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Hike the Israel National Trail

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The Israel National Trail has been set up especially for hikers who want to discover the Holy Land on foot. The route is 1025 kilometers long and starts at the southern point near Eilat and ends in the north at Dan. The walking route is very popular because it is a beautiful way to discover the mix of modern and historical Israel. Many Jews and tourists walk the route to get to know the county. If you want to get to know Israel this one is definitely one for on the bucket list.

The route is supported by the 'Trail Angels'. These are people where hikers eat for free or in exchange for a counter service and they also offer shelter. In this way you get to know locals during the tour, which gives the walking experience an extra personal dimension.

The route traverses all of Israel and is divided into several sections. It takes around 45-60 days to walk the entire route. The path leads you through impressive mountains, deep gorges and through lush nature reserves. From deserts to modern cities, you will discover it all while you are walking.

Best time to visit

If you consider hiking the entire trail, then the best time of year for the trek is February to May. The weather is pretty mild at this time of the year. However, expect more rainy days when you hike in the northern parts of Israel. Fall is the second-best season, from September to early December.  Summer is way too hot to make the trip. Click here for the climate in Eilat, Israel. 

This article was last updated on December 21, 2020.