DESERT NOMADS By Desert Shade Group

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Biking In The Footsteps Of The Nabateans

Escape the rain and cold of Europe and hop on over to Israel (now just a quick flight away) for some sunny days and mild weather, which are especially suited for cycling! With the Negev Mountain region experiencing a very small amount of rain per year, its climate is perfect all year round for hiking and cycling.

The Negev Mountain area has also been developed in recent years to include many miles of bike paths, allowing us to discover the wonders and views of the desert that would otherwise be unreachable.

Our biking tour and cycling tracks are suitable for mountain bikers used to riding single tracks, and cross-country. The technical level of the cycling routes is moderate.

When

4 Days

Departure time each day:  09:00

 

Highlights

  • Riding the Israeli National Bike Trail

  • Learning about Nabatean agriculture

  • Riding along the rim of the Ramon Crater

  • Following the ancient Spice Route

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Introduction

On Day 1, we will meet up at the Desert Shade Eco Camp at 14:00, where we’ll confirm your registration and get a short run-through of the tour plan for the next 3 days.​ After that, we’ll get our bikes and gear and make sure everything is in working order. A little later, we will take a short hike along the rim of the Ramon Crater to observe this geological phenomenon and get introduced to the region.

Day 2: Warming up

On Day 2, we’ll meet up at the Ben Gurion Midreshet Equestrian Centre. From there, we’ll follow the track down one of the four ranges of the Central Negev Highlands, passing spectacular vantage points and cisterns that reveal the secrets of the ancient desert dwellers, the Nabataeans.

Difficulty level - Medium

Circular route

Total climb - 400 m

Riding time - 6 hours

 

Day 3: Crater views

The Israeli National Bike Trail is a national project that has been under construction for several years. The main idea behind it is to construct a dedicated bike path for cyclists which will be some 1500 km long, stretching from the north to the south of the country, from Mount Hermon to Eilat. The riding difficulty of the path we’ll be taking is medium, and suits riders that want to spend a few days on the trail together with all of their equipment strapped on the bike. The first part of the trail actually takes seven days of riding and it starts in Mitzpe Ramon and continues to Eilat, although we’ll only be riding the first two days of the trail.

Day 3 will see us leaving Mitzpe Ramon, departing the town to the east, on the edge of the crater. We’ll enjoy some stunning, flowing and spectacular views of the crater, so be prepared! From there, we will continue down the ancient virtues of the Ramon Crater. We will complete our ride at the Be’erot parking lot in the Ramon Crater.

Meeting point – Desert Shade, Mitzpe Ramon

Length of route - about 38 km

Total climb a - about 350 m

Accumulative decline - 800 m

Difficulty Level - Medium

Riding time - 5 hours

Day 4: The Nabatean Spice Route

Day 4 will be a spectacular day of desert cycling and is the second day of the Israeli National Bike Trail, from Be'erot westward to the Prairie Horn. Throughout the day we will ride across the breadth of the Israeli Negev desert and we will venture deep into the wilderness. The route begins in the Ramon Crater and goes along the ancient incense route on a dedicated path purpose-built for the Israeli National Bike Trail.

Meeting point – Desert Shade, Mitzpe Ramon

Length of route – about 40 km

Difficulty Level - Medium

Optional - If you would like to continue your cycling adventure on your own, break up the road to the west where you can continue traveling to Eilat.

PRICE PER PERSON 

768 $

Including Accommodation

996 $

Important Information

  • Available only November to May, excluding jewish holidays

  • Minimum of 4 people to ensure departure

  • English speaking biking guide

You Should Bring:

  • Hat

  • 2 liters of water

  • Closed walking shoes

  • Clothing suitable for cycling

  • Day backpack

Included:

  • Bike rental

  • Packed lunch for each day

  • Pick up from your hotel in Mitzpe Ramon

  • Transfers

  • Half board basis when booking with accommodation