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Hike with the Nomads: Wadi Jihar Hike and Bedouin Life at the Edge of the Desert

199 NIS
Per person
199 NIS
Per person


Meeting Time:06:00

Completion Time: 20:00

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Trip Type:Hiking & Sightseeing


Come discover one of the more remote areas where the eastern desert meets the central mountains. The desert of Rashayda – located between Bethlehem and Hebron – is a unique area straddling the Judean wilderness and mountain frontier where nomadic lifestyles are still the traditional way of life.

Our day will take us hiking through the upper areas of Wadi Jihar (upper Arugot stream), one of the largest and most beautiful river beds that brings water from the mountains to the Dead Sea basin. This hike is co guided by our friend and mentor, Farhan Rashayda who will give us a unique perspective of the life in this special region where the mountains meets the desert.

During the late winter season, this area is fully in bloom with lush, green gullies pocked by an array of wild flowers. The area is surrounded by numerous caves which have served local populations for thousands of years. This is still one of the few areas where you can remain off the radar, away from most weekend travellers.

After the hike, we will continue towards the desert plains over the Dead Sea transform and get a special glimpse at local Bedouin life in the area. Trip participants will have the option to feast on a homemade meal (80 NIS extra paid in cash).

  • Non Vegetarian option: Maklooba (chicken & rice), salads.
  • Vegetarian option: Majadra (rice & lentils), salads.

Please send us your preference if you are interested in any of these options.


The hike is an intermediate level hike and suitable for anyone with moderate hiking experience.

  • Please note, this trip is taking place in Area B and Area C of the West Bank/Palestinian Territories/Judea Samaria.

The price for the trip is 199 NIS. Discounted tickets will be available in limited quantities on a first come first serve basis for 179 NIS. This does not include the optional lunch at the end (80 NIS/person).

Whats Included

Full transport

Licensed Israeli tour guide

Local bedouin guide

Tea and coffee

Whats Not Included

Food for the day

Optional lunch after the hike

Water for the day

Anything not listed above.

Whats Not Included

Food for the day

Optional lunch after the hike

Water for the day

Anything not listed above.


Depart 06:00 from Tel Aviv Central Train Depot (Namir St.)

Pickup en route in Rehovot-Weizman Institute of Science

Breakfast stop

Pickup en route in Jerusalem (location TBD)

Arrival to trail head

Hike in Wadi Jahir

Optional lunch

Return to departure points

What To Bring

Sturdy shoes for hiking (no sandals or flip flops)

Food for the day

3 litres of water



Proper clothing for weather conditions

Terms And Conditions


* 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.

***Please note: This trip is in Area B and C of the West Bank as designated by the Israeli and Palestinian authorities and is subject to change based on the security situation at the time of the trip.

*** Price of food is not included. Optional 80 NIS meal available upon request. Dairy products may not be pasturized.


*** 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 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.