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The Judaean Desert is an array of hills and canyons, falling from the heights of around 1,000 meters in the Judean Mountains, to the Dead Sea, which is, at -421 meters below sea level, the lowest place on earth. On its eastern edge, the Judaean Desert dramatically drops into the Dead Sea in cliffs of up to 500 meters, and waterfalls in the dry canyons fall in heights of 50-330 meters.

Go for a rappelling journey in the Judean Desert and and descend the beautiful dry-waterfalls of its canyons.


Canyoning the Judean Desert

The Judean Desert is a wilderness landscape spanning from the Judean Hills at 1,000m above sea level to the west all the way down to the Dead Sea at 400 m below sea level in the east. The Judean Desert meets the Negev Desert in the south. The Judean Desert is marked by barren wilderness, mountains, terraces and escarpments rather than rolling sand dunes. The final escarpment drops steeply to the Dead Sea and Jordan Valley. The desert is criss-crossed by a number of valleys ('wadis' in Arabic) and has deep ravines cutting through the rock. There are several lush oasis and streams. 

Archaeological remains show that the Judean Desert was populated as early as the Chalcolithic Age (3500  BC). During the Bar Kochba Revolt of 132 AD the Jews of Judea rebelled against the Romans in the Judean Desert.

Many canyons flow through the Judean Desert mountains towards the Dead Sea. In our expedition you will hike to several such canyons and rappel their dry waterfalls to access their most secret beautiful spots.
  • Choose the time you want to spend in the Judean Desert and select the Canyons you want to explore
  • Hike the old mountain trails of the Judean Desert and arrive to magical locations which can be reached only by foot
  • Learn about the history and geology of the Judean Desert and its surroundings
  • Watch the Dead Sea from the top of the Judean mountains, take an afternoon swim in the Dead Sea and spend the night camping under the stars
  • Rappel amazing dry-waterfalls with the guidance of the National Speleological Society caver and explorer: Itai Schkolnik

The Judean Desert

Canyon (or Wadi) Qumran is a very important spot in Israel's history. It holds lots of mysteries and archeological discoveries - the major of them are the Dead Sea Scrolls which were found by mistake when a Beduin kid was looking for his lamb. Hidden inside a small cave he found thousands of scrolls written in ancient hebrew text.
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Qumran Canyon

Tmarim Canyon

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This expedition is very flexible. It can be done as a one-day tour or as a several days expedition, depends on how much time you got to explore the beautiful canyons existing in the Judean Desert. Each canyon usually takes one-day to do. Between one canyon and another we will take a swim in the Dead Sea and camp at night in the desert under the stars.
Tmarim Canyon is a beautiful canyon which is less known to people, located at the North-West shore of the Dead Sea. The tour includes rappelling in 5 dry waterfalls, heighing: 75 m, 25 m, 55 m, 60 m and 55 m. The rappelling is done with professional and experianced guides. The Tmarim Canyon tour is circular, starting from Road 90 near a Dates plantation and the Canyon is named by it ('Tmarim' means 'Dates' in Hebrew). This is one of the most beautiful canyons in the North of the Judean Desert.

From the top of each waterfall in the Tmarim Canyon you can see the amazing view of the Dead Sea and the Moab Mountains far away in Jordan.
Tor Canyon is the "classics" of Israel's canyoning tours. It is an ideal for those who want to try Canyoning for the first time, make an active holiday trip, and yet not to make it too hard on themselves because it has no major climbs and the rappelling waterfalls are 25 meters max.

Tor Canyon

Rahaf Canyon is very different from other canyons in the Dead Sea area. First of all, it has a lot of natural pools filled with water, especially in winter days. Because of these waters, the canyon is filled with life, especially birds which gave the nickname of this canyon ("Rahaf" in Hebrew means "Hovering", which is the way these birds fly over the canyon.

Rahaf Canyon

In Halamish canyon you will enter the dried canyon and start rappelling, one waterfall after the other, while the amazing vista of the Dead Sea is always in front of your eyes.

Halamish Canyon

Tamar Canyon is the southest of the Judean Desert canyons which is done by rappelling, though this one has also ladders on the way to make the canyoning trip even easier. This canyon is very easy to do and fits also to families with young kids or grown-ups who don't want to rappel a lot. Nevertheless, this canyon is very beautiful as its walls climb higher and higher while you walk through the amazing canyon's trail.

Tamar Canyon


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