Ein Avdat Hike

A Desert Spring and a Marl Wadi. A rewarding hike!! Visit the beautiful spring of Ein Avdat. Climb the sheer cliff on an exciting path cut into the rock and descend back gently thru the magical Havarim wadi.

Hike Metrics
Hike Description
Distance12 Km
Short versionsN / A
Climb180 m
LevelModerate
BestDec - Mar
PossibleNov - Apr
LocationGoogle-Maps-icon-2020
/ Start PointGoogle-Maps-icon-2020

Buy bus: You will need to walk about 2.5 Km from the junction to the trail-head.

Track description:

90% of the visitors to the Ein Avdat National Park, make to short flat walk from the entrance to the pools and back. We offer you, to Start like the crowds, but instead of going back the same way, climb up the Cliffs, and return to the starting point through the magnificent Marl wadi of Havarim.

  • Starting point –  parking area at the bottom of the “serpentine road” (1).
  • Walk south-west on the paved road (Not way-marked) until you reach the entrance to the Natural park where you will have to buy an entrance ticket. (2)
  • The ‡Blue‡ markers start here. Follow it along the wadi until we reach the beautiful pond of Ein Avdat.
Ein Avdat is a group of 3 Springs. The southernmost spring is Ein Ma’arif, featuring a series of waterfalls and pools. Further north is Ein Avdat, a 15-meter high waterfall that flows into an 8-meter deep pool of water. Located near the northern entrance of the park is a spring called Ein Mor, named for the spice myrrh. (Read Further in Wikipedia.)

Pool in ZIn Canyon, Negev desert, Israel

  • Continue on the ‡Blue‡ markers and shortly after the spring the trail starts to climbs through the cliff on a series of steps and ladders.

Climbing the ladders above Ein Avdat

  • At the end of the climb we meet another paved road (3).
  • Follow the unmarked paved road west for about 900 m until meeting a minor paved road with ‡Red‡ markers(4). 
  • Turn right and follow the ‡Red‡ markers on the paved road for 1.2 Km. It then changes to a dirt road. continue to follow it for another 1.5 km until reaching the junction with a ‡Green‡ marker (5).
We are now in Havarim Wadi. “Havarim” in English means Marl. The colors are very bright and because of this it is very popular to walk this section on a full moon night.

Hiking down Wadi Havarim

  • Turn right a go down the wadi on the ‡Green‡ markers wich later merges with ‡Blue‡ markers.  After 3 Km down the wadi bed you reach the starting point (1).

Get the Detailed Hiking Maps and GPS files for this hike for just 5$

  1. Detailed Hiking Map of the route area optimized for printing on an A4 size paper or for browsing on your device.
  2. Zoomed in Maps for the sensitive areas (When needed).
  3. GPS track files for navigation on your IOS/Android App.
  4. Map Legend and labels are in English

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Bonus Tip:
If you have still time and energy, don’t miss an amazing local fun activity – SandSurfing!
Read all about it in  Israel Best Trips Travel blog.