Ramon Crater 2-Day Desert Hike
Two days of jam-packed activities in the Negev wilderness combine desert scenery, breathtaking hikes, a special camping experience, and stargazing at the midnight sky. Leaving from Tel Aviv, the trip begins with a visit to David Ben Gurion’s Tomb, where the first prime minister of Israel is buried alongside his wife Paula. His tomb forms part of a national park overlooking the beautiful landscape of Zin (Tsin) Valley.
From there, we will travel to the Ramon Crater known as Makhtesh Ramon, a geological feature near Mitzpe Ramon in Israel’s Negev Desert. The crater—once concealed by the ocean—slowly revealed itself alongside a surface of rocks dating back a staggering 200 million years! Measuring 40km long, it’s the largest erosion crater anywhere in the world and is distinctive for its elongated heart shape as seen from a bird’s eye view.
After capturing magnificent panoramic shots of the desert’s warming hues, it’s time to begin the hike.
Embarking on a breathtaking expedition through the desert is to roam its enveloping beauty, dust-swept mountains, and countless riverbeds known as ‘wadis’. The air might be dry, but the captivating, unwinding views will leave you feeling invigorated.
By the time we reach our specially pitched camp by sunset, we’re certain you will have worked up an appetite! While preparing the food, you will be served cold locally made beer or wine. We will then start our meal with delicious freshly made hot soup, and enjoy a delicious dinner around the campfire.
The desert dawn brings a new day and a refreshing homemade breakfast of shakshuka and more to fuel you for the hike through nature ahead. After another day of hiking through the best parts of Ramon Crater, you’ll have the chance to round off the day with an ice-cold beer before heading back to Tel Aviv, with new friends in tow and memories of a lifetime.
- Trek the Negev desert wilderness
- Visit the grave of Israel’s first prime minister David Ben Gurion
- Capture the scenery of the Ramon Crater from above
- Refresh yourself with a cold locally made beer or wine at the end of the hiking day
- Camp overnight under the desert stars
- Enjoy freshly prepared Middle Eastern-inspired meals
Good to Know
- Things to bring: Hat, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, water.
- Transportation from Tel Aviv and back
- All meals from noon of the first day, with free local beers and wine
- Camping night accommodation in twin tents, with thick 80 mm mattresses, blankets and bedlinen
- Luggage transfer
- Optional: single accommodation (540 ILS)
Do I need to carry camping equipment during the hike?
No, while hiking you would only carry a day bag. All camping equipment, including bedlinen and blankets are provided and will be transported to the night camping site.
How difficult is the Ramon Crater hike?
- The hike difficulty level is moderate, and on each day we hike about 12km.