Walking in nahal Gishron
The route type:
Rappelling trip. (The only granite canyon in
Israel suitable for rappelling trips!)
The canyon is dry all the year round but be wary about floods during winter rains.
You must have your own equipment to complete or reinforce existing stations.
Drive from Eilat on the road number 12 for 7.8km (measured from the roundabout on the exit from Eilat) to a point where the Israel National Trail crosses the road (obvious sign on the left side of the road) and park here (GPS: 29º 35' 16.9"N 34º 52' 46.0"E).
The trail marked with black marks starts from the parking place and leads into the very the upper reaches of nahal Gishron.
Follow the trail that runs along the wadi till a point where it leaves the canyon floor and turns left to climb out of the canyon (GPS: 29º 34' 43.0"N 34º 52' 35.7"E). Leave the trail and continue down the canyon for some 100m till the first dry fall (1.9km from the parking spot).
There are 4 dry falls to be abseiled and the fifth one which is not obligatory:
1. 16m (vertical)
Anchor: Two climbing bolts on the left side. *
The 2nd dry fall is 200m down the canyon.
2. 48m (sloped)
Anchor: Two bolts with self-made "ears" on the right side. *
The next obstacle is 50m down the canyon:
A short (5m) rappelling which can be down climbed as well
The approach is from the left side of the canyon, then down a big flat boulder and finally - through a big hole.
The rope can be tied to a stone which is stuck inside the hole.
The 3rd and the 4th dry falls (immediately one after the other) are just 400m down the canyon.
3. 23m if measured from the station (sloped, vertical in places)
Anchor: one climbing bolt in the left wall and a rope loop around a stone stuck on the canyon floor. *
The forth dry fall is right after the third one.
4. 11m (sloped)
Station: you can put a rope loop on a big spur on the right side. *
Right from below the 4th dry fall you have to climb down a small 4m dry fall and that's all…
Walk about 100m down the canyon (stop
some 200m before the border fences). There was a big cairn as on March 2016
marking the start point to climb out of the canyon
(GPS: 29º 34' 24.0"N 34º 52' 31.9"E).
Climb the left wall of the canyon through steep scree slopes (150m of height gain, be careful!) to the marked trail (blue marks & marks of the Israel National Trail).
Once on the marked trail (GPS: 29º 34' 21.5"N 34º 52' 37.1 "E), follow it to your parking spot at the main road (2km).
***** - The only one of its kind. A "must do" trip!
**** - Very interesting, highly recommended!
*** - Pretty nice route.
** - Inexpressive one.
* - Do it if you have nothing to do...