Israel National Trail: Sde Boker to Mitzpe Ramon

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Israel National Trail: Sde Boker to Mitzpe Ramon is a 53.1 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near the city of Sde Bokker, Israel that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking.

DISTANCE
53.1 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1809 m
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

Israel National Trail is one of the most beautiful treks in the world. It starts at Kibutz Dan in the north and ending in Eilat, the southernmost point of Israel, at the shore of the Red Sea. The trail´s most striking part is at its south, where it crosses the desert over mountains, through valleys and on the bottoms of craters. One such leg of the trail is the Sde Boker-Mitzpe Ramon section. You need to be fit and experienced to walk it, and it leads right into the wild, far away from villages and roads, to the unspoilt arid habitat of vultures and ibexes. There are no water points along the way and if you choose to carry all your water with you, you have to carry enough for two full days in the desert. An alternative method is to have somebody burying water for you down the path and there are a few individuals in the area offering this service. Among the major sites on the way, you find the ravishing oasis of Ein Akev and its lovely deep pool, and later on the Chava cistern, that thanks to its particular structure holds water up to two years after a flood. If you´re lucky, a natural swimming pool is waiting for you here. If you´re not so lucky, it may still be there, though maybe a little too long already. You can start this section either in Midreshet Ben Gurion or Mitzpe Ramon. Keep in mind that the most part of it is within the borders of natural reserves and you can only camp in designated areas.