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Take a 2-day expedition to the North of Israel, meet and learn about the Druze culture, enjoy their traditional food and spend one night in a Druze village. During these two magnificent days you will explore a beautiful Stalactites Cave full of Salamanders, descend into a pit using ropes and climb back up with the help of special devices. No need of muscles, it's all about the technique. Join this amazing expedition which you'll never forget!

Caving with the Druze people

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW

The Israeli Druze are a unique religious and ethnic minority among Arab citizens of Israel. Even though the faith originally developed out of Ismaili Islam, Druze are generally not considered Muslims. In 1957, the Israeli government designated the Druze a distinct ethnic community at the request of its communal leaders. The Druze are Arabic-speaking citizens of Israel who serve in the Israel Defense Forces. Members of the community have attained top positions in Israeli politics and public service. Before the establishment of the State of Israel, the Druze were not recognized as a religious community, and were discriminated against by the judicial system. They live mainly in the north of the country in small villages, living a simple and quiet life. Although young Druze tend to secular life, their esoteric religion is still very strong.

The Druze are known as impeccable scouts. They know nature better than the other people living in Israel, and because of this reason they serve as scouts in the Israeli Defence Force. Their surroundings are full of mountains, forests and caves. The deep pits adorning the ridges around their villages got a special Druze nickname, "Huta", which means "Whale's Maw", for in the old days Druze shepherds were surprised to see goats suddenly fall into them and disappear as if a giant whale went out of the ground and ate them.

The Druze know many caves existing around their villages. They know all their secret passages and chambers. In these 2-day expedition you will visit two amazing stalactite caves and spend a night in one of the most beautiful Druze villages, learning about their culture and enjoying their traditional food.
  • Travel to hidden locations and secret caves located in the North of Israel and hear their unique story told by the National Speleological Society caver and Explorers Club member: Itai Schkolnik
  • Gaze with your own eyes on the natural wonders of magical Stalactite caves in the forested mountains
  • Visit forgotten locations in the North of Israel and spend a night in a Druze village
  • Learn about the Druz culture and enjoy the traditional food of the Druze people
  • Learn to rappel and descend into hidden caves filled with natural wonders and colorful Salamanders

THE NORTH CAVES AND THE DRUZE PEOPLE

We will start the first day with a journey to a beautiful Stalactites Cave, called "Huta 6" ("Shaft Cave No.6" in the local language). You will descend 70 meters in total into one of the most beautiful Stalactites cave in Israel. This is a vertical cave which requites rappelling down through a wide pit into a big hall full of amazing Stalactites and Stalagmites.

The cave has 3 main halls. After visiting the first and biggest one, we'll keep descending down to the next 2 halls. At the bottom hall we'll enjoy the mud statues which were made by past visitors during many years of caving.

The Trip is not a usual one. It is filled with adrenaline, amazing photographs, ropes, headlamps and the beautiful underground world.

After descending into a vertical cave there's the ascending part. We'll teach you how to use special devices which will enable you to ascend using the rope back to the surface.
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After returning from the cave you will learn about the Druze culture from a close up expereince, lodging in an authentic Druze home run by the local residents. You will enjoy traditional foods, listen to stories and watch special performances of traditional music, song and dance.

Walking through the narrow streets of the village and wandering through the picturesque alleyways will show you the beauty of the simple Druze life. Our guide will add to your visit by showing you around and telling you interesting stories about the community. In the center of the village are several old buildings built in the characteristic style of northern Israel and southern Lebanon. There is also an olive press in the impressive ancient quarter where visitors can learn about the process of making olive oil and make oil candles.

After spending the night in the magical Druze village you will wake up to a rich traditional breakfast and be ready for the second day of adventure.
On the second day you will rappel into a wonderful karst cave full of stalagmites and stalactites. This cave is well hidden and not known to many. Our professional guides will take you safely into the cave, rappelling 25 meters down into the big hall full of geological wonders. Inside the hall you'll see beautiful Salamanders and Bats which inhibit the cave.

This cave will not reveal its wonders to you so easily. You will have to hike, rappel, crawl and climb to see the cave's best spots. The more we go into the cave, the best it gets. As the cave has only one entranace, the exit is from the same way you enter. We will teach you how to use special equipment to climb the rope back to the surface without using much force.

DAY 2

THE DRUZE EXPERIENCE

DAY 1

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Email: itai@exteriorate.com
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