Ze’elim stream (Wadi sial) is one of the most impressive canyons of the Judean desert, and an amazing hiking destination. On this 2 day, difficult backpacking trip, we will explore some of the hidden corners inside and out of the canyon: mighty cliffs, deep gorges, amazing viewpoints, ancient trails, cold pools for desert swimming, and hidden springs, all the way from the area of Arad to the Dead Sea.
Friday 28th: Transport from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Rehovot to the trail, descending to upper Ze’elim, Makbarat Sial: a mysterious Bedouin burial ground, the gorge and pools of upper Ze’elim, the Zefira campground, water drop.
Saturday 29th: Zephira lookout, Mt. Namer, descent into the mighty Ze’elim canyon via the ancient Namer ascent, The pool of Namer spring (if time permits a visit to the Bahak gorge) Ein Aneva, the Roman trail to Masada, transport back to Rehovot, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
TO COMPLETE THIS TREK YOU MUST BE ABLE TO HIKE 20+ KM PER DAY, WITH EVERYTHING ON YOUR BACK ON CHALLENGING TERRAIN. THIS TREK IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR BEGINERS, OR HIKERS WHO HAVE PROBLEMS WITH HEIGHTS!
* The nights at the desert are chilly, make sure to have the right clothing, sleeping bag, mat and tent.
* The price does not cover food, transportation, and gear.
We have extra equipment to lend (free of charge) if you are missing some of the vital gear. Pick up is from Rehovot.
The trip is dependent on minimum number of participants, group size is limited to 20 max.
The trip will be canceled and a full refunds will be issued in case of flash flood warnings will not allow the trail to be done.
Transport from and back to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Rehovot (exact time and locations will be given after sign- up)
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.
*3 Litres of water per person + hat + sunscreen
* Each participant is responsible for his or her own personal security and health.
* Swimming in places without a life guard is at the swimmer’s own responsibility
REFUND, CANCELLATION & 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.
This trip is part of the Hiking in Israel community. https://www.facebook.com/groups/HikingInIsrael/
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