Tuqu’ To Ar-Rashayida


After a visit to world heritage sites, the Old City of Bethlehem and Nativity Church, follow the fertile valley of Artas towards Tuqu’.

This hike will take you from Tuqu through Wadi el-Jihar to Arab Ar-Rashaiyda village. Here in Bedouin lands you will see their camels and livestock in pastures. The path descends into the spectacular Wadi el-Jihar, a deep limestone canyon in the desert. The caves there have been used for homes for a long time.
The hike from Tuqu’ to Wadi el-Jihar will take about 4 hours; the terrain is rocky, with a few small climbs. Once you emerge from the valley and come to Arab Rr-Rashayida village, you will have the opportunity to try a traditional Palestinian meal at one of the homestays there.

Distance: 24.00 Km
Time: 7-9 Hours
Challenge: Difficult
Food And Water

For the hike take:

  • at least 3 liters of water
  • snack

Tuqu’ can be reached from Bethlehem with a shared taxi for around 5 NIS.
‘Arab ar-Rashayida can be reached with a private taxi or car.

Notes And Tips

Remember about sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses)

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