Transfer from the airport to Nablus
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Nablus
Transfer to awarta village and begin our walk along the Masar Ibrahim al Khalil (Abrahams Path) at the village of Awarta, from where we'll head south through Palestine’s northern highlands a cultivated Mediterranean landscape of olive groves, wheat fields and limestone villages. There is an interesting exploration of herbal lore and traditional plant medicine to be done along the way. Reach Duma, visit the burned house.
From Awarta the trail leads out of the village following a ridge with expansive of views of the surrounding hilly countryside. Halfway between Awarta and Aqraba sits Mt. Arma or Orma, whose name means pile of wheat. At the mountain’s are the remains of an ancient – likely Roman – watchtower and spacious cisterns cut into the mountain’s face.
A few kilometers ahead, the trail passes through Aqraba, a village whose name (scorpion in Arabic), according to oral tradition, came from Canaanites who compared Aqraba’s inhabitants’ strength to that of scorpions. From Arqaba, the route takes hikers along the rim of the Jordan Valley with incredible views of Jordan and Al-Qarn (or Sartaba), an ancient mountain-top fortress. Continuing through the village of Majdal Bani Fadil, the trail ends in Duma, a Palestinian village whose name comes from the Canaanite word for quietness or rest.
We leave the village of duma on foot and head south, walking most of the day towards the Auja Valley which brings us out in the Jordan River valley just north of Jericho. Here we will spend the night with the Bedouin, whose way of life has remained unchanged for millennia but who now find themselves forced to the very margins of society. Reach the Bedouin tent in Auja
From our camp at Auja we get a transfer to St George Monastery, visit the Monastery, then walk toward Jericho City, until we reach the Herod Palace. Transfer to the dead sea to swim and then back to Jerihco.
The section begins in an area of spacious plains in the Jordan Valley and passes by the tents of the Bedouin community of Wadi al-’Auja. The trail enters Jericho, one of the oldest cities in the world, which with its calm atmosphere and rich heritage is a true oasis to all walkers. Visitors can enjoy a visit to the Mount of Temptation, Tell es-Sultan, and the winter palaces of Hisham and Herod the Great.
Nearby Jericho, members of the Aqbat Jaber Refugee Camp Women’s Center invite hikers for warm home-cooked meals and offer overnight stays a one of its kind mudbrick guesthouse. There hikers can also stamp their passports.
Transfer to Nebi musa and we walk south from the shrine of Nebi Musa, through the desert landscape that rises to the west of the Dead Sea. The path brings us to the edge of the Kidron Valley or Wadi alJoz, a deep limestone canyon, from where we can see the even more remote and spectacular desert monastery of Mar Saba built into the cliff face on the opposite side of the ravine. Then transfer to Bethlehem, visit the old city of Bethlehem
Transfer to wadi el jihar, the hike begins in the Jerusalem wilderness and descends into the spectacular Wadi Jihar, a deep limestone canyon. The hike from Tequa through Wadi Jihar will take about 4 hours, primarily on a rocky desert path, with a descent and few small climbs. We will emerge from the valley and reach the village of Rashaydeh.
This hike will take you from Tuqu’ through Wadi el-Jihar to ‘Arab ar-Rashayida village. Here in Bedouin lands you will see their camels and livestock in pastures. The path descends into the spectacular Wadi el-Jihar, a deep limestone canyon in the desert. The caves there have been used for homes for a long time.
The hike from Tuqu’ to Wadi el-Jihar will take about 4 hours; the terrain is rocky, with a few small climbs. Once you emerge from the valley and come to ‘Arab ar-Rashayida village, you will have the opportunity to try a traditional Palestinian meal at one of the homestays there.
We will hike from the Rashaydeh desert area to Bani Naim, a mountain area from which Abraham watch the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Jordan Valley below. The terrain is rocky and uneven. Then we reach to bani naim and enjoy the lunch there , transfer to Hebron and tour the old city then transfer to Jerusalem
After leaving the desert, you will head towards Beni Na’im, a tranquil village famous for the grape groves surrounding the area.
There, your hosts will treat you with freshly made grapes molasses called dibis for breakfast or serve a platter of savory Palestinian grape leaves stuffed with a mixture of meat and spiced rice for lunch.
Tour the old city of Jerusalem in the morning if possible
Transfer from Jerusalem to the airport
The best way to explore and to meet the people of a country is to walk through its countryside, eat and sleep with local tribes. The Abraham Path is a cultural route connecting the storied places associated with Abraham’s ancient journey story, walking and hospitality are the cultural route’s central themes. The path focusses on the diverse communities living in the region that share a common heritage in Abraham/Ibrahim as an ancestor and that may identify his story as an important component of their cultural DNA. The path also demonstrates the power of walking: giving people perspective and remembering their origins; it’s a way to connect with others. The path is also a symbol of hospitality and kindness toward perfect strangers.
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