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Nahal Harduf

Judean Desert

 

 

Rappelling down from the 2nd waterfall

 

 

The route quality:   ****  

 

Attention:

1. Swimming is involved all the year round! Be aware about floods during winter rains!

2. The information is updated for April 2010. Try to check it before starting on your trip.

 

 

While the canyon itself is very attractive and not too long, it has no short approaches unless you have 4x4 vehicle. The option described below is for those miserable persons that have not...

The loop route starting from the Tzeelim night camp ("hanion laila Tzeelim") is 16 km long and involves 600m of ascent, 7 rappellings and crossing some pools by swimming. Full day trip for fast groups...

 

Getting there:

 

Drive on the road number 90 along Dead Sea to the south.

After 231 km distance mark you will see a small building and the direction sign "Nahal Tzeelim" on the right side of the road. A dirt side road branches to the right. Follow the dirt road (marked with black marks) till arriving to the mouth of the Tzeelim canyon with a permitted night camp spot ("hanion laila") at the end of the dirt road. Park here.

Don't leave any valuables in the car as thefts are pretty common in this region!

Follow marked trails (green, then blue, then green again) to the upper reaches of Nahal Harduf. When the trail crosses Harduf canyon leave the trail and go down the canyon. After few tens of meters you will come to the first "waterfall" (an euphemism I use to denote all these dry steeps that see water a couple days a season...)  

 

 

 

 

 

Route description:

 

 

 

There are 7 waterfalls to be abseiled:

 

1st waterfall  (7m). Vertical part followed by an overhang.

The rappelling ends from an overhang into the deep pool so be prepare to uncouple yourself from the rope while floating on the water...

At April 2010 there was some extempore rappelling station made of a stone stuck in a wide crack but your have to bring your own anchoring gear and rope loops to renew the station in the case of changes induced by winter floods.

 

 

Rappelling station of the 1st waterfall.

 

 

Rappelling down from the 1st waterfall.

 

 

The 1st waterfall and its pool.

 

 

 

 

 

At the foot of the first waterfall you have to cross a short chain of small pools (two of them by swimming) before coming to the 2nd waterfall.

 

Pools after the 1st waterfall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd waterfall  (7m). Overhanging.

 

There is very inconvenient beginning because of the overhang so it is recommended to rappel without backpacks.

At April 2010 there was rappelling station set on two bolts.

 

 

The rappelling station of the 2nd waterfall. 

 

 

The 2nd waterfall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd waterfall (20m). Vertical, no overhangs.

At April 2010 there was some extempore rappelling station made of a stone stuck between two boulders but your have to bring your own anchoring gear and rope loops to renew the station in the case of changes induced by winter floods.

 

 

The rappelling station of the 3rd waterfall

 

 

A view from the 3rd waterfall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 3rd waterfall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Between 3rd and 4th waterfalls you have to negotiate a small pit by down climbing, to pass under some large stone stuck high between canyon walls and to cross small water pools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4th waterfall  (4m). Overhanging.

 

There is very inconvenient beginning because of the overhang so it is recommended to rappel without backpacks.

At April 2010 there was a rappelling station set on three pegs connected with 3mm steel cable loop and equipped with a metal ring to pull the rope, but it makes sense to bring your own anchoring gear and rope loops to renew the station in the case of changes induced by winter floods.

 

 

The rappelling station of the 4th waterfall. 

 

 

The 4th waterfall.

 

 

Walking to the 5th waterfall.

 

 

 

 

5th waterfall (2x6m with ledge). Not steep, no overhangs.

There is a sequence of two 6m high steeps separated by some very wide ledge. You need about 35m long rope to rappel the all as one piece.                       

At April 2010 there was a single glue-in bolt with a metal ring to pull the rope.

 

 

A view from the 5th waterfall station. 

 

 

The rappelling station of the 5th waterfall. 

 

 

Rappelling down from the 5th waterfall.

 

 

 

 

6th waterfall  (25m). Short vertical part followed by overhang.

The 6th waterfall is separated from the 5th by a wide ledge only. At April 2010 there was just a single climbing bolt connected with metal ring by 3mm steel cable loop. It makes sense to bring your own anchoring gear and rope loops to set a station in the case of changes induced by winter floods.

 

 

A view from the 6th waterfall

 

 

The rappelling station of the 6th waterfall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rappelling down from the 6th waterfall

 

 

Rappelling down from the 6th waterfall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the foot of the 6th waterfall the canyon widens and water pools crossing are not required any more. 800m of easy walking brings you to another waterfall that can by easily avoided. Pass it around by following rock ledges on the right side. Just at the foot of the bypassed waterfall you come across bush stretches and water spring of Ein Tzaftzefa.

 

Ein Tzaftzefa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Ein Tzaftzefa you can escape the route taking an obvious trail on the rite side.

For the route continuation walk another 200m to the edge of the 7th (and the last, and the highest...) waterfall.

7th waterfall  (45m). Vertical part followed by overhang.

At April 2010 there was two old pegs and one climbing bolt on the edge of the waterfall. Bring your own anchoring gear and rope loops to renew the station in the case of changes induced by winter floods.

There is a dense reeds just at the foot of the waterfall. Try to avoid them while rappelling. 

 

 

The rappelling station of the 7th waterfall

 

 

A view from the 7th waterfall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 7th waterfall

 

 

Landing into the reeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the foot of 7th waterfall follow the bed of Nahal Harduf (with one detour to the right to avoid obstacles) until it meets the Nahal Tzeelim canyon. Go up the Nahal Tzeelim till the place where you can cross it and join the marked (green) trail. Follow marked trails to the car parking spot.

 

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...