1) Do not hitchhike alone.
2) Do Not walk alone at night in big cities.
Avg. temperatures in Israel (by month):
In spring the best option is to start the hike in February to mid March from Eilat arrive to Tel Aviv and then take a bus to Kiryat Shmona and continue the hike from the north.
If you start in the north, rainy days are more frequent in March. If you plan on hiking in early May in the desert, expect several extremely hot days and sandstorms that are more frequent by the end of spring. We don’t recommend starting in April in the north. You will end hiking in late May in the desert when it is very hot.
Another alternative is to start in March in the area of Tel Aviv and hike south to Eilat. From Eilat take a bus or plane to Tel Aviv, and then take a bus to Kiryat Shemona in the north, and hike south. Starting in Tel Aviv has the advantage of at least 3 days of an easy southbound hike (~75 km).
In fall you’ll start in the north due to cooler weather. As you go further south, day temperatures drop slowly. When you get to the Negev in early October or later, average day temperatures are not higher than 26 degrees Celsius.
By train & bus from Tel Aviv go to Haifa’s Lev Hamifratz station. Walk to the Egged bus terminal, and take bus #500 or #501 to Kiryat Shemona.
By bus from Tel Aviv to Kiryat Shemona: #842 and #845 ~3.5 hours. #841 is a slow bus ~4.5 hours.
Kiryat Shemona is the place to buy food for the first three days. If you need to buy cooking gas or any other missing equipment you need, look for the Rikoshet camping and hiking equipment store. They are located minutes from the bus terminal at the local mall.
From Kiryat Shemona to Dan and to Nimrod: Take bus #58 at: Sun-Thu: 10:30, 12:35, 15:05, 17:35, 19:20. Fri: 10:05, 12:00, 13:30. Sat: 21:30. From Dan to Nimrod the bus departs ~5 minutes later.
Going South to Eilat: Book a flight from Ben Gurion airport to Eilat. Fares are $20-80 one way. Take a train (05:00-23:20 every 40 minutes to Tel Aviv), bus or taxi to Tel Aviv.
From Tel Aviv central bus station to Eilat: #390 and #394, from 06:30 to 17:00 every 1.5 hours and then at 23:59. The ride is 5-5.5 hours.
In Eilat you will buy all your needs for the first few days. There is a Rikoshet store in Eilat too.
1 for Police, 2 for Ambulance or 3 for Fire department.
For problems encountered on the trail you may call the Israel Trails Committee: 03-6388719, 03-6388720
Our advice is buying a simple old-fashion cellphone, and se it with a pre-paid sim card of one of the big cellular companies in Israel. Every time that you arrive a city, simply charge it again. The costs are around 1.20₪ for a minute and 0.60₪ for a text message.
The pre-paid cards’ names are: Big Talk (Orange), Talkman (Cellcom) & IZI (Pellephone).
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