Hiking Nahal Tse’Elim in the Negev

Nahal Tse'Elim, Negev, Israel

Keeping with 2017’s theme of doing shit that brings me joy, I went on a group hike again, this time to Nahal Tse’Elim, in the Negev.  I love the outdoors.  I love hiking.  And I love the sense of self-sufficiency that I’m gaining the more I explore the world around me.

Nahal Tse'Elim, Negev, Israel

This hike was short (7km out and back) and non-technical. No pressure to go faster or get back by sunset, with plenty of breaks to take pictures and drink water. It was fun and leisurely and exactly what I needed to restore confidence in my judgement after last month’s harrowing disaster adventure.

Nahal Tse'Elim, Negev, Israel

We caravanned to the trail head, then split up into groups—fast, medium, and slow. I joined the slow group out of an abundance of caution and I’m glad I did.

Nahal Tse'Elim, Negev, Israel

The medium group had an amazing hike and decent into the wadi. We stayed high above the wadi, which gave us some gorgeous views out to the Dead Sea (as you can barely see in the panoramic photo below).

Nahal Tse'Elim, Negev, Israel

It was lovely.  The Negev is beautiful, and one of my few regrets about my time here in Jerusalem is that I didn’t begin hiking there earlier.

20 thoughts on “Hiking Nahal Tse’Elim in the Negev

  1. Oh yes, I’m always with the slow group too! I prefer to take my time, and enjoy the views along the way! I’d really like to visit Jerusalem, it looks beautiful!

  2. Hiking isn’t something that immediately comes to mind when I think of trips to Israel. The photos are beautiful though! What was the weather like for the hike?

  3. Lovely! What tremendous scenery. I got to see the Dead Sea from the Jordanian side just a few months ago and found it to be incredible. Hope the weather was bearable on your hike, it was definitely warm on our trip!

  4. These shots are so beautiful! I like to think I love hiking but my stamina is so low I always give up towards the end. Had so much fun reading about your experience :)

  5. I really liked Negev when I visited Israel years ago. Its really beautiful and you are lucky to have a chance to hike there. Amazing pictures, thanks for sharing!

  6. My hubby loves to hike but I always tend to hold him back because I am over cautious and a tad bit scared of heights (That would be an understatement). The views here are gorgeous and I have always wanted to see the Dead sea. I never knew that there was hiking nearby. Was the hike easy?

  7. It looks like a great hike to restore confidence. I’d love to find my confidence again after my failed hiking adventure but it seems to get worst and worst. Glad you got you mojo back!

  8. What an unusual example of nature’s innovative topography! To be honest, I have never heard of this area earlier. Jerusalem is suddenly rising in importance as a travel destination…

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