Hike Wadi Qelt, one of Palestine’s most famous walking trails. Explore the spectacular natural landscape, and how it provided refuge & solitude to those in search of salvation through hermit life, prayer and meditation.

This short and brief version of the trail starts in the point just above Saint George Monastery, and continues down through the mini canyon of Wadi Qelt all the way to Jericho. The hike takes 2-3 hours and includes a stop at the Monastery and other resting points on the way including the old ruins of Herod’s winter palace.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Jericho – Saint George Monastery – Jericho
DEPARTURE TIME 09:00 [Please arrive at least 15 min in advance]
Transportation to starting point Local Guide
Meals & Cable Car Ride
Minimum Participants 3

If you book this tour for less than the required minimum number of participants, your booking will be pending for other interested participants on the same date. Alternatively, you may upgrade your order to the minimum number of participants to ensure the availability and confirm the tour.

Additional information

Meal OptionsMeal included, Meal not included
Minimum participants3
DestinationsJericho & The Jordan Valley, Jericho City, Wadi Qelt & Saint George Monastery
Tour TypeEco-Tours
Distance6 Km, 8 Km, 12 Km


Departure from Jericho city by private transport to the hike’s starting point just above Saint George Monastery in Wadi Qelt

Take Off

Start hiking the swirly path down to Saint George Monastery

Saint George Monastery

Visit Saint George Monastery built into the cliffs of one side of the canyon, and located in a mini oasis. Learn more about monks’ hermit life in the desert

Hike through the canyon

Start hiking through Wadi Qelt and enjoy the amazing landscape and the stubborn nature.

Herod's Palace

Finish the trail in the Wadi as the terrain becomes flat again and stop to explore the ruins of Herod’s historic winter palace

Walk back to Jericho

Continue walking through the banana and date farms in Jericho to arrive at your ending point

A rewarding finish line

Reward yourself with an optional well-deserved meal or cable car ride to the Mount of Temptation

From Jerusalem: Take bus 263 from the bus station in front of Damascus Gate in East Jerusalem on Sultan Suleiman Street to Bethany City Center (Al Izariya), and from there take the collective taxi (orange 7-seater van called Servees) to Jericho City Center (30 shekels | 1 hour).

From Bethlehem: Take the collective taxi (orange 7-seater van called Servees) from the Bethlehem Central Bus Station on Manger Square Street directly to Jericho City Center (25 shekels | 1 hour).

From Ramallah: Take the collective taxi (orange 7-seater van called Servees) from the Main Station in Ramallah on Al-Nahda Street directly to Jericho City Center (25 shekels | 1 hour).

From Nablus: Take t he collective taxi (orange 7-seater van called Servees) from the Nablus Central Station on Rafidia Street directly to the Ramallah Central Bus Station on Al-Nahda Street. Next, see “From Ramallah to Jericho” (40 shekels | 2 hours).

From Allenby Bridge: Take the bus to the Jericho Station called Istiraha (20 shekels), and from there a taxi to Jericho city (30 shekels).

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 3 reviews
February 10, 2019

Really nice hike with Tariq in Wadi Qelt. Visit of the monastery, crossing the Wadi and back to Jericho. Perfectly organized. And a great lunch at AuberInn afterwards.

April 14, 2019

Hike was a challenging route but Arkan, our guide, made it so much better. He was extremely helpful and friendly. He shared with us many insights on Palestine. We wouldn’t have been able to complete the hike without his help. At the challenging parts, he was quick to survey the difficult routes and picked the best one for us. When the girls struggled, he was extremely helpful in helping us get through the water streams and slippery rocks. But everything was worth it – the hike is amazing!

Hantourism helpline was super efficient and responsive. They answered our questions quick, and provided the best instructions and guidance we can ever ask for. If you are up for a challenge, you will not regret this hike 🙂

September 2, 2019

An amazing hike. It was challenging, but our guide was with us every step. It was so beautiful, and we learnt a lot about life in Palestine and it’s culture.

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