4: Duma to Kafr Malek

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

Leaving Duma the trail winds through Wadi Diba’ (Wadi of the Hyenas) and through several pleasant olive orchards on its way to Mughayir, a Palestinian village whose name means, roughly, the changing one, due to its location on the border between the arid climate of the Jordan Valley and the Mediterranean climate of the Palestinian highlands.

Descending from Mughayir to the Ein Samia Valley, the trail passes the remains of Roman aqueducts and Byzantine mosaics on its way past Ein Samia (Samia Spring), before ascending a tight, rugged wadi on the way to Kafr Malek. There, after a long climb, hikers are rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding area.

Topo Map

Map Legend

Walking Notes

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Elevation Profile

Duma to Kafr Malek Stage Elevation Profile

Stage PDF

Duma to Kafr Malek Stage Description PDF

GPS

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In the Nablus Region

Duma to Kafr Malek

Distance: 14.8km
Time: 5-7 hours
Challenge: Moderate

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Food and Water

For the hike take:

  • at least 3 litres of water
  • snack

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

Guides

Find your guide: here.

Accommodations

Local Products

Stop by Women’s Centres in Kafr Malek to stamp your Hiker Passport and possibly purchase locally made goods.

Transportation

  • Duma can be reached 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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