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Ab EUR 235
Every Thursday morning
The Dead Sea Trail is one of the most diverse and beautiful trails in Israel. Stretching the length of the Judean desert and comes to an end at the shores of the Dead Sea. On the course of 3 days, the trail passes through historical sites, streams, canyons, cliffs, an oasis and the magnificent desert wilderness.
The Judean Desert has long since been a home to a wide range of cultures, all of which are introduced to the traveler along the trail.
The starting point is the small southern city of Arad, a home to more cultures for you to count!
The Hebrew-Israelites, Hasidic Jews, immigrants from Ethiopia, Russia, Georgia, Iraq, all of them in the same small quiet town.
Parts of the trail passes through the Bedouin territories. Herds of sheep, shacks in the middle nowhere and extreme hospitality… quite frankly, they are hard to miss.
The Trail will provide you the best experience to discover the Judean desert and the Dead Sea Area, it offers both a great cultural experience as well as wilderness backpacking at its best, at one of the unique deserts in the world.
All the camping logistics will be taken care of by the Wild-Trails team including food, water, and camping equipment along the trail, so you could travel light and not worry about heavy loads.
The price includes:
→ A one-on-one briefing with a desert expert before departure
→ Mineral water 6L per person per day
→ Map rental
→ Luggage storage
→ Transportation for the camping gear (up to 50L volume)
→ Transportation back to the Dead Sea Adventure Hostel
The price doesn’t include:
→ Accommodation for the night before and after
→ Gear rentals
→ Entrance fee to Masada
→ Camping fee at Masada
→ Anything that was not agreed upon against Wild-Trails Inc.
Day - 1
You’ll depart from the Dead Sea Adventure Hostel at the morning, and start moving forward towards Kidod Canyon (Wadi Kidod).
From there continue on to “Desert Time” lookout point, and continue along the upper Ze’elim canyon. We’ll end the day at the Birkat Zfira camping spot. Our logistics team will make sure all your gear is ready for camping.
The camping spot seats just above the Ze’elim canyon, and is great to enjoy a good stargazing.
Walking distance: 14.5 kilometers / 9 miles
Total ascending distance: 223 meters / 0.14 miles
Total descending distance: 441 meters / 0.27 miles
Day - 2
The second day will start by taking a bath at Birkat Zfira, a pool on a cliff in the middle of the desert.
Who would believe right?
The refreshing water combined with the morning vista of the canyon is all you need to start the day.
Walking the heights of the Judean desert, the trail will take you towards Gorni lookout point, accompanied by the grand views of the desert around us.
From there you’ll have a chance to descend to Aneva canyon, one of the most impressive canyons of the Judean desert. Crossing the canyon you’ll come across some natural water sources.
The day will come to an end by climbing through one of the roman outposts on the way to Massada.
In the end you’ll reach the camping ground on the slopes of Massada, and again, our loyal logistics team will make your stay all the more enjoyable.
Walking distance: 19 kilometers / 11.8 miles
Total length of descending: 1 kilometers / 0.62 miles
Total length of ascending: 555 meters / 0.345 miles
Day - 3
For the final day you’ll begin by climbing towards Massada to get a good look on the sunrise shedding light over the Dead Sea valley and the Edom mountains of Jordan.
From Massada continue along the cliffs of the Judean desert, cross canyons, go down to one of the most beautiful oasis the desert has to offer, and conclude your journey bathing in the waters of the Dead Sea.
Walking distance: 21 kilometers / 13.049 miles
Total length of ascending: 540 meters / 0.335 miles
Total length of descending: 0.565 miles
--> 3 days of crossing the Judean desert!
--> A jump to an oasis…
--> Fountains and natural water sources
--> Masada at sunrise time
--> Bonfire at the desert
--> Full logistics including transit for the camping gear (up to 50L backpack), allowing the hiker to travel light.
Starting Point: Dead Sea Adventure Hostel, Arad
Finnish line: Ein Bokek beach
Difficulty level: Moderate
--> Backpack maximum 50 liters for camping equipment
--> Comfortable daypack around 30L volume for the day hikes
--> Sleeping bag comfort to -2 Celsius.
--> Light camping mattress.
--> Hiking shoes.
--> Warm clothes.
--> Rain protection.
--> Camping plate and mug.
--> Spoon and knife.