Israel: Sea to Sea Trek

Israel: Cycle and Trek

ISRAEL
SEA TO SEA TREK
 

25 Oct – 1 Nov 2019

8 days/5 days trekking/98km

The Yam L’ Yam Hike (Sea to Sea) is one of the most popular trekking trails in Israel literally crossing the country from west to east, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Sea of Galilee, crossing some of Israel’s most beautiful scenery in the Western Galilee and Upper Galilee regions. The trail starts in the city of Nahariya on Israel’s Mediterranean Coast, in the Western Galilee region of the country and heads directly inland through the flat Coastal Plain, and the fields belonging to kibbutzim and moshavim who grow a huge variety of crops. As the Coastal Plain is left behind, the terrain begins to pick up and the final glimpse of the first sea (the Mediterranean) is left behind. You will pass the Montfort Fortress. Heading from Abirim, the trail continues east until the village of Fassuta, when it turns south winding its way past the villages of Elkosh and Hurfesh and towards Mount Meron. Following this is largely the descent down to the Sea of Galilee (the lowest freshwater lake on earth!) passing the famous city of Safed and ending on the shores of the Sea of Galilee just north of Kibbutz Ginosar.

 

Itinerary

Day 1Friday 25 October
Depart London to Ben Gurion airport. Transfer to the hotel where we will be staying for the next two nights and meet the team who will answer any questions. Shabbat dinner.
Day 2Saturday 26 October
Day of leisure. We’ll meet for dinner in the evening and go through all logistics for the start of tomorrow’s Sea to Sea trek.
Day 3Sunday 27 October
Akziv Beach – Abirim Camp 22km/8hrs
Today we have an early start with a two hour transfer to Akziv beach. Leaving the beach area of Akziv behind we join the trail through banana and avocado groves. We follow a road for 3km to reach the next section of the trail which takes us to the base of Montoforte Castle, our lunch stop. After lunch we continue trekking until we arrive at a fresh water pool with time for a refreshing dip before we start the uphill climb to Abirim. This climb takes us through the forest to our accommodation for the next four nights. Here we will have time to familiarise ourselves with the camp site, have hot showers and relax by the fire before a hearty dinner and briefing for the following day.
Day 4Monday 28 October
Abirim – Mt Meron 22km/8hrs
After breakfast we leave the camp site and trek around the surrounding hills over rocks and through bushes to our first rest stop. The trail takes us uphill until we start to wind our way back down to our lunch spot. Upon reaching a road we can replenish on snacks before heading under the bridge to continue our trek through the beautiful scenic countryside in the Meron Nature Reserve. We wind our way along the valley to another uphill forest for the final stretch before we arrive at the base of Mt Meron. Here we meet our private transfer back to the camp site in Abirim.
Day 5Tuesday 29 October
Mt Meron – Nachal Amud 24km/8hrs
After breakfast our private transfer will take us to the base of Mt Meron, where we finished yesterday’s trek. Here we begin our ascent of Mt Meron. This climb will take a few hours and includes rest stops at some beautiful viewing points of the upper Galil and over the Golan towards Mt Hermon. Once we reach the summit of Mt Meron (+1,200m) we start our long descent down to the Kineret (-210m). We spend the rest of the morning walking alongside Vineyards and Byzantine ruins to our lunch spot under a beautiful tree with a great view of Tzfat (Safed) ahead of us. After lunch we have a rocky descent until we pick up the start of Nachal Amud, which we will be following for the remainder. The terrain can become tricky at times, especially in the dry river bed. When we reach Seckvi Pools we ascent the long rocky steps before meeting our private transfer back to the camp site in Abirim.
Day 6Wednesday 30 October
Nachal Amud – Gesher Amud 15km/6hrs
After breakfast our private transfer will take us back at Seckvi Pools, the most technical day of the trek. We will walk alongside Nachal Amud before arriving at the start of the 4km technical section which will see us using metal hand rails, metal ladder and metal hand and foot holds. With a slow pace and plenty of help from our experienced guides this will be challenging yet fun! Once complete we trek over flat ground to the car park at Gesher Amud before meeting our private transfer back to the camp site in Abirim.
Day 7Thursday 31 October
Gesher Amud – The Kineret 15km/6hrs
After breakfast our private transfer will take us back to Gesher Amud, where we continue our trek along Nachal Amud. The path is undulating and will see us cross the dry river bed numerous times. The valley gets wider until we reach the start of the Nachal where we stand under the mighty stone Amud (Column), where the Nachal gets its name. From here we exit the valley and trek towards the Kineret, ending as we started through banana groves. We cross the main road into Kibbutz Ginnosar and make our way down to the beach at the Kineret. After a quick dip in the waters we meet our private transfer and start our journey back down to Herzliya, to the hotel, where we celebrate the end of our trekking adventure.
Day 8Friday 1 November
Day of departure
 

What’s included

Airport transfers if taking the recommended flight.
Accommodation. 7 nights twin-sharing in hotels and camping. Limited singles available on request.
All meals (except for lunch on non-trekking days) private chef will provide kosher meals (not kashrut certificated).
Fully supported trek with professional guides, trek leader and doctor.
FREE Norwood trek jersey.

What’s not included

Your flights. We will advise on the recommended flights following registration. You will be flying into Ben Gurion.
Travel insurance.
Any personal expenses, drinks, tips and gratuities.
 

How challenging is it?

This is a challenging event and involves long walking days of up to 8 hours. A reasonable level of fitness is required and you will need to have a good level of endurance with an ability to sustain the level of effort required over a period of days. There will be both ascents and descents and the use of metal hand rails, metal ladder and metal hand and foot holds. You should be doing regular exercise – with hill training. This trek is a challenge but achievable for everyone.

 

Any questions?

Talk to Julie on 020 8420 6811 or email julie.braithwaite@norwood.org.uk

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