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King David’s Path to Ein Gedi: A Bedouin Trek Across the Desert (April 7-8th)

550 NIS
Per person
550 NIS
Per person


Meeting Time:9:00

Completion Time: 17:00

Difficulty Level: Advanced

Trip Type:Hiking


Passover and Easter are getting close, and it is time for our favorite hike of the year: crossing the desert to the Dead Sea with our Bedouin friends!
This year: trekking down to the oasis of Ein Gedi, following an ancient trail, used by shepherds, rebels and Balsam merchants for thousands of years. This well built trail was probably the escape route king David took on his flight from Saul, and provides amazing landscapes of the Dead Sea and the mighty cliffs surrounding it. Reaching the canyon of Nahal David, we will enjoy refreshing dips in the waterfalls of pools of the rare desert oasis.

As every year we will enjoy Farhan Rashayda and his wonderful family’s generous Bedouin hospitality and endless cups of tea with plenty of sugar!

Trip plan:

Friday April 8th:

  • Pick up from Tel Aviv, Rehovot (optional), and Jerusalem to the area of Rashayda deep in the desert.
  • Visit Farhan’s family who lives traditional Bedouin life, learn about the desert culture
  • Hike to the camp site built for us in the desert (10Km)

Saturday April 8th:

  • EARLY WAKE UP, breakfast
  • Hike the ancient Balsam trail descending down to the oasis of Ein Gedi (steep descent)
  • Hike the upper parts of the David stream
  • Free time to explore the waterfalls and pools of the nature reserve
  • Drop off at Jerusalem, Rehovot and Tel Aviv

PRESALE SPECIAL EARLY DISCOUNT payment of just 450 NIS via PayPal directly to Finjan
Regular priced tickets will be sold at 550 NIS via PayPal

Extra costs :

No meals: 80 NIS CASH payment to Bedouin hosts for Bedouin tent, mattresses, blankets and bottled water for the second day.
With meals: 150 NIS CASH payment to Bedouin hosts for Bedouin tent, mattresses, blankets and bottled water for the second day, and dinner, breakfast and sandwich for lunch.

Important things to consider:

This hike is in Area B and Area C of the West Bank as designated by Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Each traveler is responsible for his or her own safety
Please answer the form upon registration to let us know of your preferred pick up point and dietary requests.
The hike is an advanced level hike with some steep descents and ladders.
The trip is contingent on a certain amount of participants and will be cancelled should we not meet this requirement
Please make sure you have at least 4 litres of water for the hike. We provide water on Day 2

Whats Included

Finjan guide team

Full transport from and to Tel Aviv, Rehovot and Jerusalem.

Palestinian Bedouin guides

Entrance fees for Ein Gedi nature reserve

Bedouin tent, blankets and matrasses (To be payed separately to our Bedouin hosts)

Whats Not Included


Water for the first day

Food (optional: traditional Bedouin food to be payed separately to our Bedouin hosts)

Anything not listed above

Whats Not Included


Water for the first day

Food (optional: traditional Bedouin food to be payed separately to our Bedouin hosts)

Anything not listed above


  • Bus departs from the Tel Aviv Central Train Station (Savidor) at 9:00 sharp.
  • Pick up points: Rehovot (9:30), Jerusalem HaUmma buildings (10:30)
  • Return to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv on Saturday around 17:00
  • Contact information: 0526733716 (Ariel)

What To Bring

Sleeping bag (optional)
Backpack for hiking
Swimming clothes for the pools
Sturdy shoes for desert hiking
4 liters of water for Day 1
Warm clothes for the evening
Any medications you need
Flashlight (suggested)


Terms And Conditions


This trip requires suitable footwear for hiking

* 4 Liters of water per person + hat + sunscreen is required

* 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.


*** 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 Tel Aviv Savidor Merkaz (Central Train Station/Arlozorov).  Return to the same point by 19:00. The bus will leave promptly and on time, we will not refund hikers arriving late to their pick up point!

This trip is part of the Hiking in Israel community.


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