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Nahal Holed

Judean Desert

 

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The route quality: ***/****

 

 

The route type:

   

Rappelling trip.

Nahal Holed is actually a major south-west inflow of nahal Hever and so lower stretch of nahal Hever is the part of the route.

ATTENTION! Nahal Hever and Nahal Holed is a closed nature reserve and a special nature conservation zone. The passage of the route in this zone is a serious law violation and it can be followed by money penalty and even imprisonment. If you, however, are ready to take this risk, at least try to minimize the damage to nature: do not make noise, do not add bolts and, of course, do not leave any garbage. It is advisable to limit yourself to a single visit only.

 

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

Keep in mind that descending nahal Holed is a serious undertaking suitable for competent persons in good physical shape.

Because of nature of the route (a big 170m high wall) having walkie-talkies is recommended!

Most but not all rappelling stations are equipped with climbing bolts. Bring rope loops and rings to pull the rope. *

 

Getting there:

 

There are two obvious options to get to nahal Holed: from kibuts Ein Gedi via Maale Tzruya (from the North) or from nahal Mishmar via Maale Mishmar (from the South). Both of them seems to be almost equally long and laborious, but it is much safer to leave car in Ein Gedi then in Mishmar so we chose the first option. It is a piece of hike: 11km with 650m of height gain (about 550m of Maale Tzruya and 100m when crossing nahal Hever). Provide 4.5 hours.

Drive on the road number 90 along Dead Sea to the exit to kibuts Ein Gedi. Park inside or near the gate. The trail marked with green marks starts a couple of tens of meters before the gate (Point 1 on the map below).

If you have another car you can risk to put it at the mouth of nahal Hever (5km to south from exit to kibuts Ein Gedi) but a safer option is to park it at "Mirhatsot Ein Gedi" ("Ein Gedi Baths") 3.8km from Ein Gedi.

 

Follow the green trail which climbs along Maale Tzruya to the main plateau, continue on the dirt road with the same green marks, then turn south-west to the red trail (a shortcut is possible). The "red" trail crosses nahal Hever at Gabei Hever water holes (100m down and up), then crosses some obvious inflow of nahal Hever (40m down and up) and finally approaches nahal Holed. In order to avoid excessive hike along the trail and down the wide meanders of nahal Holed you can do a shortcut aiming directly to the edge of the first dry fall (Point 2) and descent into nahal Holed through an obvious north-west inflow.

 

 

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Route description:

 

 

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There are 5 dry falls to be abseiled in nahal Holed (2nd and 3rd of them are located on a 170m high single wall) and one more in nahal Hever:

 

1. 16m (overhanging)

There are 2 climbing bolts located on the right wall a couple of meters from the edge. Bring your own rope loops and a maillon to pull the rope. *

 

 

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The 1st dry fall rappelling station

 

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The 1st dry fall rappelling station

 

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The 1st dry fall

 

 

 

From the base of the first dry fall walk some 80m, then bypass a drop scrambling up to the right and then descent finally to the edge of the mail wall.
The wall consists of two pitches (100m and 70m) separated by a wide ledge ("2nd ledge" on the photos below).

 

My photos of the main wall with the line of descent and rappelling stations (2 and 3) precisely placed:

 

 

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2. 100m (35m vertical, then a ledge ["1st ledge"], then 45m vertical and 20m of overhang at the very end)
After the ledge, the line of your descent unavoidably passes through 3 consequent patches of hanging thorns. Be prepared physically and mentally... ;-)

The station: 2 climbing bolts with "ears" located on the front face of a big rocky block on the left side of the canyon. There are 2 more bolts without "ears" on the same block. Bring your own rope loops and a maillon to pull the rope. *

 

 

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The 2nd rappelling station (on the edge of the main wall)

 

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A view on nahal Holed from the main wall edge

 

 

 

 

 

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Rappelling the first pitch of the main wall
(view from the ground)

 

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Rappelling the first pitch of the
main wall (view from the ledge)

 

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Landing to the ledge

 

 

 

The descent ends on a very wide ledge. The following rappelling station is located near the edge of the ledge just on the line of your descent.

 

3. 70m (40m vertical then 30m overhang)

The station: 2 climbing bolts located behind a medium sized block and connected between them by a metal cable. There are 2 more bolts without "ears" on the block itself (seems pretty useless). *

As this station is on the line of the previous descent, I would recommend to avoid to use it while some participant is descending the first pitch because of a stone fall danger.

 

 

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The 3rd rappelling station

 

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The 3rd rappelling station

 

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The 3rd rappelling station

 

 

 

 

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Rappelling the 2nd pitch of the main wall

 

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Walk 640m until a small dry fall which can be bypassed on the right side. 100m after the bypass you come to the next (4th) rappelling spot.

 

 

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Walking to the 4th dry fall

 

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Approaching the 4th dry fall (red arrow)

 

 

 

 

4. 57m (overhanging)

The station: 4 climbing bolts located on a rocky step on the right side and connected by ropes. *

 

 

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The 4th rappelling station

 

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The 4th rappelling station

 

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The 4th rappelling station

 

 

 

 

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The 4th dry fall

 

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The 4th dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

Walk about 300m till a small dry fall which can be bypassed on the right side along a steep scree slope. Pretty dangerous!
Behindhand I would prefer to look for some option to rappel the dry fall and this is what I recommend to you.

Anyway, please, dont stay near the spring below this dry fall and dont cause any damage to it as this spring is an ecologically sensitive object!

 

 

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The dangerous bypass

 

 

 

 

 

150m after the bypass you come to the last rappelling spot of nahal Holed.

 

5. 23m if measured from the station (5-6m from the station to the edge, then vertical with last 3m overhanging)

The station: a rope loop around a stone stuck under a big boulder some 5 or 6 meters from the edge. *

 

 

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The 5th dry fall rappelling station

 

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The 5th dry fall

 

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The 5th dry fall

 

 

 

Walk 600m till the conjunction of nahal Holed with nahal Hever. Walk another 1.6 km on the floor of nahal Hever till a dry fall which should be rappelled.

 

6. About 25-30m if measured from the station (about 5m from the station to the edge, then sloped with last 3m overhanging)

The station: a rope loop under a big boulder some 5 meters from the edge. *

 

 

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Approaching the 6th dry fall rappelling station

 

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The 6th dry fall rappelling station

 

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The 6th dry fall

 

 

 

 

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The 6th dry fall

 

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The 6th dry fall

 

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The 6th dry fall

 

 

 

From the foot of the last dry fall follow the canyon floor till the road (2.5 km).

 

 

 

 

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 March 2017. Try to check it before starting on your trip.