17 February 2017, Friday. Tequa to Reshayda
This walk will take you from Tequ’ through Wadi Jihar to Reshayda village. It 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 Tequa to Wadi Jihar will take about 4 hours. The terrain is rocky desert tracks, with a descent and few small climbs.
Tequa is located 12 kilometers to the south of Bethlehem. It stands on the top of a hill that is covered with olive trees, always looking green and beautiful and forming a fantastic landscape for visitors. From the northern side of the village where Khirbet Tequa (Ruin of Tequa) is located, the beholder can see the dead see in the east, mountains of Hebron in the south, the villages of (beit-fajjar, Um Salamona, Joret Alshama', Marah Rabah, Khallet Elhaddad, and ALmanshiyya) in the west, and finally the cities of Bethlehem and Jerusalem in the North.
Emerging from the valley through the limestone canyon, our walk will reach to an end at the Rashaydeh village.
Length: 12.3 km
Duration: 4 - 5 hours
Category: Easy to Moderate
What to Bring:
Lightweight walking boots
At least 3- 4 liters of water and snacks/ lunch for the walk
Sunscreen and a hat
What is Included:
An experienced local hiking guide
Transportation from the Jerusalem/ Beit Sahour and back