Hiking Safety Guidelines

Israel Is a Hot country. The hiking season is generally from October – May.
If you do choose to hike during June – September then:

  • DO NOT hike in desert areas!!
  • In other areas, start as early as possible, close to sunrise.
  • Stick to shorter and shady hikes.
  • Take with you plenty of water.
  • Or, just follow our Tips for Hiking in the Israeli Summer

During the regular seasons, we recommend to:

  • Wear a wide hat to protect yourself from the sun.
  • In the winter carry also a warm hat.
  •  Wear adequate ankle-supporting footwear.
  • Use sunscreen cream.
  • Always carry a printed map. Don’t rely solely on your mobile!!
  • In addition, Use a GPS app with the track file.
  • Stay on the trail.
  • Do not hike alone.
  • WATER!!!!– Dehydration is the main danger when hiking in Israel, especially in desert areas.  So carry plenty of water!! As a rule of thumb take 1 liter for every 5-7 km, depending on the terrain and the weather.
  • For In-Depth details about Heat Stroke and Dehydration dangers we recommend reading Ariel’s Checklist
  • Always check the weather forecast.
  • Never hike inside canyons when there is a chance for rain in the desert. (Risk of flash floods). If such risk exists the Israeli Meteorological Service will mention it.
  • Preferably, let someone know where you’re going.

Most importantly – Use your good judgment. Don’t be careless.

remember, You are hiking at your own risk. You are solely responsible for using your own judgment to safely enjoy your own hiking trip.

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