1: Khirbet al-Mird to Tal al-Qamar

Tal al-Qamar which in Arabic means Hill of the Moon, remote from the hustle and bustle of the city life, is a perfect spot to watch a full moon or stargaze.

The winding trail takes hikers down into the Kidron Valley full of various in size caves that in the Byzantine times were inhabited by monks. There can be also found a spectacular Mar Saba Monastery with few Byzantine wilderness monasteries matching its serenity and beauty. The cluster was named after Saint Saba (439-532 AD), who settled in a cave opposite the site to live in complete seclusion. The area is a perfect spot to take a break and enjoy the view and the atmosphere.

The trail then takes walkers through hills and valleys leading to the Tal al-Qamar area. There, in the middle of the wilderness, can be found a guesthouse with a Bedouin type like lounge where hikes can have a homemade meal, relax and overnight.

Topo Map

Map Legend

Walking Notes

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Elevation Profile

Khirbet al-Mird to Tal al-Qamar Stage Elevation Profile

Stage PFD

Khirbet al-Mird to Tal al-Qamar Stage Description PDF

GPS

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In the Bethlehem Region

Khirbet al-Mird to Tal al-Qamar

Distance: 11.20km
Time: 4-5 hours
Challenge: Moderate

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Sites and Highlights

  • Mar Saba Monastery

Food and Water

For the hike take:

  • at least 6 (!) litres of water if planning to sleep in the Cave
  • food for two days

Food and water can be purchased in Jericho or provided by the Bedouin Community at the Sea Level Community or Tal al-Qamar Guesthouse at the end of the hike.

Guides

Find your guide: here. The presence of a Bedouin companion is recommended.

Accommodations

Transportation

  • Khirbet al-Mird can be reached by walk or 4 x 4 car
  • Tal al-Qamar can be reached by a private taxi or car
  • Mar Saba can be reached by a private taxi or car from Bethlehem
  • There is a public transportation between Bethlehem and Dar Salah (close to Tal al-Qamar) or Al-Ubeydiya (close to Mar Saba). The cost is around 5 NIS.

Notes and Tips

  • Remember about sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses)

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