4: Sanur to Sabastiya

This demanding hike will take you through the most interesting places of the region. Sabastiya is a home to great archaeological and architectural treasures.

The hike between Sanur and Sabastiya involves a good deal of climbing and is more difficult than most other treks in the area. Nevertheless the stunning views on the picturesque hilltops are excellent reward for the climbs.

Hikers in many parts of Palestine will quickly become familiar with the sight of maqams (Arabic plural: maqamat). These small buildings, perched on hilltops, are physical or symbolic tombs of Islamic holy men. Sometimes standing intact, sometimes lying in ruins, these structures have been sites of prayer and local pilgrimage throughout history.

There are two ruined shrines on the Masar Ibrahim between Sanur and Sabastiya – one on Mt. Bayzeed and one on Mt. Hureish. Both are high and remote and provide long views and windy isolation as a reward to anyone who makes the trek. While few pilgrims still come to pray on these mountaintops, the walkers and shepherds who do visit can still find their ancient appeal.

Towards the end of the hike, nestled among the hills just north of Nablus, the historic village of Sabastiya comes into view. The place offers visitors a quiet, quaint, and beautiful resting place, where they can meander through thousands of years of local history.

Topo Map

Map Legend

Walking Notes

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Elevation Profile

Sanur to Sabastiya Stage Elevation Profile

Stage PDF

Sanur to Sabastiya Stage Description PDF

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In the Jenin Region

Sanur to Sabastiya

Distance: 15.50km
Time: 5-7 hours
Challenge: Difficult

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Food and Water

For the hike take:

  • at least 3 litres of water
  • snack

Food and water can be purchased in Sanur or Sabastiya.

Guides

Find your guide: here.

Accommodation

  • Sabastiya Municipality Guesthouse
  • Qasr al-Kayed Guesthouse in Sabastiya

Transportation

  • Sanur can be reached from Jenin with a shared taxi for around 5 NIS.
  • Sabastiya can be reached from Jenin with a shared taxi for around 15 NIS and from Nablus for around 6 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.

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