1: Al-’Auja to Jericho

Jericho, one of the oldest cities in the world, with its calm atmosphere and rich heritage is a true oasis to all walkers.

The section begins in an area of spacious plains in the Jordan Valley and passes by the tents of the Bedouin community of Wadi al-’Auja. The trail enters Jericho, one of the oldest 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.

Nearby 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.

Topo Map

Map Legend

Walking Notes

Download a PDF version here.

Elevation Profile

‘Al-Auja to Jericho Stage Elevation Profile

Stage PDF

Al-‘Auja to Jericho Stage Description PDF

GPS

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In the Jericho Region

Al-‘Auja to Jericho

Distance: 16.3km
Time: 3-5 hours
Challenge: Moderate

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Sites and Highlights

  • Tel es-Sultan
  • Hisham’s Palace
  • Mount of Temptation
  • St. George’s Monastery (Wadi Quelt)

Food and Water

For the hike take:

  • at least 3 litres of water
  • snack

Food and water can be purchased in Al-‘Auja village (not Bedouin Camp).

Guides

Find your guide: here.

Accommodations

  • Auberg-Inn (Jericho)
  • Sami Hostel (Aqbat Jaber Refugee Camp)
  • Mudhouse (Aqbat Jaber Refugee Camp)

Local Products

Stop by Women’s Center in Aqbat Jaber Refugee Camp to stamp your Hiker Passport and possibly purchase locally made goods.

Transportation

  • Al-‘Auja can be reached from Jericho with a shared taxi for 7 – 20 NIS.

Notes and Tips

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

Stories from Jericho: