The Israel National Trail -INT called in Hebrew Shvil Israel is a project that will make possible to walk and hike through the whole country from Tel Dan on the Lebanese border in the North to the city of Eilat in the south.
The scenery varies so much that you can think you are hiking a whole continent. It is well divided into segments to make the completion easier.
The National Trail an adventure for people of all ages
The Israel National Trail from Dan to Eilat
It zigzags its way from the border with Lebanon via the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and the Negev Desert all the way through the Arabah to Eilat on the shores of the Red Sea.
It consists of 1000 Km of marked trail through rivers in the north to the wilderness of the landscape of the Negev Desert in the south, passing through the modern city of Tel Aviv and the holy City of Jerusalem
Once you visit the Sea of Galilee or the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth Israel you will be brought back to the time when Jesus walked these same trails. Close your eyes and you may see all the Bible stories of your childhood unfold in front of you.
You have many options how to do this trail. You may take supplies for five days or for one day and resupply daily.
The English language is widely spoken in Israel so it is easy for you to communicate. Due to time restriction some people chose a sector of the Trail and on a second visit they do another one. Take into consideration that it may take between 40 to 60 days to complete the trail.Click here to Share your Story
Dan Stream one of the tributaries of the Jordan River
The Israel National Trail was inaugurated in 1994
The Israel National Trails was officially inaugurated by the late President Ezer Weizman in 1994. In 2003 a portion was diverted from the Sharon area and now runs along the coast. Many reasons caused this diversion; among them the construction of the expressway # 6 known as Kvish Shesh or Rabin Expressway, among other considerations.
For those who wish to walk through only part of it, the Israel National Trail website divides the entire route into 11 smaller sections:
The Biblical Mount Tabor rising proud in the Galilee
Best time to Hike the trail
The best times are October to mid December and February to mid May. During the spring the north landscape is very green and you’ll see flowers blooming sometimes making a real carpet of flowers. In the northern part of the trail you may experience rain in northern Israel, so it’s better to be warned.
Once the hiker reaches the Negev Desert the scenery is different
mt tabot by elia zahavi
mitzpe ramon by daniel baranek
dan stream by yuval mendelson
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Flowers in the Negev