Israel is home to one of the world’s most densely diverse ecosystems in the world. Sandy deserts and snowy mountain tops are within driving distance from WBAIS. Visit the lowest point on earth one day and hike to 7,300 feet the next. You don’t need a special occasion to go hiking, camping, biking, rappelling, diving, and even bird watching in this beautiful country.
Below are some suggested hikes -- but always check with a local friend before you go to make sure that these places are still open and safe.
The Red Canyon in the Eilat Mountains is one of Israel’s most beautiful yet accessible hikes. Twenty minutes drive from Eilat, and it offers a real desert experience also for beginners. If you looking for more demanding hikes in the area, check our Eilat Hiking section.
Less than a 30 minutes drive from Jerusalem’s city center, hides one of Israel’s most beautiful hikes. A desert oasis, dotted with monasteries, ancient aqueducts, and great swimming opportunities. You can make a short family trip to Ein Prat Nature Reserve, tackle a two days trek from Jericho to Jerusalem along Wadi Qelt, or anything in-between.
One of the most iconic viewpoints in Israel! A climb to the summit should be on the shot-list of every hiker visiting Israel. Besides the view, you also visit an ancient fortress carved into the cliff and an ancient synagogue.
The biggest erosion crater in the world creates a unique desert landscape. There are various tours you can make in and around it. A more demanding but rewarding experience is to hike to the summit of Mount Ardon. For a real adventure tackle this Six days desert trek that reaches Makhtesh Ramon after four exciting hiking days.
The contrast between water and desert is always magical. Ein-GEDI is the best place in Israel to experience it. The Ein Gedi nature reserve offers leisurely family strolls (Nahal David and Nahal Arugot) but also sturdy and long hikes that climb on the mountains above and offer amazing vista on the Dead Sea. For the ultimate experience, embark on a five days desert trek from Masada to Ein Gedi.
The Amud stream is the most attractive in the Galilee Mountains. Plenty of shade under the enormous trees and water flow all year. The hiking options range from easy walks up to serious hikes. Another option, it the Yam le Yam trek, which starts on the Mediterranean Sea and ends in the Sea of Galilee (Through the Amud Stream).
The Zin valley under Kibbutz Sde-Boker is packed with beautiful hiking trails. You must tackle at least one of them. An easy walk to Avdat spring or a longer hike to Akev spring is a must. If you want a deep desert adventure, tackle this Six days desert trek that passes through Ein Akev.
A dream for many tourists is to view the sunrise from Masada over the Dead-Sea. With our super-detailed guide, you will find out all you need to know about climbing to Masada. For the ultimate experience, embark on a five days desert trek from Masada to Ein Gedi.
If you have time for only one hike in the Golan Heights, the Yehudia natural reserve is the go-to area! An excellent selection of hiking trails for all levels and amazing natural pools to keep you cool.
Beaches in Israel are not only suitable for drinking beer in Tel-Aviv. If you know where to look, there are a few secluded areas that also offer excellent hiking trails near the water. If you want the best one, visit Dor-Habonim beach.