The Israel National Trail is one of the most beautiful long-distance hiking trails in the world, according to National Geographic. Over more than 1000 km, the Shivil Israel, as the trail is called by Israelis, winds through the Holy Land. The trail changes character several times: it offers unique and impressive landscapes as well as diverse nature - from rich vegetation in northern Israel and a Mediterranean coastal landscape around Tel Aviv to the suburbs of Jerusalem and the two imposing desert landscapes of the Judean Desert and the Negev.
In the north, the trail is characterised by sometimes large ascents and descents, in the centre the trail runs through flat regions and along the Mediterranean Sea - with the exception of the rocky ascent to Jerusalem - and in the south of the country, often rocky and impassable paths lead through wadis and gorges as well as into the mountains around Eilat. Mostly the route runs mostly on easy to moderately difficult paths. However, there are also numerous climbing sections where you have to use your hands, such as in the Carmel Mountains or the Negev Desert.
The Israel National Trail avoids the big cities, with the exception of the coastal promenade, but towns are frequently crossed or touched upon, so that the supply of water and food is assured on large parts of the trail - except in the desert region. In the desert, on the other hand, there are extremely few opportunities to get water. Depending on the route planning, there are ten to thirteen night camps without water supply on the way through the Negev Desert. Here it is advisable to create secret food depots with water in advance or to bury them or to have them created or delivered by a so-called "cacher" or "service provider"
The long-distance trail is not an easy undertaking. Those who want to hike the INT should be physically extremely well trained and well prepared. It is advisable to plan around six to eight weeks for a complete hike. The trail leads exclusively over Israeli territory and through all regions of the country except the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights - safety first here too.
Rest stopsTel Dan National Park
Nahal Amud Nature Reserve
Joshua Gardens Park
Tel Afek National Park
גן לאומי בית גוברין - מרשה
Nekhoshtan Lake Timna
Safety informationDepending on the stage and temperature, you should take at least 5 l to 8 l of water per day with you! Especially in the Negev desert, it is advisable to secure your water supply in advance
Getting thereHow to get there:
From Tel Aviv, take Route 5 east out of the city, continue on Route 6 north, follow Route 70, Route 75, Route 77, Route 65 and Route 90 to Dan.
From Eilat, follow Route 1, Route 6, Route 25 and Route 90 north to Tel Aviv.
EquipmentIn addition to the normal equipment for a long-distance hike, be sure to pack the following: sturdy shoes, rain jacket, sun hat, sunglasses, sun cream.
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