Our hike will begin with a quick descent down to St. George’s Monastery, one of three active sites of desert monasticism dating back over 1500 years. The monastery hangs between the crags of Wadi Qelt and has a rich history with many spiritual phenomena and ancient legends.
After visiting the monastery, we will continue with King Herod’s ancient water channel that has been in continuous use for over 2000 years! The channel will lead us towards our first swimming stop at Ein Qelt – the Qelt Spring! Along the way to the spring, we will be surrounded by enchanting scenery and gorgeous vistas.
Ein Qelt has a number of watering holes where everyone can find their own tranquil spot to relax and take in the fresh spring water, the source of Wadi Qelt’s year round water. From Ein Qelt, we will make our way through the riverbeds, in and out of the water, trekking towards Ein Mabua.
The price of the trip is 169.50 NIS at the Early Bird Discount of which there are a limited number of tickets. From there, the price will jump to 189.50.
PLEASE NOTE: This trip is located in Area C in the West Bank and is beyond the Green Line as designated by the Israeli government.
Due to the hot weather conditions, we will be extra vigilant regarding water and all participants must have at least 4.5 litres – this is something we will check. Should there be an extreme heat wave, we will postpone the trip. Participants must have something to keep the sun directly off their head! Make sure to have your swimming costumes!
Sturdy footwear is required. There are many parts walking through ankle high water, so plan accordingly. No hiking in flip-flops or crocs due to the slippery conditions.
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. Please prepare accordingly knowing that there will be water throughout the trip.
* 4.5 Litres of water per person + hat + sunscreen
* This trip is located in Area C, beyond the Green Line, as designated by the Israeli Authorities.
* Each participant is responsible for his or her own personal security and health.
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 06:15 sharp from Tel Aviv Savidor Merkaz (Central Train Station/Arlozorov). Return to the same point by 20:00. 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/