Negev Desert Hiking Tour
Negev Desert Hiking Tour

Negev Desert Hiking Tour

6 days

Colorful Sand IsraelTwo hikers at Ein AkevHiking Above the CraterHiker posing at Hod AkevMakhtesh RamonMount ArdonNarrow Gorge in NegevNegev Skies during the sunsetNekarot CanyonWindow to the NegevWadi Akev

Experience the best of the Negev Desert, hiking canyons and exploring craters

Explore the wonders of Israel’s Negev Desert on this 6-day adventure-packed hiking tour in Israel’s southern district! The famous craters of the Negev Desert are yours to discover on this challenging 80 km hike that connects 3 of the desert’s most famous craters.

This authentic Israeli desert experience will introduce you to some of Israel’s most impressive landscapes and have you conquering the Negev Desert triumphantly on foot.

Hike vast desert plains, climb mountains, and explore deep canyons. Mountain summits and cool desert springs await you on this journey that will have you experiencing Israel in a truly unique way! Book the Negev Desert Hiking Tour today!

Highlights of the Negev Desert Hiking Tour

Explore the depths of the largest crater in Israel, the Maktesh Ramon.
Dip your feet in the cool desert spring of Ein Akev, taking in this rare desert waterfall.
Peruse the small desert town of Dimona, immersing yourself in Israeli desert life.
Ascend to the summit of Mount Ardon, finding unparalleled views of the Negev Desert.

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From $750USD
6 days
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Self-Guided
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Negev Desert Hiking Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Dimona

Welcome to the Negev Desert! Your starting point for this tour is in the small desert town of Dimona, where you’ll get a feel for Israeli desert life and can enjoy some time exploring and soaking up the culture.

A brief meeting will take place on the afternoon of Day 1 where you’ll be provided with your route maps and will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have. Get a good night’s rest for your highly anticipated first day of hiking tomorrow!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Dimona
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 The Small and Big Makhtesh

Your Negev Desert hike begins with a short transfer to the trailhead at the start of the Scorpion Pass. From here you’ll take a short 4km out and back trail to a fantastic viewpoint over the Small Makhtesh crater. The trail then takes you through an ancient fort and down into the deep Hatira Canyon.

To top of this exciting first day of hiking the Negev Desert, you’ll ascend to the top of the eastern wall of the Big Makhtesh, where you’ll encounter breathtaking views! Following your descent into the Big Makhtesh, a short transfer will take you back to your accommodations.

Alternatively, you can skip the hike to the Small Makhtesh Crater and go straight for the Big Makhtesh.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Dimona
Distance: 21 km, 8-10 hours, 550m ascent
Alternative option: 17 km, 7-8 hours, 450 m ascent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Horseshoes and Valleys

This morning, a short transfer will take you from your accommodations to the trailhead near the religious community of Merchav Am.

After hiking through Wadi Hatzatz, you’ll descend into the mighty Daroch Canyon—a narrow and exciting section that also features the beautiful Daroch Horseshoe rock formation.

You’ll soon be greeted by stunning views of the Zin Valley sprawling below. Making your final descent into the valley, you can opt to take a 6 km transfer in a Jeep taxi (not included) back to your accommodation, or reach it on foot by hiking the remaining 6 km.
Overnight Location: Hostel in Midreshet Ben-Gurion
Distance: 15-21 km, 7-10 hours, 550m ascent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Ancient Avdat and the Akev Springs

Today’s hike starts directly from your accommodation. The total walking distance today is 19 km, however, you can opt to take a desert Jeep transfer (not included) to bypass the first 6 km of the trail.

The first highlight of today is a steep and exhilarating climb to Hod Akev. From a flat plain on top, you’ll enjoy amazing views of the surrounding Negev Desert. Descending Hod Akev, you’ll be greeted by a magical desert surprise! The Ein Akev spring awaits, a rare deep pool in the middle of the desert with icy waters perfect for a cool-down dip!

Concluding this fantastic day of hiking, you’ll reach the ancient Nabatean town of Advat, where you’ll find intriguing churches and a bathhouse from the Byzantine period. A short transfer will take you from Avdat to your guesthouse in Mitzpe Ramon.
Overnight Location: Guesthouse in Mitzpe Ramon
Distance: 13-19 km, 5-7 hours, 550m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Ramon’s Tooth

Today is all about craters! On the edge of the Ramon’s Crater sits a visitor center that boasts a panoramic observation window and an interactive exhibit. Exploring the center, you’ll have a chance to learn about the history and wonders of this area.

Back on the trail, steep descent to the bed of the crater will have you walking amidst wild desert landscape until you reach the southern wall of the crater. Having reached a major highlight for today’s hike, you’ll ascend Ramon’s Tooth to the Shen Ramon summit where you’ll find astonishing views of both the big and small Makhtesh and the surrounding Negev Desert.

After your descent, a short transfer will take you back to your accommodations in Mitzpe Ramon. Tonight there is a spectacular add-on (not included) opportunity to stargaze in the desert. This is an experience that comes highly recommended!
Overnight Location: Guesthouse in Mitzpe Ramon
Distance: 13 km, 6-7 hours, 350m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Views From Mount Ardon

A short transfer will take you from your accommodation to the heart of Mitzpe Ramon, where yesterday’s hike ended. Your first ascent of the day will take you to Mount Saharonim, a knife-shaped ridge that is part of the crater’s wall. Here you’ll enjoy captivating views of Ramon’s Crater.

Descending into Nekarot Wadi, you’ll hike through a beautiful horseshoe-shaped canyon known for its unique colours and rare rock formations. The grand finale of the day is reaching the foot of Mount Ardon. The ascent is tough and steep, but worth every bit of effort! Finishing off this epic journey with views of the surrounding desert and craters, you’ll want to soak up these moments.

Following your descent of Mount Ardon, a transfer will take you back to Mitzpe Ramon.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: 16 km, 7-8 hours, 600m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast

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Negev Desert Hiking Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided tour of the Negev Desert is always run as a custom tour for your group only and the pricing always depends on the number of people in your group.

The best time to travel to Negev Desert for trekking is between December and March, as the spring, summer, and fall months can be extremely hot.

Prices of Private Self-Guided Negev Desert Hiking Tour

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:
Departures on Saturday, Sunday and Monday

  • Solo Traveller: $1,850 USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 2: $1,000 USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 3: $850 USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 4-5: $800 USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 6+: $750 USD per person

Departures on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday:

  • Solo Traveller: $1,875 USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 2: $1,025 USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 3: $875 USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 4-5: $825 USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 6+: $775 USD per person
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Accommodation on the Negev Desert Hiking Tour

This tour is based mostly in 3-star hotels with one night’s stay in a hostel.

All accommodations offer private rooms. The hotels are equipped with modern amenities to make your stay comfortable and pleasant, and the hostel offers basic amenities. Rooms are double occupancy and single travelers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $400 USD to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up where possible.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Hotel Drachim in Dimona ★★★

Located at the entrance to the city of Dimona, this lively hotel is known for its beautiful building and hospitable staff. A breakfast buffet, swimming pool, and free wifi are among some of the modern amenities available for your stay.

Night 3

Yvonne Sde Boker Hostel in Midreshet Ben-Gurion ★★

This unique stay overlooks Wadi Tzin. Amenities are basic and include private rooms, a swimming pool, and free wifi.

Night 4-5

4 Zimmers Guesthouse in Mitzpe Ramon

A comfortable guesthouse with garden view balconies, this location offers two swimming pools, free wifi, and a beautiful sun terrace.

What’s included in the Nigev Desert Hiking Tour?

Meals

5 breakfasts are included on this tour.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 5 nights is included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transfers are included, except those in the itinerary explicitly mentioned as not included. Luggage is transferred daily from accommodation to accommodation.

Also Included

  • Detailed one-on-one briefing meeting on Day 1
  • GPS mobile app
  • Hiking maps
  • Hiking guidebook
  • 24/7 phone support

Not included

  • Flights and transfers to Dimona or out of Mitzpe Ramon
  • Meals not mentioned as ‘included’
  • Guide

Optional Extras

Frequently Asked Questions about Negev Desert Hiking Tour

Israel by Foot is a boutique company focusing on making it easy for hiking enthusiasts on all levels to enjoy Israel's varied terrain independently while having the secure feeling that we "got your back" at all times. Israel by Foot provides dedicated, personal service to ensure an unforgettable experience.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour a 4/5. Hikers should be comfortable hiking on challenging terrain for up to 10 hours, however there are options to shorten hike times on certain days to lower the difficulty.

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