It is a long and beautiful hike that leads through the picturesque Wadi Qelt where walkers will have a chance to discover the ruins of King Herod’s winter palace and then see the clinging to the side of the rocky canyon Deir al-Quelt (St. George’s Monastery). The view transports visitors to the 4th century when the earliest desert-dwelling monks sought lives of faithful seclusion.

The road becomes easier as it leaves the monastery and heads towards the Roman aqueduct – another spectacular landmark located along that section of the Masar.


  • Length: 18.7 km
  • Starting time: Every Wednesday at 8 AM
  • Walking duration: 5 - 7 hours
  • Category: Moderate
  • Approximate return: 5 PM
  • Price: (Includes: experienced trekking guide, transportation form and back to the meeting point.)


What to bring?

  • Lightweight walking boots and modest comfortable clothing
  • Possibly walking poles
  • At least 2 liters of water, sandwiches and snacks
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat
  • Passport or ID card, phone, camera

MEETING POINT: In front Bank of Jordan at Bab Zukak Junction in Bethlehem. It is the last bus stop for #231 bus starting from the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. The buses are frequent (around each half an hour) and it takes around 45 minutes to arrive to Bethlehem.


  1. Bethlehem