WEEKEND HIKE 2: Kufr Malek to Jericho
Overnight in Al-’Auja
Day 1: Kfur Malek to Al-’Auja
Start your journey on Masar Ibrahim for a close experience with the nature. Palestine’s central position at the crossroads between Africa, Asia and Europe makes it a pathway for the biannual migration of over half a billion birds, making it a birdwatcher’s paradise. Then, a demanding yet exciting path will take you through the Al-’Auja Valley, home to an impressive array of plant and animal life – look closely to spot a Mediterranean turtle. In Al-’Auja meet the Bedouin communities, learn about their habits and traditions. Have a chance to sleep in a Bedouin tent and and explore the authentic hospitality traditions of Palestine.
Day 2: Al-’Auja to Jericho
In the next morning, after a nutritious Bedouin breakfast, head towards the famous Jericho – the lowest and one of the most ancient cities in the world, which with its calm atmosphere and rich heritage is a true oasis to all walkers. Visitors can enjoy a visit to the Mount of Temptation, Tell es-Sultan, and the winter palaces of Hisham and Herod the Great. Delicious Medjoul dates grown in the area are a must thing to taste.
Near Jericho, members of the Aqbat Jaber Refugee Camp Women’s Center invite hikers for warm home-cooked meals and offer overnight stays a one of its kind mudbrick guesthouse. There, hikers can also stamp their passports.