How to visit the Abraham Path.
The Abraham Path can be traveled by all kinds of people. Whether you are a hard-core backpacker, a day hiker, an overland adventurer keen on culture and history, or an armchair traveler, the path has something to offer you. This online guidebook provides every type of traveler with some of the tools necessary to begin planning their own journey along the Abraham Path.
In order to begin that planning process, consider what type of traveler you are or wish to be. The Abraham Path offers hikers a wide variety of walking styles and experiences. Understanding the available options will allow you to effectively direct your planning efforts to the journey most suited to you.
Three Styles of Travel on the Path:
Completely Independent: These are travelers who may be accustomed to backpacking and feel confident navigating by topographical maps and GPS. They prefer to organize their own accommodation or camp; they feel comfortable carrying food to prepare for themselves or finding local restaurants or meal options; and they utilize public transport whenever possible. They are not hesitant to navigate language barriers, or they may speak some of the local languages.
Semi-Independent: These travelers may wish to hire local services to assist them in arranging certain travel details; they may wish to book homestays via a coordinating organization, contact a guide to walk with them, or hire a taxi to simplify some travel logistics. Some itineraries and regions along the Abraham Path lend themselves more readily to this style of travel; if family homestays are the only accommodation option, these bookings usually must be made through a local tour operator. Also, if walkers are traveling through a region in which the path is not waymarked, hiring a local guide is strongly advisable – local guides not only provide navigational support, but they also help to facilitate communication and understanding between walkers and local communities.
Organized Tours: Many travelers prefer the security, comfort, and logistical ease which comes from booking an organized tour. In this case, travelers can either sign up for an advertised walk set along a section or sections of the Abraham Path over certain dates or gather their own groups and request a custom tour via a local tour operator. On a fully organized tour, the tour agency or organization makes all the bookings for accommodations, transportation, local guides, luggage transfer, and other requested services. For tour packages or tailor-made trips, contact a local tour operator.
Consider these possible styles of travel and determine which is most appropriate for your interests and experience level. Once you have decided how you want to travel, you can begin to plan your journey on the Abraham Path. One way to start is by exploring the path and diving into the diverse regions, communities, and landscapes connected by our route. If you’ve done a bit of research and know the basics of what you’re looking for in your trip, consider choosing an itinerary and getting started.
With over 120 days of walking spread across 19 distinct regions of the Middle East, the Abraham Path offers everyone a unique experience and an exciting adventure.
Difficulty Ratings for Stages
Path sections vary in terms of challenge and difficulty. Some of the factors that affect difficulty are elevation change, availability of resupply points, environment, remoteness, exposure to heights, and distance. In order to accurately convey the nature of each walking stage, we use a two-factor challenge rating system. One factor, physical challenge, covers physical effort required to complete a trail section; the second, trail difficulty, involves the walking surfaces involved.
- Easy: Little elevation change, no great distance, and possible for almost any walker
- Moderate: There may be substantial elevation gain (between 200-600m), longer distances, or steeper climbs; but the walk should still be manageable to anyone in fair walking condition
- Difficult: A more taxing hike, involving prolonged or very steep climbs and significant elevation gain and requiring at least a moderate level of fitness
- Easy: Stable footing throughout the trail, no slippery or technical sections, and no areas exposed to heights
- Moderate: There may be trail sections which require attention to footwork, extended sections of uneven, rough, or slippery footing, and some rock scrambling
- Difficult: These sections may include narrow paths at great heights, extensive rock scrambling portions, or other sections requiring very careful walking