Join a hiking expert for a great outdoor journey! You will walk through the unforgettable beauty of Israel’s vast desert and mountainside while experiencing the unique calm that flows through this ancient location
- Explore the variety of unique beauty and quiet that exists in the Israeli deserts
- Learn about the geography, history, flora, and fauna of this specific region from a local expert
- Visit the Faran Monastery, Ein Prat and Ein Maboa
- Cross the canyon section of the Wadi with its many pools, small waterfalls and opportunities to swim
- Explore ancient aqueducts and other signs of human activity from ancient times
- 08:20 – Pick up from Abraham Hostel Jerusalem
- 09:00 – 8 km hike in Wadi Qelt
- 15:00/15:30 – Conclusion of hike
- 16:15 – Arrive back in Jerusalem
- NB: All times are approximate and highly dependent on traffic conditions
- Minimum Age
- 13 years (Minors must be accompanied by an adult)
- Moderate (several steep and exposed sections have metal handles and ladders)
After only half an hour drive outside of the center of Jerusalem you will arrive at Wadi Qelt, one of the most exciting hikes in Israel. Immediately you will experience the unique desert silence which is disturbed only by the sound of the rushing waters of Wadi Qelt, one of the biggest and only sources of running water in the Judean Desert. Wadi Qelt is the famous valley that connects the city of Jericho to the northwestern slopes of the Judean Desert, just outside Jerusalem.
During the hike you will visit many areas that have a rich history, and your guide will be telling you about it along the way. You will spot the ruins of ancient aqueducts that once transported precious water from its springs all the way to Jericho. There will be waterfalls, springs, and pools along the way that will give you swimming opportunities or the chance for a blissful rest. You also will hike through the areas that attracted monks from the earliest days of Christianity.
During your hike, you will also visit the biggest spring of Wadi Qelt- Ein Prat. This remarkable spring is everflowing, even during the hottest summer day in the desert! And lastly, along your hike you will see Ein Maboa, the fascinating riverbed in the middle of Wadi Qelt that collects rain water from three springs and refills and empties completely throughout each day. The Judean water drips through the limestone and fills up an underground cave, and when the cave is full, the water flows in for a short period, around fifteen to twenty minutes, before emptying again.
Our Wadi Qelt hiking tour offers you the opportunity to walk on the richly historical grounds of the Judean Desert with a hiking expert, while taking in all its unforgettable views. Journey with us on this remarkable hike through the magic and mysteries of this amazing desert location!
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