When it comes to exploring a country, there is no better way than through hiking. On this page I describe a number of hiking tours throughout Israel – from the Golan Heights and the Galilee down to the Judean mountains, the Dead Sea region, the Negev and the Arava.
As a hiker, you will be able to discover views and places that are otherwise inaccessible. No wonder that hiking tours are so popular among Israelis. There are many marked trails throughout the country. One of the most popular trails is the Israel trail that goes all the way from the Northern border with Lebanon to the Southern border with Egypt, crossing the entire country. In addition, there are hundreds of marked trails throughout the country, from easy to difficult.
Some of the tours are considered difficult and for experienced mountain hikers only. Even if you are an experienced hiker, it’s best to consult (or hire) a hiking guide. We may not have grizzlies or tigers, but our wilderness, mountains and desert do pose challenges and dangers. I will be glad to advise and guide. You can easily reach me via the contact form on the right.
A Different Way to Masada
About 11 km (7 miles) hike, difficulty medium to challenging. 500m/1500ft elevation. For experienced mountain hikers who are not afraid of heights. Only during the winter/spring season at moderate temperatures, on dry days.
Zavitan Stream Trail
The Zavitan stream trail is one of several trails in the Yehudiya Forrest Nature Reserve in the Golan Heights. Less than 10 minutes drive from the Sea of Galilee, this nature reserve is a popular destination for locals. The upper Zavitan stream circular trail described here is about 4-5 km (3 miles) of mostly easy hiking. Only the descend to the pool underneath the waterfall requires some ladder and rock climbing. Almost all the walking is in open sun light, which can be a challenge during the summer season. You definitely need a hat and sun blocker, as well as plenty of water.
Tsafit Trail and Dry Canyon
The Tsafit trail in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve is a challenging hike, but one of the most beautiful ones in the Judean desert / Dead Sea area. For experienced mountain hikers who are not afraid of heights. Requires some climbing. Only during the winter/spring season at moderate temperatures, on dry days.