Climbing to experience sunrise at Masada is a unique experience that is so often embedded in the minds of visitors to Israel long after their trips here have finished. The sunrise at Masada is something super-special, and is often considered to be one of the world’s most impressive, with the slowness of the light emerging over the Jordanian Moab Mountains and the Dead Sea, quite spectacular. Because the cable car doesn’t begin operations until slightly later, climbing by foot is the only way to see the Masada sunrise.
The hike up Masada via the Snake Path, takes ninety minutes to two hours, and is a moderate hike. Set out at the bottom around 1 hour before the sun begins to show, and you’ll reach the top at the most spectacular moments. After exploring the magnificent fortress, many visitors, opt to hike at the Ein Gedi Reserve, or just to take a relaxing dip in the Dead Sea.
While it is possible to climb Masada at sunrise independently, many like to join a group tour, or, for families, head to Masada with a private guide.
- Group tours are self guided and leave Tel Aviv and Jerusalem every day and start from 59 USD per person. More information. A variation of this tour which is followed by a tour of Jerusalem is available on Mondays.
- Group tour with an additional tour of Jerusalem following the time at the Dead Sea are available on Mondays. More information
- Private guided tours are available every day and cost from $350 per family/group if you have transportation, or $690 if you require transport. More information