1: Rummana to Burqin

Hike through the olive groves of the north and visit the ancient church of Burqin.

This 17km long stage starts at the village of Rummana, which in Arabic means pomegranate. Rummana, located around 17km northwest of Jenin, is the most northern village of the West Bank.

The village is located on a hill slope which conceals traces of ancient remains, including cisterns and caves carved into the rock. The village is well known for the abundance of its olive trees, some of which are said to date back to the Roman times (63 BCE-324 CE).

Further on, the trail leads towards a hill overlooking the town of Ti’innik, located just next to the ancient Canaanite site of Tell Ta’annek, strategically positioned along the ancient trade route – Via Maris. From there colorful fields of Marj Ibn Amer (or Jezreel Valley) are clearly seen in the background.

The destination of this stage is the town of Burqin, famous for its 4th century Church of St. George. The church is considered one of the oldest churches in Palestine. It was built to commemorate the spot where Jesus Christ had stopped in his path in order to heal the ten men who suffered from leprosy.

Topo Map

Map Legend

Walking Notes

Download a PDF version here.

Elevation Profile

Rummana to Burqin Stage Elevation Profile

Stage PDF

Rummana to Burqin Stage Description PDF

GPS

Download Rummana to Burqin GPS file:

Download

In the Jenin Region

Rummana to Burqin

Distance: 17.0km
Time: 5-7 hours
Challenge: Moderate

Next Stage

Stage Logistics:

Sites and Highlights

Food and Water

For the hike take:

  • at least 3 litres of water
  • snack

Food and water can be purchased in Rummana.

Guides

Find your guide: here.

Accommodations

Accommodations in Burqin:

  • Maha Khalaf Homestay
  • Usama al-Sayegh Homestay

Local Products

Stop by Burqin Women’s Association to stamp your Hiker Passport and possibly purchase locally made za’atar.

Transportation

You can reach Rummana from Jenin with a shared taxi for around 5 NIS.

Notes and Tips

Check the weather before you go. Always remember about sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses). During the summer season wear light but modest clothes. During the winter season remember about a warmer jacket – mornings and evenings are usually cold.

Stories from Jenin: