Guides

Guides form the bridge between travelers, hosts, and Palestinian communities. For anyone walking on the Masar Ibrahim, we recommend a network of local guides that has been established along all sections of the trail. These individuals range in experience, training, and skills. Together with local partners, Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil is investing in programs to further train and equip these local guides to offer the highest level of services possible. Previous training offerings supported by Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil and its local partners have included Wilderness First Aid, outdoor leadership skills, and the first official Palestinian trekking guide licensing program.

Why hike with a guide?

We highly recommend walking on the Masar Ibrahim with a local guide for maximum contact with local communities and understanding of their culture and customs. These guides are local community members who are intimately familiar with both the trail itself and the area’s history, nature, culture, and folklore, and they are uniquely equipped to facilitate interactions between travelers and members of Palestinian communities. All of these guides have received formal training from Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil and its local partners, including a professional trekking guide licensing program.

How do I choose a guide?

All Masar Ibrahim guides are experienced and prepared, so you can’t go wrong with whomever you choose. Consider where you’d like hike on the Masar Ibrahim and choose a guide from that region. Alternatively, sort guides by their interests or the languages they speak to find a guide who can provide an experience that matches your interests and/or language needs. Or, simply browse through the guide profiles below and learn more about each guide’s particular story.