18- 21 Sep 2017, Masar Ibrahim, Autumn - Southern Part

The Masar Ibrahim al Khalil offers travelers a rare opportunity to go beyond the headlines and the stereotypes, to get away from the ordinary Holy Land tours, and to explore for themselves the remarkable landscape, hospitable people and culture of Palestine, breathtaking landscape and ancient historical sites. The Masar (‘The Path’) provides a rare chance for visitors to be welcomed into ordinary Palestinian homes, to share a homemade traditional meal and listen to stories of traditions and customs, and to learn about the daily lives, concerns, and hopes of the people. Palestine is an extraordinary land. Take that first step to walk the Masar, and it is guaranteed that you will be rewarded with a life-enhancing experience. 

More information: http://masaribrahim.ps/en/

 

Location

Day One:
FROM ARTAS TO TEQUA’

Start  from Solomon’s Pools down to the village of Artas.

We walk south from Artas to the village of Tequa’.

Overnight as guests with families in the village.

TOTAL WALKING TIME: 5 HOURS
TERRAIN: FOOTPATHS AND DIRT ROADS
OVERNIGHT: HOMESTAY IN TEQUA’

Day Two:
DOWN THE WADI JIHAR TO THE DESERTS OF RASHAYDEH

We leave the village on foot, descending into the spectacular Wadi Jihar. We emerge from the valley at a place called Rashaydeh, where we spend the night with a Bedouin family.

TOTAL WALKING TIME: 6 HOURS
TERRAIN: ROCKY DESERT TRACKS
OVERNIGHT: HOMESTAY WITH BEDOUIN FAMILY IN RASHAYDEH

Day Three: 
DESERT SUNRISE IN RASHAYDEH AND HIKE TO BENI NAIM

Hike up to Beni Naim, reaching the farming country around Beni Naim in the evening, where we are welcomed as guests of a local family.

TOTAL WALKING TIME: 7 HOURS
TERRAIN: ROCKY DESERT TRACKS, SOME ASPHALT, MOSTLY CLIMBING
OVERNIGHT: HOMESTAY WITH FAMILY IN MASAFER BENI NAIM

Day Four: 
BENI NAIM AND HEBRON / ALKHALIL

We hike to Beni Naim an ancient ‘high place’ or sanctuary in the southern hills of Palestine.  From here, we walk the final few kilometers to Hebron / Al Khalil.

Transfer by vehicle to Bethlehem.

TOTAL WALKING TIME: 5 HOURS

TERRAIN: ACROSS ORCHARDS AND FIELDS, SOME ASPHALT INTO HEBRON