Har Saharonim to Parsat Nekarot

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Har Saharonim to Parsat Nekarot is a 6.4 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near the city of Mitspe Ramon, Israel that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from September until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.4 km
ELEVATION GAIN
246 m
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

hiking

views

no shade

historic site

The trek from Mt. Saharonim into the Nekarot gorge is among the most popular in the Ramon Crater, and for a good reason. It offers the perfect combination between breath-taking views and a medium level physical challenge. One of the only disadvantages of this trek is the not-so-small chance of sharing it with pupils out on a field trip. When that happens, the detached ambiance and the silence make way to excited cries and schooldays rush. If you prefer avoiding it – try to come on the weekend. The trek is a part of both the Israel National Trail and the Around Ramon trail, so there´s always a possibility of coming across a well-equipped motivated traveller who would normally be happy to share stories of the road. The trek isn´t long, and despite the challenging ascent up Mt. Saharonim, the incredible vista from the top is well worth the effort. Back at the mountain foot, you enter “Parsat Nekarot¨. Parsa¨ in Hebrew means a horseshoe. The river has carved its trajectory in the rocks in a horseshoe shape and that´s why it was given this name. If you are a lover of geology, you can enjoy a variety of particularities typical to the Ramon crater, and if you can keep quiet, you may get lucky enough to meet an ibex or an onager. The latter has been completely extinct from the area and very successfully re-introduced a few years ago. The trek ends at Ein Saharonim, a small spring by an ancient fortress. This was another major stop on the Incense road, on the way from nowadays Jordan and the seaport of Gaza. Thousands of caravans have come through this point, carrying spices and perfumes from Africa and Asia to Europe. If you want to complete the trek where you started it, you can prolong it for about 2.5kms simply walking from the ending point to the starting point at Nahal Gvanim.