Sea Level Community to Khirbet al-Mird

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

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.

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 old pilgrim routes. 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.

Meet The People:

Jericho Guides

Jericho - Naser Ka’abneh
Jericho - Jameel Hamadin
Bethlehem - Nidal Rishmawi

Women Associations in Jericho 

Aqbat Jaber Women’s Center
Al-’Auja Women’s Association
Photos of Jericho Region
Sea Level to Khirbet Al-Mird
  • Distance: 15.10km
  • Time: 5-6 hours
  • Challenge: Moderate
Stage Logistics

For the hike take:

at least 3 liters of water

  • Khirbet al-Mird Bedouin Tent / Cave

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

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.

Stop by Women’s Center in Aqbat Jaber Refugee Camp to stamp your Hiker Passport and possibly purchase locally made goods.