The Highlands of the South Hike

The Highlands of the South Hike


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The eight-day long adventure begins in the famous town of Bethlehem and continues with an encounter of the Bedouin hospitality in ‘Arab ar-Rashayida. There the hosts will make sure to take their guests to the best lookout on the Dead Sea in the area. On the next day, the trail will take the hikers through picturesque and rough surfaces of the desert landscape towards Beni Na’im, a tranquil village famous for its grape groves. One of the highlights of the journey is a visit to the old city of Hebron, home of the Al-Ibrahimi Mosque, a spiritual site and a symbol of both struggle and hospitality. The new stages of the Masar Ibrahim south of Hebron reveal impressive ruins of ancient monasteries, shrines, presses, and cisterns. Those especially interested in architectural and archaeological heritage should plan to spend time there.

Day 1: Bethlehem to Tuqu’, 11.90 KM After a visit to world heritage sites, the Old City of Bethlehem and Nativity Church, follow the fertile valley of Artas towards Tuqu’.
Day 2: Tuqu’ to Arab ar-Rashaiyda, 26.40 KM Encounter the Bedouin hospitality. Your hosts will make sure to take you to the best lookout on the Dead Sea in the area.
Day 3: Arab ar-Rashaiyda to Beni Na’im, 22.20 KM After leaving the desert, you will head towards Beni Na’im, a tranquil village famous for the grape groves surrounding the area.
Day 4: Beni Na’im to Hebron, 07.00 KM Stroll the narrow streets of the old quarters and admire its buildings, typical of traditional vernacular Mamluk and Ottoman architecture.
Day 5: Hebron to Dura, 13.70 KM This stage will take you from the busy streets of Hebron through agricultural fields surrounding the city and picturesque valleys rich in natural beauty and archeological sites.
Day 6: Dura to As-Sura, 12.10 KM South of Hebron awaits you as the new part of the Masar Ibrahim, inviting all hikers, especially those interested in architectural and archaeological heritage.
Day 7: As-Sura to Adh-Dhahiriya, 12.80 KM The stage reveals impressive ruins of ancient monasteries, shrines, presses and cisterns.
Day 8: Adh-Dhahiriya to Beit Mirsim, 18.80 KM Adh-Dhahriya’s historic core, with its narrow streets and small domed stone houses, is a well-preserved example of an architectural complex that dates back to the Ottoman era.
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