Ein Prat Nature Reserve (Wadi Qelt)

Ein Prat Nature Reserve (Wadi Qelt)

Ein Prat Nature Reserve (Wadi Qelt)
4.5
Ancient RuinsHistoric Walking Areas
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The desert scenery, abundance of water and varied vegetation create this unique oasis – the Ein Prat Nature Reserve. You will also find monasteries and archaeological findings – remnants of human activity in different periods.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Flyer31
Stuttgart19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Solo
Wadi Quelt is a great place for hiking. If you are foreigner and love arabic culture, then a great start point is Jericho, AubergInn highly recommended.

I entered Jericho with rental car without any problem - currently (spring 2017) about 50% of cars in Jericho have Israel number plate. AubergInn has a closed parking lot, you feel absolutely sure there.

Wadi Quelt starts at Herods winter palace (which sounds more than it is, but anyway interesting), the very nicely kept foot path enters the valley at the valley right side (upwards), or you can follow the small car road to the St. Georg bus parking on the left side (upwards) of the valley ... both ways are very nice and fascinating (I took car way up and footpath down), takes about 1hour to the monastery St. Georg, another 15 min to the roman aquaduct valley crossing, about further 30 min to the canyon structure with the iron ladder in the stones (take care of spring flooding there ... do NOT do this in case of rainfall in the mountains). There is a small natural "bath tub" there, but only small and in February 2017 already salty (probably in March gone I think). People told me, that you need another 1.5-2.5 hours to come to the "real bath tubs" further the valley up at EinPrat or so. From AubergInn best take one of the free bicycles to drive to Herod's palace (otherwise 1 additional hour flat walking).

If you want to visit the monastery (which is super-great), then morning time required - only open 9h00-13h00, and you have to bring with you long trousers+shirt (for men), and women with trousers need a larger cloth, to put around their stomach, so that it looks like a bit like a longer skirt. And if you want to enter the church, you need a special permission from the Greek Patriarchate (do not ask me how this works...) - but it is great also without church visit.

Just PUBLIC/Palestina transport to Jericho from Jerusalem seems unfortunately very complicated with "very stupid" checkpoints currently ... if you want a relaxed Israel+Palestine travel, unfortunately currently rental car seems to be important (addding to the "car traffic infarct" Israel currently is suffering). If you use public transport they have the extremely bizarre and disturbing system that the Israel lines stop on holiday weekdays (Fr 2pm to Sat 6pm), and further you are really punished if you try to transfer from Palestine cities directly to/from Jerusalem with public transport ... .
Written February 12, 2017
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Miksub5
Sydney, Australia245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Friends
We went up to Wadi Qelt on a dodgy road on the side of a mountain with a steep drop, and saw it from a great viewpoint with St George's Monastery as well. Simply Incredible, must see. It is worth going to Palestine just to see Wadi Qelt and St George's Monastery.
Written April 7, 2015
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Elon B
Haifa, Israel47 contributions
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Aug 2015 • Couples
An amazing experience!!!
We were on our way to the dead sea, and we heard of this monastery inside the mountain. so we decided to give it a try.
What a great decision!
Set in a beautiful landscape, the monastery sits well within the Wadi, and the only way to get there is either on foot (10 mins downhill and 30 mins back up) or donkey taxis, which wait both at the top and the bottom for around 50 shekels each way (negotiable ;) )
Very important to wear modest clothing, as a guy I was not allowed in with shorts. so guys must wear long pants and a regular t-shirt, and girls basically cover up everything (knees/shoulders, cleavage and such)
Worth a visit, even just to stop and view from the view point!
The only con I found, was the location. I can't say I wasn't slightly worried.
But nothing happened, so i'm happy!
Written August 30, 2015
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Rabbi Mordechai W
Jerusalem, Israel73 contributions
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Jan 2013 • Family
A worthwhile stop on your way from Jerusalem down to the Dead Sea is Wadi Qelt. You've got a few options. Just off Highway 1 is the exit to both Wadi Qelt and the Settlement of Mitzpeh Yericho; Wadi Qelt to the left as soon as you exit, Mitzpeh Yercho to the right. It's a short ride to the overlook. You'll drve by a Tea House which recently opened, a nice stop if you have the time. It's a steep hike down to the spring. You can continue on the road for 5 - 10 minutes and enjoy the beautiful view of Saint George Monastery down in the Wadi. You'll need to park your car and walk. Beware of Bedouin vying for your business. You can also drive into Mitzpeh Yericho and enjoy the beautiful view of the Jericho area.
Written February 1, 2013
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Talal J
New York City, NY444 contributions
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Jun 2018 • Family
In the heart of the Palestinian desert is the Wadi Qelt monastery, a Greek-Orthodox monastery built on the side of a cliff. Historically used to protect the monks in an era of turmoil, today, there are numerous monasteries like this one that are just a marvel to look at.

It's a bit of a hike, so bring lots of water.
Written July 26, 2018
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Joanne P
Walsall, UK17 contributions
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May 2015 • Couples
After the short cable- car ascent there are spectacular views of the Jordan valley, mountains and Dead Sea. The monastery is fascinating. Lovely fresh orange juice was sold at the bottom in Jerico at a really good price but at the top we paid over £20 for two very small coffees and two very watered down orange juices.
Written July 7, 2015
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K F
London, UK18 contributions
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Nov 2014 • Solo
This is one of those character-building hikes, I must say...

The one I did (managed by Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies out of Bethlehem/Beit Sahour) took us about 7 hours, heading south and west from Nabi Musa (Prophet Moses) Mosque located just south of Highway 1 (Jericho). There was a little stop to look at Khirbat al-Mird (Hyrcania) mosaics and caves, then lots of wilderness with the occasional shepherd and flock looking on.

The real beauty of this hike is to be found in simple things: a pink flower blooming bravely amongst the rocks, butterflies doing what butterflies do, funny little geckos skittering about, a mama goat about to give birth, the breath-taking views from the hill crests, all silently attended by proud and handsome Bedouin guardians...

About 3/4 the way along, we had a half-hour stop at the absolutely STUNNING Mer Saba Greek Orthodox Monastery (where only the men can go in and have a look inside). In the golden afternoon light it absolutely glowed. Sat for a bit in the shade there before continuing on another 1.5 hour to the final resting point a top of a little hill for a traditional and simply delicious meal provided by Tel Al-Qamar tours, Bedouin-style ("maqlouba" with chicken, rice, veggies, stuffed vine leaves, and fresh salad).

Just so you know: the hike is rated by the organisers as "moderate to difficult" but for me, it was more like "difficult to extremely difficult" even though I'm a pretty fit 42-year old woman that cycles and runs 10K+ distances regularly. And there isn't really an option to quit the hike anywhere along the way. Recommend really good hiking shoes/boots, walking pole(s), a good hat to keep out the sun. And don't plan anything for after the hike...I slept 10 hours that night...

Other notes: You can buy water at the start at Nabi Musa, and use the toilet there, but beyond that, there are no toilets along the way, nor is water or food provided or available. So everything you might need must be carried with you, so recommend pack light (except for water 3-4 litres is quite heavy but gets lighter as you go along!) :)
Written November 18, 2014
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dpaluy
Modiin, Israel11 contributions
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Aug 2013 • Friends
Length: ~17km
Starting Point: at the entrance to the nature reserve of Nahal Prat
Middle Point: Ein Mabua
End Point: Greek Orthodox Monastery of St. George
Duration: 6-9 hours (depends on time spent in refreshing pools)
Map 8 - http://www.teva.org.il/?CategoryID=279&ArticleID=429

The eastern side of the trip is the more spectacular, cutting through a deep desert gorge with plenty of water in which to swim. Even in the heat of the summer, the high canyon walls and the water make this a pleasant refuge.

In Ein Mavoa there is a small shop where you can purchase some ice-cream for refreshments.

The second part is partially dry during the summer, but there is an ancient aqueduct you can always wash yourself. And in the middle of the that part, there is another spring Ein Quelt.

While coming to St. George, I suggest to choose the Green route. So, the culmination part coming to St. George will be great.

Note: the water isn't suitable for drink, so take ~6 L of fresh water per person.

Unforgettable experience of walking in the desert!
Written August 4, 2013
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jmfhelena
Helena81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Friends
If you are traveling to Palestine this summer, be sure to make time for Wadi Qelt. The walk wanders along an ancient Roman aqueduct fed by three springs. There are plenty of places to take a rest in the shade and a dip in the cool waters (so don't forget your bathing suit). I recommend Hijazi Travels as the perfect guide (http://hijazih.wordpress.com/). While the Wadi does have both biblical and historical significance, it is the beautiful scenery and cooling waters that make this the perfect way to spend a day!
Written June 29, 2012
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Carfash
Lynnfield, MA149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
So I traveled 28 hours to get here, not here really, but eventually the very first thing I did was come for a walk here, the easy way which is down the path to the Wadi. Since it's spring, the water was gushing rapidly. One can see possibilities of white water rafting, except it doesn't last...getting weaker and weaker until there is no more water during the arid months. The monastery is worth a tour and can give one a thrill of adventure in seeing how others live, in this case, the monks. There are juice and camel/donkey vendors/renters along the way. One could easily get wilder by taking a camel or donkey as you drink your freshly squeezed orange juice. Just another day in your life of wonders. Best to go when there are less people (very early AM) as you can feel the awe of the land and the possibilities of communing with higher powers that be. Let the experience be memorable, not one vying for space and time with other travelers.
Written March 13, 2012
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