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Delve deeply into the belly of Mount Sodom and discover its magnificent Salt Caves on this incredible 2-days expedition. Visit one of the world's rarest natural phenomena: Salt Caves created inside a mountain made of salt with special salt Stalactites and Stalagmites. Explore the biblical area of Mount Sodom in an extreme RZR ride and crawl through the heart of the mountain with the directions of experienced guides and discover magnificent views that are unique to the Salt Caves of Mount Sodom.

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW

The Salt Caves of Mount Sodom

Mount Sodom is located to the west of the southern basin of the Dead Sea, and is an extraordinary geological phenomenon: apart from some thin layers of silt and marl it is made entirely of salt.

Mount Sodom is 11km long and approximately 2km wide. The mountain top is 200m above the Dead Sea and reaches a height of 190m below sea level. Since the surface soil is made of more than 95% salt, no plant can grow on the mountain. This creates a moon-like landscape. Contrary to any other rock, the salt dissolves rapidly in water. Erosion and creation of underground cavities are more than 50 times faster than in limestone or dolomite.

The “Malcham” Cave beneath Mount Sodom is the longest known cave in Israel, and the longest single natural salt cave in the world. It is 5,500m long and is full of breath-taking salt stalactites, with endless vertical and horizontal volumes.

The mountain is strongly connected with several Biblical stories (in the Old Testament); concerning the destruction of the cities called “Sodom and Gomorrah” (in the book of Genesis); the rescue of Lot; the turning of Lot’s wife to a salt-pillar and the cave where Lot hid with his daughters.

Upon destruction of the city, God and his angles ordered Lot and his family to flee to the mountains and never look back. Alas, Lot’s wife could not resist the temptation and once she turned her head, she had turned into a salt pillar.
  • Crawl through the heart of Mount Sodom and discover the unique beauty of the Salt Caves full of salt Stalactites and Stalagmites
  • Survey the mountain using an RZR around the Mount Sodom and cross the Sodom Canyon with its high salt walls
  • Learn about the history and geology of Mount Sodom and its surroundings
  • Watch the Dead Sea from the top of Mount Sodom, take an afternoon swim in the Dead Sea and spend the night at the foot of the mountain camping under the stars
  • Rappel into the heart of Sodom Mountain with the guidance of the National Speleological Society caver and explorer: Itai Schkolnik

The Salt Mountain: Mount Sodom

We will start the first day with a RZR trip around Mount Sodom. You will learn about the geology forces which created this unique mountain and cross with the vehicles through the Sodom Canyon with its high salt walls rising high from both sides.

After the ride you will be given helmets and headlamps and enter the longest cave in Israel to see the rare phenomena of salt Stalactites and Stalagmites with your own eyes. Walking and crawling through huge underground passageways you will reach breathtaking chambers full of Stalactites and Stalagmites reaching from floor to ceiling.

Going for a swim in the Dead Sea is a must-do activity after exiting the Salt Cave, then we will raise the tents and build a nice camp to spend the night under the stars, preparing our energies for the next day of adventures.
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After breakfast you will start climbing Mount Sodom itself by hiking through an old trail used by the Old Salt Mining Company about 70 years ago. You will have the opportunity to watch the Dead Sea from above and learn about the 100 meters Salt-Shafts of Mount Sodom.

Reaching one of these shats, you will rappel into one of the most amazing natural phenomena in the world: a Salt Cave full of salt Stalactites and Stalagmites adjacent to the Dead Sea. Even if you don't have rappelling experience, we will teach you how to descend the 85 meter shaft into the darkness and explore the underground world of Salt Stalactites and Stalagmites.

Beautiful thin spaghetti-like Salt Stalactites adorn the walls of the cave's chambers and passageways, which glitter in the headlamp's light like precious stones.
Crawling your way out of the cave through a narrow tunnel to exit the belly of the mountain and being back in the middle of the desert is a "once in a lifetime" experience, especially if you exit the cave after sunset, lift your head and realize you're under the starry sky with all of its constellations appearing in front of your eyes.

If it's summer, a night swim in the Dead Sea is recommended for the end of this unique expedition, or sitting with the guide in a restaurant and exchange new "caving" experience stories and the spectacular photographs.

We promise you that on your way back home, you will still not believe the wonders you just saw and the adventure you just did...

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