2 March - 9 March 2019, Rummana to Kafr Malek, Spring Thru-Hike 2019

On this first day we will be meeting at the village council of Rummana, you will have a small welcoming ceremony by the local families after that a small debriefing about the program.   Pass through the agriculture-based villages of the Jenin Governorate and enjoy the lively olive harvest season. The olive groves are perfect spots to rest with a cup of herbal tea brewed on a fire. Aside from a beautiful natural landscape that includes the gnarled, enchanting trunks of ancient olive trees, there are plenty of landmarks to encounter, such as Burqin Church. The trail passes through agricultural fields filled with cabbage and tobacco, as well as through beautifully preserved old villages like Arraba and Sanur, where you will be greeted with traditional Palestinian hospitality. On the fifth day of the journey, you will reach Nablus, a city sure to enthrall you with its history, culture and hospitality. Nablus is located between two mountains - Gerizim and Ebal - and reflects the mysteries that come with a thousand-year existence. After exploring the bustling markets of Nablus’ Old City you will again be greeted with the tranquility of the surrounding villages. Follow the Masar Ibrahim and enjoy the marvelous views over the Jordan Valley.

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10 March – 18 March 2019, Kafr Malek to Tuqua, Spring Thru-Hike 2019

Start your journey on Masar Ibrahim in the midst of nature. Palestine’s central position at the crossroads between Africa, Asia and Europe makes it a pathway for the biannual migration of over half a billion birds - a true birdwatcher's paradise. On this hike, a demanding yet exciting path will take hikers through Al-’Auja Valley, home to an impressive array of plant and animal life - look carefully to spot a Mediterranean turtle.   In Al-’Auja we will meet the Bedouin communities and learn about their habits and traditions. Later, visit Jericho - the lowest and one of the most ancient cities in the world - and taste the delicious Medjoul dates grown in the area. Walk through serene desert landscapes stretching from the Sea Level Community towards Bethlehem.   Along the way we will have the unique chance to spend a night in a cave located in middle of a desert, a place where the stars seem to shine their brightest. Towards the end of the journey we will encounter a breathtaking view of the Mar Saba monastery, clinging to the edge of the Kidron Valley. Behind the valley is Bethlehem, where you will be greeted by local families with open arms and a warm meal.  

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19 - 25 March 2019, Tuqua to Beit Mirsim, Spring Thru-Hike 2019

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. 

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