Sea Level Community to Khirbet al-Mird


This journey follows through large uninhabited areas, filled with beautiful panoramic vistas.

This section of the trail begins at the desert sanctuary of Nabi Musa, dating to the 13th century, that is remembered as the final resting place of the prophet Moses in the Islamic tradition. The site consists of the tomb and a mosque, and a spacious compound built around them.

The path continues in a deep valley along an old pilgrim route. Then from the mountain which overlooks Jericho, and the Dead Sea hikers can view beautiful landscapes below. Along the route hikers will meet Bedouins with their camels and sheep. At the end of this section of the trail awaits Khirbet al-Mird (Hyrcania in Greek), the mysterious fortress commonly attributed to the Hasmonean leader John Hyrcanus, who is said to have built it toward the end of the second century BC.

Distance: 15.00 Km
Time: 5-6 hours Hours
Challenge: Moderate
Food And Water

For the hike take:

  • at least 3 liters of water
  • snack

Khirbet al-Mird can be reached by walk or 4 x 4 car

Notes And Tips

Check the weather before you go. Always remember about sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses). During the summer season wear light but modest clothes. During the winter season remember about a warmer jacket – mornings and evenings are usually cold.

  • Topo map
  • Map legend
  • Walking notes
  • Elevation profile
  • GPX File