Complete Golan Trail Hiking Tour

Israel
Trekking
Self-Guided
Complete Golan Trail Hiking Tour

Complete Golan Trail Hiking Tour

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From $1,195USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

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Highlights

Experience the best of Israel’s mountains and the beauty of Golan Heights

Hike down from the Mount Hermon winning you extraordinary views of Galilee and the Hula Valley.

Step back in time as you explore synagogue ruins and magical ancient sites filled with rich history.

Picnic on the banks of a picturesque brook as you sit beneath the ancient Old Syrian Bridge and take in the charming landscape.

Gaze from clifftops as you take in dramatic views of the Sea of Galilee.

Embark on an epic hiking journey across Israel’s Golan Heights region, exploring its generous collection of mountains and inactive volcanoes on the Complete Golan Trail Hiking Tour.

Hiking the adventure-packed 130 km Golan Trail from Mount Hermon in the north of Israel to the Sea of Galilee in the south, you’ll encounter the rich history of this region, learning about Israel’s fascinating past as you experience it on foot in the present.

This all-encompassing hiking trail grants you a front row seat to Israel’s sprawling landscapes and rich culture. Explore small diverse settlements, religious collectives, and a colorful artist village. The Complete Golan Trail Hiking Tour is the perfect opportunity for exploration on foot!

Complete Golan Trail Hiking Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Odem

Welcome to Odem! This starting point already has you at 1100m (3608 ft) above sea level and is the second-highest town in Israel.

This afternoon, you’ll have a brief one-on-one meeting where you’ll be provided with your route maps and will have the opportunity to ask questions. Enjoy a good night’s rest in preparation for your first day of hiking tomorrow on the Golan Trail!

Overnight Location
Hostel in Odem
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Mount Hermon

Your Golan Trail hike begins today with a few different hiking options for you to choose from.

This morning a short transfer will take you to the trailhead at Mount Hermon. This option will have you hiking a total of 19 km today. With the summit of Mount Hermon towering 2224m (7296 ft) above you, a 4 km walk will launch you right into this adventure with a descent of 600m. From there you’ll make your way to the tiny settlement of Nimrod located on Mount Kata.

From Nimrod you’ll hike to the small Druze village of Mas’ade, where you’ll enjoy views of Lake Ram, a small lake in the crater of an extinct volcanic mountain. This segment of the journey ends at the Tel Katza’ah mound, another inactive volcano.

Continuing to the last segment of today, you’ll hike 10 km to the fairytale-like Odem Forest. This Mediterranean grove is a sight to behold, with Mount Odem (a dormant volcano) as the backdrop, you’ll hike among towering oak trees and observe a beautiful scoria rock quarry.

Today’s hike ends back in Odem where you’ll have a chance to relax and unwind with a full first day of hiking under your belt.

This option allows you to shorten your total distance covered for the day to 11 km, taking a short transfer (included) and instead beginning your hike at Nimrod.

Option 3: 8 km route
This option allows you to shorten your total distance covered for the day to 8 km, taking a slightly longer transfer and instead beginning your hike at Mas’ade, hiking a total of 8 km today.
Option 2: 11 km, 4-5 hours
Option 3: 8 km, 3-4 hours

Overnight Location
Hostel in Odem
Distance
Option 1: 19 km, 6-8 hours, 600m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Mountains, Battlefields, and Kibbutz

There are two hiking options today.

From Odem to Merom Golan, today’s extensive hike is full of intrigue and discovery. Encounter traces of Israeli military history at the Yom Kippur War (1917) battleground site known as the Valley of Tears. Brace yourself for spectacular views as you encounter the extinct volcano of Mount Bental, with an altitude of 1166m (3825 ft), it’s known for providing some of the best viewpoints on the Golan Trail.

You’ll end today’s hike by reaching your accommodation in Merom Golan—a kibuttz that that sits at the bottom of the volcanic crater created by Mount Bental.

Option 2: 12 km hike

Option 2: 12 km, 4-5 hrs

Overnight Location
Hotel Merom Golan
Distance
Option 1: 17 km, 5-6 hrs
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Vineyards and Forest Trails

There are two hiking options today.

Option 1: 20 km hike

Today you’ll have the opportunity to hike Mount Bental on this exciting segment of the trail. From the summit, you’ll take in panoramic views spanning the plains of Golan in both Israel and Syria and will also have an excellent view of Mount Hermon from this viewpoint.

Continuing the trail, you’ll uncover a memorial site commemorating an Israeli-Syrian battle, a wind turbine farm and a stunning Mediterranean forest on the Bashanit Ridge where Mount Hozek stands. Today you’ll journey the easternmost marked trail in Israel.

The trail continues through the vineyards of El-Rom, where the scenery is breathtaking. Today’s journey will end at Alonei Habashan, where you’ll reach tonight’s accommodation. Enjoy a local meal and relax after a big day of exploration.

Option 2: 12 km hike

Option 2: 12 km, 4-5 hrs

Overnight Location
Guest Village in Alonei Habashan
Distance
Option 1: 20 km, 6-7 hrs
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Mount Hozek

Today you’ll cover 15 km of the Golan Trail. You’ll get a feel for how ancient this region truly is as you explore a 1500-year-old quaint village perched on a hill overlooking a picturesque reservoir.

You’ll once again encounter Mount Hozek and have the opportunity to hike the beautiful ridge just below. Today’s hike will end at a grove near the abandoned village ruins of Hushniya.

The final stretch of trail today will take you to Keshet where you’ll spend the night at a comfortable lodge. Rest well knowing you’re past the halfway point of the Golan Trail!

Overnight Location
Lodge in Keshet
Distance
15 km, 4-5 hours
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Ruins and the Gamla Natural Reserve

Today you tackle another 15 km of trail beginning in Keshet, where intriguing ruins are the only traces of the 2000 Cherkess people that once lived here—look out for the remains of a guest house that dates back to the 8th century!

As you embark on one of the most scenic segments of the trail, you’ll encounter cattle fields, pastures and springs as far as the eye can see. Soon you'll reach the highlight of the day - Rujm el-Hiri archeological site.

The end of today’s trail is only 3 km from the Gamla Natural Reserve. If you opt for this add on, you’ll have the chance to see Israel’s tallest waterfall and beautiful ancient village.

Today’s hike ends at Daliot Junction where a transfer will take you back to your accommodation in Keshet.

Overnight Location
Lodge in Keshet
Distance
16 km, 4-5 hours
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Ancient Synagogue at Ein Keshatot

There are two hiking options today.

Option 1: 24 km hike

A short transfer will take you from your accommodation to the trailhead at Daliot Junction. Today is the longest stretch of trail and will have you hiking a rewarding 24 km.

Beginning at the Daliot campsite, you’ll continue the trail amidst the cattle fields and pastures, eventually reaching the ancient synagogue of Ein Keshatot, which dates back to the Mishnah and Talmud period. First documented in 1884, this archeological gem is a sight to behold.

Your final stretch of trail today will lead you to Bnei Yehuda, where you’ll arrive at tonight’s accommodation.

Option 2: 14 km hike

Option 2: 14 km, 4-5 hours

Overnight Location
Lodge in Bnei Yehuda
Distance
Option 1: 24 km, 5-6 hours
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Wadi Meitzar and the Sea of Galilee

There are two hiking options today.

Your final day of hiking on the Golan Trail has plenty of excitement in store! Departing from your accommodation in Bnei Yehuda, you’ll hike through small villages alongside rushing streams, soaking up the Golan Heights landscape that you’ve come to know so well over the past week.

Be sure to stop for a few moments along the banks of Wadi Meitzar—the only stream in Golan running from West to East.

For the grand finale on the trail, you’ll walk along a cliff where unparalleled views of the stunning blue waters of the Sea of Galilee await you. The trail ends at a large campground with the water tunnels of Ein Taufik—a perfect place to take a moment to reflect on this epic journey, as you have now completed the Golan Trail.

From the campsite, a transfer will take you back to your accommodation in Bnei Yehuda.

Option 2: 15 km hike

Option 2: 15 km, 4-5 hours

Overnight Location
None
Distance
Option 1: 21.5 km, 5-6 hours
Meals
Breakfast

Complete Golan Trail Hiking Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided tour in Israel is always run as a custom tour for your group only and the price always depends on the number of people in your group.
Prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room.
Departures on Thursday, Friday and Saturday:

  • Solo Traveller: $2,850USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 2: $1,555USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 3: $1,350USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 4-5: $1,295USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 6+: $1,225USD per person

Departures on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday:

  • Solo Traveller: $2,715USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 2: $1,425USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 3: USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 4-5: $1,250USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 6+: $1,195USD per person
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Accommodation on the Complete Golan Trail Hiking Tour

This tour is based mostly in 2-3-star hostels, lodges and guest villages.

All accommodations offer private rooms. The accommodations are equipped with modern amenities to make your stay comfortable and pleasant. 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 ($525USD-$550USD, depending on your departure day) to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up where possible.

Golan Heights Hostel in Odem

Located in the Odem Forest National Reserve, this picturesque accommodation is cozy and scenic. Private rooms with basic amenities including free wifi are available here to make your stay more comfortable.

Merom Golan Guest Village in Merom Golan

Set at the foothills of Mount Bental, this peaceful mountain guest village boasts lovely gardens, an indoor pool and a farm. You’ll enjoy free wifi in public areas and a charming café with amazing views of the mountains.

Alonei Habashan Guest Village in Alonei Habashan

Comfortable and modern accommodations will make this stay excellent. Free wifi and an onsite restaurant are available for your use.

Keshet-Yonatan Lodge in Keshet

This lovely country lodging is in the heart of Golan surrounded by thick woods and rolling pastures. This scenic location has a family-style restaurant serving breakfast and dinner and free wifi throughout.

Rina Barama Lodge in Bnei Yehuda

Rustic wooden décor makes this a unique stay, with all basic amenities including breakfast in your room and free wifi.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Full Golan Heights Trail Hiking Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 7 nights is included.

Transportation during the Tour

A short transfer is included for hikers on days 2, 6, 7 and 8. An optional transfer to shorten your hike on day 2 is also included. For those opting to shorten their hikes on days 3, 4 and 5, transfers may not be included. Luggage is transferred daily from accommodation to accommodation.

Also Included

  • Detailed one-on-one briefing meeting at your accommodation on day 1
  • GPS mobile app
  • Hiking maps
  • Hiking guidebook
  • 24/7 phone support

Not included

  • Flights and airport transfers to get to Odem or out of Bnei Yehuda
  • Breakfast on day 1, lunch and dinners on all days

Optional Extras

Frequenty Asked Questions about Complete Golan Trail Hiking Tour

How hard is the Complete Golan Trail Hiking Tour?

We rate this tour 3/5. Hikers should be comfortable hiking up to 10 hours, however there are options to shorten hike times on certain days to lower the difficulty.

Do I need a visa to travel to Israel?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

What should I expect when hiking in the desert?

The spring season (March and April) is the best time for this tour, as the weather is generally not too hot and makes for comfortable hiking. Proper hydration at all times and is important when hiking on this tour. If hot temperatures are forecasted, consider avoiding hiking during the hottest part of the day.

Can I start this tour on Wednesday or Thursday?

Please not, that starting this tour on Wednesday or Thursday means that you would be entering two religious communities along the route (Alonei Habshan and Keshet) during the Shabbat, when check-ins or check-outs are not possible. However, alternative lodging can be arranged at Katzrin (village in the neighbourhood) for an additional fee. If possible, we recommend starting the tour on other days.

Are meals included on the Complete Golan Trail Hiking Tour?

7 breakfasts are included on this tour.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover hiking. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Odem to start this tour?

Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) is the closest airport to your starting point in Odem. You can get from Ben Gurion Airport to Odem by bus, first taking a short taxi to Israel Aerospace Industries Junction and then catching a bus. This will take you approximately 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can arrange your own transportation from the airport or book airport transfers as part of your tour for an additional fee. A vehicle transfer takes approximately 2.5 hours.

Where does the Complete Golan Trail Hiking Tour end?

The tour ends in the city of Bnei Yehuda, where you can take a combination of buses to reach Ben Gurion Airport Station, approximately 4 hours to reach Ben Gurion Airport (TLV). Alternatively, you can arrange your own transportation to the airport or book airport transfers as part of your tour for an additional fee. A vehicle transfer takes approximately 2 hours.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Israel?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Israel?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

Can you drink from the streams or reservoirs in the Golan Heights?

No, water should not be drunk unless first treated. Its important to equip yourself with enough water for each day’s hike based on the distance covered.

Can you swim in the streams or reservoirs in the Golan Heights?

No, swimming is illegal in all springs and reservoirs of the Golan Heights. However, you can refresh yourself by dipping your hands into the water.

When is the best time to travel to Israel for this tour?

The best time to travel to Israel for this trek is from March to April when the wildflowers are in bloom and the weather is pleasant.

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We rate this tour 3/5. Hikers should be comfortable hiking up to 10 hours, however there are options to shorten hike times on certain days to lower the difficulty.


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