The Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil is a 330 mapped walking trail that is open for all to use without charge. It is frequently hiked by both local and international travelers.
The goal of the Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil organization (hereafter referred to as MIAK) is to develop the hiking trail to be fully accessible to independent travelers. At this time, however, some sections are still best walked with the help of organized services – community trekking guides or tour operators. MIAK also partners with various kinds of accommodation. Walkers can overnight at local family homestays, contributing directly to their livelihoods or choose to stay at small guest houses, and in this way supporting small local businesses.
MIAK recommends an independent hiker to hire a local guide along the trail. Local guides not only enrich a hiker’s experience by providing essential insight of the history, local stories, flora, and fauna, but also help facilitate understanding with members of local communities and service providers who might not communicate in fluent English. Local guides welcome questions and will give walkers first-hand answers and provide them with inside stories of the places they grew up in.
The Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil passes through five regions – Jenin, Nablus, Jericho, Bethlehem and Hebron. The trail is composed of shorter, day trails (10-20 km) that can as well be turned into multi-day hiking excursions. Footpaths, dirt roads, shepherd’s trails, and infrequent paved roads are the building blocks of the Masar Ibrahim. The trail is well way-marked with occasional glimpses into ancient ways along older trails still used by local farmers and Bedouins. Hikers may still find a need for maps or a GPS and walking instructions, which are accessible for each existing stage of the Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil (see stage pages on the website).