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Join the Hike in the Jordan Valley from Bethlehem
Date: 13 – 14 December 2012
Meeting on the Manger Square in Bethlehem at 6 pm on the 13th of Dec.
13th of Dec.: 7 pm – arrival at Auja, 8 pm – dinner with Beduins
14th of Dec.: 6:30 am – breakfast, 7 pm – hike, 12 – lunch and departure
Accommodation in the Auja Guest House
The spring of Ein Jaheer is unknown to almost everybody except the Bedouins that come here to water their flocks. From the spring the path winds down to the valley and follows the rocky stream bed to Ein Fassayal. Again, the trail involves some light scrambling down to the eroded watercourse.
The hike is no more than 5 km, but this must be one of the best walks in Palestine for observing birds and wildlife. There are gazelle and ibex here, as well as hyrax and desert foxes. The long legged Buzzard, the Snake Eagle, the little Owl, and the Lesser Kestrel all nest in the cliffs above the valley. The whole valley feels quiet and remote.