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X-Desert delight
A triple day mountain bike adventure in the Negev desert, Israel, 10-14 March 2011!

We invite you to take part in a thrilling, non conventional mountain bike trip! One that will be remembered as a landmark in your vacation history!

More information below the slideshow
The Israeli Negev desert, with its unique geological phenomenon, breathtaking scenery and huge diversity of riding tracks is clearly a "MTB rider‘s haven".

Located in the southern part of Israel, this vast, wild area is still untouched and holds its secrets for you to discover.

As for the weather, what can better then a mountain bike riding vacation in the middle of the winter? Now, when Europe tends to be rainy, snowy and cold, the Negev desert climate is exactly what one can wish for a comfortable 20-25 degrees during the day with no rain and low humidity.

The Negev is covered with hundreds of kilometers of tracks, crisscrossing the primeval wasteland, some of which hold mythical names and have been used by travelers from the ancient world. This trip will take you through some of the more well known spots in the Negev desert such as "the
Ramon Crater" and many other breathtaking sights. The tracks themselves are challenging and suit skilled XC riders who are not intimidated by long rides and rough terrain.

The tour plan:

Thursday March 10

19:30 Pick up by from Ben-Gurion Airport Tel-Aviv and transport (2 hours) to Khan Ezuz.

Dinner and Overnight at Khan Ezuz.

Friday March 11

Ride on the Ezuz single track, Nitzana creek.

Dinner and Overnight (outdoors) at Nitzana creek.

Saturday March 12

Continue riding through Nitzana creek before continuing to to the breathtaking trail on the edge of the Ramon Crater cliff looking down to one of the oldest "geological windows" on earth. Then head north to Hava creek with its dramatic scenery.

Dinner and Overnight (outdoors) at Hava creek.

Sunday March 13

Descent from Hava creek to the Arava, a part of the "Levant fracture" a huge geological plate boundary that spreads from the Dead Sea (The lowest spot on the face of the earth) in the south all the way to Syria in the north.

From there, back to Tel-Aviv, arrival 20:00

Monday March 14 (optional)

A free day in Tel-Aviv.

Self transport to Ben-Gurion airport.


Additional details

Price: 490€

Number of participants: 8

Last date for registering: 10 December 2010

Information about the ride:
  • Terrain: Dirt roads & Single tracks
  • Distances: 40-50 Km per day
  • Ascent: ~500m per day, some steep climbs
  • The trip is suitable for experienced XC riders in good physical condition.

Price includes:
  • Airport transfer on the first day
  • Accommodation 3 nights, 2 of them outdoors.
  • Guides
  • Accompanying logistic vehicle
  • Full Board during the outdoor trip + dinner on the last evening
  • Tents and mattresses for outdoor sleeping ( does not include sheets and pillows)

Price excludes:
  • Health insurance with extreme sport coverage
  • Last night accommodation in Tel-Aviv for those who choose to stay overnight on the last day.


For more information please contact us at: info@israel-mtb.com