The day is consecrated to Bik’at Zin’s (Zin valley) cliffs and springs, some of the most overwhelming in the Negev.

 We start by crossing over to the other side of Nahal Zin’s dry riverbed. A short yet challenging steep climb will get us right up on the Divshon plateau. The stunning views of the desert will accompany us as we walk the plateau along the edge of Bik’at Zin. We will enjoy Bedouin tea and coffee and take a peek at a huge dry horseshoe waterfall before we’ll start heading down to our day’s highlight, Ein Akev. Ein Akev is a spectacular oasis, engulfing one of the biggest and deepest springs in the Negev desert. After bathing in the spring’s cold clear water we’ll head uphill to Ovdat plateua. The trail will tell us of ancient farmers, winding through the remains of fields and terraces. We will also pass by another oasis, Ein Akev Elion, resembling a little green island in the sea of desert yellow. Bedouin hospitality and even a smal grocery store will await us at the end of the day in lovely Ovdat village.

stage 2 : MIDRESHET BEN GURION TO ABDEH

Distance: 16.5 km

Time: 6 hours

Physical Challenge: Moderate

Trail Difficulty: Moderate

Waymarked: yes

Trail map

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Transportation

Beer Shava to Midreshet Sde Boker (52km, 50 min)

bus no. 64, 65, 60, 160

all buses stops at Ovdat gas station, about 10 min after Midreshet Sde Boker.

Accommodations
StageLocationNameDescriptionPriceBreakfast and DinnerContact Information
1Merhav AmKhan Merhav AmDesert Inn with both tents and roomsWeekdays: 80 PP
weekends:100 pp


Order in advance+972 (0)8-657-1963
mimidbar@gmail.com
1Midreshet Ben GurionSde Boker Field SchoolDouble Rooms and Family Roomssingle - 320
couple - 420
extra adult - 150
Order in advance+972 (0)8-653-2016
orders.boker@gmail.com
2AbdehEid’s Bedouin TentTraditional Shared Accommodation Tent200NIS/person, half-board+972-53-7762166
2AbdehYa Halla CampTraditional Shared Accommodation Tent200NIS/person, half-board+972-543510824
bedouinhospitality@gmail.com
3HavaSalaam Abu Bliya’s TentTraditional Shared Accommodation Tent200NIS/person, half-board +972 (0)50-542-3523
*Arabic and Hebrew only
4Arikha Farhan TentTraditional Shared Accommodation Tent200NIS/person, half-board050-5338381
*Arabic and Hebrew only
4Arikha Salman Sadan’s Tent Traditional Shared Accommodation Tent200NIS/person, half-board+972 (0)54-600-1357
4Arikha Muhammad Hareinik’s TentTraditional Shared Accommodation Tent200NIS/person, half-board +972 (0)54-533-8381
*Arabic and Hebrew only
5Mitzpe RamonSilent ArrowComunal Dormitory Tent
Communal tent (mattress provided): 80NIS
Single hut: 150NIS
Double hut: 250NIS
Cooking facilities+972 (0)52-661-1561
hetzbasheket@gmail.com
5Mitzpe RamonGreen Backpackers HostelHostel Dorm: 88NIS
Double: 285NIS

Double Economy: 275NIS
Twin/Triple/Quad: 300-500NIS
Cooking facilities+972 (0)8-653-2319
greenbmr@gmail.com
5Mitzpe RamonDesert ShadeEco Mud HutsSingle: 200NIS
Double: 300NIS
Available+972 (0)8-658-6229
6Makhtesh RamonBe’erot Night CampcampgroundCamping in private tent/under basic shelter: 16NIS
Bedouin-style tent with mattress: 75 NIS
n/a+972 (0)8-628-0404
Amenities
LocationNameDescriptionOpening Hours  
Sun-ThuFridaySaturday
Midreshet Ben-GurionSuper ZinSupermarket. Not so big but has everything08:00-19:0008:00-14:00Closed
Midreshet Ben-GurionCna'aniaSandwiches and PastriesMon,Tue 08:00-15:00 Wed, Thu 08:00-16:0008:00-14:00Closed
Midreshet Ben-GurionFalafel PlusFalafels and Pitas10:00-18:00ClosedClosed
Midreshet Ben-GurionJuma'sRestaurant & BarMon-Sat 19:00-24:00
Sunday Closed
HummusTue&Fri 12:00-15:00
Midreshet Ben-GurionPizza DominoPizzas
Ovdat Village
Grocery Store
Small Store with a Basic Selection
10:00-16:00
Ovdat Service Station
AromaCafe, Serving Sandwiches, Salads and Pastries
07:00-22:00
07:00-16:0009:00-22:00
Ovdat Service Station
McDonaldsyou know what it is 09:30-21:0010:00-16:0011:00-22:00
Ovdat Service StationYellowConvenience Store24/7
Things to See

1. Midreshet Sde Boker – A community settlement surrounding an educational center, the burial place of Ben Gurion and the trailhead of dozens of hikes in the area.

2. Ein Akev – A spectacular oasis, engulfing one of the biggest and deepest springs in the Negev desert.

3. Kfar Ovdat – The biggest Bedouin village in the area. Offers tent accommodation, has a small grocery store and a school.

maps
GPS

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Photos

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Israel, Negev. Ruins of Avdat, built in the 1st century by the Nabateans. A world Heritage Site as part of the Spice Route

Israel, Negev. Ruins of Avdat, built in the 1st century by the Nabateans. A world Heritage Site as part of the Spice Route

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