A challenging day out of civilization and into the heart of the breathtaking Ramon crater. Its a long hike with plenty of ups and downs, penetrating the inequivalent landscape of the makhtesh.
The trail is actually section 39 of the Israel National Trail and so we will be following the orange-white-blue trail marks.
Prism-shaped rocks, colorful sands and an abundance of fossils are just a few of the things we’ll come across on this strenuous path. Water is not one of them so we’ll carry alot on our backs.
We will make it to Beerot campground by dusk, surly tired and very happy, and that’s where we’ll spend our last night – under a sky full of stars in the depth of the desert.

stage 6 : Mizpa Ramon to Beerot campground 

Distance: 19.8 km

Time: 7-8 hours

Physical Challenge: hard

Trail Difficulty: hard

Waymarked: yes

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

bus no. 64, 65, 60, 160

No buses from Beerot campground back to Mizpa Ramon

Things to See

 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.

 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.

 Beerot Campground – Placed at the very heart of the crater and maintained by Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority. This spot has drinking water, serves as the trailhead for many hikes and is a great place to stay.

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