Hermon from the Bashanit Ridge

The Golan Trail – “Inn to Inn” Trek

The Golan Trail is an Epic 125 Kilometers long hiking trail that crosses the Golan heights from mount Hermon in the north to Ein Taufik in the south. You can Backpack along the trail independently or tackle it with our friendly “Inn to Inn” service.

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Inn to Inn Trekking with Logistic support and Luggage transfer


Inn to Inn Trekking the Golan trail with luggage transfer

ABOUT THIS TREK

The Golan Trail is a perfect “Inn to Inn” trek. Besides the fantastic views and historical sites, it passes near a variety of small and diverse settlements. Kibbutz, Moshav, Religious Collective Moshav, and an artist village.  These provide perfect lodging locations and an opportunity to visit different communities.

The Golan trail starts at 1400 m ASL and finished after seven days and 130 Km at 200 m ASL. You descend and an average of about 200 meters per day. Most of the trail is on easy terrain, with gentle ups and downs (With just a few short steep sections). As a result, although the daily distance is long, the overall difficulty is not more than medium. On the lengthier and tougher days, we offer shortcut options.

Please note: It is not possible to start this trek on Wednesdays & Thursdays!

HOW DOES IT WORK ?
  • Your hike from one accommodation the next with a small day back-pack. We transfer your luggage from “Inn to Inn”.
  • Handpicked Hikers-Friendly Accommodations.
  • Hiking Maps. (See Sample1 & Sample2).
  • Trek Guidebook (e-book – See Sample)
  • GPS mobile Navigation App. (See Sample)
  • A briefing meeting at your accommodation the evening before your journey starts.
  • 24/7 Customer service support.
Are you a Single Hiker?
The standard price with full service is very expensive for single hikers. The reasons are that many costs are not split, and many of our standard selected accommodations charge from a single in a room almost the same price as for a couple.

We have a solution for you if you are willing to reduce the service level:

  • Settle for a phone/Skype briefing instead of a face to face briefing.
  • Sleep in dorms where possible:
    Day 1: Golan Heights Hostel
    Day 2 3: Same as the regular program since there are no other options.
    Days 4 & 5: Golan Garden Hostel
    Day 6: Same hostel as in the regular offer, but in a mixed dorm instead of a private room.
  • Using the public bus or Hitchhike instead of using a taxi on days 4,5 and 7.

The option is offered for both the 4 & 7 days versions.

Select a “LowCost”  Trek from the Treks list in the price calculator to get the budget price

Day 0 –  Moshav Odem:

  • We will meet in the afternoon/evening for a detailed briefing meeting to discuss all aspects of the trek, provide you with maps, and make sure that the GPS app function properly.
  • Preferred Lodging:
    Regular Version: Odem Country Lodging.
    LowCost Version: Golan Heights Hostel (Shared Dorms)
  • The next morning a taxi will take you to the trailhead on mount Hermon.

Day 1 – Hermon to Moshav Odem:

  • Hiking: 19 Km (Segments 1,2 & 3)
  • Shorter options: Start at Nimron – 11 Km, or start at Massada 8 Km. (No additional charge)
  • Starting Point: Heromn Parking lot, 1400 m. (A taxi will take you to the trailhead).
  • End Point: Moshav Odem, 1100 m.
  • Overnight: Odem
  • Preferred Lodging:
    Regular Version: Odem Country Lodging.
    LowCost Version: Golan Heights Hostel (Shared Dorms)
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Day 2 – Odem to Kibbutz Merom Golan:

  • Hiking: 17 Km (Segments 3,4 & 5)
  • Shorter option: Start at El Rom – 12 Km. (Could involve additional cost)
  • Starting Point: Odem, 1100 m.
  • End Point: Kibbutz Merom Golan, 980 m.
  • Overnight: Merom Golan.
  • Preferred Lodging:  Merom Golan Resort Village.
    (Both regular and LowCost versions)

Day 3 – Kibbutz Merom Golan  to Aloney Habashan:

  • Hiking: 20 Km (Segments 5 & 6).
  • Shorter option: Start at Ein Zivan – 12 Km. (Could involve additional cost).
  • Starting Point: Merom Golan, 980 m.
  • End Point: 970 m.
  • Overnight: Religious Moshav Aloney Habashan.
  • Preferred Lodging: Aloney Habashan Guest village.
    (Both regular and LowCost versions)

Day 4 -Aloney Habashan to Hushniya :

  • Hiking: 10 Km (Segments 6 & 7)
  • Starting Point: Aloney Habashan, 970 m.
  • End Point: Hushniya, 700 m.
The 4 days version ends here with a return taxi to Aloney Habashan. (LowCost hikers return by public bus or hitchhike)

Regular Version:

  • Overnight: Aniam Artists Village. (13 Km from the trail via a taxi shuttle).
  • Preferred Lodging:  Local B&B.
  • It is a shorter hiking day. Enjoy the afternoon exploring the Galleries and Cafes in the artist’s quarter of Aniam.

LowCost version:

Day 5 -Hushniya to Daliyot Junction:

  • Hiking: 18 Km (Segments 8 & 9)
  • Shorter option: Start at Faraj Ruins – 13 Km (Could involve additional cost).
  • Starting Point: Hushniya, 700 m.
    A taxi will bring you to the trailhead. (LowCost version hikers will need to take the public bus).
  • End Point: Daliyot Junction, 450 m.
    A taxi will bring you back to the accommodation. (LowCost version hikers will need to take the public bus).
  • Overnight: Same as Day 4.
  • The end of the trail is 3 km from the Gamla natural reserve, where you can see Israel’s highest waterfall (51 m) and visit the 2nd temple town ruins of Gamla.

Day 6 -Daliyot Junction to Bnei Yehuda:

  • Hiking: 24 Km (Segments 10, 11 & 12).
  • Shorter option: Start at Ein Keshatot– 14 Km (Could involve additional cost).
  • Starting Point: Daliyot Junction, 450 m.
    A taxi will bring you to the trailhead. (LowCost version hikers will need to take the public bus).
  • End Point: Moshav Bnei Yehuda, 350 m.
  • Overnight: Moshav Bnei Yehuda.
  • Preferred Lodging:
    Regular version: Rina Barama.
    LowCost version: Shared Dorms in Genghis Khan Mongolian tents village.

Day 7 -Bnei Yehuda to Ein Taufik:

  • Hiking: 21.5 Km (Segments 13, 14 & 15).
  • Shorter option: Finish at Mevo Hama – 15 Km.
  • Starting Point: Moshav Bnei Yehuda, 350 m.
  • End Point: Ein Taufik 200 m. (End of the Golan trail)
  • A taxi will pick you up at the end of the trail and take you back to Bnei Yehuda to pick up your luggage. (In the LowCost version, you will need to hitchhike back, or walk 4 Km to the bus stop)

For a more detailed description of each day, refer to the segment by segment section below.

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Backpacking Independently the Golan trail

Those hiking one segment a day will enjoy an easy to moderate hike (except, possibly, the first segment in Mt. Hermon, which is the most difficult one). Experienced hikers can walk two segments every day. We do not recommend hiking more than two segments a day.

Backpacking the entire route or several sections “in one go” with their “house” on their backs will find that the Golan trail is quite a challenge and a beautiful epic track. The Sketch map shows you with a “Tent” Icon the recommended camping areas along the route and with a “Shopping Cart” Icon the grocery shops/Supermarkets along the route.

Backpacking the Golan Trail
BackPacking the Golan Trail by Israel Eshed
BACKPACK THE GOLAN TRAIL WITH US
Prices per Group (Does not matter how many people)

  • Detailed Hiking Maps: 50 USD (31 Tiles!) Map Sample1 / Sample2
  • GPS files with route, navigation notes and POI’s (free with the maps) – Check Sample
  • Unlimited Phone/Skype/Email/WhatsApp support before and during the trek: 150 USD
  • Additional “One on one” briefing meeting before the start of the trek: 100 USD

Email us at tours@hike-israel.com, if you are interested in any of the above

It is possible to walk in both directions: from Mt. Hermon south or from Ein Taufik north. In the north, at the highest point, the trail starts at 1,480 m above sea level. In the south, in Ein Taufik, the height is 200 m. Above sea level. The lowest point is at the meeting point of the Semech and El Al streams – which is exactly at sea level. Of course, the walk south from Mt. Hermon is easier, but the big difference is felt only in the climb from the road in Majdal Shams to Mt. Hermon. The height gain there is 400 m within 3 km.

Waymarks and Trail blazes

Israel Hiking trails waymarkersThe route is waymarked in three colors: White – Mt. Hermon; Blue – Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) and Green – the Golan Heights. The white band will always be on the right, going either south or north. If you think you’ve lost your way, go back to the last waymark you saw and try to locate the next waymark. At each segment start, there is a Poster with the segment overview, including a map and an elevation chart. Post signs are placed at main junctions.

Logistics (When hiking single sections)

The straight, not circular, form of the trail necessitates the use of two vehicles. The beginning and end of each segment are easily accessible with a car. At the start of each hike, go by car to the end of the segment, Leave one car there and return with another vehicle to the beginning of the segment. Most of the trail passes in remote places where traffic is very sparse, so patience is needed to hitchhike your way back. Lucky people with friends living in the Golan will find that they are usually willing to assist and help you get to or from the Trail…

Water and food

The Golan is rich with water sources, but one should NOT drink spring or reservoir water without treating it. It is imperative to equip oneself with enough water based on the length of the walk and the weather conditions. Swimming in springs and reservoirs is forbidden, but you can refresh yourself with the waters. Places, where you can stock up on water and food, are marked in the sketch maps with a “Shopping cart” Icon.

Free Downloads:

Overview Golan Trail Map: (English/Hebrew)
15 Segment Maps (Hebrew Only)
GPS file

Safety:

All our safety guidelines also apply to the Golan Trail.  Some old Mine Fields exist in the Golan. Although they are fenced and clearly marked as an additional safety precaution, It is mandatory to always stay on the marked trail!

Credits:

This page was prepared with the kind help of Israel Eshed (The creator of the Golan Trail!!) and the Golan Regional Council.


Map of the Golan Trail (Click to download in full quality)

The Golan Trail Hiking Map


The 15 Segments of the Golan Trail

information provided on each segment:

  • Distance.
  • Level of difficulty.
  • How to get to the trailhead. Verbal instructions and GPS coordinates Linked to Google-Maps.
  • The starting point of the next section is always the ending point of the previous.
  • Touring map of the section (In Hebrew).
  • Brief description of the landscape.
  • Main Landmarks.

Segment 1 – From Mt. Hermon to Nimrod

A very steep climb (Mount Hermon), challenging to negotiate, also going in the other direction down the slope. Spectacular views of the Golan Heights, the Galilee, and the Hula Valley.

Golan trail hiking map segment 1Distance: 7 km
Level of difficulty: North to south – hard; south to north – strenuous.
How to get there: Mt. Hermon ticket offices: take route no. 98 from Majdal Shams (מג’דל שמס) to Mt. Hermon (הר חרמון), turn right immediately after the ticket offices and cross the parking lot. You will find the first waymark next to the large oak tree.
GPS33.288929ºN 35.762840ºE.

 

Main Landmarks

Mount Hermon: The Golan Trail begins at the parking lot of Mount Hermon ski resort. The Hermon is a narrow mountain ridge that forms the Lebanon-Syria boundary along its spine. The ridge is about 70km long, but only 10% of its southern area is inside the land of Israel. The highest peak is 2814 m, and it is in Syria. The highest point in Israel is 2224 meters, but it is part of a military outpost and closed to the public. What we are left with to visit is a 2020 m summit. READ MORE…

Mount Kataa: The tiny settlement Nimrod is located on Mount Kata.  Its name means sand (“Kataa” in Arabic = sand), and indeed it sits on an extremely ancient layer of sandstone, which was exposed with the massive erosion of the Hermon peak, during which its height decreased by about 1200 meters. This sandstone can be found, except here, only in the Negev craters, where a similar process took place – and here too the sand is colored!

Segment 2 – From Nimrod  to Tel Katza

Walking from a tiny picturesque settlement to a Druze village and a small lake (Ram pool) in the crater of an extinct volcanic mountain.

Ram Pool at the foothills of mount Hermon
Ram Pool By Israel Eshed

 

Golan Trail Hiking map - Sefment 2Distance: 7 km
Level of difficulty: North to the south – Easy; south to north – easy.
How to get there: How to get there: Entrance to Nimrod (נמרוד): from the central square in the Druze village of Masade (מסעדה) take route no. 98  north for a short while and then turn west on the bridge crossing the Sa’ar stream (נחל סער). The road curves to the left and reaches the road leading to Nimrod (נמרוד). Park the car by the entrance gate to the village.
GPS33º14.706’N 035º45.117’E

Main Landmarks

Masada: Mas’ade is a Druze village in the northern Golan Heights. It covers an area of 11,985 dunams (11.985 km2; 4.627 sq mi), and in 2018 had a population of 3,650. It was given the status of a local council in 1982. Its inhabitants are mostly Syrian citizens and have permanent residency in Israel. Since the adoption of the 1981 Golan Heights Law, Mas’ade is under Israeli civil law and incorporated into the Israeli system of local councils. (Wikipedia)

Lake Ram: The lake is located inside a natural crater and is fed by several springs emanating from its bottom, as well as from rainwater collected from the surrounding slopes. Researchers are still debating how exactly this large, beautiful 2.5-mile-long pond was created, but its formation is clearly due to the volcanic properties of the Golan Heights. The maximum depth of the pool is 10 meters, and its waters are used to irrigate the many plantations around it

Segment 3 – From Tel Katza to the Bukata Forest

The fairytale Odem forest, Tel Odem, and a fascinating scoria quarry.

Golan Trail - Hiking Map - Segment 3Distance: 10 km
Level of difficulty: North to south – easy; south to north – easy.
How to get there: Tel Katza (תל קצעא): Drive south from the Masade (מסעדה) village (route 98) and by the 85 km mark turn west onto a dirt road. Park the car by the waymark of the Golan Trail and start hiking.
GPS33º12.946’N 035º45.711’E

Main Landmarks

Odem Forest: It is basically a large area with a highly developed Mediterranean grove,  dominated mainly by Oak trees. Until about 120 years ago, the forest was covered most of the northern Golan Heights, but the trees were mostly cut-down by local residents when living standards rose and the need for wood as raw material was rising. The existing forest is a remnant of that great grove that used to be here, thanks to the Syrian army that used the area for camouflage and training.

Mount Odem: Mount Odem is a dormant volcano in the Golan Heights. The mountain is in the area of the Odem Forest Reserve, located between Massada (Druze Village) in the north and Kibbutz El Rom in the south. The mountain is named after the color of the soil (Odem in Hebrew means Reddish). Mount Odem is part of the Israeli line of mounds. The mountain consists of reddish-purple scoria. There are two mounds to the mountain: one – west and the other – north. At the summit of the mountain, there is an unmanned IDF station for emergencies. On the eastern side, agricultural terraces, which include vineyards.

Segment 4 – From the Bukata Forest to Ba’ab el Hawwa

Combat history in the Valley of Tears and the Golan settlers 5,000 years ago in the Ba’ab el Hawwa.

GT4aDistance: 10 km
Level of difficulty: North to south – easy; south to north – easy.
How to get there: Bukata Forest (יער בוקעתא): From the gasoline station at the south of the village of Bukata (בוקעתא) drive for about 200 meters and turn east onto the main road (the Golan Trail passes through here). Continue another 1,200 m. And at the fork, take the road going south. After about 500 m. You will reach the forest. Along the road, there are mountains of garbage, but further on, the area is clean and pleasant.
GPS33º11.210’N 035º47.408’E

Main Landmarks

Valley of Tears (Oz 77 Memorial): The Valley of Tears (Hebrew: עֵמֶק הַבָּכָא, Emek HaBakha) is the name given to an area in the Golan Heights after it became the site of a major battle in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, known as the Valley (or Vale) of Tears Battle, which was fought between the 6th and 9th of October. Although massively outnumbered, the Israeli forces managed to hold their positions and on the fourth day of the battle, the Syrians withdrew, just as the Israeli defenses were almost at the point of collapse. Further reading: Wikipedia / War History Online

Segment 5 – From Ba’ab el Hawwa  to the Ein Zivan campsite

Water reservoir, climbing the Bental volcano mountain, and a 360° panoramic view.

Avital Mountain, Golan Height, Israel
Avital Mountain By Israel Eshed

 

Sefment 5Distance: 10 km
Level of difficulty: North to south – moderate; south to north – moderate.
How to get there: Ba’ab el Hawwa (באב אל הווא): From the Brown intersection (route 98 and route 959) drive west a bit over 1 km. The entrance to the archeological site of Ba’ab el Hawwa is through a cattle gate north of the road. On the south side of the road, you can see the Merom Golan water reservoir.
GPS33.146233ºN 35.780108ºE

Mount Bental: Altitude: 1165 m. Bental is an extinct volcano. This is one of the best viewpoints on the Golan Trail. It is actually a part of the volcano rim together with the Avital mountain south of it, together they form the crater which has a horseshoe shape with a southern opening that was caused by the lava flow. From the summit, there is an amazing 360° panorama to the plains of the Golan in both Israel and Syria and to mount Hermon. READ MORE…

Segment 6 – From the Ein Zivan  campsite to Mt. Hozek

Hiking from a memorial site to the wind turbines and a beautiful Mediterranean forest on the Bashanit Ridge.

Segment 7Distance: 9 km
Level of difficulty: North to south – easy; south to north – easy.
How to get there: Ein Zivan (עין זיוון) campsite: In front of the entrance to the kibbutz on route 91 near the intersection with road 98. “Hozek” (חוזק) army base intersection: Drive north from the entrance to Alonei Ha’bashan (אלוני הבשן) approximately 1,800 m. Turn east onto a road with the Golan Trail waymark and drive until you reach the turn into the army base.
GPS33.094518ºN 35.797411ºE

Wind Turbines: The Wind turbine farm on Mount Benny Ressan was established in 1992 in collaboration with the “regional water corporation, the Ministry of Energy and Meteorological Service, to generate wind power. It is the first wind turbine farm established in the country, and its wind-blown location is carefully selected to achieve maximum electricity generation. The farm produces 12 million kWh of electricity a year – a quantity sufficient for all Golan Heights residents.

Segment 7 – From Mt. Hozek to Hushnia

From a wooded to a bare ridge and a 1,500 years old small village on a pretty hill overlooking a small water reservoir.

Snow in Golan Height
Bashanit Ridge after Snowfall

 

Golan Trail - Segment 7 mapDistance: 10 km
Level of difficulty: North to south – easy; south to north – easy.
How to get there: “Hozek” (חוזק) army base intersection: Drive north from the entrance to Alonei Ha’bashan (אלוני הבשן) approximately 1,800 m. Turn east onto a road with the Golan Trail waymark and drive until you reach the turn into the army base.
GPS33.051972ºN 35.849359ºE

Mount Hozek: Mount Hozek (Alt 1158 m) is the summit of the Bashanot ridge. This is the easternmost point on the Golan trail and in fact, the easternmost marked trail in Israel. During October two rare wildflowers are blossoming here. The Helmonit and Sitvanit. These two flowers are considered “Rainfall announcers”, since their blossoming is usually occurring just before the first rains of the season.

Segment 8 – From Hushnia to Um el Dananir

Here the cattle fields begin the pastures, the springs, and space as far as the eye can see.

Golan Trail - Segment 8 - Hking MapDistance: 9 km
Level of difficulty: North to south – easy; south to north – easy.
How to get there: Hushnia forest (חורשת חושניה): Drive east on route 87, pass the entrance to the village of Keshet (מושב קשת), continue another 500 m. until you reach a mosque. Turn off the road (carefully, the road drops) and continue for about 200 m. on a dirt road.
GPS32.998313ºN 35.810509ºE

Main Landmarks

Hushnia: Ruins from a Cherkess village that was deserted by its 2000 residents during the six days war in 1967. The Cherkess were people of the North Caucasus, that the ottomans relocated around 1800 to Syria. Near the ruins, there is a tel with remains of a guest house from the 8th century. Some scholars believe that it was a Jewish village during the Talmud period.

Peham Springs: A group of small springs. Habitat for rare fish and small mammals. A nice resting area with shade by the water.

Segment 9 – From Umm el Dananir to the Daliot campsite

Here the streams are formed. Creeks (“masils”), cattle, horses, and 5,000 years old mysterious remains of Rugum El Hiri.

Rujm El Hiri
Rujm El Hiri by Asaf T. [Creative Commons]

Golan Trail segment 9 touring mapDistance: 9 km
Level of difficulty: North to south – easy; south to north – easy.
How to get there: Umm el Dananir (אום אל דנניר): Drive east from the Falls Junction (צומת המפלים) (routes 808 and 87 north of the village of Aniam (מושב אניעם)) about 3.5 km until you reach the intersection with the T.A.P line road Continue 4.2 km on the “Petroleum Road” until you reach a junction with a road leading west to the village of Yonatan (מושב יונתן). Drive 2.2 km on this road until the turn to Yonatan (don’t turn) 250 m. later turn east and drive another 900 m. Along vineyards. Umm el Dananir (אום אל דנניר) is approx. 300 m. north of the road.
GPS32.941323ºN 35.817864ºE

Rujm El Hiri: The name Rujm el-Hiri, “stone heap of the wild cat”, was originally taken from Syrian maps. The term rujm in Arabic can also refer to a tumulus, a heap of stones underneath which human burial space was located. A modern Hebrew name used for the site is Gilgal Refā’īm, “Wheel of Spirits” or “Wheel of Ghosts”.
The site’s size and location, on a wide plateau which is also scattered with hundreds of dolmens, means that an aerial perspective is necessary to see the complete layout. The site was made from Basalt rocks, common in the Golan Heights due to the region’s history of volcanic activity. It is made from 37,500 – 40,000 tons of partly worked stone stacked up to 2 meters (6.6 ft) high. The site is often referred to as the “Stonehenge of the Levant.” Further reading in Wikipedia

Segment 10 – From the Daliot campsite to Umm el Qanatir

Here the cattle fields begin the pastures, the springs, and space as far as the eye can see.

Golan Trail Segment 10 touring mapDistance: 11 km
Level of difficulty: North to south – easy; south to north – moderate.
How to get there: Daliot (דליות) campsite: from the Daliot (דליות) junction (routes 808 and 869) take road 869. Continue on it for approximately 700 m. The campground is located north of the road.
GPS32.894696ºN 35.770103ºE

Old Syrian Bridge: An arched bridge built from black Basalt stones on the Semech stream. A delightful picnic spot to sit in the shade under the bridge by the brook. However, the bridge has also an interesting historic story. The bridge you see is a remnant of the Syrian plan to alter the flow of the stream that feeds the Jordan River. In 1964, the Syrians, who ruled the Golan Heights, attempted to divert the water flowing into the Jordan River, thus preventing them from entering Israel and drying up the Sea of Galilee. The channel was supposed to pass across this bridge. Thanks to precise intelligence provided by the famous spy, Eli Cohen, Israel bombed and destroyed the mechanical equipment that carried out the construction of the canals. The Syrians responded with shelling on the Hula Valley settlements. The story ended with the Six-Day War and the annexation of the Golan into the territory of the State of Israel.

Segment 11 – From Umm el Qanatir  to the Te’ena Stream

A real stream, a magnificent synagogue from the period of the Mishna (3rd to 4th century AD), and the large “Syrian wound”.

Golan trail - segment 11 mapDistance: 11 km
Level of difficulty: North to south – hard; south to north – hard.
How to get there: Umm el Qanatir (אום אל קנאטיר): On route 808 north of Hispin (חספין) turn west towards Natur (נטור). After 3.2 km turn south onto a good dirt road; after 500 m. turn west and continue for another 2 km until you reach a parking area. From here, continue down a footpath through the intriguing archeological site.
GPS32.848733ºN 35.740312ºE

Um El Kantir (Ein Keshatot): An ancient synagogue from the Mishnah and Talmud period, is one of the most impressive and important of this period found in the Land of Israel and one of the highlights along the Golan Trail. In this synagogue, an innovative method of reconstruction was first ever tried. The stones scattered around the site were marked and numbered.  Each stone was scanned with laser technology and its 3D model stored in a database. Later, a computer program virtually reconstructed the building and shows where each stone was originally placed in the structure prior to its collapse. accordingly, the stones were returned to their original location. The result is stunning! READ MORE…

Segment 12 – From the Te’ena Stream to Giva’at Yoav Forest

Views of Lake Kinneret and Old Bnei Yehuda, the first settlement of the Golan Heights from the Ottoman era.

The sea of Galille from the Golan Heights
Sea of Galilee by Israel Eshed

 

Golan Trail segment 12 Hiking mapDistance: 7 km
Level of difficulty: North to south – moderate; south to north – easy.
How to get there: Te’ena stream (נחל תאנה) on route 789: Drive east a bit more than 7 km from the Cursi Junction (צומת כורסי) up road 789; you’ll see a dirt road turning off the road to the west. Here you can safely leave the car and walk down the (dirt?) road approximately 200 m. to the beginning/end of the segment.
GPS32.800625ºN 35.674584ºE

Old Bnei Yehuda: An interesting historical story along the Golan Trail. It was a Jewish community that was located within the boundaries of the Bedouin village of Bir al-Shakum in 1886-1920. The community was established by the Bnei Yehuda Association – a group of people from Safed who decided to establish an independent agricultural settlement. They purchased land from the village and settled right next to the Bedouin houses. But the settlers soon encountered many difficulties – rocky and hardy soil, epidemics and diseases, distance from other Jewish communities, lack of infrastructure and harassment from the residents of the area. The settlement was abandoned and resettled three times, with only one family remaining at all times – the Bernstein family. They were the last Jewish family living in the Golab Heighes (Until 1967). In 1920, the Bernstein family was murdered by local Arabs.

Segment 13 – From Giva’at Yoav Forest to the Golan Amphitheater

Through the Golan villages and the Ein Gev Stream (נחל עין גב) to the watershed line.

Shvil Hagoloan Segemnt 13 touring mapDistance: 5 km
Level of difficulty: North to south – moderate; south to north – moderate.
How to get there: Giva’at Yoav (גבעת יואב): From the western gate of Giva’at Yoav village (מושב גבעת יואב) drive 500 m. until you reach a pine forest and the dirt road turns south to where it meets the Golan Trail.
GPS32.813133ºN 35.685107ºE

Segment 14 – From the Golan Amphitheater to Mevo Hama

Huge Tavor Oaks and  Rock Hyraxes along Wadi Meitzar and a glance towards our neighbors to the east.

Oak Tree in Wadi Meizar
Oak Tree in Wadi Meizar By Israel Eshed

 

Shvil Hagolan segment 14 hiking mapDistance: 7 km.
Level of difficulty: North to south – moderate; south to north – easy.
Getting there: The Amphitheater is located on route 98 south of Kibbutz Afik (קיבוץ אפיק), near the road junction with Susita (סוסיתא) (between the 21-22 km mark).
GPS32.769026, 35.692635

Wadi Meitzar: Nahal Meitzar is the largest of the riverbeds that run from the southern Golan Heights to the Yarmuk Valley. Growing on its slopes is a wonderful park forest with a combination of Mediterranean and desert plants. In winter, the slopes are covered with green and in spring they are carpeted with beautiful flowers. Further Reading

Segment 15 – From Mevo Hama to Ein Taufik

On a cliff 500 m above lake Kinneret, paragliders fly and a lovely spring at the end of the Trail.

Shvil Hagoloan segment 15 touring mapDistance: 5 km
Level of difficulty: North to south – moderate; south to north – moderate.
How to get there: Kibbutz Mevo Hama (קיבוץ מבוא חמה): on route 98 in the south part of the Golan Heights.
GPS32.733769ºN 35.655187ºE

The endpoint of the Golan Trail: Ein Taufik (עין תאופיק) Junction on route 98: on the road leading up from Hamat Gader (חמת גדר) to Kibbutz Mevo Hama (קיבוץ מבוא חמה).
GPS32.699164ºN 35.647872ºE

The main highlight of this section is great views from the cliff to the Sea of Galilee 400 meters below.


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Golan Trail FAQ’s


Are there companies organizing hikes on the Golan Trail?

Israel by Foot offers a Self-Guided Inn to Inn style travel along the trail with luggage transfer and accommodation in local B&B’s

What is the length of the Golan Trail?

About 125 Kilometers.

How many days does it take to walk the Golan Trail?

5-8 days depending on your pace.

What is the best season to hike the Golan Trail?

March-April when the chance of rain is small and temperatures are not too hot.

Is the trail way-marked?
Israel Hiking trails waymarkers

The trail is very well marked with a While/Blue/Green blazes.

What is the highest elevation on the trail?

1400 meters ASL. The starting point on the slopes of Mount Hermon.