Hiking in Israel is unique. The changing landscapes, seasons, and views of the local flora and fauna can be viewed in a global context. However, the rewards of walking the length and breadth of the 'promised land' are all this and more.
Along the mountains and deserts of Israel, wherever you walk, a rich tableau of human history has proceded you.
A considerable proportion of Israel's water sources and landscapehave been shaped and reshaped by the different peoples and cultures that lived in, ruled and trampled over this land. On many sites, bits of ancient pottery are scattered about.
Here the three continents of the old world meet - Asia, Africa and Europe. Not only man expanding teritorial boundaries, has been here and left his mark. Plant and animal life have been alternatively extanding and limiting their habitat throughout. Modern israel's flora and fauna are a blend of many regions, from the savannahs of Africa to the reaches of Asia.the great Syrian-Adrican riff run from the Red Sea, through the Dead Sea region and to Lake Kinneret, the Hula Valley and furthere north. This area has been the geographical doorway for many species on the move north or south.
Israel National Trail (INT)
INT is a 1100 (683 miles) length trail crossing the entire country of Israel. Its northern end is at Dan, near the Lebanese border in the far north of the country, and it extends to Eilat at the southernmost tip of Israel on the Red Sea on the south. In 2012, National Geographic magazine included the trail on its best hiking trail list. And in 2015 Google decided to upload the INT photographs to the StreetView as a leading project. Hiking on this trail you meet the desert and forests, seas and lake, modern and historical cities as well as biblical and religious sites.
We can do up to 7 days trek, or just taste a one day hiking on this trail.
The Gospel Trail in Galilee
The modular 65 kilometres (40 mi) trail in the Galilee region is a historical routes and paths that Jesus is believed to have taken when he left Nazareth, the home of his childhood, for Capernaum on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, which became the center of his ministry. The trail begins in Nazareth and passes through the horns of Hattin, Arbel Cliffs, along the northwestern shores of the Sea of Galilee are four sites relating directly to the ministry of Jesus: Migdal/Magdala, an important 1st-Century commercial port and fishing center that is identified in the Gospels as the home of Mary Magdalene (Luke 8:2); Tabgha by tradition the site of the “Feeding of the Five Thousand” (Mark 15:32-38); the Mount of Beatitudes (Matthew 5-7); and Capernaum, the city of Jesus, “his own town” (Matthew 9:1).
We can do a 3 to 5 days trek following this trail.
The Jerusalem Hills and Jerusalem Trail
This region is located between the main cities - Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, which allows to do many attractive 1 day hikes from 5h long up to 9h hikes.
The Golan Heights are part of a large volcanic basalt fields, which rises high above the Syrian-African rift. It stretch into biblical Bashan land of the Menashe tribe where many settlements from the talmudic period were found.