Hermon from the Bashanit Ridge

Inn to Inn Hiking / Backpacking the Golan Trail

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


How would you like to Hike the Golan Trail?

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 Inn to Inn Trekking with Logistic support and Luggage transfer

Trek Metrics
Distance132 Km
Number of hiking Days7
Short Version4 Days / 60 Km
LevelModerate
BestMar - Apr
PossibleOct - May
Price From:499 USD / Person
Based on:
4 Days version.
Group Size of 4.
Two hikers in a room.
Trek is on Weekdays.
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Price Includes:

  • Accommodation

  • Breakfast (Except if otherwise specified).

  • Daily luggage transfer from one accommodation to the next.

  • Car Shuttles during the Trek.

  • 24/7 Customer service.

  • Printed Hiking maps for each day.

  • GPS Cellphone App for navigation with our Walking notes.

  • Detailed Briefing meeting at your accommodation on the 1st day.

  • (Transportation to/From the Start/End point is not Included)

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Inn to Inn Trekking the Golan trail with luggage transfer

Inn to Inn Itinerary

General:

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 (Kibbuz, Moshav, Artists village) that provide perfect lodging locations and an opportunity to visit different communities.

  • It not possible to start this trek on Wednesdays & Thursdays!
  • The Golan trail starts at 1400 m ASL and finished after 7 days and 130 Km at 200 m ASL.
  • An average day is 19 Km long and descends about 170 m (with a occasional ups and downs in between) and Most of the trail is on very easy terrain.
  • As a result although the daily distance is long the overall difficulty is not more than medium.
  • On the longer and tougher day we offer an option to split them or shorten them (At extra cost)
  • Most of the accommodations are less than 2 km from the trail. You will have to walk to/from the trail to the accommodation each day. Hence, the difference between the total length of the Golan trail which is 123 Km to the Trek length which is about 134 km
  • On days where the accommodation’s distance is longer, we will provide a taxi transfer to/from the trail to the accommodation. (Included in the price).
  • Our lodging covers a diversity of settlement types: Kibbutz, Moshav, Religious Collective Moshav and an artist village.
  • For a more detailed description of each day, refer to the segment by segment section below.

Day 0 –  Moshav Odem:

  • We will meet in the afternoon/evening for a detailed briefing meeting to discus all aspects of the trek, provide you with maps and make sure that the GPS app function properly.
  • Preferred Lodging: Odem Country Lodging.
  • In the next morning a Taxi will take you to the trail  head on mount Hermon.

Day 1 – Hermon to Moshav Odem:

  • Hiking: 18 Km (Segments 1,2 & 3)
  • Starting Point: Heromn Parking lot, 1400 m.
  • End Point: Moshav Odem, 1100 m.
  • Overnight: Odem
  • Preferred Lodging: Odem Country Lodging (1 Km from the trail)

Day 2 – Odem to Kibbutz Merom Golan:

  • Hiking: 17 Km (Segments 3,4 & 5)
  • Starting Point: Odem, 1100 m.
  • End Point: Kibbutz Merom Golan, 980 m.
  • Overnight: Merom Golan.
  • Preferred Lodging:  Merom Golan Resolrt Village. (2 Km from the trail)

Day 3 – Kibbutz Merom Golan  to Aloney Habashan:

Day 4 -Aloney Habashan to Daliyot Junction:

  • Hiking: 12 Km (Segments 6 & 7)
  • Starting Point: Aloney Habashan , 970 m.
  • End Point: Hushniya, 700 m.
  • Overnight: Aniam Artists Village. (13 Km from the trail via a taxi shuttle).
  • Preferred Lodging: A local B&B.
  • This is a shorter hiking day. Enjoy the afternoon exploring the Galleries and Cafes in the artists quarter of Aniam.

Day 5 -Hushniya to Daliyot Junction:

  • Hiking: 18 Km (Segments 8 & 9)
  • Starting Point: Hushniya , 700 m.
  • End Point: Daliyot Junction , 450 m.
  • Overnight: Aniam Artists Village. (13 Km from the trail via a taxi shuttle).
  • Preferred Lodging: A local B&B
  • The end of the trail is 3 km from the the Gamla natural reserve, where you can see Israel 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).
  • If 24 Km is too much for you, the hike can be shortened to 18 km with the aid of a taxi shuttle (At extra cost).
  • Starting Point: Daliyot Junction , 450 m.
  • End Point: Moshav Bnei Yehuda, 350 m.
  • Overnight: Moshav Bnei Yehuda. (0.5 Km from the trail).
  • Preferred Lodging: Genghis Khan Mongolian tents village.

Day 7 -Bnei Yehuda to Ein Taufik:

  • Hiking: 21.5 Km (Segments 13, 14 & 15).
  • If 21.5 km is too much for you, this day can be split into 2 days of 15 & 6.5 km. (At an extra charge)
  • 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.

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

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Camping / Budget Trekking with luggage transfer

Trek Metrics
Distance134 Km
Number of hiking Days6
LevelModerate
BestMar - Apr
PossibleOct - May
Price From:420 USD / Person
Based on:
Group Size of 4.
Using your own tent.
Trek is on Weekdays.
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Price Includes:

  • Sleeping at well organized campgrounds

  • Daily luggage transfer from one campground to the next.

  • 24/7 Customer service.

  • Printed Hiking maps for each day.

  • GPS Cellphone App for navigation with our GPS files.

  • Detailed Briefing meeting at your accommodation on the 1st day.

  • (Transportation to/From the Start/End point is not Included)

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Camping map on the Golan Trail

 

Camping Itinerary

General:

  • It not possible to start the trek on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays!
  • All sleeping campground are well organized and will usually provide: hot showers, common kitchen, mattresses, grocery shop, etc..
  • It is better to bring your own tent, but in all of them there is also an option to sleep in modest cabins or a common tent. (At extra charge).
  • The Golan trail starts at 1400 m ASL and finished after 7 days and 130 Km at 200 m ASL.
  • An average day is 19 Km long and descends about 170 m (with a occasional ups and downs in between) and Most of the trail is on very easy terrain.
  • As a result although the daily distance is long the overall difficulty is not more than medium.
  • Most of the accommodations are less than 2 km from the trail. You will have to walk to/from the trail to the accommodation each day. Hence, the difference between the total length of the Golan trail which is 123 Km to the Trek length which is about 134 km
  • On days where the accommodation’s distance is longer, we will provide a taxi transfer to the trail head. But at the end of the hike you will have to hitchhike back to the accommodation. .
  • For a more detailed description of each day, refer to the segment by segment section below.

Day 0 –  Moshav Odem:

  • We will meet in the afternoon/evening for a detailed briefing meeting to discus all aspects of the trek, provide you with maps and make sure that the GPS app function properly.
  • Preferred Lodging: Deer Forest
  • In the next morning a Taxi will take you to the trail  head on mount Hermon.

Day 1 – Hermon to Moshav Odem:

  • Hiking: 18 Km (Segments 1,2 & 3)
  • Starting Point: Heromn Parking lot, 1400 m.
  • End Point: Moshav Odem, 1100 m.
  • Overnight: Odem
  • Preferred Lodging: Deer Forest (1 Km from the trail)

Day 2 – Odem to Kibbutz Ein Zivan:

  • Hiking: 24.5 Km (Segments 3,4 & 5)
  • Starting Point: Odem, 1100 m.
  • End Point: Kibbutz Ein Zivan, 980 m.
  • Overnight: Ein Zivan.
  • Preferred Lodging Ein Zivan Campground (On the trail).
    This is the only non-organized campsite along our route. Meaning there are no running water, no shower, no electricity! However, you can get water, food  and advise if needed at Kibbutz Ein Zivan just across the road. If you prefer, you can hitchhike back to Odem and spend another night there. (At an extra cost). In such a case in the morning a Taxi will bring you back to Ein Zivan to continue the Trek. (Without any extra cost).

Day 3 – Ein Zivan to Keshet:

  • Hiking: 22.5 Km (Segments 5 & 6).
  • Starting Point: Ein Zivan Golan, 980 m.
  • End Point: Religious Moshav Keshet, 700 m.
  • Overnight: Keshet.
  • Preferred Lodging: Keshet Yonatan Camping (2 Km from the trail).

Day 4 – Keshet to Daliyot Junction:

  • Hiking: 22 Km (Segments 6 & 7)
  • Starting Point: Aloney Habashan , 970 m.
  • End Point: Daliyon Junction, 450 m.
  • Overnight: Keshet. (Return by hitchhiking)
  • Preferred Lodging: Keshet Yonatan Camping (2 Km from the trail).

Day 5 – Daliyot Junction to Bnei Yehuda:

  • Hiking: 24 Km (Segments 10, 11 & 12).
  • Starting Point: Daliyot Junction , 450 m.
  • End Point: Moshav Bnei Yehuda, 350 m.
  • Overnight: Moshav Bnei Yehuda. (0.5 Km from the trail).
  • Preferred Lodging: Genghis Khan Mongolian tents village.

Day 6 – Bnei Yehuda to Ein Taufik:

  • Hiking: 21.5 Km (Segments 13, 14 & 15).
  • Starting Point: Moshav Bnei Yehuda, 350 m.
  • End Point: Ein Taufik 200 m. (End of the Golan trail)
  • At t the end of the trail hitchhike back to Bnei Yehuda to pick up your luggage.

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

  • Camping along the Golan trail

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

It is not recommended to walk the trail without the hikers map no. 1 (Upper Galilee and the Golan Heights). The sketch maps are given for orientation only and should not substitute the map.

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 sings are placed at main junctions.

Logistics

The straight, not circular, form of the trail necessitates the use of two vehicles. The beginning and end of each segment is easily accessible with a car. At the start of each hike, go with a 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.

Downloads:

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

Safety:

All our safty guidelines apply also on 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 Trail-Head: 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.

Segment 1 – From Mt. Hermon to Nimrod

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

Distance: 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

Golan trail hiking map segment 1


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

Distance: 7 km
Level of difficulty: North to 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

Golan Trail Hiking map - Sefment 2


Segment 3 – From Tel Katza to the Bukata Forest

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

Distance: 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

Golan Trail - Hiking Map - Segment 3


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.

Distance: 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 a 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

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

Water reservoir, climbing the Bental volcano mountain and a view to the four winds.

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

Distance: 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

Sefment 5


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.

Distance: 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 route 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

Segment 7


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 Sonwfall

Distance: 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

Golan Trail - Segment 7 map


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.

Distance: 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

Golan Trail - Segment 8 - Hking Map


Segment 9 – From Umm el Dananir to the Daliot campsite

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

Rujm El Hiri
Rujm El Hiri by Asaf T. [Creative Commons]
Distance: 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 an intersection 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

Golan Trail segment 9 touring map


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.

Distance: 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 route 869. Continue on it for approximately 700 m. the campsite is located north of the road.
GPS32.894696ºN 35.770103ºE

Golan Trail Segment 10 touring map


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”.

Distance: 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

Golan trail - segment 11 map


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

Distance: 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 route 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

Golan Trail segment 12 Hiking map


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.

Distance: 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

Shvil Hagoloan Segemnt 13 touring map


Segment 14 – From the Golan Amphitheater to Mevo Hama

Huge Mt. Tavor Oaks, Rock Hyraxes, deer and a glance towards our neighbors to the east.

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

Distance: 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

Shvil Hagolan segment 14 hiking map


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.

Distance: 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

Shvil Hagoloan segment 15 touring map

End point 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