Lush Winter Beauty at Adulam Reserve
Sunday, January 9th: Join Hiking the Holyland and expert hiking guide Ben Zaltzman on a hike through stunning Adulam Nature Reserve, between two Second Temple cities.
Together we’ll walk this moderate, 6.5 kilometer trail when it’s the most beautiful, after plentiful winter rains. We’ll hike from one ancient city to the next through the pretty hills covered in green grass and seasonal wildflowers. We’ll pick wild herbs on the way (and maybe some wild asparagus too!). Then we’ll stop for a break with tea made from fresh herbs. Winter is the best time of year to take in the beauty at this vast reserve near Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh.
On the trail, we’ll explore two Second Temple towns in the midst of a beautiful, lush nature reserve. We’ll take a peek at underground chambers, burial caves, ritual baths and more as we hear the tale of the two ancient cities.
During our time there, you’ll have a chance to crawl through underground tunnels from the Bar Kochva revolt (if you want to!)
Bring lunch, water, and a flashlight. Wear good walking shoes and long pants. This fascinating 4.5 hour adventure is going to be incredible.
Space is limited, so register early! This is a moderate trail, suitable for hikers of many skill levels. Transportation from Jerusalem available at extra cost, upon request!
Contact us for special pricing for couples. We reserve the right to cancel at any time for a full refund.
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.