Sparkling Night Desert Hike

Sparkling Night Desert Hike

This spectacular night hike is toured only four nights of the month when the moon is nearly or completely full. It’s hard to believe, but the moon provides the light that we need to be our escorts to guide us through the desert without any need for headlamps or the like! The desert, which on its own is a remarkable place, becomes even more powerful with the shining moon that lights the surrounding mountains and canyons on this trek.

In this special hike, we will begin around the Judean Mountains and will cross through the Judean Desert all the way to the magnificent Dead Sea! We will start the hike around 6 pm in the summer and around 3 pm in the winter and will be trekking for about one hour in the light. Then, slowly, slowly the light fades to darkness and the moon leads us through our journey. We will get the best glimpse of the moon rising from the mountains right in front of our eyes. We will hike throughout the night and will follow a main canyon named Nachal Takoa. This impressive canyon leads us about halfway of the hike and then, we will begin navigating uphill and downhill until we reach a Jeep trail that goes to the a tiny village named Metzokai Dragot. Once we finish the hike there, we’ll go to the Dead Sea or to the nearest Spring to relax and enjoy before returning back to civilization. There is a good chance of spotting some nocturnal desert wildlife!




  • Activities Included: Special Interest Activities
  • Type: Hike
  • Level: Extreme; No experience is necessary
  • Ages: 15 - 65
  • Estimated Time: 7-11 hours
  • Season: Summer, Spring, Autumn, Winter
  • Location: Negev, Southern Israel see on map

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