3: Sea Level Community to Khirbet al-Mird

This journey follows through large uninhabited areas, filled with beautiful panoramic vistas.

This section of the trail begins at the desert sanctuary of Nabi Musa, dating to the 13th century, that is remembered as the final resting place of the prophet Moses in the Islamic tradition. The site consists of the tomb and a mosque and a spacious compound built around them.

The path continues in a deep valley along old pilgrim routes. Then from the mountain which overlooks Jericho and the Dead Sea hikers can view beautiful landscapes below. Along the route hikers will meet Bedouins with their camels and sheep. At the end of this section of the trail awaits Khirbet al-Mird (Hyrcania in Greek), the mysterious fortress commonly attributed to the Hasmonean leader John Hyrcanus, who is said to have built it toward the end of the second century BC.

Topo Map

Map Legend

Walking Notes

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Elevation Profile

Sea Level Community to Khirbet al-Mird Stage Elevation Profile

Stage PDF

Sea Level Community to Khirbet al-Mird Stage Description PDF


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In the Jericho Region

Sea Level to Khirbet Al-Mird

Distance: 15.10km
Time: 5-6 hours
Challenge: Moderate

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Sites and Highlights

  • Khirbet al-Mird (Hyrcania)
  • 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.


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


  • Khirbet al-Mird Bedouin Tent / Cave


  • Khirbet al-Mird can be reached by walk or 4 x 4 car

Notes and Tips

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

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