Itinerary Ideas

The following sections allow travelers to seek out itineraries of their interest in specific regions along the Abraham Path route. In all of the below regions, visitors can walk local trails and experience hospitality through guides and local hosts.

It is highly recommended that travelers contact local tour operators or local guides before planning travel and walking along the Abraham Path Cultural Route.  Independent travelers can seek travel advice locally from guides and from their foreign ministry websites.

Nemrut

Turkey

Karadut to Mt. Nemrut (1 day, 13.3km)


Hike from Karadut up the slopes of Mt. Nemrut to admire the fabulous tomb of King Antiochus

Be ready for a long climb and the possibility of snow and cold weather

Karadut to Arsemia (1 day, 15.2km)


Skirt the high summit of Mt. Nemrut, taking a placid country path past country villages and views of a lush river valley

If hiking from Karadut to Arsemeia for the day, remember to arrange your transport for the end of the day in advance, or call ahead to Arsemeia to arrange camping accommodations.

Mt. Nemrut Loop (3 days, 38km)


Explore the surroundings of Mt. Nemrut, seeing the mountains from every angle and unearthing back-country beauty in this three-day loop.

Parts of the stage include significant elevation gain, but distance are modest. Be cautious on the steep downhills on day 2. Spend the night at a hotel near the Nemrut summit and camp at a guesthouse near Arsemia, or stay in Karadut and hire a driver for pick-up and drop-off each day.

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Ajloun, Dana, Petra, Wadi Rum

Jordan

Wadi Ziglab to Pella (1 day, 12.8km)

abraham-path---david-landis-10Walk high above the Jordan Valley, taking in hot springs, natural arches, and a Roman city

Buses along the Jordan Valley highway provide a transportation option to and from the trail

Jesus Cave to Pella (1 day, 8.4km)

abraham-path---david-landis-37A short walk through a beautiful, wooded wadi leads to the Roman city of Pella

In case of rain, be cautious of flash floods. Public buses on the highway near Pella provide a transit connection

Ajloun Castle to Orjan (1 day, 12.2km)

abraham-path---david-landis-41Walk from a Crusader castle to a group of friendly villages, passing oak forests and ruins along the way. Enjoy village homestay hospitality in Orjan and shop for local handicrafts in the Soap House and Biscuit House

This easy hike can also be extended to include a loop through stone-age burial structures – see “Ajloun Castle to Rasoun”

Wadi Zarqa Ma’in to Wadi Hidan (1 day, 16.9km)

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Take a dip in two of Jordan’s premier wadis, enjoying views of the Dead Sea along the trail between the two.

You can reach start and end points by taking a taxi from Madaba.

Wadi Muqair to Wadi Hasa (1 day, 12.7km)

Set out across village highlands, and make a long descent into one of Jordan’s deepest wadis, before finishing at the Burbeita Hot Springs in Wadi Hasa.

Taxis from Tafila and Ais can take you to Burbeita Springs. 

Matan to Dana (1 day, 15.1km)

Hike from one eco-village to the next, exploring slot canyons in Wadi Matan and taking in spectacular highland views.

Taxis from Tafila and Ais can take you to Matan and Dana

Wadi Feynan (1 day, 13.3km)

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This incredible wadi hike takes you through four climate zones, all teeming with wildlife; if you choose, end with a night at the luxurious ecolodge at the canyon’s mouth

Camp in the Araba Valley beyond Wadi Feynan, sleep in the Feynan Ecolodge, or arrange private transport away from the lodge

Little Petra to Petra (1 day, 13.5km)

Take the back way into Petra, crossing the wilderness to stumble on an ornate mountaintop tomb before heading into the heart of Petra’s wonders

Little Petra is a quick and inexpensive taxi ride away from Wadi Musa, the town adjacent to Petra

Mt. Kharaza to Shakriya (1 day, 16.4km)

Just north of the Wadi Rum protected area lies a desert of similar geology but without the traffic of jeeps and tour groups. Take in the awe-inspiring natural monuments of the desert on a walk ending just north of Wadi Rum itself

Private transportation needed to reach Mt. Kharaza and Shakriya. Shakriya has paved-road access, but Mt. Kharaza would require a jeep to drive in

Ajloun Castle to Rasoun (2 days, 18.1km)

abraham-path---david-landis-39A relaxed walk through beautiful forested hills, leading you to village homestays, before you continue on to the short but challenging Dolmen loop, among Neolithic ruins

This hike can be done in a day, but is great for a relaxed two-day trip with down-time to stay with a local family and get a taste of village life

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Rum to Titen (2 days, 33.3km)

Hike through the majestic sandstone cliffs of Wadi Rum to the remote Titen Village

Camp at Al-Qidr Mountain. Public buses go to Wadi Rum and Titen Village is accessible by car.

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Titen to Red Sea (2 days, 30.6km)

Trek from the sandstone cliffs around Wadi Rum through the harsh granite mountains above Aqaba before arriving at the Red Sea.

Camp along the path and stay in a hotel or hostel in Aqaba at the end of the trek. Public buses run regularly to Aqaba; Titen Village is accessible by car.

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Wadi Zarqa Ma’in to Majdalein (3 days, 50km)

Challenge yourself with a remote three day adventure through three rugged wadis above the Dead Sea.

You can access the trail at Wadi Zarqa Ma’in, Wadi Hidan, Faqua, and Majdalein via taxi from Madaba.

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Karak to Ais (3 days, 55.0km)

Start at the ruins of an ancient castle, then trek through highland wadis and rural villages before descending to the Burbeita Hot Springs in Wadi Hasa.

Karak and Ais are accessible by public transportation. Spend the night in nice camp spots in Wadi Muqair and Wadi Hasa.

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Humeima to Wadi Rum (3 days, 50km)

img_5803(1)Absorb the beauty of this sandy “sea” with its intricately-shaped mountain islands as you weave your way from the once-great city of Humeima toward the center of the area’s natural wonders – Wadi Rum

A 2-3 day desert trek without too many logistical complications. The Humeima ruins are accessible by road, and starting at New Humeima on the Desert Highway is another option that saves 10km. End the trip with a jeep tour, camel safari, or rock-climbing adventure in Wadi Rum.

Ajloun Castle to Ziglab (4-5 days, 55.7km)

abraham-path---david-landis-6An invigorating country walk through the hills and down to the Jordan Valley takes you past a multitude of ruins and welcoming villages

This trip can be done in either direction, but is considerably more relaxed if starting at the high-elevation mountains of Ajloun and descending to the Jordan Valley. There are homestay or guesthouse options along most of the trail, but wild camping is a good option too

See details on this trek, which is the complete Ajloun Region, and follows the route of the Jordan Trail

Wadi Zarqa Ma’in to Karak (4-5 days, 72.1km)

Take on the whole Mujib Region, starting near the Dead Sea and exploring three of Jordan’s majestic wadis before finishing at an ancient Crusader Castle in Karak.

You can access the trail at Wadi Zarqa Ma’in, Wadi Hidan, Faqua, and Majdalein via taxi from Madaba. Karak is accessible by public buses from Amman or Aqaba.

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Karak to Dana (5-6 days, 84.0km)

Hike through the entire Karak Region, enjoying diversity of archeological sites, highland village life, and deep wadis.

The trail is accessible by public transportation from Amman and Aqaba in Karak and Tafila. Other stage start and end points in this region can be reached by taxi from either Tafila or Karak.

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Dana to Petra (4-5 days, 74km)

img_9678Load up your camping gear to take on the classic Dana to Petra trek, known for its challenging but rewarding days, its ever-changing scenery, and its always-spectacular views

Without a support truck, plan your daily itineraries carefully and based on the availability of natural water sources. Allow another couple of days after the hike to explore Petra

See details on this trek, which is the complete Dana Region, and follows the route of the Jordan Trail

Petra to Wadi Rum (6-8 days, 110km)

img_5733The Petra Region is bookended with famously wondrous sites – Petra and Wadi Rum – but the quietness and solitude of the desert between beckon the explorer. Watch the landscape change as you go from water source to water source, taking in ancient ruins and pristine wildlands along the way

Either hike with a support truck or camels, or be ready to carry supplies long distances between food (up to five days’ walking) and water (several 30km stretches). Wild camp under the stars, but be ready for cold weather in winter or hot weather in the spring or fall

See details on this trek, which is the complete Petra Region, and follows the route of the Jordan Trail

Jenin, Nablus, Jericho, Bethlehem, Hebron

Palestine

Sanur to Sebastia (1 day, 15.6km)

Scale two prominent mountain peaks that were once used as holy men’s retreats and as sites for regional signal fires

A challenging hike – allow plenty of time for a relaxed pace if you aren’t used to climbing hills, and start early in the warmer seasons to avoid the heat of the day

Wadi Auja (1 day, 10.6km)

An excellent day hike with mild rock scrambling through a stunning canyon, with great views and refreshing springs (Samia Spring to Auja)

The distance from Samia Spring to Auja is modest, but watch out for some moderately technical terrain in a few sections of the wadi

Mar Saba to Nebi Musa (1 day, 19.4km)

img_8694Travel the desert route from a monastery to a traditional burial place of Moses

Bring plenty of water for this long and potentially hot day, and hike with a local guide. There is public transportation on the highway near Nebi Musa, but you’ll need a taxi to reach Mar Saba

Tequa to Reshayda Village (1 day, 16.8km)

Take a walk through a beautiful rocky wadi, emerging to a village on the edge of the desert, overlooking the Dead Sea

The Reshayda Tent, another 9km beyond Reshayda, offers desert camping and jeep tours to the cliffs above the Dead Sea

Sanur to Nablus (2 days, 26km)

img_5007Take in the mountains and Mediterranean landscapes of the northern West Bank, visit a Roman city, then head into Nablus to tour the Old City and eat knaffeh

A more strenuous first day is followed by a relaxed second day, allowing plenty of time to walk around Nablus.

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Awarta to Kafr Malek (2 days, 33.5km)

img_3605A quiet stroll through peaceful countryside with Dead Sea views, enjoying village hospitality along the way

As of fall 2014, some areas on this route were having dirt roads built to potential future quarry sites. Be prepared for changes on the ground, and bring a local guide

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Artas to Mar Saba (2 days, 24km)

img_8612Visit a farming village and a convent, hike up to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, and continue out into the desert to find a remote cliff-top monastery

Take the first day to see the sights in Bethlehem after a short walk from Artas, or continue to Beit Sahour to make your first day a bit longer and the second one shorter. A mix of town walking and desert rambling make this itinerary a unique one – for the desert portions, travel with a local guide and bring water and sun protection

Rumana to Nablus (5 days, 68km)

img_6916At its best in the springtime, this gorgeous rural walk takes in Ottoman palaces, Roman ruins, orchards, mountaintops and ocean views

A mix of homestays and guesthouses are available for the overnights in this region. The hiking mixes easy country walking with the occasional climb up a high hill to amazing lookouts

See details on this route, which is the complete Jenin Region of the Abraham Path

Bethlehem to Jericho (3 days, 58km)

img_8679From the top of the mountain ridge, trek through the desert to one of the lowest inhabited places on earth, passing churches, monasteries and mosques on the way

A challenging hike with long days through the desert, bookended by major cities with long histories and enduring reputations. There are no accommodations at Mar Saba or Nebi Musa currently, but nearby options can be arranged (see stage details). Bring a local guide for navigation and safety

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Jenin to Hebron (17 days, 270km)

img_7650Walk the entire route through the West Bank, taking in Mediterranean and desert scenery and countless major historical sites, and ending at the tomb of Abraham

An expansive scenic and cultural experience awaits – see our partners’ tour information to start booking a trip

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Gilboa, Beersheva, Arad, Craters, Arava

Israel

Sandala to Beit Alfa (1 day, 16.4km)

Head east up the gradual slopes of Mt. Gilboa to be rewarded with a panoramic view from its highest point. Along the way, enjoy pine woods and look for wildflowers in season – especially the mountain’s unique iris species

Public transit options to both ends of the trail make this an easy day hike, and a restaurant in town near the end point makes a good way to finish the day

Beersheva to Lakiya (1 day, 20km)

Take an easy walk across the desert plains where Abraham once dwelt, stopping in to visit the ruins of ancient Beersheva, and see a women’s weaving cooperative leading the way in community development

Come between January and March to see the landscape covered in green grass and wildflowers. Allow time to detour to Tel Beersheva for a historical perspective on the area

Har Amasa to Tel Arad (1 day, 11.1km)

Best hiked in spring when a multitude of wildflowers color the briefly-green grass, this short walk ends in time to let you explore Tel Arad’s several millennia of ruins

Tel Arad takes about an hour and a half to visit, making this a great half-day hike

Kfar haNokdim to Masada (1 day, 17.4km)

A great desert day hike ending with awesome Rift Valley views and a historical site well worth a long visit of its own

Masada is worth several hours to visit, so start this hike early in the morning! The park closes at 5pm in summer and 4pm in winter

Wadi Hemar (1 day, 22km)

abraham-path---david-landis-29One of the region’s great wadi hikes, the route takes you down into the Dead Sea rift. On the way, Wadi Hemar offers cliffs, boulder scrambling, pools, and desert vegetation; end your day at the shores of the Dead Sea. (Beer Efe to Neve Zohar)

Check bus schedules before you leave, as bus service is infrequent from the end of the route (and nonexistent to the start of it). After rain, seasonal pools in the wadi bottom make the trail a bit more tricky to hike.

Small Makhtesh Lookout to Colored Sands (1 day, 16.9km)

An intense, beautiful hike between two remote points – plenty of climbing and exertion, but with scenery that’s well worth it

You’ll need taxis or two cars to the start and end points if doing this stage as a day hike, so plan ahead. Night camps at both ends provide an option if you’d like to spend a night out before or after the hike

Wadi Tzafit (1 day, 16.4km)

A short but challenging wadi hike, with ladders, ropes, scrambling and technical terrain

From Tamar Fort along Hwy. 25, the route is waymarked with various blazes all the way until you reach Hwy. 90 – make sure to bring a trail map and pay attention to navigational cues

Colored Sands to Mamshit (1 day, 14.4km)

A mildly-graded wadi walk with a few waterfall scrambles to make things interesting; the trail ends at a city of Nabatean and Byzantine ruins, and the option to spend the night at a camel ranch

The trail ends close to Hwy. 25, a few kilometers from Dimona, where there is public transportation access

Midreshet Ben Gurion to Abdeh (1 day, 16.5km)

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Explore Wadi Akev and take a swim in the Akev Spring before taking in expansive desert vistas on the way to the famous Nabataean archeological site at Avdat.

Note that the majority of this route travels through a nature reserve; camping outside of designated night camps is prohibited. Both start and end points are accessible by car and by public transportation.

Barak Night Camp to Tzihor Junction (1 day, 29.6km)

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Climb up metal rungs and rope ladders as you squeeze through box canyons in Wadi Barak and Wadi Vardit; after winter rains, you may even have to swim.

Both start and end points are accessible by car. The Tzihor Junction is also serviced by a number of bus lines.

Yehoram Night Camp to Red Sea (1 day, 13.3km)

Take on some serious ascents and descents and enjoy views of the surrounding region as you hike through the Eilat Mountains on your way to the Red Sea.

Both the start and end points of the stage are accessible by car. 

Beit She’an to Gan Ner (2 days, 26km)

img_4402Explore the scenery of the Jordan Valley with its streams, swimming holes and first-century ruins, then ascend to the heights of the forested Mt. Gilboa

A short first day leaves plenty of time for detours to historical sites and springs along the trail. Gan haShlosha, Sokek Spring and haKibbutzim Stream all offer swimming holes. Plenty of guesthouse options and bus stops along the way, and the freedom to camp anywhere, make this an easy and accessible trip.

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Arad to Masada (2 days, 30km)

img_3808A moderate two-day hike through the northern Negev, dropping almost a kilometer in elevation, ending at a mountaintop fortress overlooking the Dead Sea Rift

Camp at a site 3km into stage 2 and at Masada if you wish, or stay at a tourist village and at Masada’s youth hostel. There are regular buses to both Arad and Masada

Mitzpe Ramon to Sapir (3 days, 59.1km)

Challenge yourself with a trek through some of the most remote terrain the Abraham Path has to offer, hiking through expansive craters and deep wadis, at times 20 kilometers away from the nearest road.

Consider arranging a water cache at Wadi Holit Night Camp. Both Mitzpe Ramon and Sapir are accessible by car and public transportation.

Har Amasa to Masada (3-4 days, 52km)

img_7849Go from high-altitude forests to the desert shores of the Dead Sea in a great hike for independent backpackers, with plenty of opportunities to camp out and refill water

Many hikers will be able to do the route easily in three days. Arad is an important stop for supplies, and has plenty of hiking trails leading from the city into the surrounding desert, for those who want to take more time in the area

Timna Park to Red Sea (4 days, 54.2km)

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Take a day to explore Timna park, then set off to take on one of the most physically demanding sections of the Abraham Path through the Eilat Mountains before arriving at the Red Sea.

To avoid carrying several days’ water supply, arrange a water cache at Yehoram Night Camp. Both Timna Park and Eilat are accessible by public transportation

Merhav Am to Mitzpe Ramon (5 days, 65.5km)

Travel the length of the Negev Highlands Trail, visiting desert towns and Bedouin communities while exploring rich archeological remains from Byzantine and Nabataean periods.

If you plan on staying in the communities along the way, travel light – a day pack with food, water, and basic supplies should suffice.

Beersheva to Masada (5-7 days, 92km)

img_3375The original Negev route of the Abraham Path takes in a variety of communities and scenery, across one of the areas most associated with Abraham

This route is best done as a self-supported backpacking trip including wild camping, though other accommodation options are available on most stages. For a unique cultural experience, consider staying with generous “trail angels” in Meitar and Arad. Supplies are easy – supermarkets every 2-3 days and water options every day mean no logistical complications

View the full details of the trek, which spans the Beersheva Region (stages 1-4) and the Arad Region (stages 1, A1 and A2)

Arad to Mamshit (7-8 days, 132km)

img_7275For those who seek challenge, a week-long desert hike offers rugged and alluring scenery, nights camping under starlight, and solitude in the wilderness

Lack of supply points means you’ll need to plan logistics carefully – Arad has the only supermarkets, and most stage ends do not have water. You will need to arrange or cache water at Beer Efe, Ami’az Plateau, Tzafit Spring/Tamar Fort, and Colored Sands. To resupply food halfway through, take a bus or taxi (or hitchhike) from haArava Junction to Dimona, a 20-30 minute drive away

View the full details of the trek, which spans the Arad Region (stages 2-5) and the Craters Region (stages 1-4)

Arava Region (10 days, 195km)

Walk the entire Arava Region, exploring ancient archeological sites as you meet the challenges of rugged desert wilderness before arriving at the Red Sea.

There are a number of resupply points along the route, but plan your food and water supplies carefully. Consider caching water if necessary. Keep in mind that most day stages include road access points.

View the full details of the trek through the Arava Region.

Craters Region (12 days, 213.8km)

Take on the entire Craters Region, experiencing remote and beautiful landscapes while encountering diverse communities.

View the full details of the trek through the Craters Region.

Tags Key

Challenge Level:

  • EasyLittle elevation change, no great distance, and possible for almost any walker
  • ModerateThere may be substantial elevation gain (between 200-800m), longer distances, or steeper climbs; but the walk should still be manageable to anyone in fair walking condition
  • DifficultA more taxing hike, involving prolonged or very steep climbs and significant elevation gain and requiring at least a moderate level of fitness

Route Features:

  • Historical – archeological sites or points of interest
  • Wilderness – includes remote areas, far from towns
  • Towns – includes more populated areas, passes through villages

Overnight Options:

  • Homestays – stay with a local family
  • Guesthouses – small accommodations, more personal than hotels
  • Hotels – usually large with many amenities
  • Camping – organized or wild camping possible (or required)

Extras:

  • Public Transit – start and end points are accessible by public buses
  • Self-guided – route is possible to hike without a guide
  • Budget-friendly – mostly self-guided, more affordable options
  • Waymarked – full route itinerary has painted navigational waymarks

Special considerations:

  • Challenge ratings are explained in detail on the planning page
  • Guides are available for all itineraries
  • Tour providers are available for all itineraries
  • Higher budget/more comfortable options are available for many itineraries, including transport to/from the trail and luxury camping