What To Expect

Details will be posted as they are confirmed.

What does my registration fee cover?

The registration fee is based on double occupancy from Sunday to Thursday (four nights) at The Ein Gedi Kibbutz Hotel. Single occupancy is available on a limited first-come, first-serve basis at an additional cost of $450 USD. The registration fee includes the Saturday night dinner before the hike, and all meals during the hike (three per day), wine with dinners and extra treats, all special evening activities, our amazing hikes, all transportation, entrance fees, hike guides, medics, logistics support and a full security team who accompany us at all times. All food is kosher and we will be happy to accommodate any other needs you may have.

Where and when does the trip begin?

Please organize your travel so you can plan on being in Tel Aviv by Saturday, October 17, 2020   at sundown. The hike headquarters will be the Orient Hotel, and there will be a registration desk open on Friday afternoon from 4 to 5 p.m., and Saturday afternoon from 5.30 until the opening ceremonies in the lobby. At sundown, please meet us in the lobby of the Orient for a special Havdallah ceremony, followed by a wonderful dinner at a nearby restaurant (this is included in the cost of the hike). On Sunday, October 18, you will be joining your group and your guide for your first day of hiking. We will be providing you with lunch, which will be waiting for you at your bus.

How do I arrange to come a few days early or stay a few days later in Israel?

All Israeli travel arrangements including pre- and post-hike hotels, local transportation or tours, can made through our travel partner, Routes Travel. To make arrangements, please contact:
Anna Kuperberg, Hotel Reservation Manager
Tel: 0119722-63 2006
Email: anna@routestravel.com

Is there a group hotel rate before the hike?

Yes. The hike headquarters will be the Orient Hotel and we have a group rate available through Routes Travel, which will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis until July 30, 2020. Our friends at Routes can help you with your arrangements. We suggest that you reserve early. Depending on demand, we may have other options available as backup. For those who have other personal hotel preferences, Routes Travel can assist you as required. Please contact Anna Kuperberg (see info above).

Where and when does the trip end?

The hike officially ends after a special closing lunch on Thursday, October 22, 2020, and we will have you back in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem that evening.

Where will we be staying and eating our meals?

We will be spending four nights at The Ein Gedi Kibbutz Hotel. An amazing Israeli breakfast will be served each morning in the dining hall. After breakfast each day, you will be able to pack your own lunch and snacks from our wonderful lunch preparation area. We are all together in the evenings where we meet at our beautiful outdoor dining area and lounge, which is set up for all of our dinners and events.

What will the weather be?

The hike takes place in the south and in the desert, so we expect it to be quite warm during the day and cooler at night. Expect to wear t-shirts and shorts most days. Rain is unlikely, but you should bring some rain gear just in case. A sun hat or head covering is mandatory on all days. Nights may be a bit cooler, so be prepared with another layer just in case.

How hard are the hikes and how long will we be hiking each day?

There are three levels of hiking that you can chose from each day: Moderate, Intermediate and Advanced, as well as a special group called Paratrek where you can hike alongside injured victims of terror. Each day, you can decide which group you wish to join. Our expert guides are there to help you make your selection and you will receive a program book with details of the trails to help you chose. We will typically hike from 4 to 7 hours (5 to 15 kilometres) per day with a break for lunch.

What will I carry with me on the hike?

You will need to carry a knapsack large enough to hold 3-5 litres of water, your lunch, sunscreen and any extras you wish to carry. We will provide you with a water bladder for your knapsack at the beginning of the hike (you do not need to bring this with you). Depending on personal preference, you may want to take the following with you on each hike: some identification, cell phone, camera, rain gear (if the forecast indicates rain), spare pair of socks, band aids, toilet paper and wipes (there will likely not be facilities on route). Many hikers also take hiking poles with them.

What type of shoes should I wear?

Proper hiking boots and hiking socks are critical. They should have good ankle support and we suggest that they be broken in prior to the hike. Wearing shoes for the first time on the hike is not suggested. (Open-toed sandals or running shoes will not be permitted.) We also recommend taking previously laundered hiking socks in order to avoid blistering.

Will we have guides on the hikes?

Yes. There will be one guide for every hiking group. Our guides have been with us for many years and are amongst the best in the country.

Will there be security and medical support on the hikes?

Yes, there will be armed and trained medics and security who accompany us on all hikes.

Will we be meeting victims of terrorism who have been helped by OneFamily Fund?

Yes, that is why we are here and it is one more thing that makes this such a powerful experience. Throughout the hike, these amazing and inspirational people, young and old, bereaved and injured, will be joining us for hiking, meals and more. You will have plenty of opportunities to meet, ask questions and learn about how OneFamily has helped them.

For any additional information or assistance, please call Jennifer at 416.489.9687, ext. 200 or email her at jennifer@onefamilyufund.ca.

One Step. One Life. One Family.