Ten years ago, when we started to develop Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil, the first thing we thought about was to find out how to prepare guides working on the trail. Today, the dream became a reality. Together, we made it happen – we made history, said George Rishmawi, Executive Director of Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil.
Trekking guides are vital to a rich experience on Masar Ibrahim- a hiking trail that stretches through the West Bank, and runs from the area west of Jenin to the area south of Hebron- revealing the diversity of the Palestinian landscape along its way. The guides are distributed geographically along the different regions of the trail in order to create a tight-knit network of tourism professionals with the expertise to make sure hikers are fully supported along the way.
Although there are high-quality maps of some sections of the trail which ease independent travel, a guide’s ability to contextualize the experience and often bridge differences of culture and language makes for a far richer experience. It is especially recommended that first-time hikers take a guide along on their trek. The names, brief biographies and contact information of the trekking tour guides can be found on Masar Ibrahim’s website: http://masaribrahim.ps/en/plan-your-trip/local-guides.
The Trekking Guides course was made possible through the generous support of the World Bank and the expertise of Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil and other local and international organizations: Abraham Path Initiative, AFRAT, Tetraktys, Palestine Wildlife Society, Al-Rozana Association, Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies, and the Institute for Community Partnership of Bethlehem University.