 2- 3 liters of water and snacks for the hike Sunscreen and hat Your camera Included: An experienced local hiking guide Lunch en route arranged by local families Not Included: Transportations from/to the starting point and the ending point

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Tuesday, 6th of November 2018 - Sanur to Sebastia - Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

The walk begins in Sanur, from which you will travel by donkey most of the way south to Sebastia, approximately 12 km northwest of Nablus. You will visit the ancient city of Sebastia, situated on a hilltop: Sebastia is home to several important archaeological sites which date back to the Canaanite, Israelite, Hellenistic, Herodian, Roman and Byzantine eras.   Masar Ibrahim Hikers stamp location : Sebastia   Walking distance: Approximately 15.50 kms Walking time: Approximately 4 - 7 hours Difficulty: Difficult  Recommendations: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 4-5 liters of water and snacks for the hike Sunscreen and hat Your camera Included: An experienced local hiking guide Lunch en route arranged by local families Traditional Dabka dance Not Included: Transportations from/to the starting point and ending point 

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Wednesday, 7th of November 2018 - Sebastia to Nablus - Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

The walk begins in Sebastia, approximately 12 km northwest of Nablus, and finishes in Nablus. Nablus is well-known for the delicious dessert, kanafeh, as well as its olive oil soap.  Enjoy your walk!   Masar Ibrahim Hikers stamp location: old city of Nablus  Walking distance: 12.10 km Walking time: 2 - 3 hours Difficulty: Easy Recommendations: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 2-3 liters of water and snacks for the hike Sunscreen and hat Your camera Included: An experienced local hiking guide Lunch in Nablus Not Included: Transportations from/to the starting point and ending point

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Thursday, 8th of November 2018 - Awarta to Duma - Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

This hike will take you through the beautiful hills of the Nablus region, from Awarta to Duma.  Awarta, eight kilometers southeast of Nablus, has been inhabited since biblical times. Located 560 meters above sea level, Awarta's surrounding territories are a mix of plains and mountains. It is famous for its olives, almonds, corn, lentils, and a variety of summer vegetables such as tomatoes and zucchini. Olive production is one of the main sources of income for many inhabitants. You will end the hike in Duma, 25 kilometers southeast of Nablus. Duma's residents still rely primarily on irrigated crops, fruit orchards, olive groves and livestock for food. There are four water springs in Duma that provide water for the residents. Enjoy your walk and take lots of photos!   Walking distance:         18.6 km Walking time:               5 - 7 hours Difficulty:                      Moderate    Recommendations: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 3 - 4 liters of water and snacks for the hike as lunch will be served by the end of the day Sunscreen and hat Your camera Included: An experienced local hiking guide Lunch in Aqraba with a local family Not Included: Transportations from/to the starting point and ending point

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Friday 9th of November 2018 - Duma to Kafr Malek - Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

Walk through the beautiful hills of the picturesque village of Duma, a village located 25 kilometers southeast of Nablus that has been inhabited since the 4th century. Continue your hike through a landscape of olive groves, wheat fields, and rural villages until you reach Kafr Malek. You will transfer by vehicle to visit Taybeh and St. George's Church and will have the opportunity to visit the Taybeh Brewery before transferring back to Kafr Malek.   Enjoy your walk and take lots of photos! Masar Ibrahim Hikers stamp location: Kafr Malek Walking distance:         14.80 km Walking time:               5 hours Difficulty:                      Moderate  Recommendations: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 3 - 4 liters of water and snacks for the hike as lunch will be served by the end of the day Sunscreen and hat Your camera Included: An experienced local hiking guide Lunch in Aqraba with a local family Transfer to Taybeh to visit St. George Church and Taybeh Brewery Not Included: Transportations from/to the starting point and the ending point 

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Saturday 10 of November 2018, Kafr Malik to Al Auja - Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

Starting walking from Kafr Malik through one of the most beautiful areas in the West Bank to Ain Samia. On this 14.10 kilometer hike we will encounter water springs and systems, built along ancient aqueduct ruins, which offer a fascinating glimpse into the history of Palestine. While this hike will challenge you with its demanding terrain, it will also reward you with spectacular views and a peaceful atmosphere. Masar Ibrahim Hikers stamp location : Al Auja  Length:       14.10 km Duration:    4 - 5 hours Category:   Difficult   What to bring: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 3-4 liters of water and snacks for the walk Sunscreen and a hat Your camera Included.  An experienced local hiking guide  Picnic lunch in route by local families Excluded: Transportations from/to the starting point and ending point 

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Sunday, 11th November 2018, Al-’Auja to Jericho, Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

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. Masar Ibrahim Hikers stamp location : Jericho Distance: 16.30 KM Time: 3-5 hours Trail Difficulty: Moderate   Recommendations: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 4-5 liters of water and snacks for the hike Sunscreen and hat Your camera Included: An experienced local hiking guide entrance to Hisham's Palace Not Included: Transportations to the starting point and from the end point  (Basd on the number of Participants) Optional Tour : bike Tour in Jericho will cost 20 $ per person 

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13- 14 November 2018 Sea Level Community to Tel Al-Qamar, Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

Day one: Sea Level to Kherbet Al-Merd This section of the trail begins at the desert sanctuary of Nabi Musa, dating back to the 13th century. According to Islamic tradition the site is the final resting place of the prophet Moses; the site consists of the tomb and a mosque and a spacious compound built around them. The journey continues through open, uninhabited areas with beautiful, panoramic vistas. The trail ascends from a deep valley along old pilgrimige routes to a mountain which overlooks Jericho and the Dead Sea. Along the route hikers will meet Bedouins tending their livestock, normally camels and sheep. At the end of this section 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 towards the end of the second century BC. Walking distance: 15.10 KM Walking time: 5-6 hours Difficulty: Difficult Day 2: Kherbet Al-Merd to Tel al-Qamar The winding trail takes hikers down into the Kidron Valley, a valley full of caves that, in the Byzantine times, were inhabited by monks. The spectacular Mar Saba Monastery and a few Byzantine 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 atmosphere before continuing on the Masar through hills and valleys to the Tal al-Qamar area. Walking distance: 11.20 KM Walking time: 4-5 hours Difficulty: Difficult The price includes: Two lunches One - Overnight at Kherbet al-Merd Grotto One dinner and one breakfast Not Included: Transportations from/to the starting and ending point

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 Tal al-Qamar to Bethlehem, Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

The name Tal al-Qamar means “Hill of the Moon": removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, the site is a perfect spot to view the full moon or stars. 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 through the Palestinian countryside, where you will discover rural meadows and villages. A more urban environment can be found in Beit Sahour and Bethlehem, home to historical and sacred sites such as the Church of the Nativity, the Milk Grotto and the Shepherds Fields.   Masar Ibrahim Hikers stamp location : Tal al-Qamar   Walking distance: 14.60 KM Walking time: 4-5 hours Difficulty: Moderate   Recommendations: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 4-5 liters of water and snacks for the hike Sunscreen and hat Your camera Included: An experienced local hiking guide Lunch Not Included: Transportations from/to the starting point and ending point

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Friday, 16 November 2018 Bethlehem – Tequa’ Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

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’. Masar Ibrahim Hikers stamp location: Tequa’ Length: 12 km Duration: 4 - 5 hours Category: Moderate   Recommendations: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 3-4 liters of water and snacks for the walk Sunscreen and a hat Your camera Included: An experienced local hiking guide lunch in route arranged by local families   Not included Transportations to the starting point and from the ending point 

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Saturday, 17th of November 2018 -Tequ’ to Reshayda - Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

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, then continue walking toward the Bedouin Tent in Rashadydeh Masar Ibrahim Hikers stamp location : Rashaydeh village  Length: 24.30 km Duration: 4 - 5 hours Category: Easy to Moderate   What to bring:              Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 3- 4 liters of water and snacks/ Lunch for the walk Sunscreen and a hat Your camera What is included: An experienced local hiking guide Lunch in Rashaydeh Village Transfer from Tequa Municipality to the starting point Not included Transportations to the starting point and from the end point Optional tour by Jeeps to visit ( AL Matalah )over the dead Sea wll cost (50 nis) per person 

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 - Reshayda to Bani Naim - Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

The Day hike begins in the Jerusalem Desert, where you will walk from the Reshayda desert area to Beni Naim, which is a mountain area from which Abraham watched 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.   Reshayda to Beni Naim: Length:       22.3 Km Duration:   4 - 7 hours Category:   Difficult Recommendations: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 3 - 4 liters of water and snacks for each hike Sunscreen and hat Your camera Included: An experienced local hiking guide Lunches in Route Not included Transportations to the starting point and from the ending point Optional: Cooking class and dinner by the end of the day in Bani Naim (40NIS)

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Monday, 19th of November 2018, Bani Naim to Hebron, Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

Join us on this day for a hike thats starts form Bani Naim  to Hebron, which is the largest city in the West Bank.  The terrain is rocky and uneven before reaching Hebron.  Then we will walk the narrow streets of the old quarters of the Old City of Hebron and admire its buildings, typical of traditional vernacular Mamluk and Ottoman architecture. We will have a chance to meet and chat with Hebron’s welcoming artisans and confectioners selling their goods along the Old City’s alleys. On our way, we will visit ancient olive and sesame presses, markets of the Old City, and al Haram al Ibrahimi (Ibrahimi Mosque).   Beni Naim to Hebron: Length:       7 km Duration:    2 hours Category:   Easy Recommendations: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 3 - 4 liters of water and snacks for each hike Sunscreen and hat Your camera Included: An experienced local hiking guide Lunches in hebron Not included:  Transportation from/to the starting point and ending point

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Tuesday, 20th of November 2018 - Hebron to Dura - Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

The Hebron to Dura day stage takes hikers from the busy streets of Hebron through agricultural fields surrounding the city and picturesque valleys rich in natural beauty and archeological sites. 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, one of the only cities in the world today with a perfectly preserved twelfth century Mamluk infrastructure. It also passes next to the Russian monastery, located in the suburbs of Hebron, containing Ibrahim's Oak. The legend says that at the foot of the tree, the prophet welcomed three strangers. After he had prepared them a meal and washed their feet, the three men revealed themselves to be angels who told him that his wife would give birth to a son. A shepherds’ path leads out of the city toward agricultural fields and natural areas covered with flora characteristic for Palestine’s central highlands climate region:   trees like Terebinth (Pistacia palaestina) and Palestine Oak (Quercus calliprinos), the aromatic wild thyme (za’atar) and during the springtime various kinds of colorful flowers.   Masar Ibrahim Hikers stamp location : Hebron   Walking distance: 12.40 km Walking time: 3-5 hours Difficulty: Easy to Moderate   Recommendations: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 4-5 liters of water and snacks for the hike Sunscreen and hat Your camera Included: An experienced local hiking guide Lunch in Dura  Not Included: Transportations to the starting point and from the end point 

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Wednesday, 21st of November - Dura to As-Sura - Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

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. An-Nabi Nuh Shrine (the Shrine of Prophet Noah), an Ottoman building with a small dome and small arched courtyard, is also worth a visit. According to the local tradition, the Turkish soldiers arrived on the spot holding a map showing the burial site of Noah. Old residences located in the proximity to the shrine demonstrate the importance of Dura during the Ottoman period, which became the administrative center of the area (throne village). Several of these traditional houses are being restored. 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. Masar Ibrahim Hikers stamp location : Dura   Walking distance: 11.2 km Walking time: 3-5 hours Difficulty: Easy   Recommendations: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 4-5 liters of water and snacks for the hike Sunscreen and hat Your camera Included: An experienced local hiking guide Lunch in Route  Not Included: Transportations to the starting point and from the end point 

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Thursday, 22nd of November 2018, As-Sura to Adh-Dhahriya - Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

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. At the end of the 19th century the area was inhabited again. The inhabitants made use of the caves for protection, at first temporary and then permanent residences. However, the Ottoman village of Rabud has been left to decay since 1970’s. Yet the ruins  are some of the best preserved examples of vernacular  architecture in the mountains around Hebron. The new village of Raboud is built nearby. Later, a long portion of the trail passes through the picturesque Wadi Nar to reach Ad-Dhahriya. According to local tradition, Ad-Dhahriya  was founded in thirteenth century by the Mamluk ruler Al-Malik al-Dhahir Baibars, after whom the village was named. However, archaeological findings confirm that the site was inhabited before this time.  A well-conserved fortress from the Hellenistic or early Roman period is can also be found in the village. Nevertheless, Dhahriya’s historic core, with its narrow streets and small domed stone houses, is a well-preserved example of an architectural complex that dates to Ottoman times in Palestine. Before the houses were constructed, probably during the sixteenth or seventeenth century, the villagers used to live in caves that currently can be found beneath the old town.   Masar Ibrahim Hikers stamp location : Adh-Dhahriya   Walking distance: 13.5 km Walking time: 5 - 7 hours Difficulty: Difficult   Recommendations: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 4-5 liters of water and snacks for the hike Sunscreen and hat Your camera Included: An experienced local hiking guide Lunch in Route  Not Included: Transportations to the starting point and from the end point  

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Friday, 23 November 2018 - ADH-DHAHRIYA TO BEIT MIRSIM - Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

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.   Six kilometers down the trail one can see the ruins of a Byzantine church, located about 300 meters east of the village of Anab al-Kabir (22 kilometers southwest of Hebron). The compound served as a main religious center for the neighboring locations and includes parts of mosaic floors and the remains of a wine press and an impressive grain mill.   The masar also passes through populated areas and just next to the primary school of Anab al-Kabir. If you hike on a workday, it is very possible that students on their way home from school will join you for some part of the trek.   After Anab al-Kabir, the trail turns back to the north, leading to the suburb area of Adh-Dhahriya, where small shops can be found – a great place to refill supplies of cold water for the rest of the day. The trek also passes next to an amusement park and garden where hikers can take a break and rest in a shady spot.   The final part of the trail leads through the picturesque Wadi Nufakh, a valley that becomes a river during the rainy season. The slopes of the valley are rich in various shrubs, including felty germander (Teucrium polium), in Arabic jedeh (الجعدة), which is widely used in popular medicine for treatment of stomach ailments. A small olive grove, ideal for taking rest in the shade, is located in the middle of the valley.   Before reaching the village of Al-Burj, famous for housing the remains of a Crusader-period fortified castle and a church, the trail passes just next to the Israeli separation barrier. The Wall is also later visible from Beit Mirsim, the final location on Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil. The village is rich in heritage and includes such historical sites as a Byzantine olive press and a shrine of the Prophet Handal (Maqam al-Nabi Handal). Close to the village lies Tell Beit Mirsim, an ancient archaeological site, dating approximately to the eighteenth century BC. The site is now located on the other side of the wall and is inaccessible from the West Bank. Masar Ibrahim Hikers stamp location : Beit Mirsin Village Council  Walking distance: 19.8 km Walking time: 5 - 7 hours Difficulty: Difficult Recommendations: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 4-5 liters of water and snacks for the hike Sunscreen and hat Your camera   Included: An experienced local hiking guide Lunch in Route  Not Included: Transportations to the starting point and from the end point  

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