|NUMBER OF DAYS||5|
|PRICE PER PERSON:||FROM 600 USD|
|NUMBER OF DAYS:|
|PRICE PER PERSON:|
|FROM 600 USD|
Hike the 3 Negev Craters (Makhtesh) in one “Inn to Inn” Trek. Visit amazing viewpoints, canyons, and magical desert springs. A real desert experience!!
|Length: 70-90 Km / 6 Days|
| Short Version:|
40-55 Km / 4 Days
Days 3,4 & 5.
|Best: Dec - Mar|
|Possible: Nov - Apr|
| Price From: |
000 USD / Person.
(Based on: Group Size of 4 / Two hikers sharing a room / Trek on Weekdays)
Optional LowCost version For Single hikers in shared Dormitories.. Price From:
000 USD for one person.
| Price Includes:|
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Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 – Dimona
- We will meet in the afternoon/evening in Dimona for a detailed briefing meeting to discuss all aspects of the trek, provide you with maps, and make sure that the GPS app function properly.
- Dimona is a small desert town, but it is easily reached by train from Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, and Ben Gurion Airport..
- Preferred Lodging: Drachim Hotel, Dimona
- The next morning a taxi will take you to the trailhead.
Day 2 – The small & Big Makhtesh
- A short taxi ride will take us to the trailhead at the head of the Scorpion Pass.
- If you opt for the extended version, start by making the short 4 Km (Out and back) walk to a fantastic viewpoint over the Small Maktesh (Crater). If you prefer to walk only 14-16 Km, you can skip this side trip.
- The route then takes you through an ancient small fort, interesting rock formations, and down into the deep Hatira Canyon.
- In the Hatira Canyon, the trail passes through two amazing spots: The “Nakeb el Yahud” Pass & Yorkeam Spring.
- For dessert, we will climb to the top of the eastern wall of the crater for a great view of the Big Makhtesh.
- After descending into the Big Makhtesh, a short taxi ride will take us back to the hotel in Dimona.
- As a dessert, you climb on the eastern wall of the “Big Crater” (Hamakhtesh Hagadol) for another great vista, before descending to the crater’s base, where a taxi will pick you up and bring you back to the hotel in Dimona.
Day 3 – Daroch Horseshoe and Zin Valley
- A taxi ride will take you to the trailhead near the religious community of Merchav Am.
- The walk starts in the wide Hatzatz Wadi. If you are lucky and making this walk in January, you have a good chance to encounter fields of beautiful Narcissus flowers. The scenery of the flowers blooming in the middle of the desert is truly unique!
- From the ridge, at the end of the wadi, the trail descends into the Darroch canyon. The canyon features many unique rock formations, including the magnificent “Daroch Horseshoe”.
- Shortly after the horseshoe, suddenly, the view opens up on the Zin valley below.
- After a steep descent, you reach a dirt road at the bottom of the valley.
- At this point (after 15 Km), you can end the hike and travel the remaining 6 Km with a “Jeep Taxi”. (Must be prearranged at an additional cost of 300 NIS for up to 6 persons)
- Or follow the dirt road and reach on foot your accommodation at Midreshet Ben-Gurion.
Day 4 – To Ancient Avdat via Akev Spring
- The hike starts directly from the accommodation.
- The total walking distance is 19 km. However, you can “save” the first 6 km which are on a dirt road with a “Jeep Taxi” (Must be pre-arranged and has an extra cost of 300 NIS for up to 6 hikers)
- The first highlight of the day is a climb to “Hod Akev” (translates to “Needle of the heel”). It is steep and at times, technical and vertiginous ascend. Many hikers find it very exciting; others might prefer to avoid it. (For those that prefer to avoid, there is a comfortable bypass).
- The summit is a tiny flat area with cliffs on all sides and a breathtaking view of the Negev Desert.
- The much easier descend to the other side takes you to another desert gem. Ein Akev spring. A magical desert spring with a deep pool and icy cold water. A fantastic swimming opportunity in the middle of the desert.
- The trail continues up the Akev wadi to the upper Akev spring. A Much smaller spring, but still a great resting point.
- Another 5 km further, you reach the end of the trail and the ancient Nabatean town of Avdat. This archeological site is well worth a visit. (Closes at 16:00)
- A short shuttle will take you from Avdat to the accommodation in Mitzpe Ramon.
Day 5 -From Mitzpe Ramon to “Ramon tooth”
- On the edge of the Ramon, Crater cliff sits the visitors center. A mandatory station before a visit to the Makhtesh area. The visit includes observation from a panoramic window. A dynamic and interactive exhibit that combines videos and a 3D model of Makhtesh. Another section is dedicated to the story of Ilan Ramon (The first Israeli astronaut). It includes films and a display of exhibits from his journey to space. It is recommended to book ahead of time (English tour). Phone: +972-8-6216859
- From the Visitors center, you descend rather steeply down to the bed of the crater.
- After several kilometers, you reach the foot of the southern wall of the crater.
- The trail now climbs to the top of the wall to the “Shen Ramon” summit (The “Tooth of Ramon”) where you get a 360° panorama of the Makhtesh and the surrounding Negev desert.
- After a steep descent to the other side of the mountain, you reach another impressive landmark: The Ammonite wall.
- From here, it’s a short distance to the main road #40 that crosses Makhtesh Ramon, where a Taxi will take you back to the accommodation in Mitzpe Ramon.
- If you still have some power go on a Star Gazing tour. A fantastic night experience.
Day 6 – Mount Ardon and Nekraot Horseshoe
- Distance: 16 Km (7-8 Hours) / Climb: 600 m
- Starting Point: Road #40, Makhtesh Ramon.
- End Point: At the foot of Mount Ardon.
- The morning starts with a short taxi shuttle to the heart of Mitzpe Ramon (Where the previous day ended).
- After a few flat warm-up kilometers, you make a short but steep climb to Mount Saharonim. A knife-shaped ridge that is part of the crater’s wall.
- To the left, you get great views of the Ramon crater. The trail follows the ridge near the top of the “knife” and descends on the other side to Nekarot Wadi.
- The hike continues through this beautiful horseshoe-shaped canyon with its unique colors and rock formation.
- A few kilometers further, you reach Mount Ardon’s base, the final highlights of the trek and a perfect dessert for the 6 days adventure.
- The ascend is tough and steep, but worth every bit of effort. The views of the Makhtesh from the summit are superb.
- After the descent to the other side of the mountain, a “Jeep Taxi” will take you back to Mitspe Ramon to pick up your luggage.
- Mitspe Ramon is connected by bus service to Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, and Ben Gurion Airport.