2: Tal al-Qamar to Bethlehem

The winding trail will take you down into the Kidron Valley full of caves of various sizes which, in the Byzantine times, were inhabited by monks.

Tal al-Qamar means in Arabic Hill of the Moon. The site, which is remote from the hustle and bustle of the city life is a perfect spot to watch a full moon or stargaze. The trek starting at Tal al-Qamar will lead across the serene landscapes of the Jerusalem Wilderness towards the famous Bethlehem. On the way, hikers will climb some rocky hills but will also have some time to sit, close their eyes, and feel the relaxing atmosphere of the surrounding space.

After leaving the Bedouin desert, the Masar will take walkers step by step through rural Palestinian life. Here you will discover the meadows and serene villages. The more urban life awaits in Beit Sahour and Bethlehem, the place of Jesus’ birth. There are many historical and sacred sites to visit such as the Church of the Nativity, the Milk Grotto, and Shepherds Fields.

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Map Legend

Walking Notes

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Elevation Profile

Tal al-Qamar to Bethlehem Stage Elevation Profile

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In the Bethlehem Region

Tal al-Qamar to Bethlehem

Distance: 14.60km
Time: 4-6 hours
Challenge: Moderate

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Sites and Highlights

  • St. Theodosius Monastery
  • Shepherd’s Fields
  • Old City of Bethlehem
  • Nativity Church

Food and Water

For the hike take:

  • at least 3 litres of water
  • snack

Food and water can be purchased in Bethlehem. Tal al-Qamar Guesthouse can help with getting water and food.


Find your guide: here.


  • El-Beit Guesthouse (Beit Sahour)
  • Dar Sitti Aziza Guesthouse (Bethlehem)
  • Manger Square Hotel (Bethlehem)
  • Hosh al-Syrian Guesthouse (Bethlehem)

Local Products

Bethlehem is famous for beautifully embroidered items or olive wood figures. Walk the Old City of Bethlehem and you will find plenty of small souvenir shops.


  • 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.
  • Bethlehem can be reached from Jerusalem (8 NIS), Ramallah (18 NIS), Jericho (25 NIS) or Hebron (9 NIS).

Notes and Tips

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

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