Starting Point: Nablus
Destination: Jericho
Total Distance: 63.8KM
Challenge: Moderate
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Minimum participants: 3

Trail Information & Photo credit: Masar Ibrahim Al Khalil

Included:
– Transport from Nablus to Awarta to the starting point of the trail
– Luggage transfer along the trail
– 4 Days – Professional and experienced local trekking/hiking guide
– 3 Nights – Overnight in villages in homestay or Bedouin camps
– All meals (breakfast, picnic lunch, local dinner)

Not Included:
– Tips
– Travel Insurance

Day1: Awarta to Duma

Distance: 18.6km
Time: 5-7 hours
Challenge: Moderate

 

 

Walk from a village to village, encounter the stunning views of the Jordan Valley in the background.

From Awarta the trail leads out of the village following a ridge with expansive of views of the surrounding hilly countryside. Halfway between Awarta and Aqraba sits Mt. Arma or Orma, whose name means pile of wheat. At the mountain’s are the remains of an ancient – likely Roman – watchtower and spacious cisterns cut into the mountain’s face.

 

A few kilometers ahead, the trail passes through Aqraba, a village whose name (scorpion in Arabic), according to oral tradition, came from Canaanites who compared Aqraba’s inhabitants’ strength to that of scorpions. From Arqaba, the route takes hikers along the rim of the Jordan Valley with incredible views of Jordan and Al-Qarn (or Sartaba), an ancient mountain-top fortress. Continuing through the village of Majdal Bani Fadil, the trail ends in Duma, a Palestinian village whose name comes from the Canaanite word for quietness or rest.

 

Day2: Duma to Kufr Malek

Distance: 14.8km
Time: 5-7 hours
Challenge: Moderate

 

The name Duma means calmness. Indeed, when you pass through this agricultural village its peaceful atmosphere absorbs you.

 

Leaving Duma the trail winds through Wadi Diba’ (Wadi of the Hyenas) and through several pleasant olive orchards on its way to Mughayir, a Palestinian village whose name means, roughly, the changing one, due to its location on the border between the arid climate of the Jordan Valley and the Mediterranean climate of the Palestinian highlands.
Descending from Mughayir to the Ein Samia Valley, the trail passes the remains of Roman aqueducts and Byzantine mosaics on its way past Ein Samia (Samia Spring), before ascending a tight, rugged wadi on the way to Kufr Malek. There, after a long climb, hikers are rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding area.

 

 

Day3: Kufr Malek to Al-’Auja

Distance: 14.1km
Time: 5-7 hours
Challenge: Moderate

Experience one of the most stunning valleys of the area and admire its natural richness.

 

 

Following a small road from Kufr Malek, the trail zig-zags down a hillside riddled with the remains of Roman cisterns and graves on its way to the Ein Samia Valley. After reaching the valley, the trail crosses a larger paved road and continues past fields of zatar before before following a path out of the valley bottom past the remains of an old Byzantine era church.

 

After crossing a ridge the path drops down into Wadi al-’Auja, a deep, rugged wadi that runs from Ein Samia (Samia Spring) down to Ein al-’Auja (Al-’Auja Spring) in the Jordan Valley. Wadi Al-’Auja is home to an impressive array of plant life as it descends from the higher elevations of the Palestinian highlands to a point around 50m below sea level at Ein al-’Auja, a popular, local picnic spot.

 

From Ein Al-’Auja, the trail follows the wadi and ancient Roman aqueducts, used divert water from Ein al-’Auja to Jericho, past the ruins of a Byzantine church and onto the Al-’Auja Bedouin community.

 

Day4: Al-’Auja to Jericho

Distance: 16.3km
Time: 3-5 hours
Challenge: Moderate
Jericho, one of the oldest cities in the world, with its calm atmosphere and rich heritage is a true oasis to all walkers.

 

The section begins in an area of spacious plains in the Jordan Valley and passes by the tents of the Bedouin community of Wadi al-’Auja. The trail enters Jericho, one of the oldest cities in the world, which with its calm atmosphere and rich heritage is a true oasis to all walkers. Visitors can enjoy a visit to the Mount of Temptation, Tell es-Sultan, and the winter palaces of Hisham and Herod the Great.

 

Nearby Jericho, members of the Aqbat Jaber Refugee Camp Women’s Center invite hikers for warm home-cooked meals and offer overnight stays a one of its kind mudbrick guesthouse. There hikers can also stamp their passports.

 

Trail Information & Photo credit: Masar Ibrahim Al Khalil

Included:
– Transport from Nablus to Awarta to the starting point of the trail
– Luggage transfer along the trail
– 4 Days – Professional and experienced local trekking/hiking guide
– 3 Nights – Overnight in villages in homestay or Bedouin camps
– All meals (breakfast, picnic lunch, local dinner)

Not Included:
– Tips
– Travel Insurance

Additional information

MealIncluded
Tour TypeAdventure Tours, Cultural Tours, Desert Tours
ActivityHiking, Sightseeing, Walking Tours
GuidingGuided Tour
Minimum participants3

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