Nablus Region

Nablus, north of Jerusalem, is a thriving industrial and trade center full of archaeological sites within its unique Old City. It is also renowned for its exquisite olive oil soap production and appetizing sweets such as the knafeh. The city was established in 72 AD by the Roman Emperor Vespasian west of Shechem (currently Tell Balata) that was destroyed that same year. The archeological site of Tell Balata, dating back to the second millennium BC contains the remains of a Middle Bronze Age city with a massive city wall, two impressive gates, a fortress temple and domestic houses.

Present-day Nablus remains a fascinating place – from the small enclave of Samaritans preserving their ancient culture atop Mt. Gerizim to the mosques and markets to be found around each bend of the charming Old City’s winding streets. After thoroughly exploring Nablus City and all its intrigues, walkers leave its urban sprawl and pass a number of small communities scattered across the Central Highlands of the West Bank, enjoying views of hills thick with olive trees as they go. From these hills the trail descends through the spectacular Wadi al- ’Auja towards the largest oasis in the Jordan Valley: Jericho.

Day Stages

1: Sabastiya to Nablus (12.10km)

Experience the unique atmosphere of the famous city, Nablus. Indulge yourself in tastes and fragrances of its Old City markets.

2: ’Awarta to Duma (18.6km)

Walk from a village to village, encounter the stunning views of the Jordan Valley in the background.

3: Duma to Kafr Malek (14.8km)

The name Duma means calmness. Indeed, when you enter this agricultural village its peaceful atmosphere absorbs you.

4: Kadr Malek to Al-Auja (14.1km)

Experience one of the most stunning valleys of the area and admire its natural richness.