Sunday, 22 of November 2020 - 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 

Monday, 23 of November 2020 - 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 

Tuesday, 24 of November 2020, 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  

Wednesday, 25 November 2020 - 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  

Monday, 2 of November 2020 - 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 

25 May- 1 June 2020, Bike Palestine

From Jenin to Jerusalem A day-by-day breakdown Day 1: Arrival On the first day of the cycle tour, we will meet you at 12:00 noon at the Jerusalem Hotel located in Nablus Street, close to Jerusalem's Damascus Gate, opposite the Garden Tomb. From there a service bus will take you to the El Beit Guesthouse in Beit Sahour for a brief orientation. After that, our driver will transfer you to Jenin where you will get acquainted with our local guide, discuss any special needs, expectations and any other relevant information before the tour begins. Dinner and overnight in Hadad Resort. Day 2: Jenin to Nablus Cycle from Jenin towards Sabastya, the ancient Canaanite, Hellenistic and Roman city. Starting at Haddad Resort, cycle towards the village of Zebabdeh, towards the village of Missilieh. Continuing to the village of Sanour and its beautiful plains. Onwards towards the villages of Yassid and Beit Imrin by hilly roads. Arrive at the hilltop village of Sabastyah. Sabastya is believed to be the place where John the Baptist was beheaded. Lunch in Sabastya, then tour the ancient city and meet the local community. After lunch, cycle to Nablus, tour the old city and enjoy a Turkish bath - optional – at participant’s own expense. Dinner and overnight in the Al- Yasmin Hotel, in the old city of Nablus. Day 3: Nablus to Taybeh Start cycling in the old city of Nablus towards the south passing the villages of Huwarah and Beita. Continue towards the village of Aqraba – beautiful views of the Jordan Valley. Continue towards Majdal Bani Fadil, and rest in the village of Duma. Afterwards, cycle towards Mughayyar and Khirbet Abu Fallah villages. Next, push the bikes up the highest hill in the Ramallah area. With the support vehicle in attendance, we head towards the village of Kufur Malik, and then Dier Jarir. Arrive in Taybeh in the late afternoon. Tour the old village center and visit the ruins of the 4th century Byzantine church of St. George. Visit the Peace Lantern Factory, the Taybeh beer factory, and enjoy dinner with local families. Overnight in the Church Guest House in Taybeh. Day 4: Taybeh to Jericho and the Dead Sea Cycle to Jericho. The easiest day in the entire tour, mostly down hill. Visit Hisham's Palace and the Mount of Temptation. Cycle through the Jerusalem Wilderness to the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight in the Jericho Resort Village. Day 5: Jericho to Mar Saba Cycle part of the way to Bethlehem. Visit Nabi Musa, and then walk the dirt road to the Greek Orthodox Mar Saba Monastery. Enjoy the wilderness and experience the dramatic landscape. After visiting Mar Saba Monastery, cycle to Bethlehem. Dinner in Bethlehem, and overnight in the El Biet Guesthouse in Beit Sahour.   Day 6: Bethlehem to Hebron Cycle around Bethlehem. Visit the Church of the Nativity and the Shepherd's Field. In the afternoon, cycle to Hebron and visit the old city. Transfer by mini-bus back to Bethlehem. Farewell dinner party in a local restaurant in the Bethlehem area. Overnight in El Beit Guesthouse, Beit Sahour. Day 7: Bethlehem to Jerusalem An easy ride from delightful Bethlehem to the divided city of Jerusalem. Visit Jerusalem’s Old City. Enjoy an alternative political and cultural tour in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.  Day 8: Departure For more information: https://sirajcenter.org/index.php/en/programs/bike-palestine  Book Now for 100$ Discount  8 days for 1500$, Use and electric bike extra 100$ A private single room extra 200$ 

16 – 19 SEPTEMBRE 2019, MASAR IBRAHIM, AUTOMNE – PARTIE SUD

Le sentier Masar Ibrahim al Khalil offre aux voyageurs une occasion unique d'aller au-delà des gros titres et des stéréotypes, de s'éloigner des circuits ordinaires en Terre sainte et d'explorer eux-mêmes les paysages remarquables, les habitants et la culture de la Palestine, les paysages à couper le souffle et les paysages historiques des sites. Le Masar ("Le sentier") offre aux visiteurs une chance rare d’être accueillis dans des maisons palestiniennes ordinaires, de partager un repas traditionnel fait maison, d’écouter des histoires de traditions et de coutumes, et d’en apprendre davantage sur la vie quotidienne, les préoccupations et les espoirs de chacun. La Palestine est une terre extraordinaire. Faites ce premier pas en marchant dans le Masar, et vous aurez la garantie de vivre une expérience enrichissante. Plus d'informations: http://masaribrahim.ps/en/ Jour un: D’ARTAS À TEQUA ’ Allez des piscines de Salomon jusqu’au village d’Artas. Nous allons au sud d’Artas au village de Tequa ’. Nuit en tant qu'invité avec des familles dans le village. TEMPS TOTAL DE MARCHE: 5 HEURES TERRAIN: SENTIERS ET ROUTES SALES NUIT: SEJOUR CHEZ L’HABITANT A TEQUA ’ Jour deux: DU WADI JIHAR AUX DESERTS DE RASHAYDEH Nous quittons le village à pied pour descendre dans le spectaculaire Wadi Jihar. Nous sortons de la vallée à un endroit appelé Rashaydeh, où nous passons la nuit avec une famille bédouine. TEMPS TOTAL DE MARCHE: 6 HEURES TERRAIN: PISTES DANS LE DESERT ROCHEUX NUIT: LOGEMENT CHEZ UNE FAMILLE BEDOUINE À RASHAYDEH Jour trois: LEVER DU SOLEIL À RASHAYDEH ET RANDONNÉE À BENI NAIM Montez à pied à Beni Naim pour atteindre le pays agricole autour de Beni Naim dans la soirée, où nous serons accueillis en tant qu'invités chez une famille locale. TEMPS TOTAL DE MARCHE: 7 HEURES TERRAIN: PISTES DANS LE DESERT ROCHEUX, QUELQUES ASPHALTS, RANDONNEE MAJORITAIREMENT EN ESCALADE AU COURS DE LA NUIT: HEBERGEMENT CHEZ UNE FAMILLE À MASAFER BENI NAIM Jour quatre: BENI NAIM ET HEBRON / ALKHALIL Nous marchons vers Beni Naim, un ancien "haut lieu" ou sanctuaire dans les collines du sud de la Palestine. De là, nous parcourons les derniers kilomètres jusqu’à Hébron / Al Khalil, Transfert en véhicule à Bethléem. TEMPS TOTAL DE MARCHE: 5 HEURES TERRAIN: SUR DES VERGERS ET DES CHAMPS, CERTAINS ASPHALTS DANS HEBRON  
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02 – 05 SEPTEMBRE 2020, MASAR IBRAHIM, AUTOMNE – PARTIE NORD

Le sentier Masar Ibrahim al Khalil offre aux voyageurs une occasion unique d'aller au-delà des gros titres et des stéréotypes, de s'éloigner des circuits ordinaires en Terre sainte et d'explorer eux-mêmes les paysages remarquables, les habitants et la culture de la Palestine, les paysages à couper le souffle et les paysages historiques des sites. Le Masar ("Le sentier") offre aux visiteurs une chance rare d’être accueillis dans des maisons palestiniennes ordinaires, de partager un repas traditionnel fait maison, d’écouter des histoires de traditions et de coutumes, et d’en apprendre davantage sur la vie quotidienne, les préoccupations et les espoirs de chacun. La Palestine est une terre extraordinaire. Faites ce premier pas en marchant dans le Masar, et vous aurez la garantie de vivre une expérience enrichissante. Le sentier du nord commence à Naplouse et se termine à Taybeh. Il est composé de quatre jours de marche avec des transferts en minibus aller-retour vers le sentier. Plus d'informations: http://masaribrahim.ps/en/ JOUR UN: Rendez-vous à l'hôtel de Jérusalem, 4 rue Anatara Ben Shaddad, à Jérusalem-Est, près de la porte de Damas pour un transfert matinal à Naplus. Promenade à Tel Balata, site de la ville de Sichem datant de l’Age de Bronze, Dans l'après-midi, transfert à Huwara, dans la banlieue de Naplouse, puis continuation vers Awarta. Le village est à 8 km au sud-est de Naplouse. TEMPS TOTAL DE MARCHE: 3 heures DISTANCE: 10,2 km DIFFICULTE: Facile NUIT: familles d'accueil locales JOUR DEUX: Quittez Awarta le matin pour une journée complète de marche à la Douma, visitant Jabal Awurma et les villages d’Aqraba. Traversez Majdal et Bani Fadil en chemin. TEMPS TOTAL DE MARCHE: 5 - 7 heures DISTANCE: 18,6 km DIFFICULTE : Modéré - Difficile NUIT: familles d'accueil locales JOUR TROIS:  Marchez de Douma à Kufr Malek en passant par le village de Mughayyar jusqu'à Ain Samia. Enfin, une dernière montée raide à Kufr Malek. TEMPS TOTAL DE MARCHE: 5 - 7 heures DISTANCE: 14,9 km DIFFICULTE : Modéré - Difficile NUIT: familles d'accueil locales JOUR QUATRE: Randonnée de Kufr Malek à Taybeh. Fin d'après-midi, transfert à Jérusalem ou à Bethléem. TEMPS TOTAL DE MARCHE: 5 - 7 heures DISTANCE: 14,4 km DIFFICULTE : Modéré - Difficile Plus d'information: http://www.walkpalestine.com/files/Walking_in_Palestine_North.pdf  
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