Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil retraces the cultural memory of Ibrahim and his family who passed through the same lands of the trail and celebrates their story of hospitality and kindness to travelers walking along the path. Thus, the idea behind the Masar is more cultural and community, rather than religiously, based; however, it encompasses many spiritual aspects, taking into consideration that many ancient archeological and historical places have a spiritual nature.
Community-based tourism aims at benefiting local communities in general, and fragile rural communities in particular, by inviting tourists to visit and interact directly with these communities. Travelers may walk and hike in small groups in rural Palestine and have the opportunity to discover unspoiled nature, history, cultural heritage, and cuisine. They may develop lasting friendships with local Palestinians by experiencing a taste of the culture’s rich diversity, and have the privilege of stopping for a visit or an overnight in a community accommodation.
The Masar is appropriate for different ages and various levels of experience, from beginners to experienced hikers. Depending on the stage, walks are rated as easy, moderate, or difficult in terms of both trail difficulty and physical challenge. Information about each walk is listed on the website and can also be obtained by contacting us for more detailed guidance in choosing the most suitable hike for you.
- The Masar Ibrahim Trail is a long-distance community-based walking trail across the West Bank.
- The Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil organization (MIAK) is a non-governmental organization that aims to help local communities and partners develop the path across the region.
• The Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil promotes a prosperous rural Palestine, where cultural diversity, tradition, and human values are honored and environmental awareness is raised.
• The mission of the Masar Ibrahim al Khalil is to socially and economically empower local communities through a cultural walking route that traverses rural Palestine, and that highlights the history, heritage, biodiversity, and landscape of this area along the way.
• The Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil encourages exchange and friendship that connects travelers from Palestine and from around the world. It also creates partnerships across all sectors of society and facilitates cooperation between individuals and communities.
The organization promotes cultural diversity, tradition, human values and environmental awareness.
Partners and communities are actively involved in all levels of the development of the Masar in Palestine, ranging from strategic decision making to the implementation of various hospitality and tourism services, the delineation of the route, and hosting travelers. This approach ensures local ownership and consistency with the Masar’s values.
1. To put the spirit of friendship and hospitality exemplified by Ibrahim at the heart of all our efforts
2. To develop the Masar in partnership with the communities who live along the path and with other Palestinian partners who share our values and vision.
No, MIAK it is not a tour operator. Check the list of the tour operators organizing tours on Masar Ibrahim on the Tour Operators webpage.
Yes. Masar Ibrahim is a non-profit organization in Palestine. The organization is endorsed and supported by the Palestine Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
No, MIAK does not associate itself with any political agenda in or outside the region. The organization develops the trail that is a platform for learning more about the people and cultural heritage of Palestine.
The organization respects all religious traditions but does not belong to any religious group or agenda.