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Self-Guided Trekking the Dead Sea Trail

From ILS 940

Every Thursday morning 


This three-day trek of the Dead Sea Trail offers both great cultural experiences as well as wilderness backpacking at its best, in one of the most unique deserts in the world. On this tour, you'll explore one of the most diverse and beautiful trails in Israel, and discover all the beauty the Judean Desert has to offer. 

The trail stretches the length of the Judean desert and comes to an end at the shores of the Dead Sea. Over the course of three days, the trail passes through historical sites, streams, canyons, cliffs, natural water sources, and the magnificent desert wilderness.

The Judean Desert has long since been a home to a wide range of cultures, all of which are introduced to the traveler along the trail.

The trek begins in the small southern city of Arad, a home to many diverse communities. Hebrew-Israelites, Hasidic Jews, and immigrants from Ethiopia, Russia, Georgia, and Iraq all call Arad their home.

Parts of the trail pass through the Bedouin territories. Between the herds of sheep and shacks in the middle nowhere we'll enjoy the best kind of hospitality, that only Bedouins can offer. 

All the camping logistics will be taken care of by the Wild-Trails team, including food, water, and camping equipment along the trail, so you can travel light and worry-free.

The price includes:

→ A one-on-one briefing with a desert expert before departure

→ Logistics

→ Water: 6L per person per day

→ Firewood

→ Map rental

→ Luggage storage

→ Transportation for the camping gear (up to 50L volume)

The price does not include:

→ Accommodation for the night before and after

→ Additional gear rental

→ Entrance fee to Masada

→ Camping fee at Masada
→ Transportation back to the Dead Sea Adventure Hostel
→ Guidance along the trail

→ Anything that was not agreed upon against Wild-Trails Inc.

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Day - 1

We'll depart from the Dead Sea Adventure Hostel in the morning, and start moving forward towards Kidod Canyon (Wadi Kidod).

From there we'll continue on to “Desert Time” lookout point, and walk along the upper Ze’elim canyon. We’ll end the day at the Birkat Zfira camping spot. Our logistics team will make sure all your gear is ready for camping.

The camping spot seats just above Ze’elim canyon, and is great for stargazing.

Walking distance: 14.5 kilometers / 9 miles

Total ascending distance: 223 meters / 0.14 miles

Total descending distance: 441 meters / 0.27 miles

Day - 2

We'll start day 2 with a bath in Birkat Zfira, a beautiful pool on a cliff in the middle of the desert.

The refreshing water combined with the morning vista of the canyon is all you need to start the day.

Walking the heights of the Judean desert, the trail will take you towards Gorni lookout point, accompanied by the grand views of the desert around us.

From there you’ll have a chance to descend to Aneva canyon, one of the most impressive canyons of the Judean desert. Crossing the canyon you’ll come across some natural water sources.

The day will come to an end by climbing through one of the roman outposts on the way to Massada.

In the end you’ll reach the camping ground on the slopes of Massada, and again, our loyal logistics team will make your stay all more enjoyable.

Walking distance: 19 kilometers / 11.8 miles

Total length of descending: 1 kilometers / 0.62 miles

Total length of ascending: 555 meters / 0.345 miles

Day - 3

For the final day you’ll begin by climbing towards Massada to get a good look on the sunrise shedding light over the Dead Sea valley and the Edom mountains of Jordan.

From Massada continue along the cliffs of the Judean desert, cross canyons, go down to one of the most beautiful oasis the desert has to offer, and conclude your journey bathing in the waters of the Dead Sea.

Walking distance: 21 kilometers / 13.049 miles

Total length of ascending: 540 meters / 0.335 miles

Total length of descending: 909 meters / 0.565 miles


→ 3 day trek through the Judean Desert!
→ A jump into a beautiful oasis
→ Fountains and natural water sources
→ Camping
→ Masada at sunrise
→ Stargazing
→ Bonfire in the desert
→ Full logistics including transit for the camping gear (up to 50L backpack), allowing the hiker to travel light. 

Please note that this is a self-guided trek, and does not include a guide. 

Starting Point: Dead Sea Adventure Hostel, Arad

Finish Point: Ein Bokek beach

Difficulty level: Moderate

What to bring:

→ Backpack, maximum 50 liters for camping equipment
→ Comfortable daypack around 30L volume for the day hikes
→ Sleeping bag, comfortable at -2 Celsius.
→ Light camping mattress
→ Hiking shoes
→ Headlamp
→ Warm clothes
→ Rain protection
→ Sunblock
→ Sunglasses
→ Hat
→ T-shirt
→ Camping plate and mug
→ Spoon and knife


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