3: ’Awarta to Duma

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

From Awarta the trail leads out of the village following a ridge with expansive of views of the surrounding hilly countryside. Halfway between Awarta and Aqraba sits Mt. Arma or Orma, whose name means pile of wheat. At the mountain’s are the remains of an ancient – likely Roman – watchtower and spacious cisterns cut into the mountain’s face.

A few kilometers ahead, the trail passes through Aqraba, a village whose name (scorpion in Arabic), according to oral tradition, came from Canaanites who compared Aqraba’s inhabitants’ strength to that of scorpions. From Arqaba, the route takes hikers along the rim of the Jordan Valley with incredible views of Jordan and Al-Qarn (or Sartaba), an ancient mountain-top fortress. Continuing through the village of Majdal Bani Fadil, the trail ends in Duma, a Palestinian village whose name comes from the Canaanite word for quietness or rest.

Topo Map

Map Legend

Walking Notes

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Elevation Profile

‘Awarta to Duma Stage Elevation Profile

Stage PDF

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In the Nablus Region

‘Awarta to Duma

Distance: 18.6km
Time: 5-7 hours
Challenge: Moderate

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Stage Logistics:

Food and Water

For the hike take:

  • at least 3 litres of water
  • snack

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


Find your guide: here.


  • Al-Qasr Hotel in Nablus
  • Al-Yasmeen Hotel in Nablus
  • Marwa Awad Homestay in ‘Awarta
  • Nala Awad Homestay in ‘Awarta
  • Nihal Dawabsheh Homestay in Duma

Local Products

Stop by Women’s Centres in ‘Awarta, Aqraba and Duma to stamp your Hiker Passport and possibly purchase locally made goods.


  • Reach ‘Awarta from Nablus with a shared taxi for 7 NIS.
  • Reach Duma from Nablus with a shared taxi for 10 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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