It is well watered, and its affluent vegetation gains effect by contrast with the barren hills that tower on either side. One of these hills is the ancient Mount of Blessings and the other the Mount of Curses.
– Mark Twain, 1867
The Abraham Path’s route through the Nablus Region begins in Nablus City. Biblical narratives refer to this city by the name Shechem and mention that Abraham passed through it on his journey south. Present-day Nablus remains a fascinating place – from the small enclave of Samaritans preserving their ancient culture atop Mt. Gerizim to the mosques and markets to be found around each bend of the charming Old City’s winding streets.
After thoroughly exploring Nablus City and all its intrigues, walkers leave the city’s urban sprawl and pass a number of small communities scattered across the central hills of the West Bank, enjoying views of hills thick with olive trees as they go. From these hills where so many stories of Abraham and his family take place, the trail descends through the spectacular Wadi Auja towards the largest oasis in the Jordan Valley: Jericho.