Israel Trail #19: Etsba Cave & Nahal HaMearot

Sunday, September 10th: Join Hiking the Holyland and expert guide, Ben Zaltzman, for our 19th segment of the Israel Trail in the Carmel Mountains, to Etsba Cave, Ein Hod, and Nahal HaMearot!

On this 14 kilometer segment of the Israel Trail, we’ll be hiking through the Carmel towards Etsba Cave, an awesome natural cave (bring a headlamp!). After a cup of hot coffee, we’ll continue to a spectacular view of the Mediterranean onto Ein Hod’s Artists village.  Next, we’ll walk through banana fields towards Nahal HaMearot, the National Park where remnants of prehistoric man were discovered.  After a visit to the park, we’ll continue on our journey through the Ofer Forest towards the Ofer lookout.  The last part of the day continues through the forest towards Nahal HaMeharal, where we’ll celebrate the completion of our 19th segment with wine and snacks!

Minibus transportation available from Savidor Station (price determined based on # of participants, 110-140 NIS).  This is a challenging hike for fit hikers only.  This is a popular hike, so please reserve your spot early! Price does not include entrance fees at Nahal HaMearot National Park.

Prices do not include VAT.


Nahal Oren Campground


Sep 10 2023


8:30 am - 4:00 pm



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  • Ben Zaltzman
    Ben Zaltzman

    My name is Ben Zaltzman, I’m a tour guide and a hiker in Israel who leads people on trails around the country. 
    I fell in love with nature at a young age.
    While exploring the wide open spaces of nature, I came to know that it was the place where I belong.
    A question I ask during our journeys is, “What happens to me in nature?”
    I found secret hiking trails, discovered magical corners in the country, and have been guiding others through my experiences.
    The trips I lead are about nature connection, the power of being in nature, and the changing environment.
    I’m an expert at long-distance hikes. I hiked for 6 month along the Pacific Crest Trail in the US, and have gone on lots of other journeys in Israel and abroad.
    Tour guiding course of the ministry of tourism, birdwatching course (Israeli SPN), educational tours (ministry of education), Storytelling, hunter-gatherers life skills, group dynamics leader, tour educator (on Birthright), Nature cure & connection journey.

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