Sde Booker to Avdat National Park

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Sde Booker to Avdat National Park is a 15.6 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Beersheba, Southern, Israel that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until June.

DISTANCE
15.6 km
ELEVATION GAIN
544 m
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wildlife

historic site

no dogs

This is a challenging hike that has it all. The trailhead is in the ancient city of Avdat. For centuries this has been an important stop on the Incense Road between Petra in Jordan and the seaport of Gaza from where goods were regularly shipped to Europe. From Avdat the path serpents through now-dry antique terraces and into the depth of the Negev desert, away from the road and away from any village. Later on, you get to visit two of the most beautiful oases in the desert – the upper and lower Ein Akev. Ein Akev Elion (upper) is clearly indicated in the dryness thanks to the green of trees and bushes that densely grow along the flow. The sight then abruptly ends with the water disappearing underground. Farther down the road, Ein Akev Tachton (lower), known simply as Ein Akev, with its 10m deep pool, is the largest and most striking spring in the Israeli desert. A swim here on a hot day is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. From Ein Akev the path takes you up the highland to a charming stroll in the Zin Valley landscape, there´s even a small Bedouin encampment where you can eat traditional food and have coffee and tea. The hike ends at Midreshet Ben Gurion from where you´re a bus away from Avdat or Beer Sheva. If you are basically fit, you should have no problems hiking from Avdat to Midreshet Ben Gurion. Don´t forget to take plenty of water, though, and of course check the weather. On hot days the little shaded path turns into a steaming hot challenge.

6 months ago

Good hiking trail and great springs
Avdat is supper interesting....