n Start and Finish: Main entrance
to the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve.
Buses 421 or 486 from Jerusalem.
n Entry: Adult NIS 23, child NIS 12. (08) 658-4285, (08) 658-4517. Open daily, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
n Level of difficulty: Quite challenging. Suitable for fit and very careful walkers aged 12-plus. Not for mountain bikers or four-wheeled drive vehicles.
n Length: 11 km.
n Maps: Scale 1:50,000, Map 8 (Northern Judea Desert & the Dead Sea) OR Map 11 (Southern Judean Desert and the Dead Sea). The Ein Gedi area is on the overlap.
n Estimated walking time: 6-8 hours, including a detour to the Hidden Falls
in Nahal Arugot.
n Best time: Spring, fall, winter. Please check in advance for flash floods.
n Water: At and around the start and finish of the route.
n Bring: 5 liters of water per person, a sun hat, sunscreen and sturdy shoes with good grips for walking. Include a compass, mobile phone, towel, swim gear, first-aid kit, penknife and a powerful flashlight. Mobile phone reception unavailable for most of the hike.
Ein-Gedi Guest House 08-659 4222; Ein-Gedi Youth Hostel 08-658 4165; Ein-Gedi Field School 08-658 4350
Ein-Gedi Guest House 08-6594222; Ein-Gedi Thermal Springs Restaurant 08-659 4925; At Chaya's in the Ein-Gedi Botanical Garden 052-8325495, 08-6594931
Places to visit
Ein-Gedi Thermal Springs 08-649 4813; Ein-Gedi Botanical Garden 08-658 4350; Almog Beach Nature Reserve 08-6376829, 08-6326422; Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve 08-6584285; Massada 08-6584117, 08-9959333