The Israel National Trail is an adventurous hiking path that crosses entire Israel with a length of 1,015 kilometers. Inaugurated in 1995, the Israel National Trail starts from the northern border with Lebanon and ends in Eilat, the southernmost tip of Israel that’s home to many beautiful beaches. The epic hiking trail passes through some of the archeological sites and popular biblical sites of Israel including Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, and the Negev Desert. The trail would pass through the desert but there is plenty of source of water that you’d pass by.
The Israel National Trail stretches across Israel from north to south and would take an average of 45 to 60 days to complete. The trail passes through the Upper and Lower Galilee, Mount Carmel, the Judean Mountains, Negev Desert, and Eilat Mountains. The Israel National Trail is split into manageable daily stages that are designed for an average hiker. There are also parts of the trail that’s suitable for bikes and off-road vehicles.
Security and Assistance
The Israel National Trail Committee offers a seminar regarding the trail for would-be hikers. However, the seminar is available in Hebrew only as of this moment. The trail is under the care of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel. The committee is also creating a network of “Trail Angels” that will assist hikers. They will help provide shelter, shower area, emergency supplies and transportation in cases of emergencies.
Given that going through the Israel National Trail would take around 45 to 60 days and through mountains, a desert and different kinds of terrain, preparation required will be more demanding compared to an average hike. Hikers are recommended to bring gear for uphill climbing and protection against the sun when passing through the desert. Cooking equipment should include a way to cook food and boil water. Sunscreen with SPF of 50+ is highly recommended to avoid sunburns. It is also recommended to invest in a good pair of shoes and socks that will withstand the different terrains of the trail.
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