12th  to  20th April 2019 | Palestine

Palestine: Trek the Ancient Path

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  • Masar Ibrahim al Khalil

Palestine: Trek the Ancient Path

12 to 20 April 2019

Trekking

Hike this historic route through Palestine's rugged mountains and deep, picturesque wadis. Discovering ancient communities, Bronze Age ruins, and Cliffside monasteries along the way. Explore the winding market streets of the old city and enjoy the warm hospitality of local families in remote villages and Bedouin camps for a rare experience of this fascinating country.

Level: This challenge is a MODERATE test of our fitness, achievable by anyone in good health. It is advisable to train for a minimum of 3 months to build a suitable level of fitness and stamina. We run a variety of free, weekly training sessions that we encourage you to join before the challenge.

No. of participants: Max. 25

Registration Fee (non-refundable): AED 2,500 + VAT (AED 125 / US $715) to reserve your space on the challenge

Challenge Cost: AED 5,800 (US $1,580) plus international flights (at your own organisation and cost)  

Minimum Charity Donation: AED 5,000 (US $1,360) 

(USD 1 = AED 3.67)

Assistance provided in advance by G4G: Fund-raising ideas; training & fitness suggestions; safety & medical advice; clothing & equipment advice.

What G4G provids on the challenge: 
Internal flights and transfers (if applicable), hotels/home stays/motels (on a double-occupancy basis), food, guides, medical & vehicle back-up.

Leave behind your day-to-day problems and instead come armed with determination and a sense of humour!

This challenge will only go ahead with a minimum of 10 trekkers.

This event is under process for approval by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department.

Day 1 – Arrive in Amman

 

Day 2 - Visit to Nablus

Upon crossing from Allenby Bridge, we will be met by our guide and transferred to Nablus (2 hours) where there will be time to explore the winding market streets, Sufi shrines, and medieval Hamam (Turkish bath house) of the old city.

In the afternoon, we will visit Mount Gerazim, the holy mountain of the ancient Samaritan community, who have lived there since Biblical times but are now made up of no more than 700 people. We will also explore the church built over Jacob’s well and wander through the Bronze Age ruins of Tel Balata or Schehem, recorded in the Bible as the site at which Ibrahim arrived in the Holy Land.

Dinner and Overnight in Nablus

 

Day 3 - Awarta to Duma (18.6km)

After breakfast we will be transferred to our starting point in Awarta to walk through the beautiful hills of the Nablus region from the picturesque village of Awarta to Duma. Awarta - 8km southeast of Nablus - has been inhabited since biblical times. It is 560m above sea level, the village territories a mix of plains and mountains, famous for planting olive trees, almonds, and corn - the yield of olive trees is the main source of income for many inhabitants.

The hike ends in Duma - 25km southeast of Nablus. Duma's residents mostly rely on irrigated crops, fruit orchards, olive groves, and livestock for food. There are four water springs in Duma that provide water for the residents.

 Dinner and overnight with local families in Duma

 

Day 4 - Ein Samia to Al Auja (14.1km)

Transfer to Ein Samia Valley. The path drops down into wadi Al-’Auja, a deep, rugged wadi that runs from Ein Samia (Samia Spring) to Ein Al-’Auja in the Jordan valley. From Ein Al-’Auja, the trail follows the Wadi and ancient roman aqueducts - used to divert water from Ein Al-’Auja to Jericho, past the ruins of a byzantine church, and onto the Al-’Auja Bedouin community for a great night with a delicious traditional meal.

We'll then transfer to Jericho for Jericho City tour.

Overnight at the Aqbet Jaber Refugee camp guesthouse

 

Day 5 - Jericho to sea level (18.7km)

A long and beautiful hike leading through the picturesque Wadi Qelt where we will discover the ruins of King Herod’s winter palace and see the vines and foliage clinging to the sides of the rocky canyon Deir Al-Quelt (St. George’s monastery).

The road becomes easier as it leaves the monastery and heads towards the roman aqueduct - another spectacular landmark located along that section of the Masar. Then the trail passes through the remote lands and wilderness of the Jordan valley on the historic road from Jericho to Jerusalem, leading to the Bedouin’s camp located exactly at sea
level.

Dinner and overnight at the Bedouin community

 

Day 6 - Sea Level Community to Khirbet Al-Mird Cave (15.1km)

This section of the trail begins at the desert sanctuary of Nabi Musa, dating back to the 13th century. According to Islamic tradition the site is the final resting place of the prophet Moses. Our journey then follows through large uninhabited areas, the trail starting in a deep valley along old pilgrim routes. Then from the mountain which overlooks Jericho and the Dead Sea, we can view beautiful landscapes below. Along the route we'll meet Bedouins and at the end of the trail awaits Khirbet al-Mird, the mysterious fortress commonly attributed to the Hasmonean leader John Hyrcanus, who is said to have built it toward the end of the second century BC.

Dinner and overnight at the grotto in Khirbet El Mard

 

Day 7 - Khirbet Al-Mird to Mar Saba (5.4km)

Today's winding trail takes us down into the Kidron valley full of caves varying in size, in the byzantine era these were inhabited by monks. The spectacular Mar Saba Monastery and a few byzantine wilderness monasteries are found here; the cluster was named after Saint Saba, who settled in a cave opposite the site to live in complete seclusion. The area is a perfect spot to take a break and enjoy the views and atmosphere.

A short transfer to Bethlehem to enjoy Bethlehem city tour with its spectacular Nativity church and narrow pathways.

Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem

 

Day 8 - Jerusalem

This day will include an orientation of the beautiful city of Jerusalem, the hub of the three monotheistic religions. Our tour starts with an ascent up the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the old city and then progresses to the old city of Jerusalem. Walking through the streets and bazaars of the old city, surrounded by the scent of spices displayed in street vendors’ overflowing sacks, we will visit the Wailing Wall and the Dome of the Rock (if possible), the masterpiece of Islamic art. After lunch, we will visit the church of the holy sepulcher, the sacred site of Christ’s crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem

 

Day 9 - Departure

We will exit Palestine via the Allenby Bridge crossing and then return to the airport for departure.

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As we will go through Jordan and Occupied Palestine (at Allenby bridge) on route to/from Palestine, both an Israeli and Jordanian visa are needed.

There are different requirements for both based on your passport. Please see the following links here: 

Israeli Visa: http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/ConsularServices/Documents/VisaRequirements-Tourists.pdf

Jordanian Visa: http://international.visitjordan.com/generalinformation/entryintojordan.aspx

 

Should you be exempt from the Israeli visa and can obtain the Jordanian visa on arrival (for example, if you hold a UK passport), then you will obtain a double entry Jordanian visa only, the cost of which is 60JOD (app. 85USD).

 

Should you require the Israeli/Jordanian Visa/(s), we recommend you allow a minimum of three months before the challenge to process. There will be a fee of USD50 to apply to immigration.

For more information on obtaining the Israeli visa, please see here.  A list of Israeli Embassies in other countries can be found here.

For more information on obtaining the Jordanian visa, please see here. There is a consulate for Jordan in Dubai and they can be reached on +971 4 397 0500. 

 

Unfortunately, those with Iranian, Syrian or Lebanese passports will likely be unable to obtain the necessary visas for this challenge. There is a chance that other nationalities may be denied. 

​Please ensure your own visa before you register for the challenge. ​

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If you have what it takes then download the booking form, print it off and send the signed and completed form with a cheque or draft for the required deposit to:

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