Israel is a paradise for hikers with a multitude of trails to choose from, different climates and geographical landscapes, and the ability to cater to everyone from grandparents and children to serious hiking enthusiasts.
The longest one, the Israel National Trail, stretches from the northern Galilee to Eilat. Trails allow you to explore beautiful nature preserves, national parks and fascinating historical, archaeological and biblical sites. Traverse cityscapes, experience the rugged beauty of the Negev and Arava deserts, explore hillsides, beaches and more as you travel throughout the land. Walking day tours allow a slower pace to enjoy the sights and sounds of Israel.
Choose day, overnight, several days, urban or rural backpacking hikes and treks. You can join a pre-planned hike to the areas that interest you or you can opt for a tailor-made tour that will take in all the attractions and places you want to visit. Some hikes can be combined with activities such as kayaking, swimming and extreme sports like rappelling. Popular hikes in the summer include water, either to swim, wade in or at a minimum at least view! Choices are endless. An expert tour guide’s help is invaluable in bringing the sites alive through historical information, stories, insights, and local knowledge and in planning a trip that incorporates everyones’ needs.
Main Hiking Areas
Explore Israel’s main hiking areas found in:
- Northern Israel, Galilee and the Golan
- Judean Desert, the Dead Sea and Masada
- The Eilat Region
- Negev Desert hiking, including the Ramon Crater
These types of tours are available in many cities and towns including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Visit Jerusalem’s old and new city including the Ramparts Walk along the Old City walls.
Haifa has colored markers for hikers to follow down four different routes called the Route of the Thousand Steps from the top of Mount Carmel down to the ocean.
There is a walking mystical tour of Safed (aka Tsfat,Tzfat). You can also purchase a self-guided tour book about Tzfat at Tzfat.Self.Guided.Tours@pobox.com – a great way to get to know the city ahead of time.
Hiking routes can be for part or all of the National Hiking Trail or trace the footsteps of the Christian Savior on the Gospel Trail.
- Check out the Baruch Haba Travel Magazine’s series of articles on the National Trail and Hiking Tips.
- Learn the trail markers for the different types of trails.
- Choose your path depending on the season and avoid the heat of the day in the summer. Even if you are going to be with a guide, discuss if a set of maps is advisable.
- Some tours explore caves and flashlights are necessary. If you bring a camera – ideally it should be shock proof and water proof.
- Some hikes include barbecues, stops at restaurants and snack bars and catered meals. Ask what food is included ahead of time.
- Buy insurance and pack basic medical supplies.
- Check to see if swimming will be part of your hike. Bring a change of clothes and water footwear if the hike will be traversing streams. Even on short hikes, proper walking footwear is essential; a hat, sunscreen, your own water bottle, and a backpack that fits comfortably should be considered.
- Take advantage of Baruch Haba’s limited time offer for a free cell phone and only pay for cell phone calls you make to stay in touch with your group.
Did You Know?
A shorter hike in the middle of the country is the western part of the Burma Road, built to give Israel access to the besieged Jerusalem and bypass the Jordanian blockade during the 1948 War of Independence. It travels towards Laturn, passes through Park Rabin and loops around to your starting point near the Paz gas station on Highway 38.