As part of a trip to Israel next year, I am hoping to do some hiking at Ein Gedi. I was considering the following route: Early in the morning, start at the kibbutz and ascend via the Mount Zeruya route, then cross the Judean Desert plateau and descend via the Essenes route to Nahal Aragot. Check out the Upper Pools and Hidden Falls while returning through Nahal Aragot to the parking area.
I know I will need to be prepared for a long, difficult hike. Has anyone tried this route or any part of it? Please feel free to provide comments and suggestions. Thanks!