See upcoming trips

The Hidden Gems of the Demon King: hiking the Small Crater Inside and Out

199 NIS
Per person
199 NIS
Per person


Meeting Time:06:00

Completion Time: 20:00

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Trip Type:Hiking


Join Finjan for a day-hike at the Negev’s eastern edge as we explore the area around the Small Crater and hike from the Tamar Fort to the Gate of Ashmadai.

Our trip will begin near the Tamar Fort, a Roman fort from antiquity, which controlled a major stretch of the road between Be’er Sheva and the southern edge of the Dead Sea.

From there, we will descend via different paths used by local shepherds over the centuries towards the Tzafit Canyon and the Tzafit Spring. The Tzafit spring was an important and rare source of water deep in the depths of the eastern Negev.

After walking on the Israel National Trail, we will look upon the beautiful desert landscapes – including the Small Crater –  from the top of the Hatzera Ascent. We will descend roughly 400m via this ancient route to the inner areas of the same crater which we saw from above.

Inside the crater, we will be surrounded by colored sands as we make our way to the Gate of Ashmadai and the point where the crater is drained by the Hatzera stream before meeting the bus and heading back to Tel Aviv.

Hike stats:

13 KM total hiking

400m ascending

830m descending

This is a classic intermediate hike and a wonderful way to start the desert hiking season before moving onto the more advanced and challenging routes!

Trip cost:

The cost for the trip is 199 NIS; however, there will be a limited number of early-bird tickets sold at 179 NIS per ticket.


Whats Included

Full transport from Tel Aviv and back (with a pickup point in Rehovot)

Licensed Finjan tour guides and outdoor specialists


Whats Not Included

Food for the day


Anything not listed above

Whats Not Included

Food for the day


Anything not listed above


Pickup in Tel Aviv at given meeting point (see map)

Pickup en route in Rehovot

Breakfast stop

Full day of hiking

Return to Rehovot and Tel Aviv

What To Bring

3 litres of water

Sturdy shoes for hiking

Food for the day

Hat and sunscreen

Terms And Conditions


This trip requires suitable footwear for hiking

* 3 Litres of water per person + hat + sunscreen is required

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


*** 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.

*** Between seven and three days prior to the trip, participants can cancel their ticket and get a full refund less the deposit fee

*** 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.

*** 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! Price does NOT include food and other beverages ***

Departure time is at 06:00 sharp from Namir Road next to Tel Aviv Savidor Merkaz (Central Train Station/Arlozorov). Return to the same point by 20:00. The bus will leave promptly and on time. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED FOR HIKERS ARRIVING LATE TO THE MEETING POINT!

This trip is part of the Hiking in Israel community.


*** Upon the purchase of a ticket to any Finjan event, you agree that the email used to register for the trip will be used in future newsletters regarding upcoming Finjan activities.

*** Each newsletter includes a link to remove the given email from the list. If the customer does not click this link his or her email will continue to be in use to receive the monthly newsletter.