The cost of hiking depends on both location and your style of travel: whether you hike independently or book a tour; whether you camp, stay in guesthouses, or use homestays; and whether you cook your own food or eat prepared meals. Below are some typical costs for various things you’ll need to pay for while hiking, organized by regions.
Ajloun, Nebo, Mujib, Karak, Dana, Petra, and Wadi Rum Regions (Jordan):
- Tour guide, per day: $140/€113/100JD (not including tips)
- Four-day guided hiking tour, all-inclusive: $750/€600/530JD per person
- Family homestay (inc. half board): $30/€24/21JD
- Hotel in major city (double room): $40/€32/28JD
- Bedouin camp, including meals and jeep tours: $55/€44/40JD per person
- Dinner in casual restaurant: $7/€5.5/5JD
- Dinner in upscale restaurant: $15/€12/10.5JD
- Falafel sandwich: $0.85/€0.7/0.6JD
- Day’s worth of groceries from supermarket: $7/€5.5/5JD
- Entry to Petra: One day $70/€55/50JD, two days $77/€60/55JD, three days $84/€67/60JD
- Visa at Queen Alia airport, Sheikh Hussein crossing, or King Hussein crossing: $55/€44/40JD
In these regions, a variety of options are available, from independent backpacking to supported camping to hiking with accommodations. The Ajloun Region has many family homestays in the villages along the route; the Nebo, Mujib, and Karak Regions cross through an occasional town; and the Dana, Petra, and Wadi Rum Regions are very remote and require hikers to rely on camping.
In many regions of Jordan, hiking without a guide is possible for people with decent navigational skills (and especially in Ajloun, where the Abraham Path is waymarked); for those less familiar with the region or with navigation, however, a guide is recommended. Hiking with a local guide can be quite affordable for groups, and many tour companies offer a package including a guide and a support truck to move luggage and bring food and supplies to wild campsites.
Because there are plenty of options for hiking, prices per person per day might vary from as little as $14 for independent backpacking to $50 for hiking with a support truck and guide to $180 a day for a small group on a fully-supported, guided trip including homestays and guesthouses; as always, larger groups mean lower per-person rates.
Jenin, Nablus, Jericho, Bethlehem, and Hebron Regions (Palestine):
- Tour guide, per day: $100/€80/₪360 (not including tips)
- Four-day guided hiking tour, all-inclusive: $650/€520/₪2500 per person
- Family homestay (inc. half board): $40/€30/₪150 per person
- Hotel in major city (double room): $60/€48/₪230
- Dinner in casual restaurant: $7/€5.5/₪25
- Dinner in mid-range restaurant: $15/€12/₪60
- Falafel sandwich: $1/€0.75/₪4
- Day’s worth of groceries from supermarket: $8/€6/₪30
- Bus, Jerusalem to Bethlehem or Ramallah (10-20km): $2/€1.60/₪8
- Bus, Ramallah to Nablus (35km): $4/€3/₪15
- Minibus, major city to nearby village: $1.30/€1/₪5
- Visa: Free on entry for most nationalities
In these regions, hiking with a local guide is strongly recommended; and camping is generally not an option. Many villages along the way lack any accommodation options other than homestays, which have fairly standardized pricing; some towns and all larger cities do have a variety of accommodations available, though.
For these reasons, costs for traveling the Abraham Path through the West Bank are fairly consistent. A typical daily cost for a hiking trip with guide, luggage transfer, and homestay or guesthouse accommodations might be around $150 per person for a small group; as always, larger groups do lead to lower per-person rates.
Gilboa, Beersheva, Arad, Craters, and Arava Regions (Israel):
- Licensed tour guide, per day: $300/€240/₪1100 (not including tips)
- Four-day guided hiking tour, all-inclusive: $800/€640/₪3000
- “Zimmer” (upscale guest room or bungalow): $130/€105/₪470
- Cabin for two, Cameland Ranch: $56/€45/₪210
- Camping at national parks (e.g. Tel Arad, Masada, Mamshit): $13/€10.5/₪50
- Dinner in casual restaurant: $10/€8/₪40
- Dinner in mid-range restaurant: $30/€24/₪110
- Falafel sandwich: $4/€3/₪15
- Day’s worth of groceries from supermarket: $12/€9.5/₪45
- Bus, Jerusalem to Beersheva (100km): $8/€6.5/₪31.5
- Bus, Jerusalem to Afula (135km): $10.50/€8.5/₪39.5
- Bus, Beersheva to Arad or Afula to Beit She’an (25km): $2.50/€2/₪9
- Gas canister for camp stove: $7/€6/₪27
- Visa: Free on entry for most nationalities
These regions are especially suited to independent hikers – camping is allowed in many places or in designated free campsites in the desert, and trails are marked with easy-to-follow blazes. In the Gilboa and Beersheva regions, supermarkets are regularly available. In the desert (Arad, Craters and Arava), food is available less often, so planning is required. In any case, independent backpackers can complete a hike in some areas for no more than the costs of groceries, camping gas, bus fare, and perhaps a hotel or hostel room with a shower at the end of the trek! Elsewhere, extra expense may be required for caching water at night camps on long desert stretches.
In many places (including most of the Beersheva, Arad, Craters, and Arava Regions), there are no accommodations available other than camping. Where there are accommodations, they tend to be pricey and on the luxurious side. Exceptions do exist, though: hostels in Beersheva and Arad offer more moderate prices, and some national park campsites offer cheap rooms for groups. As there is a strong culture of independent backpacking here, many villages also allow hikers to camp for free on their grounds; often, locals may invite hikers for dinner or to sleep in their homes as well!
Costs for independent backpackers could be as low as $15 per day, covering a generous amount of food and other necessities; for those staying in accommodations where available, daily costs might rise to $100 per person. With a fully-supported and guided trip, daily costs could reach $200; as always, larger groups mean lower per-person rates.