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Trekking trails in Holy Land
My aim is not to describe the difficulties of political and religious animosities there. This should be left for other people and places. I will simply focus on my trekking experiences, which were only positive, regardless of whom and where I met. I have to highlight though, that I got these experiences in 2014, so before the current unrests began. So folks, take care. Better don’t run there right now, when the heads are hot on all sides. Situation in early spring of 2014 was bit cooler though. Back then I decided to trek a bit both in Israel and Palestine and discover and feel by myself this unique piece of the planet. Overall I did something around 120 km in 5 days, but it’s hard to say exactly. Whereas in Israel, all is marked and counted well, don’t expect many path marks in the Judean Desert of West Bank ? Both options are worth trying though. In Israel, you have a huge range of trek paths; from purely sport ones to those with a touch of region’s religious history. Loads of them are intersecting or in some places, just going the same way. Nevertheless in 4 days and about 100 km, I met some other trekkers only once – a group of 3 young Israelis walking the Israel National Trail. My plan was way less ambitious than this 1000 km path crossing all Israel from north to south. I chose a mix of so called Jesus Trail and Gospel Trail, amazing treks up in Galilee, where you enjoy beautiful nature and where history is touching you nowadays with all those Biblical remarks around. You are also passing sites of crusades battles, remains of caliphate times’ palaces or marks of most recent local conflicts. Truly history textbook live!Radek Oravec
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