The Negev: a unique end-of-the year trek across the desert. Dec 23rd – 31st 2016

Desert celebration: a 9-day trek in the hidden Negev
December 23rd – 31st 2016

Explore a remote part of the Israeli Negev desert over a nine-day guided trek in a beautiful part of the Negev. Hiking across the Negev, in the region of the Menukha and Kipa ridges, and the Paran and Ashosh wadis, you will see breathtaking landscapes, fascinating rock formations, deep gorges, ancient cisterns and much more. Guaranteed to be the perfect desert experience and end of the year holidays!

Some landmarks of the trip include: Mount Eshet, Wadi Sira, Vardit Canyon, Mount Kipa, Mount HaMeishar, the Nekarot cistern along the ancient Nabatean incense route, Mount Masa and Wadi Qatsra.

♥  It is also possible to join the trek for fewer days, instead of the complete 9 days.

NOTE: this is a challenging hike that requires being able to walk  on average 20 km a day, over different types of terrain and some elevation.

THE ITINERARY:
23rd: 11.30 am departure from the Menukha junction, in the Arava valley. We will hike along the Menukha ridge, Mount Eshet and sleep at the confluence of Wadi paran and Wadi Zihor.
24th: Wadi Ovil and Wadi Sira, sleeping at the Ashalim Well campsite.
25th: Hadud cliffs, Vardit canyon, overnight at Mount Kipa.
26th: Mount Kipa and Mount HaMeishar.
27th: HaMeishar, Wadi Hadav.
28th: Wadi Gazam, Nekarot cistern.
29th: Wadi Nekarot, Mount Masa.
30th: Wadi Qatsra, Wadi Omer, Wadi Ashosh.
31st: Wadi Tsofar, Tsofar plateau, Tzukim, from where it is possible to take public transportation back to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or Eilat.

LOGISTICS & LODGING:
It is possible to reach the departure point by public transportation from Jerusalem (3 hours by bus) or Eilat (1 hour by bus). Public transportation is also available from the arrival point.

During the day, you will only need to carry a day pack, as a vehicle will transfer our DSC04901gear between each campsite. We will camp outdoors all 8 nights.
The day will start early and we will walk between 17 to 23 km each day. The pace will not be too fast, and there will be short periods of rest with a long lunch break. A delicious field dinner will be prepared by the logistics team and will be ready for us when we arrive at the camp at the end of the day’s hike.

PRICE:
2700 shekels (635 euros) for the full 9-day trek
350 shekels (80 euros) per day

The price does not include airfare, and transportation to the departure and arrival points. It does include:

  • a professional local certified guide
  • all meals

A tent and sleeping foam mattress can be rented on site for 110 shekels (25 euros).

WHAT TO BRING:
 - Passport, Health insurance
 - Water bottles to carry up to 4.5 litres of water
 - Hat, good hiking shoes, sandals for the evening
 - Comfortable day pack
 - Good sleeping bag
 - Sleeping pad and tent (optional - can be rented on site) 
 - Warm clothes for the evening (including warm hat, gloves, scarf, fleece...)
 - Rain jacket 
 - Towel and toiletries 
 - Toilet paper and matches 
 - Flashlight and extra batteries 
 - Sunscreen 
 - Insect repellent 
 - Personal first aid and medications, spare glasses 
 - Snacks (dried fruits, nuts...) 
 - Plate, soup bowl, cup, spoon, fork, knife

To join this trek, or for more information about the trek, contact me :

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