Nahal Lot

Judean Desert


Rappelling from the 2nd 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.

Two of three rappelling stations are equipped with 3mm steel cable and metal rings to pull the rope. *  

Bring your own rope loops to reinforce existing stations or to build new.


Getting there:


The end of the route is on the road 90, 500m east (in the Eilat direction) from Zohar Junction and some vehicle should meet you here at the end of your trip. It is good idea to leave your car in the nearby “Delek” filling station that is 800m further on the road 90.


Drive on the road 31 from Zohar Junction in Arad direction then turn left to the road 258. Drive 9.4 km (till 13 km distance mark) and turn left to a dirt road that leads to a military base. Drive on the road 10.4 km and park your car (Point 1 on the route map). This is the start point of the route.











Route description:


From this point follow some not so obvious dry channel in the north-east direction. After 800m you will come across the main (although very shallow) bed of nahal Lot (Point 2). Turn right and follow the flat wadi of nahal Lot for another 1.25km. Eventually you will found yourself staying on the edge of a big horseshoe-shaped wall.

It’s the first dry fall to be abseiled (Point 3).










There are 3 dry falls to be abseiled:



1.  36m (8m vertical and then overhanging).


At the moment of writing these words there was a 3mm steel cable loop with a metal ring to pull the rope placed around a rocky prominence on the left side.*

There are other cracks on the same prominence allowing to backup the station. 



View over the canyon on the 1st dry fall


The 1st dry fall rappelling station


Rappelling from the 1st dry fall





The 1st dry fall


Walking to the 2nd dry fall





Easy walking for 1.4km along the wide and flat wadi will bring you to the edge of the second dry fall.


2.  73m (20m vertical and then overhanging).


As for December 2011 there was no prepared rappelling station but it can be easily set on some prominent boulder in the middle of the bed 3 meters from the edge.

To do that a 5m long auxiliary rope is required.

As well there is an option to jam a rope knot in a crack at the same boulder.



A view from the 2nd dry fall rappelling station


The 2nd dry fall rappelling station






The 2nd dry fall


View back on the 2nd dry fall





Another 1.3km of walking that involves some very easy bouldering brings you to the edge of the third dry fall.


3.  28m - overhanging.


Climb down a short rocky step and you will found there the station. It is placed on the roof under the boulder in the right side.

Be careful climbing down as the rocks here are sloping and slippery! Use auxiliary rope.

At the moment of writing these words there was a 3mm steel cable loop with a metal ring to pull the rope.*

As well there was another option to thread a rope between boulders just on right side from the station. Some remains of old rope loops are still in place. 



A view from the 3rd dry fall rappelling station


The 3rd dry fall rappelling station






The 3rd dry fall rappelling station


The 3rd dry fall





From this point to the end of the route the only obstacle is some 6m high slippery gutter (650m from the 3rd dry fall). Auxiliary rope would be advisable. Instead you can pass it around by climbing up on the left side and than climbing down into the canyon. Easy!



The slippery gutter





From the gutter you have to walk another 4 km along the wadi at the lower part of nahal Lot till you will come across a dirt road marked with green marks. Turn left and follow the dirt road until a junction with another dirt road marked with blue marks. Turn right and follow it till the main road 90 and than to the “Delek” filling station. 




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 December 2011. Try to check it before starting on your trip.