The Israel trail

The Israel trail crosses the country from the Lebanese border in the north to the Egyptian one in the south, more than 900 kilometers in length. On its way, it winds through the mountains of the Upper Galilee, the hills of the Lower Galilee, lake Kinneret ("Sea of Galilee"), the Carmel Mountain, the Coastal Plains, the Jerusalem Hills and the Negev Desert, ending in the Gulf of Eilat.

In the last few years it has become a trend for Israeli youngsters to walk the whole length as a challenge, before joining the army service or right after completing it.
Older people, who can't "disappear" from work for two months or so, walk the trail in portions, until they complete it.

I offer tailor-made trips of any length of the trail, from one day to two weeks.

In addition, I offer three two-weeks portions that cover the whole length of the trail. These portions, which are suitable for very fit hikers only, should be booked one year in advance. The price covers my guiding and a car that brings the gear to the camping sites, (or a jeep where the terrain is not passable for regular cars). It doesn't cover accommodations beyond outdoor camping. It does cover food, on a picnic basis of three meals a day.

Northern Section, from the Dan stream to the Yarkon Sources, 15 days, 330 kilometers (code ITN).

Day1: Tel Dan to Kiryat Shemona, 18 kilometers.
Day 2: Ramim Cliff, Yesha fortress. 20 km.
Day 3: Dishon Canyon, 23 km.
Day 4: Meron Mountain, 19 km.
Day 5: Amud Canyon, 20km.
Day 6: Arbel Cliff, Tiberias, Lake Kinneret, Jordan River, 24km.
Day 7: Yavne'el Valley, Elot ascent, Tell Rechesh, 23km.
Day 8: Tabor and Devora Mountains, 19 km.
Day 9: Nazareth Hills, Tzippory, Alonim, 23 km.
Day 10: Rechasim, Yagur, Mt. Carmel, 21 km.
Day 11: Usfia, Shokef peak, Ofer. 24 km.
Day 12: Ramat Hanadiv, Carmel Coast, Caesaria. 24 km.
Day 13: Hadera, Sharon Park, 24 km.
Day 14: Alexander Stream, Mediteranean coast, 24 km.
Day 15: Tel Aviv, Yarkon Springs, 24 km.
Central Section, from Yarkon Sources to Mitzpe Ramon, 15 days, 363 km. (Code ITC)
Day 1: Yarkon Springs, Bareket, Modi'im, 23 km.
Day 2: Ben Shemen, Burma Road, 25 km.
Day 3: Shayarot Ridge, Sorek Valley, 23km.
Day 4: Begin Park, Elah Valley, 25 km.
Day 5: Masua, Tell Goded, Tell Lachish, 23 km.
Day 6: Tell Keshet, Shikma Valley, Pura, 23 km.
Day 7: Lahav planted forest, 24 km.
Day 8: Sansana Hills, Yatir forest, 26km.
Day 9: Amasa, Tell Arad, Kanfan Canyon, 25 km.
Day 10: Komot Hill, Tamar Fortress, 23 km.
Day 11: Small Makhtesh, Eli Ascent, 23 km.
Day 12: Yemin and Hatira Canyons, Big Makhtesh, 24 km.
Day 13: Mt. Karbolet, Afran Gorge, 24 km.
Day 14: Zin Valley, Akev springs, Avdat, 26km.
Day 15: Har Nafha, Mitzpe Ramon, 26km.
Southern Section, from Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat, 11 days, 218 km walking and 42 km driving. (Code ITS)
Day 1: Makhtesh Ramon, Amonites wall, 21 km.
Day 2: Saharonim Hill, Nekarot "Horseshoe", Geled Canyon, 19 km.
Day 3: Yahav Hill, Eshborn Cracks, Moa, 25 km.
Day 4: Ancient Spring Route, 21 km.
Day 5: Barak and Vardit Canyons, 26 km.
Day 6: Driving to Kassui Dunes (the trail is next to the main road for 38 km, but because of the army training zone on both sides of the road, we will drive it). Continue walking to Shaharut, 17 km.
Day 7: Metek Well, Milhan Ascent, 23 km.
Day 8: Timna park, 12km, option for additional hiking in the park.
Day 9: Raham Valley, Amir Mountain, 20 km.
Day 10: Shkhoret Canyon, Netafim Canyon, 14 km.
Day 11: Gishron Canyon, Gulf of Eilat. 17 km.

Guided Treks on the Israel National Trail
November 27th – December 7th 2013

The Negev Desert at its Best:
The three Makhteshim ("craters")
The canyons of Yemin, Hatira, Aqev, Hava, Barak and Vardit
The East Ramon Trek

Sde Boker, on day 4
The Israel National Trail (INT) crosses the country from the Israeli northern border with Lebanon, to the southern one with Egypt. It is over 940 kilometers long and goes through a variety of landscapes.

This year I am offering an eleven days trek to the most remote section on the trail.

Participants can choose from hiking the whole section, or joining partially, from one day and more.

A vehicle will transfer our gear between the campsites, so we only need to carry a day pack. The driver is also a cook, field-gourmet dinner will be ready for us as we arrive from the day's hike.
We will camp outdoors, but whoever wishes can stay in a room in a country lodge for an additional cost. We will make the reservation and provide transportation to the room after dinner, and back in the morning. Participants who join for the complete session will enjoy one night in a hotel room, with a decent shower, on the sixth night…

The price is 75$ per day, 60$ per day if you choose to participate in 3 days or more. If you do the complete section it will cost 700$.

For more information and registration please contact  
Bye, Yoel

What to bring:
I.D. card or passport, health insurance;
4.5 litres of water;
Hat, hiking shoes, sandals for the evening,
Kitbag for the evening gear, comfortable day pack;
Good sleeping bag, thin mattress, tent;
Warm clothes for the evening;
Towel, washing stuff,
Toilet paper and matches;
Flashlight + extra batteries;
Insect repellant;
Personal first aid and medications, spare glasses;
Plate, soup bowl, spoon, fork, knife.