From Aricha vilage and over a small hill the path leading to Mitzpe Ramon will take us through vines and nearby a military base. Right after the last vineyard we’ll go up a small range from which we will look over the Egyptian border to the west and the Arabah to the east. From there we’ll proceed to Mitzpe Ramon itself though not from the main road’s side. Our path will take us straight up the Gamal Mt. Gamal in hebrew means a camel and the mountain was named after his hump-like shape. An outlook on the top of the hump provides a spectacular view of the Ramon crater. From here on a beautiful promenade on the cliff edge will bring us the rest of the way to the visitor’s center. The Mitzpe Ramon Visitor Center offers interactive exhibits explaining the natural processes which led to the creation of the crater as well as information about its fauna and flora.


Distance: 11.9 km

Time: 4 hours

Physical Challenge: Easy

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Waymarked: yes

Trail Map



Beer Shava to Mizpa Ramon (75km, 70 min)

bus no. 64, 65, 60, 160

LocationNameDescriptionOpening Hours  


Mitzpe Ramon

Supersal DealBig and Cheap Supermarket08:00-19:0008:00-14:00Closed
Mitzpe Ramon
CafenetoCafe, Serving Sandwiches, Salads and Pastries08:00-21:0008:00-15:00Closed
Mitzpe Ramon
HaHavitRestaurant and Bar14:00-24:0010:00-16:00Closed
Mitzpe Ramon
HadasaarOrganic Vegeterian & Vegan RestaurantSun-Wed 08:00-21:00Thu&Fri 08:00-23:0008:00-22:00
Mitzpe Ramon
HaKatzeHome Food Restaurant09:30-20:30
Mitzpe Ramon
FanjiaMeat, Fish and Dairy Restaurant08:00-14:0008:00-16:0019:00-02:00
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
1Midreshet Ben GurionSde Boker Field SchoolDouble Rooms and Family Roomssingle - 320
couple - 420
extra adult - 150
Order in advance+972 (0)8-653-2016
2AbdehEid’s Bedouin TentTraditional Shared Accommodation Tent200NIS/person, half-board+972-53-7762166
2AbdehYa Halla CampTraditional Shared Accommodation Tent200NIS/person, half-board+972-543510824
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
5Mitzpe RamonGreen Backpackers HostelHostel Dorm: 88NIS
Double: 285NIS

Double Economy: 275NIS
Twin/Triple/Quad: 300-500NIS
Cooking facilities+972 (0)8-653-2319
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
Things to See

1. Mitzpe Ramon – A pleasant town sitting right on the edge of the gorgeous Ramon crater. The town specializes in tourism and offers a wide range of accommodations and services.

2. Ramon Crater – The world’s largest makhtesh (crater created by erosion), one of the natural wonders of the middle east. Together with magnificent panorama it presents an astounding encounter with the desert and the self, alltogether mounting to a spiritual experience.


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