The Dead Sea, central and southern Judean Desert
The Rachaf River is a desert canyon that runs dry most of the year. After the winter flash floods, the canyon’s bedrock fills with water, resulting in deep, crystal clear pools. The narrow gorge, towering stone walls that reach hundreds of meters into the air, and elongated rock pools below together form a breathtaking sight.
Type of trip:
Medium difficulty level; rappelling required; swimming required (when pools are full)
up to 10 hours
Rendezvous: 7:40am where we’ll leave our vehicles in the parking area adjacent to the army post overlooking the Rachaf River, which is located about 4km south of Masada on Highway 90 (Highway 90 between kilometer 220 and 221, MR 236177, 577193)
We’ll hand out rappelling equipment and head out at 8:00am on foot for about 1.5 kilometers, including a slight incline on a dirt path with trail markings that will lead us to the lower Rachaf River.
Here we’ll sit down for breakfast between the narrow gorge walls.
After breakfast, we’ll begin rappelling down the gorge.
The lower river consists of 5 dry falls: 8m, 15m, 22m, 20m, 40m in height, respectively.
In the afternoon, we’ll stop for lunch in the gorge.
After we’ve rappelled our way down the gorge, we’ll ascend on a dirt path with red trail markings back to where the vehicles await.
4.5 liters of water per person (preferably in insulated Jerri cans), medium backpack (at least 30 liter capacity for personal items, food and rappelling equipment), walking shoes (closed shoes only), sandals/flip-flops (leave in car for after the trail), hat, light clothing suitable for swimming (not a swimsuit), long hiking pants (not jeans), food and snacks, mosquito repellent, sunscreen (don’t forget we are in the desert), watertight plastic bag for personal or valuable items (camera, cellphone, etc.), rubber band for long hair, change of clothes (will be left in the car for after the trail), sunglasses.
Recommended: Camera, light snacks such as sour/sweet candy, dates, raisins, almonds
Qualified rappelling instructors, all necessary rappelling equipment, extra water, first aid kit, coffee & tea kit
The trip includes insurance, as required by law.
Cost per Participant:
Determined by size of group