The Abraham Path

The Abraham Path is a hiking trail being developed across the Middle East. The section in Israel crosses the Northern Negev, currently passing from Beer Sheva to Masada at the Dead Sea, linking into trails being developed across the West Bank. It is part of the visionary hiking trail which will run from Egypt to Eastern Turkey, and Saudi Arabia, crossing through some of the world’s most fascinating and undiscovered landscapes. The trail was named in early 2014 as the world’s best new walking trail, by National Geographic.

The Abraham Path in the Yatir Forest. Image credit Julian Bender

Abraham Path Negev Section

The Abraham Path in the Negev currently crosses the northern section of the desert from west to east starting at the city of Beer Sheva, today the ‘capital of the Negev’ and largest city in the south of the country, but known as the place of Abraham’s Well which, according to the Book of Genesis, was dug by Abraham when he entered the city.

Flowers bloom on the Negev section. Image credit David Landis

The Negev section of the Abraham Path is currently split into seven stages. It’s the first stage or the final two stages which are perhaps the most interesting for those looking for a one or two day hike, although the entire hike, which would take up to 7 days, covers some of Israel’s most spectacular landscapes, and diverse communities. Once developed, the trail will continue south along the Dead Sea, through Sodom and beyond.

  • Stage 1 – Beer Sheva to Lakiya. Lakiya is a Bedouin village unique in the fact that women lead the development of their community. Recommended as a one day hike.
  • Stage 2 – Lakiya to Meitar.
  • Stage 3 – Meitar to Har Amasa. Passing through the Yatir Forest, this forest was fully planted in the last 100 years
  • Stage 4 – Har Amasa to Tel Arad. Tel Arad is a site important in the creation of modern religion
  • Stage 5 – Tel Arad to Arad.
  • Stage 6 – Arad to Kfar Hanokdim. Descending towards the Dead Sea, the day ends at a unique touristic Bedouin village
  • Stage 7 – Kfar Hanokdim to Masada, Dead Sea. End at the magnificent Masada Fortress, beside the Dead Sea.

Hiking the Abraham Path through the Negev

The green of the western segment gives way to rocky desert. Image credit David Landis

The Abraham Path is well marked through the Negev, with overnight accommodation available between stages. It’s suitable for independent hikers, and full trail guides and maps can be found here, at the Abraham Path website.

For those who would prefer to embark upon this trail with a tour guide or logistical support, click here for further information.

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