Weekend walk: Take a wander through the desert

As the weather begins to cool, take advantage of the extended Rosh Hashana break to enjoy a challenging Negev hike at Ein Akev.

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September 29, 2011 22:38
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Ein Akev

Ein Akev 311. (photo credit: YONI COHEN)

 
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As the holidays begin, the desert is a beautiful place to explore as the fall weather makes exploring the varied mountains a little more bearable.

The Ein Zik trail that leads to the Ein Akev spring is challenging but well worth it.

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The trail, which follows blue markings, takes rougly 6 -7 hours and returns to the starting point in the parking lot in Sde Boker Kibbutz. Beautiful vegetation leads the way for about four kilometers until the Akev spring where it is permitted, and fully recommended, to take a dip and cool off in the clear water.

The trail continues for about six and half kms until "Maale Zin" which is a very steep uphill climb. Although it can become tiring near the end, it is well worth it for the stunning desert views. The trail then leads back to the parking lot.

To reach the beginning of the hike, travel south on Route 40. Turn left at Tlalim Junction, then right at Halukim Junction. Follow signs to Sde Boker Kibbutz and after three kms turn left and follow signs to Ben Gurion's grave. Park in the parking lot where there is a visitors center with hiking experts and maps.

This hike is only suitable for those in good physical condition as there a number of steep inclines.

Take plenty of water, sun lotion and something to cover the head to ensure an enjoyable hike.

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