The unique landscape on a white Salt Mountain. Mount Sodom’s soil containing 80% Salt creates a unique landscape that cannot be found anywhere else. Deep creeks and special rock formations all in bright white colors. It is also the setting of the Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah, which is mentioned more than 20 times in both the old and new testaments.
|Short versions||7.5 Km|
|Best||Dec - Mar|
|Possible||Nov - Apr|
- The hike is not accessible with public transport but can be reached with a short Taxi ride from the Ein Bokek hotels complex.
- The descend from mount Sodom to the Dead Sea is very steep and includes several metal ladders!)
Sodom the symbol of DestructionStanding on the summit of Mount Sodom and looking at the harsh dry landscape that surrounds us we can understand why the extermination of Sodom and Gomorrah became the ultimate symbol for punishment and destruction.
Biblical References (Few examples out of many) –
One day, God appears to Abraham in the form of three men. The men traveled towards the towns of Sodom and Gomorrah to destroy the cities because of their wickedness and corruption. Abraham pleads on the cities’ behalf, convincing the Lord not to destroy the cities if only a handful of good people can be found there. The messengers enter the city of Sodom, and Lot welcomes them into his home. Night falls, and the men of the city surround Lot’s home, wishing to rape the three messengers. The messengers persuade Lot to flee the city with his family, telling him and his family not to look back as they leave. However, as God rains down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot’s wife looks back at her home and she turned into a pillar of salt. (Full Commentary)
Listen to Genesis 18 & 19 – The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
Mount Sodom is a relatively young mountain that began its rise only a few hundreds of thousands of years ago and still continues to grow taller now at a rate of 3.5 millimeters (0.14 Inch) a year.
Earth Movements, pressing down on the layers of salt, created Mount Sodom. It is composed of 80% salt, capped by a thin layer of limestone and clay. It rises 260 meters above the Dead Sea and creates a unique landscape scenery of bright white soil penetrated by winding crevices.
The mountain is perforated with about 150 salt caves. It is the largest concentration of salt caves on the planet. The caves feature amazing salt formations. Most of the caves are closed to the public due to the constant danger of rock collapsing. A few of them are open for visits and can be accessed only by rappelling through “Salt chimneys”.
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- Start Climbing on the ‡Blue‡ marked trail (1). follow it for a total of 1.4 Km, The initial climb is steep but then the trail makes a sharp left and levels. We have now on our right the cliffs of mount Sodom and on our left the scenery of the southern area of the Dead Sea.
- After a few hundred meters the trail makes a sharp right turn and resumes climbing until a junction with a ‡Red‡ marked trail coming from the right. (2)
- Turn Right with the ‡Red‡ markers for a short but steep climb to the top of a hill and a great view-point. A perfect spot for an extended break to rest from the climb and enjoy the panoramic view. It is also the perfect spot to tell the story of Sodom and Gomorrah that occurred in the valley just below us thousands of years ago.
- Descend on the other side of the hill and turn right back on the ‡Blue‡ marked trail.
- The trail now traverses the relatively flat summit of mount Sodom giving us a chance to explore its unique landscape. After about one kilometer, just before the trail makes a sharp left turn, we reach another fantastic viewpoint towards the Dead Sea and the Moav mountains across the border in Jordan.
- Continue on the ‡Blue‡ marked trail and after a few hundred meters it will begin to descend on the other side of the mountain until we meet a wide dirt road (3).
- Turn left on the dirt road and continue following ‡Blue‡ markers for 1.3 Km, until reaching a junction of dirt roads. (4)
- Turn left on the ‡Black‡ marked dirt road and start climbing east. After about a Kilometer you reach a junction with a #Red# marked trail (5). (The short version rejoins here).
- Continue with the ‡Black‡ markers for another 0.8 Km until a parking area and an organized lookout point.
- The dirt road now becomes a trail and start descending the cliff back to the main road #90. The steep sections are equipped with wooden steps and metal ladders.
- After going down about 250 steps and 3 ladders we reach the main road (6).
- Turn left and walk along the main road (On its left side) about 2.5 Km back to the starting point (1).
- After about 1.7 Km we can spot to our left the famous “Lot’s wife” rock pillar associated with the location where Lot’s wife looked back, and was turned into a pillar of salt.
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