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Nahal Garni

Judean Desert

 

The 3rd dry fall

 

 

The route quality:   ***   

 

 

The route type:

   

Rappelling trip.

The canyon is dry all the year round but be wary about floods during winter rains.

Most of dry falls are equipped with some anchors but have your own rope loops and some spare rings to pull the rope. *  

 

Getting there:

 

Nahal Garni is a south tributary of nahal Tzeelim.

There are two main options to get to nahal Garni and none of them is short, so start early.

 

1. From below (white arrows on the approach map).

You can start from Tzeelim “campsite”. To get to Tzeelim “campsite” drive on the road number 90 along Dead Sea till the road mark 231km and there turn to a side road marked with “black” marks. Drive 3.5km to the “campsite” that is no more than a flat ground. From here follow marked trails (green, then blue, then red) to the very vicinity of the 1st dry fall.

The rappelling route ends in “Ein Namer” spring inside the Tzeelim canyon. To get back to the parking lot follow any combination of marked trails that leads down the canyon. Overall length of the route: 11km.

As for me, while being very natural this option has two major drawbacks:

a. Tzeelim “campsite” is well known for car thefts;

b. The approach is long and you will start to rappel late in the day having a risk not to get out of the technical part till darkness.

 The second option seems to be free of these disadvantages, but regarding car security it may be not more than my illusion…

 

2. From above (black arrows on the approach map).

Drive on road 3199 from Arad to Masada till the road mark 15km, leave your car here (pray for its integrity if you know to pray…) and follow the trail marked with green marks. Walk on the trail for 1.4 km till the place where it crosses some obvious dry wadi that leads in north-east direction. Leave the trail and go down the wadi (see the picture below).

  

 

Entering into the dry wadi of nahal Garni

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow down the wadi all the way till the 1st dry fall of nahal Garni (2km from the “green” trail).

The rappelling route ends in “Ein Namer” spring inside Tzeelim canyon. To get back to your car follow marked trails that lead up the canyon and then to the main plateau (for more details see “Route description” section). Overall length of the route: 12.5km and long ascent to the main plateau is involved at the end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Route description:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are 5 dry falls that should be abseiled:

 

 

1.  40m (8m of slope and then overhanging)

There are two bolts on the right side near the edge. We have left one ring to pull the rope on one of them. *

 

 

A view from the 1st dry fall rappelling station

 

 

The 1st dry fall rappelling station

 

Rappelling down the 1st dry fall

 

 

 

Rappelling down the 1st dry fall

 

 

The 1st dry fall

 

A view back on a "rocks garden"...

 

 

Climb down a short wall and pass around a small waterhole to get to the second rappelling station.

There is actually a cascade of three distinct steps: 40, 12 and 37 meters separated by very wide ledges but the second step can be easily bypassed from the right side. Instead you can rappel first two steps as a whole if your ropes are longer than 57m.

 

2.  40m (gently sloped)

There is a single bolt on the left side near the edge with no obvious options to reinforce the station. We have left our ring on the bolt to pull the rope. *

 

 

The 2nd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

Right hold can save life! :)

 

Rappelling from 2nd dry fall

 

Rappelling from the 2nd dry fall: the cascade of steps
is seen below

 

 

Both steps of the 2nd dry fall

 

 

The 2nd dry fall

 

Bypassing the lower step of the 2nd dry fall

 

 

Go around the 12m step to the 3rd dry fall rappelling station. 

 

3.  37m (gently sloped)

There are many anchors on the rock on the left side but none of them is all-sufficient: one metal plate, two old pitons and rope loops. Combine them. *

 

 

A view from the 3rd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

The 3rd dry fall rappelling station

 

The 3rd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

 

Rappelling down the 3rd dry fall

 

 

The 3rd dry fall

 

The 3rd dry fall

 

 

From the foot of the 3rd dry fall you have to walk for about 1100m in order to get to the 4th dry falls.

The wadi is wide and flat here. While closing to the edge, keep the right side and go into a narrowing between rocks in order to find the rappelling station.

 

4.  19m (vertical)

There are old rope loops on rocks on the right side near the edge. Have your own rope loops and a ring to pull the rope. *

 

 

A view of nahal Tzeelim from the 4th dry fall station

 

 

The stone idol of Easter Island...

 

The 4th dry fall rappelling station

 

 

 

The 4th dry fall

 

 

The 4th dry fall

 

 

 

 

Go down a scree slope covered with boulders to the last rappelling station that is located from the left side of a big boulder and just under it.

 

5.  15m (vertical and overhanging)

There is a 3mm steel cable loop under the boulder with a ring to pull the rope. *

You can either to rappel right from the front edge or keep the very left side near a big wall as we did. The first option is not convenient as you have to pass over an overhang cornice, but much safer. There are a lot of loose rocks under the wall and rock falls almost unavoidable (we proved it…)

 

 

The 5th dry fall rappelling station

 

 

Rappelling down the 5th dry fall

 

The 5th dry fall

 

 

The rappelling route ends in “Ein Namer” spring inside Tzeelim canyon. To get back to your car follow marked trails that lead up the north canyon wall (black marks) and then along the canyon in the west direction (blue marks). The trail crosses the canyon floor at a very nice big waterhole named “Brehat Naama”. Shortly after that you have to turn to a trail marked with green marks that climbs 350m up the south slopes of the canyon to the main plateau. Keep the “green” trail till the road where your car (hopefully) waits for you.  

 

 

"Ein Namer" spring

 

 

Climbing up the "black" trail from Ein Namer

 

 

 

 

 

A view of nahal Garni from the opposite side of Tzeelim

canyon

 

 

"Brehat Naama"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The route quality:

 

*****  - 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...

 

 

* Pay attention! The information is updated for February 2012. Try to check it before starting on your trip.