|NUMBER OF DAYS||5|
|PRICE PER PERSON:||FROM 600 USD|
|NUMBER OF DAYS:|
|PRICE PER PERSON:|
|FROM 600 USD|
Hike from Zin valley to Makhtesh Ramon. Visit amazing viewpoints, canyons, and magical desert springs. A real desert experience!!
|Length: 55 -75 Km / 5 Days|
|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.
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Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 – Midrshet Bet Gurion
- Arrive in the afternoon at Midreshet Ben-Gurion.
- Midreshet Ben Gurion is a desert village easily reached by bus from Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, and Ben Gurion Airport.
- Although a small village, it provides a decent supermarket and several tasty dining options.
- Preferred Lodging: A Zimmer at Midreshet Ben Gurion.
- Breakfast is not included, but the Zimmer has a small kitchen, and food can be purchased at the supermarket.
- The hike will start the next morning.
Day 2 – Daroch Horseshoe and Zin Valley
- Take the early morning (07:00) bus to the trailhead near the religious community of Merchav Am.
- If you want to start later, we can book a taxi for you. Extra charge 150-400 NIS for up to 4 persons. (The exact cost depends on the availability of taxis and is paid directly to the driver.)
- The walk starts in the wide Hatzatz Wadi. If you are lucky and make 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 “Darroch 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 300-600 NIS for up to 6 persons. (The exact cost depends on the availability of jeeps and is paid directly to the driver.)
- Or follow the dirt road and reach on foot your accommodation at Midreshet Ben-Gurion.
Day 3 – To Ancient Avdat via Akev Spring
- The hike starts directly from the accommodation.
- The full walk is 20 km long. However, you can shorten it to 15 Km, by omitting Hod Akev and head directly to Ein Akev.
- 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 easier descent 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)
- Take the bus to Mitzpe Ramon (25 minutes ride / Bus every 30 minutes), or ask us to book for you a taxi (Extra charge of 280 NIS for up to 4 persons).
Day 4 -From Mitzpe Ramon to “Ramon tooth”
- The hike starts directly from the accommodation.
- 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’s experience.
Day 5 – Mount Saharonim and Nekraot Horseshoe
- Distance: 12 Km (5-7 Hours) / Climb: 250 m
- Hardcore hikers can add Mount Ardon and extend the hike to 21 Km (8-11 Hours)
- Starting Point: Road #40, Makhtesh Ramon.
- End Point: At Beerot campground
- 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 the beautiful horseshoe-shaped Nekarot canyon with its unique colors and rock formation.
- At the end of the canyon, you have a choice to either head directly to Beerot Campground or extend the hike with a circuit to Mount Ardon. (This extension is recommended for hardcore hikers).
- Our Taxi will wait for you near the Beeron Campground and 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.