The Israel National Walking Trail crosses the entire country from north to south and includes the most beautiful hikes of the land.
With a total length of over 900 km, it is one of the longest hiking routes in the world and was nominated by National Geographic
as the second best Epic route world wide.
Walking the complete trail is a challenging mission, accomplished by many israelis as well as tourists, which takes several months of joyful effort.
On this tour, understanding that the regular tourist does not have the time for walking the entire trail, i have choosen one of the most beautiful sections of the trail (tough decision), in the Negev desert. This 3 days hike starts at the top of the Negev heights, crosses the magnificent Ramon crater and continues all the way to the Arava valley, by the eastern border of the land. The route is packed with stunning views, fascinating geological phenomenon, flora & fauna, all surrounded by the inspiring tranquility of the desert.
In order to make this hard desert section more accessible, a satellite vehicle will join the tour. The vehicle will transfer the havy equpment between the campgrounds and will serve as an emergency vehicle.
15 Oct Afternoon
Meeting in Mitzpe Ramon
Individual arrival to the peacefull town of Mitzpe Ramon, overlooking the majestic Ramon Crater.
Enjoy a strole along the craters edge. Dinner in one of the local restaurants.
The Ramon Crater
A short walk along the edge of the crater and down into its depth. Across the crater from north to south and up again on the 'Ramon Tooth' for another stunning overlook, this time from the craters southern edge. Further eastwards to the beautiful campground of Wadi Gvanim.
The day starts with a visit to the ancient Nabatian Chan Nekarot and its nearby spring. Then down the horse shoe shaped canion of Wadi Nekarot and up and along the 'cock's comb' crest which leads out of the crater. Further to the East and down to Wadi Nekarot for overnight.
Negev, Arava & In between
The day starts with a steep climb out of Wadi Nekarot, for a spectacular view of the canyon below and the Arava valley to the east. From there, gently up and down the hills of the eastern Negev, to the Arava, the broad valley connecting the Red sea with the Dead sea.
The Israel National Trail is also the longest trekking route to be covered by Google street view, which have sent some brave volunteers to carry the heavy panoramic photography equipment all along the trail, allowing us to enjoy a virtual tour (not a instead of walking it your self). You can drag the little yellow man on the map to anywhere on the route or view the selected gallery below.
Total price: 340$ per person.