Southern Israel Trip 2019
All routes are subject to change
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Everyone will meet at either the pick-up point in Jerusalem or at Ben Gurion Airport and head south by bus. On the way to Mashabei Sadeh (our lodging for the first two nights), we will visit Tel Lachish, the archeological site of the ancient biblical city. The site, which has undergone recent renovations, tells the story of the Assyrian campaign against the Israelites in the days of King Hezekiah. After a brief tour of the area, we will hold our opening ceremony to officially begin the 2019 Ramah Israel Bike Ride and Hiking Trip. We will stop for lunch along the way and then head to Mashabei Sadeh for our orientation meetings and dinner.
Sollelim and Tzofim
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Our adventure begins at Makhtesh Katan. Today’s hike offers magnificent views as we hike along the ridge of the crater. Our day will conclude with a hike to the springs of Ein Yorkeam, an important water source for thousands of years. Time permitting, we will have time for a swim at the spring. Picnic lunch at a beautiful oasis along the way.
Thursday, April 4, 2019
We’ll set out early and enter Makhtesh Ramon. Today’s hikes take us through the outlets and the white canyon of Nekarot. We’ll hike on the edge of the Makhtesh wall and through the Ardon Valley, known for its magnificent colored sands. Picnic lunch along the way.
Friday, April 5, 2019
Our pre-Shabbat hike starts close to the town Mitzpe Ramon, on the edge of the Makhtesh. We’ll hike Ramon peak, the highest point in the Negev, and then explore the Lotz water pits. Picnic lunch along the way.
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Sunday, April 7, 2019
After a beautiful Shabbat, we’ll be energized to hit the trail again. Today we head toward the Ovda Valley. Our breathtaking hikes will offer wonderful views of the Arava and culminate at the Kasui Sand Dunes (where we will be covered with special carbonated sand). Picnic lunch along the way.
Monday, April 8, 2019
Our final hike will take us to the gorgeous Eilat Mountains. We’ll explore sandstones and hike across granite and limestone. We’ll cross the Amir Sandstone Mountain and hike through the magnificent black granite Shchoret Canyon.