Khirbet al-Mird to Tal al-Qamar

Tal al-Qamar which in Arabic means Hill of the Moon, remote from the hustle and bustle of the city life, is a perfect spot to watch a full moon or stargaze.

The winding trail takes hikers down into the Kidron Valley full of various in size caves that in the Byzantine times were inhabited by monks. There can be also found a spectacular Mar Saba Monastery with few Byzantine wilderness monasteries matching its serenity and beauty. The cluster was named after Saint Saba (439-532 AD), who settled in a cave opposite the site to live in complete seclusion. The area is a perfect spot to take a break and enjoy the view and the atmosphere.

The trail then takes walkers through hills and valleys leading to the Tal al-Qamar area. There, in the middle of the wilderness, can be found a guesthouse with a Bedouin type like lounge where hikes can have a homemade meal, relax and overnight

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Khirbet al-Mird to Tal al-Qamar
Distance: 11.20km
Time: 4-5 hours
Challenge: Moderate
Stage Logistics:

For the hike take:

at least 3 liters of water
snack

Khirbet al-Mird can be reached by walk or 4 x 4 car
Tal al-Qamar can be reached by a private taxi or car
Mar Saba can be reached by a private taxi or car from Bethlehem
There is a public transportation between Bethlehem and Dar Salah (close to Tal al-Qamar) or Al-Ubeydiya (close to Mar Saba). The cost is around 5 NIS.

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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