Khirbet al-Mird to Tal al-Qamar

Tal al-Qamar which in Arabic means Hill of the Moon, remote from the hustle and bustle of the city life, is a perfect spot to watch a full moon or stargaze.

Warning: Travelers are advised not to hike this stage alone or in small groups due to security risks near Khirbet al-Mird. It’s highly recommended to be accompanied by one of the certified guides that are listed on Palestine Heritage Trail website for your safety.

The winding trail takes hikers down into the Kidron Valley full of various in size caves that in the Byzantine times were inhabited by monks. There can be also found a spectacular Mar Saba Monastery with few Byzantine wilderness monasteries matching its serenity and beauty. The cluster was named after Saint Saba (439-532 AD), who settled in a cave opposite the site to live in complete seclusion. The area is a perfect spot to take a break and enjoy the view and the atmosphere.

The trail then takes walkers through hills and valleys leading to the Tal al-Qamar area. There, in the middle of the wilderness, can be found a guesthouse with a Bedouin type like lounge where hikes can have a homemade meal, relax and overnight

Service Providers

Bethlehem Guides

Bethlehem - Wi’am Al-Masalha
Bethlehem - Usama Zughbi
Bethlehem - Riziq Ghyada
Bethlehem - Nidal Rishmawi
Bethlehem - Nadine Al-Yateem
Bethlehem - Muhammad Al-Qurna

 Women Associations in Bethlehem

Tuqu’ Women’s Center
Shawawreh Women’s Association
Ezariya - Cooperative of Rural Development
Dar Salah Women’s Association
Bethlehem - Nabd Women Center
Beit Sahour - Arab Women's Union
Photos of Bethlehem Region
Khirbet al-Mird to Tal al-Qamar
  • Distance: 11.20km
  • Time: 4-5 hours
  • Challenge: Moderate
Stage Logistics

For the hike take:

at least 3 liters of water

Khirbet al-Mird can be reached by walk or 4 x 4 car
Tal al-Qamar can be reached by a private taxi or car
Mar Saba can be reached by a private taxi or car from Bethlehem
There is a public transportation between Bethlehem and Dar Salah (close to Tal al-Qamar) or Al-Ubeydiya (close to Mar Saba). The cost is around 5 NIS.

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.