17 March - 23 March 2018, Tuqua to Beit Mirsim, Spring Thru-Hike 2018
Begin your journey from Tuqua and hike through the rough desert landscape to a beautiful overlook of the Dead Sea. After leaving the desert, head towards Bani Na’im, a tranquil village famous for its surrounding grape orchards. There, your hosts will treat you to freshly made grape molasses (dibis) for breakfast, or serve a platter of savory Palestinian grape leaves stuffed with a mixture of meat and spiced rice for lunch. The trail will lead hikers towards the Old City of Hebron, home of Al-Ibrahimi Mosque, a place of conflict and spirituality and a symbol of struggle and hospitality. Follow the labyrinth of alleys, streets and courtyards through Hebron’s old quarters and mingle with the shopkeepers as you move towards the mosque. South of Hebron is the newest part of the Masar Ibrahim, particularly exciting to those interested in architecture and archaeological heritage. The new stages include impressive ruins of ancient monasteries, shrines, presses and cisterns.