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The Masar Ibrahim al Khalil (www.masaribrahim.ps) offers travellers a rare opportunity to go beyond the headlines and the stereotypes, to get away from the ordinary Holy Land tours, and to explore for themselves the remarkable landscape, people and culture of Palestine, breathtaking landscape, ancient historical sites, friendly, hospitable, and spirited people. Traversing across the country is not very well known to the outside world. The Masar (‘Path’) provides a rare chance for travellers to be welcomed into ordinary Palestinian homes, to share a homemade traditional meal and listen to stories of traditions and customs, and to learn about the daily lives, concerns, and hopes of the people. Palestine is an extraordinary land. Take that first step to walk the Masar Ibrahim al Khalil, and it is guaranteed that you will be rewarded with this life-enhancing experience.
The northern trail starts in Nablus and ends in Taybeh, and is based on four days of walking. This journey covers the basic four-day hike, with mini bus transfers to and from the trail.
THE JOURNEY’S ITINERARY
Meet at the Jerusalem Hotel, 4 Anatara Ben Shaddad St., East Jerusalem, near the Damascus Gate for an early morning transfer to Nablus to tour the ancient city on foot, visiting the olive oil soap factory, and trying Nablus’ delicious ‘kanafeh’. Walk to Tel Balata, site of the Bronze Age city of Shechem, where Abraham arrived in the Land of Canaan, then on to explore the Greek Orthodox Church, which houses ancient Jacob's well. In the afternoon, transfer to Huwara, on the outskirts of Nablus, then continue walking to 3 Awarta. The village is 8 kms southeast of Nablus, and has been inhabited since Biblical times. Between the 4th and 12th centuries, the town was an important Samaritan center, being the location of one of their main synagogues. Traditional Palestinian dinner will served, and overnight at a local home.
Awarta to Duma Leave Awarta in the morning for a full day’s walk to Duma, visiting Jabal Awurma and the villages of Aqraba. This village is mentioned in the Bible as ‘Akrabbim’. Aqraba in Arabic means "scorpion”. According to local tradition, the mosque which was built of ancient stones in the village center was originally a Byzantine-era church. Greek inscriptions and a cross are still visible. Walk through Majdal and Bani Fadil along the way. In the evening, rest and enjoy a meal with our host family.
Duma to Kufr Malek Walk from Duma to Kufr Malek passing through the village of Mughayyar and alongside the deep, rocky wadi to the natural springs and archaeological site of Ain Samia. Finally, a steep final ascent to Kufr Malek. Local food and evening conversation with the welcoming families of Kufr Malek, and a chance to meet members of the local women’s union.
Kufr Malek to Taybeh Walk from Kufr Malek along the edge of the high plateau with spectacular views of the Great Rift Valley, to the historic village of Taybeh, a mainly Christian village. Tour 4 Palestine’s only brewery. Visit the ruins of the 4th century ancient church of St. George. Late afternoon transfer back to Jerusalem or Bethlehem.