1: Sabastiya to Nablus

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

Starting from the hilltop ruins of Sabastiya – the ancient city of Samaria, later named Sebaste in honor of the Roman Emperor and sponsor of the city’s renovation – the trail wanders along dirt roads through lemon orchards before ascending to the shrine of Sheikh Shaleh, originally a fortress strategically located to monitor traffic through the region.

Leaving the shrine the path continues along a ridgeline through highland fields and farms in the direction of Mt. Ebal, the biblical “mountain of curses,” which is located on the north side of Nablus, opposite Mt. Gerizim, the “mountain of blessings.” Before reaching Mt. Ebal, the trail descends into the city of Nablus, nestled in a deep valley between Mt. Ebal and Mt. Gerizim.

Topo Map

Map Legend

Walking Notes

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Elevation Profile

Sabastiya to Nablus Stage Elevation Profile

Stage PDF

Sabastiya to Nablus Stage Description PDF


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In the Nablus Region

Sabastiya to Nablus

Distance: 12.10km
Time: 2-3 hours
Challenge: Easy

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Sites and Highlights

  • Sabastiya
  • Al-Hijaz Railway Station
  • Sheikh Shaleh Shrine
  • Nablus Old City

Food and Water

For the hike take:

  • at least 3 litres of water
  • snack

Food and water can be purchased in Sabastiya, Nablus or villages along the way.


Find your guide: here.


  • Al-Yasmeen Hotel


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