5-day Golan Trail Hiking Tour
5-day Golan Trail Hiking Tour

5-day Golan Trail Hiking Tour

5 days

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Hike Israel’s collection of mountains and extinct volcanoes in the Golan Heights

Explore some of the best and most exciting sections of Israel’s Golan Trail up to its easternmost point on this exciting 70 km hiking journey across the Golan Heights region of Israel!

Journeying south from the towering peaks of mighty Mount Hermon, the 5-day Golan Trail Hiking Tour lets you experience some of Israel’s most fascinating landscapes. Your end objective is the Bedouin village of Husniya, but you’ll pass plenty of memorable sites along the way.

Encounter Israel’s rich and diverse history, as you explore ancient ruins and telling battle sites. Soak up local culture on the streets of small settlements. Experience the local charm and cuisine of the unique communities that populate this chock-full section of the Golan Trail. Book the 5-day Golan Trail Hiking Tour today!

Highlights of the 5-day Golan Trail Hiking Tour

Feel on top of the world as you descend from the summit of Israel’s highest peak, Mount Hermon.
Discover Mount Odem, the ancient dormant volcano nestled deep in a thick Mediterranean grove.
Brush up on your Israeli military history as you explore key battle sites and symbolic memorials.
Feast your eyes on a 1500-year-old quaint village perched on a hilltop overlooking a small reservoir.

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5-day Golan Trail Hiking Tour

5-day Golan Trail Hiking Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Odem

Welcome to Odem! 1100 m (3608 ft) above sea level, Odem 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. Rest well at your accommodations in preparation for an adventure-packed first day of hiking tomorrow!
Overnight Location: Hostel in Odem
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Mighty Mount Hermon

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

Option 1: 19 km route
A short transfer will take you to the trailhead this morning at Mount Hermon. The adventure begins from here, Israel’s highest peak, towering 2224m (7296 ft) into the sky above. A 4 km climb and 600m of ascent will have you reaching one of the lower summits, where you’ll have a chance to take in spectacular views.

Leaving Mount Hermon, you’ll hike to the tiny settlement of Nimrod, located on Mount Kata.

Next up is the small Druze village of Mas’ade where you can taste some excellent authentic Druze food. Boasting captivating views of Lake Ram, this small lake is found in the crater of an extinct volcanic mountain and is sure to be a highlight of today’s journey!
The Tel Katza’ah mound marks the end of this leg of the journey.

The final hike of today will introduce you to the fairytale-like Odem Forest. This magical Mediterranean grove is set against the backdrop of Mount Odem and is home to towering oak trees and a fascinating scoria rock quarry.

Returning to your accommodations in Odem, you’ll have the evening to relax and unwind after a full day of exciting hiking!

Option 2: 11 km route
This option allows you to shorten your total distance covered for the day to 11 km, taking a short transfer 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.
Overnight Location: Hostel in Odem
Distance: Option 1: 19 km, 6-8 hours, 600m of ascent
Option 2: 11 km, 4-5 hours
Option 3: 8 km, 3-4 hours
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Volcanoes and military history

There are two hiking options today.

Option 1: 17 km hike
From Odem to Merom Golan, today’s expansive hike is full of history and stunning landscapes!

Discover Israeli military history at The Valley of Tears, the Yom Kippur War (1973) battleground site, home to the Oz 77 Memorial of Merom Golan.

Take in the spectacular views of the extinct volcano Mount Bental, with an altitude of 1166m (3825 ft), it’s known for providing some of the best viewpoints on the Golan Trail!

Your hike ends today in Merom Golan—a kibuttz that that sits at the bottom of the volcanic crater created by Mount Bental.

Option 2: 12 km hike

This option allows you to shorten your total distance covered for the day to 12 km, taking a transfer and instead beginning your hike at El Rom (not included).
Overnight Location: Guest Village in Merom Golan
Distance: option 1: 17 km, 5-6 hrs
option 2: 12 km, 4-5 hrs
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Mediterranean grapes and Mountain Summits

There are two hiking options today.

Option 1: 20 km hike
On this thrilling segment of the trail, you’ll hike Mount Bental. Reaching the summit, you’ll take in panoramic views across the plains of Golan in both Israel and Syria.

The trail continues as you spot the rich purple grapes of El-Rom’s sprawling vineyards and take in one of the most picturesque settings of the entire trail.

The trail then leads you past a wind turbine farm and a stunning Mediterranean forest on the Bashanit Ridge where Mount Hozek stands.

Today’s journey will end at Alonei Habashan where you’ll reach tonight’s accommodation. Unwind and check out the local cuisine!

Option 2: 12 km hike

This option allows you to shorten your total distance covered for the day to 12 km, taking a transfer (not included) and instead beginning your hike at Ein Zivan Campsite.
Overnight Location: Guest Village in Alonei Habashan
Distance: option 1: 20 km, 6-7 hrs
option 2: 12 km, 4-5 hrs
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Mount Hozek and Village Ruins

This 15km final stretch of your Golan Trail hike today is filled with sites fit for the grand finale!

Spot the ancient 1500-year-old village perched atop a hill overlooking a blue reservoir and marvel at this age-old land.

Encountering Mount Hozek for the second time on this trail, take in the sight of its towering peak. A stunning grove marks your arrival at the abandoned village ruins of Husniya where you’ll have the chance to explore.

Your last steps on the trail will take you to Keshet, your final destination on the 5-day Golan Trail Hiking Tour.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: 15 km, 4-5 hours
Meals: Breakfast

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5-day Golan Trail Hiking Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided tour in Northern 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.

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

Private Self-guided 5-day Golan Trail Hiking Tour

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

  • Solo Traveller: $1,275 USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 2: $700 USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 3: $600 USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 4-5: $525 USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 6+: $525 USD per person

Departures on Thursday, Friday and Saturday:

  • Solo Traveller: $1,375 USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 2: $750 USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 3: $650 USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 4-5: $600 USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 6+: $550 USD per person
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Accommodation on the 5-day Golan Trail Hiking Tour

This tour is based mostly in 2-3 star hostels 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 travellers will pay a supplement.

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 ($275 USD-$325 USD, 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.

Hotels on Standard Tour

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.

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

Meals

4 breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 4 nights is included.

Transportation during the Tour

A short transfer is included for hikers on days 2 and 5. 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 Odem or out of Alonei Habashan
  • Breakfast on day 1, lunch and dinners on all days

Optional Extras

Frequently Asked Questions about 5-day Golan Trail Hiking Tour

Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour 4/5. 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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