Newsfeed July 2010

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Hi guys, here are the coming hikes and treks that are open to the public for registration:

Two treks to the canyons of Jordan:

July 9th – 11th: Three days of canyoning, including abseiling in Wadi Karak and Wadi Mujib. The canyons are rich with water and surprises.

Four days in the Canyons of Jordan, July 14th – 17th:

One day in the Wala Canyon, two days in Wadi Hasa and concluding with Ibn Hammad. No abseiling this time…

The Israel Trail northern section:

Details can be read in the May newsfeed, scroll down and find it…

This is the first time a long guided hike on the INT is offered! The northern section covers the Upper Galilee, the Lower Galilee, the Sea of Galilee and the Carmel Mountain and Coast.

A driver-cook will bring our gear to the campsite and prepare field cooking to be ready when we arrive. People who request can stay overnights in rooms, or as recommended – at the campsite. A combination of challenge and fun!

Newsfeed May 2010

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These are the hiking trips and treks planned for 2010: (partial list)

The Israel Trail: Northern section,  August 28th to September 7th

For fit hikers

The Israel National trail streches from the Lebanese border at the north, to the Egyptian border in the south.  It is over 900 km long, and goes through different landscapes. Walking the whole distance takes around two months. we are going to devide it into three sections, so we can make some effort during a shorter period and complete it in 40 days.

Our camping and kitchen gear is going to be carried by a vehicle, we will carry only our day packs. We will camp all nights outdoors, occasionally we will offer showers. We will have cooked dinners, a waking up treat (coffee, tea and cookies) and one picnic brunch a day – all provided.

The first section will take us from the Lebanese border to the Mediterranean coast, walking around 25-27  km per day. We will gather Saturday evening in the central bus station in Kiryat Shmona (reaching there independentlyby bus from all around the country), and have transportation to the camping site. We will start getting to know each other over a cup of tea and coffee (dinner is not included for that night), and retire to our sleeping bags. The trek will end in Caesaria, where you’ll get transportation to the Hadera central bus station.

The price is 1500$ per person, including: Guiding, escorting vehicle, food and transportation as mentioned.

More details and instructions would be sent to whoever is interested. 

Trekking in the Canyons of Jordan

Several treks to the canyons of Jordan are going to take place during this summer.

The treks involve hiking in flowing water inside breathtaking beautiful sandstone gorges with hanging gardens of fresh vegetation and date palm trees, camping outdoors and lots of water fun!

Please check the news section on my site for the exact dates!

A moonlight hike in the Judean Desert, 4-5 September 2009

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A creative solution that enables hiking in dry places during the harsh and hot summer is hiking at night.

Sunrise after a moonlit hike in the Judean Desert

The Jewish and Muslem calendars  are based on the moon cycle, and you can predict the moonlight available according to the date in those calendars.

The moon is born at the first day of the month, reaching its climax on the 15th and then declines. The full moon rises at around 18:00 winter time,  every day belated by around 40 minutes.

On the 4th of September will be the 15th of the Hebrew month of Elul, and we will make the most of the full moon and hike in the Judean desert under its light!

We will walk from Ma’ale Adummim to the astonishing observation over the Mar Saba monastery, then walk down to the Horkania Fortress and conclude atop Jebel Muntar, with a beautiful view of the moon sinking in our west, while the sun rising in the east!  

Next, we will drive to the Fawwar spring (Ein Mabbua) in Wadi Kelt and hang out by the waters.

Registration and additionnal information by contacting me through the Website: www.yoeloren.com

A Summer Water Hike in the Galilee

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Many people ask me when is the best season to visit Israel for hiking. During winter it might rain, while summer is so hot and humid most Israelis that can afford sneak out of the country to cooler places. Spring and Autumn are perfect, the weather is great and the bird migration is at its peak, while the prices are low, but unfortunately the vacations are not in those seasons!

So actually, one should come here whenever he is able to, and there are different hikes that can fit any season.

And as we are in the middle of the summer, here is a beautiful and refreshing water hike that perfecly fits the hot weather!

The Lower Banias Water Hike

The Lower Banias taken by Galina Genser

This is a trail that even most Israelis do not know. It consists of walking in the water, down the Banias Stream, the water level reaches the waist, but sometimes swimming is unavoidable.

Starting point: The rear entrance to She’ar Yashuv moshav, in the finger of Galilee, on the northern section of route 918, between Horshat Tal National Park and Kibbutz Kfar Szold. The car can be parked in the moshav. Crossing the road to the west, you arrive at the bridge of the Banias stream. On its left (south) there is a dirt road. This road is parallel to our water trail. you can enter or exit the stream anywhere you choose, continue in the stream or on the dirt road,  reach the finish line or backtrack to the car.

Finish: At Sde Nehemia Kibbutz, on road 9779.  You can recognize the place by having the Hatzbani stream with its flow of rafts and kayaks join from the north. ENJOY!

hikers in the Banias (by Galina Genser)

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