Hiking and Trekking


Israel’s Grand Canyon: Hiking in Wadi Heymar

Desert season is here, and Finjan is kicking it off with a trip to Israel’s ‘Grand Canyon’ – Wadi Heymar in the southern narrows of the Judean Wilderness.

This full-day hike is the perfect way to welcome in the desert season as we wind our way through Israel’s longest, Dead Sea canyon, eventually reaching the shores of the famous salt sea! Much of the day will be spent hiking upon the fault cliffs that line the Judean’ Desert’s eastern landscape and curving through the canyon’s narrow passages.

The hike is challenging and will cover 20KM ascending and descending through the beautiful desert terrain. Along the trail we will pass by a 100 meter dry waterfall. This is a longer hike than usual and is suited more for fit hikers used to longer days on the trail.

In Arabic, we call it Wadi al Muhaiwat – Valley of the Abyss – which easily explains the canyon’s deep narrows and mighty cliffs. Towards the end of the hike, we will pass by springs of asphalt which served as one of the highest price commodities in the ancient world – used for embalming and mummification as well as ship building.

Trip Cost:

Early discounted tickets will be available (first come first serve) for 169.50 NIS

Regular priced tickets will be sold at 189.50 NIS

Transportation:

Full transport is included from Tel Aviv with pickups on the way according to the route we are taking down to the trail head.

 

  • Weather conditions: Please note that should their be either extreme heat or a flood warning, this trip will be changed to a different track at the expertise of the guide and trip provider. Should this be the case, optional refunds will be available for those not wanting to participate.

 

MEETING POINT

SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS

This trip requires sturdy shoes (no flip flops) suited for rocky terrain. Participants will remain off the trail should their footwear not be suited for the terrain. Swimming gear is recommended for the springs.

* 4.5 Litres of water per person + hat + sunscreen

* Each participant is responsible for his or her own personal security and health. 

* Swimming locations are without a lifeguard and are at the discretion of each individual participant. Finjan is not responsible for decisions made by participants regarding swimming areas without lifeguards.  

REFUND, CANCELATION & TRIP-ADJUSTMENT POLICY

*** Included in the price of the ticket is a non-refundable deposit  fee. This fee is 50 NIS

*** Full refund including deposit fee will be issued upon request no later than 7 days prior to the scheduled start time.

*** Partial refunds will be issued no later than 3 days prior to the trip (50 NIS fee not refunded)

*** No refunds will be issued within 72 hours of the scheduled trip

*** Should a participant cancel his or her ticket, he or she can inquire about moving the ticket to another Finjan event at the same cost.

*** Should a participant request a refund within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time, a full refund can be specially issued if that ticket will be purchased by another participant or someone on the Finjan waiting list.

*** Full refund will be issued should the trip be cancelled or postponed for any reason at the discretion of the trek leader(s).

*** The trek leader(s) has the right to change the location of the trip prior to or throughout the trip based on weather conditions without issuing a refund to participants.

*** The trek leader(s) have full discretion in not allowing a participant to fulfil the trek based on certain health considerations and or lack of proper footwear/water.

*** Price includes two fully licensed guides and outdoor specialists, transportation to and from Tel Aviv and lots of coffee! Price does NOT include food and other beverages ***

Departure time is at 06:00 sharp from Tel Aviv Savidor Merkaz (Central Train Station/Arlozorov).  Return to the same point by 21:00. The bus will leave promptly and on time! Those who arrive early will have the chance to enjoy some cookies and coffee prior to departure.

This trip is part of the Hiking in Israel community.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/HikingInIsrael/

TRIP DETAILS

Oct 20

MEETING TIME:06:00

COMPLETION TIME: 20:00

TYPE OF TRIP:Hiking and Trekking

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

COST: 169.5 - 189.5 NIS
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What to bring?

Sturdy shoes for hiking

Food for the day

4.5 litres of water

Hat

Sunscreen

Good vibes

Flashlight or headlamp (we could finish later in the day)