Israel National Trail

Experience the best that Israel has to offer on the long-distance Israel National Trail

Also in HaDarom, IsraelHaifa, IsraelHaMerkaz, IsraelHaZafon, IsraelJerusalem, IsraelTel Aviv, IsraelAqaba, Jordan

Hiking Difficult

Distance
997 km
Ascent
14 km
Descent
14 km
Duration
1 day +
Low Point
-198 m
High Point
1.2 km
Gradient
Israel National Trail Map

The Israel National Trail (INT) is an epic point-to-point hiking route that spans the entire country of Israel. It runs from north to south, beginning "at Dan, near the Lebanese border in the far north of the country, and extending to Eilat at the southernmost tip of Israel on the Red Sea," according to Wikipedia. The trail measures an impressive ~1,000 kilometers in length.

Description

The Israel National Trail was designed to "give Israelis a way to experience the entire breadth of the land firsthand," according to Wikipedia. As such, the INT puts the best sights and experiences of Israel on prime display.

The trail passes through an astonishing assortment of famous locations from ancient history. The trail begins in Upper Galilee, travels into Lower Galilee, through Nazareth, heads to Carmel, traverses along the coast of the Mediterranean, visits the city of Tel Aviv, heads to the Holy City of Jerusalem, and then traverses the desolate Negev Desert on its way to Eilat and the Red Sea.

"Swimming in the Negev and the Jordan River and visiting the Basilica of the Annunciation will take you to the places where Christianity was born," according to WikiTravel.org. "Walking in the land where the Bible stories unfold and seeing the evidence and the archeological sites of many familiar tales from childhood make the trail a holy and spiritual experience" for many people.

The two best times to hike the trail are from late September to November, and from March to mid-May. WikiTravel warns that you shouldn't attempt the Negev desert section in winter due to dangerous flash floods. In contrast, hiking during the heat of summer is also ill-advised.

Many additional sources are available online and in print to help you plan an epic thru-hike of the entire trail. But if you aren't feeling up to a thousand kilometers of hiking, no worries: many shorter sections of the INT are fantastic on their own. The Negev desert is particularly famous and offers some of the best hiking in all of Israel.

However long you choose to hike, the INT will reward you with an epic experience that you won't soon forget!

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IsraelNationalTrail https://www.israeltrail.net/ https://wikitravel.org/en/IsraelNationalTrail

Difficulty

Difficult

Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

March, April, May, September, October, November

Features

  • Historical
  • Picturesque

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