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Wild and Free: Bedouin Weekend Journey to Ein Gedi Oasis

475 NIS
Per person
475 NIS
Per person


Meeting Time:10:30

Completion Time: 18:00

Difficulty Level: Advanced

Trip Type:Hiking


Passover and Easter are getting close, and it is time for our favourite hike of the year: crossing the desert to the Dead Sea with the bedouins!
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 genorous bedouin hospitality and endless cups of tea with plenty of sugar!

Trip plan:

Friday April 26th:

  • 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)
  • Dinner and preformence by Abu Souliman- a renown Rababa player

Saturday April 27th:

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

PRESALE SPECIAL EARLY DISCOUNT payment of just 275 NIS via PayPal directly to Finjan
Regular priced tickets will be sold at 325 NIS via PayPal
150 NIS CASH payment to Bedouin family for meals, hosting and mattresses (paid on day of hike)
Please note: This is a fix priced and is non negotiable, regardless of whether or not participants choose to eat or sleep ‘outside’ of the area.

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 prefered pick up point and dietery requests.
Mattresses and blankets will be provided; however, we recommend to bring a sleeping bag.
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 4.5 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

Full, locally cooked dinner on Day 1

Breakfast on Day 2

Tea and Coffee throughout the trip

Mattresses and Large Bedouin Tent

Water refill on Day 2

Enterance fees to Ein Gedi nature reserve

Performance from regionally famous Rababa/Flute player (Bedouin entertainment)


Whats Not Included

Food for lunch (Friday and Saturday)

Water for the first day


Whats Not Included

Food for lunch (Friday and Saturday)

Water for the first day



  • Bus departs from the Tel Aviv Central Train Station (Savidor) at 10:30 sharp. See location point below
  • Pick up points: Tel Aviv central bus station (10:30), Jerusalem HaUmma buildings (11:20) (Rehovot Ramla south if requested)
  • Return toJeruslem and Tel Aviv on Saturday around 18:00
  • Contact information: 0526733716 (Ariel)

What To Bring

Your own sleeping bag or blanket
Backpack for hiking
Swimming costume for the pools
Sturdy shoes for desert hiking
Water sandals (optional for water part)
4.5 litres of water for Day 1
Warm clothes for the evening
Any medications you need
Flashlight (suggested)


Terms And Conditions

Security, Safety, Cancellation Policy

Each traveller is responsible for his/her own health, security and safety

This hike is in Area C and B of the West Bank as defined by Israel and the Palestinian Authority

Each traveller is required to bring at least 4.5 litres of water

Sturdy shoes and appropriate gear is required as stated by Finjan

Full refunds will be issued no later than 96 hours prior to the hike as we are required to pay certain suppliers up until this date

Swimming is without life guard and on the swimmer’s responsibility.

Payment does not include 150 NIS cash for meals, hosting and sleeping arrangements

Finjan has the right to change the route of the trip based on weather conditions and professional considerations decisions around safety.