Hebron to Dura


This route takes hikers from the busy streets of Hebron through agricultural fields surrounding the city and picturesque valleys rich in natural beauty and archeological sites.

The Hebron to Dura Day stage begins in front of the Ibrahimi Mosque (Al-Haram al-Ibrahimi), the most important landmark in Hebron, where Ibrahim, revered by three religious traditions, was buried alongside his wife, his son, his grandson, and their wives.

The path leads further through the souqs and alleys of the Old City of Hebron, one of the only cities in the world today with a perfectly preserved twelfth-century Mamluk infrastructure. It also passes next to the Russian monastery, located in the suburbs of Hebron, containing Ibrahim’s Oak. The legend says that the prophet welcomed three strangers at the foot of the tree. After he had prepared them a meal and washed their feet, the three men revealed themselves to be angels who told him that his wife would give birth to a son.

A shepherd’s path leads out of the city toward agricultural fields and natural areas covered with flora characteristic of Palestine’s central highlands climate region: trees like Terebinth (Pistacia palaestina) and Palestine Oak (Quercus calliprinos), the aromatic wild thyme and during the springtime various kinds of colorful flowers.

The trail also passes through valleys close to Taffuh (8 km west of Hebron) with various archaeological sites and among them a 6th-century Byzantine monastery with an impressive baptismal font (Al-Ma’moudiya) and ruins of Crusader churches that were looted.

Distance: 12.00 Km
Time: 3-5 Hours
Challenge: Moderate
Food And Water

For the hike take:

  • at least 3 liters of water
  • snack

Hebron can be reached with a private taxi or car.
Dura can be reached from Hebron with a shared taxi for 4.5 NIS.

Notes And Tips

Remember about sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses)

  • Topo map
  • Map legend
  • Walking notes
  • Elevation profile
  • GPX File