Jericho to Jerusalem through Wadi Qelt Tour

Jericho to Jerusalem through Wadi Qelt Tour

Jericho to Jerusalem through Wadi Qelt Tour


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Hike one of Israel’s most picturesque valleys from Jericho to Jerusalem

Explore the most famous landmark of Wadi Qelt—the cliffhanging complex of St. George Monastery.

Observe the ancient winding aqueducts of the Wadi, dating back to the 2nd century BC.

Take in the beauty of Ein Qelt as you picnic alongside the waterfall that collects into a natural pool below.

Navigate narrow gorges with the assistance of metal handlers, journeying to the unique secular settlement of Anatot.

The incredible Jericho to Jerusalem through Wadi Qelt Hiking journey from Jericho to Jerusalem is the perfect introduction to the natural beauty of the West Bank region that spans Palestine and Israel. Journeying on foot, you’ll experience these iconic areas in a truly unique and spectacular way.

Discover ancient sacred monasteries and follow the age-old winding aqueducts of the Wadi Qelt. Challenge yourself as you navigate gorges and ascend cliffs, gaining access to all the wonders of this captivating landscape. 2 adventure-filled days await you on the short but sweet Jericho to Jerusalem through Wadi Qelt Trek!

Jericho to Jerusalem through Wadi Qelt Hiking Tour Itinerary

Day 1 St. George Monastery and Ancient Aqueducts

After a briefing, a short transfer will drop your luggage at tonight’s accommodations in Kfar Adumim before continuing to the trailhead near st. George monastery (around 5 km from Jericho) where you’ll begin your hiking journey.

Enjoy the iconic view of the St. George Monastery built high into the cliffs above before visiting it up close. Explore the ancient aqueducts dating back to the time of King Herod as you step back in time.

The dramatic desert scenery continues all the way to the end of today’s hike at your accommodations in Kfar Adumim.

Overnight Location
B&B in Kfar Adomim
5-7 hours, 13 km, 500 m of ascent

Day 2 Gorges and Streams of the Wadi Qelt

Today following breakfast, you’ll jump right back into the exciting trail straight from your accommodations at Kfar Adumim.

Descending back to Ein Maboa, you’ll enter again into Wadi Qelt. A challenging but exhilarating few kilometres lie ahead as you hike with the help of metal handlers, passing beautiful pools and the stream of Ein Prat.

Take in the splendour of the second iconic monastery on this trail, the Faran Monastery, which also hangs from a cliff above.

Finally, you’ll arrive at the unique secular settlement of Anatot, where your hike concludes. Take some time to explore and learn about this ideological community before taking a transfer back to your accommodations in Kfar Adomim. The tour ends here!

Overnight Location
3-5 hours, 11 km, 400 m of ascent

Jericho to Jerusalem through Wadi Qelt 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 depends on the number of people in your group.
Prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room:
Departures on Monday, Tuesday, and Sunday:

  • Solo Traveller: $535USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 2: $270USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 3: $215USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 4+: $190USD per person

Departures on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday:

  • Solo Traveller: $595USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 2: $295USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 3: $240USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 4-5: $215USD per person
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Accommodation on the Jericho to Jerusalem through Wadi Qelt Tour

This tour is based in a comfortable local B&B, offering a private room and either basic or modern amenities.

Rooms are double occupancy and single travellers will pay a supplement (included in calculations above).

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

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement ($75USD-$100USD depending on your departure day) to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travellers up where possible.

Night 1

Local B&B in Kfar Adumim

Brimming with local character and charm, your stay in one of Kfar Adumim’s B&Bs will be comfortable and pleasant. Enjoy a room with basic or modern amenities, including an onsite breakfast on day 2 of your hike.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Jericho to Jerusalem through Wadi Qelt Tour?


1 breakfast is included on this tour.


Accommodations for 1 night are included. Accommodations before the tour in Jericho and after the tour in Jerusalem are not included.

Transportation during the Tour

All transfers noted on the route are included for hikers on both days of the tour. Luggage is transferred on day 1 to the accommodation in Kfar Adumim.

Also Included

  • Detailed briefing via Skype/Zoom/Phone on day 1
  • GPS mobile app
  • Hiking maps
  • Hiking guidebook
  • 24/7 phone support

Not included

  • Flights
  • Any meals not mentioned as ‘included’
  • Guide services

Optional Extras

Frequenty Asked Questions about Jericho to Jerusalem through Wadi Qelt Tour

How hard is the Wadi Qelt Hiking tour?

We rate this tour a 3/5. Hikers should be comfortable hiking up to 7 hours a day but will only do so for two days. Please note that although hiking in the gorge is easy, there are a few technical parts.

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.

Are meals included on the Jericho to Jerusalem through Wadi Qelt Hiking Tour?

1 breakfast is included.

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 Jerusalem to start this tour?

Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) is the closest airport to your start point in Jerusalem. The most convenient and fastest way to get to Jerusalem from the airport is via Train. Alternatively, you can book airport transfers as part of your tour for an additional fee.

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.

Where does the Jericho to Jerusalem through Wadi Qelt Hiking Tour end?

The tour ends in Kfar Adomim, where you can take a bus to Jerusalem. From Jerusalem, you can easily reach the airport via train.

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.

Is it safe to travel to this region in Israel?

Some sections of the trail pass through remote desert areas without any cellular reception. You will also pass near small Bedouin settlements. Some may consider these areas unsafe, although the last time a terror incident occurred in the Wadi Qelt was in 1997. Others consider it safe and hike here regularly. Please note that hiking in this area is at your own risk.

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

The best time to travel to Israel for this trek is from December to March.


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We rate this tour a 2/5. Hikers should be comfortable hiking up to 7 hours a day but will only do so for two days.

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