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Take a short break from the freezing Europe and join this once in a lifetime biking adventure along the newly-built Israel National Bike Trail in the Negev Desert with Desert BikeAir! The rides, the landscapes, and the atmosphere are like no any other bike holiday. This is a totally unique adventure combining the special rides the desert provides with the special atmosphere at night in the middle of nowhere!
You will stay in different desert camps. On the first day, you will stay at Desert Shade, a very basic but great vibe eco-camp, located right next to Mizpe Ramon. On the second night, you will stay at Nekarot Well Camp. On the third night, you will stay in a desert camp in Pharan. On your last night, you will stay in a desert camp in Timna Valley Park.
You will be picked up from Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) or Ovda Airport (VDA), whatever you choose. Meet the team, your tourmates, and prepare your bikes or get to know your hired bikes, and enjoy the opening dinner.
Yo, Negev! Here you come! Celebrate the trip’s kick off by riding high up on a magnificent cliff, hugging the rim of Machtesh Ramon, the world’s largest crater, 40 kilometers long. Say hello to the Negev ibex and eagles who make this cliff their home.
Use an ancient camels' path to descend to the crater’s floor and ride through magnificent geological formations colored adobe red, turquoise green, pitch black, and desert brown. Exit the crater through the Nekarot Creek and ride along the world-famous Spice Road.
Make your way to the Nekarot Well Camp, in the middle of nowhere built especially for you. Campfire and a cold beer under a million stars, and a great vibe! The central tent concept is great fun, but if you wish to have your own small tent, you can pay a little extra and have it.
You will be starting at the very spot where travelers and merchants made camp for thousands of years, climb up a thrilling single track, and negotiating huge surfaces of the dark stone. Cross to the other side of the mountain range. You will slide fast to the remains of the ancient Nabatic town of Moah.
From there, ride south along the Arava Valley, smack at the center of the East African Rift. The ride ends near the Barak Canyon, where Desert BikeAir will invite you to a short and beautiful hiking. You will stay in a desert camp in the middle of nowhere built especially for you.
From your night camp, you will be picked up by a private bus to Shaharut, a remote village and desert community, where you will start your trip’s last riding day and a most spectacular finale. From Shaharut, ride high up on a mountainous single track offering a dazzling desert scenery.
Riding way above the world-famous Timna Valley Park, you will observe the remains of ancient copper mines built by Kings Ramesses, David, and Solomon. You will also take in the incredible Timna sand rock formations and natural sculptures and arches.
From there, you will start a tantalizing descend heading to the Red Sea, riding along spectacular wadis, canyons, and mountain ridges. The ride ends at the amazing colorful Timna Park.
Following breakfast, Desert BikeAir will transfer you to the airport. Flying home from the Ben Gurion Airport (TLV), you can either use Desert BikeAir transfer (a five-hour ride) or board a 50-minute flight for 100 EUR.
The very high standard Israel National Bike Trail is a combination of flowing singletracks dirt roads, with a few technical challenges that can be easily negotiated on a bike or on foot. Bike-friendly for both experienced and casual mountain bike riders.
The Negev Trail is well-marked and easily followed without a map or a GPS. Each day, you will wake up and will start biking whenever you are ready. Biking is either on your own or in small groups, whichever suits you best.
Desert BikeAir experienced mountain biking guides will be last on the trail, bringing up the rear and helping out whenever necessary. After the first two riding days, you will enjoy a hot bucket shower which is another sort of adventure. After the third riding day, you will finally enjoy a real shower.
Desert BikeAir's four-by-four vehicles are equipped with all the necessary gear to help solve problems along the trail.
Desert BikeAir recommends a full suspension bike of 100 to 140 millimeters travel. Bring your own bike or hire one of Desert BikeAir's high-quality ones. Your personal bag will be transferred by the crew from each accommodation to the next, so there is no need to schlep anything along the trail.
Desert BikeAir invites you to leave your bikes at home and hire one of their high-quality bikes for 120 EUR. All of them are 2018 models. Please inform Desert BikeAir of your height and weight, and they will send you a list of the bikes they can offer you. Helmet, reserve tube, and tools are not provided with the bikes. If you use SPD pedals, Desert BikeAir recommends bringing your pedals with you.
Nir is the entrepreneur behind Club Giraffe, an ‘avid’ mountain biker with many desert days, in addition to vast experience in organizing mountain bike trips in Israel and abroad, producing desert events.
This cycling holiday will take place in the Negev Desert, Israel. The Israel Bike Trail, Israel’s spectacular southern mountain biking path, runs mainly on flowing singletracks, along pristine and uninterrupted desert landscape.
Unlike any other desert, the Negev is a fascinating mosaic of wild geological formations, ancient historical landmarks, and the world’s most advanced and fertile organic agriculture farms. Immersed in biblical legacy, you will ride in the footsteps of the Israelis who crossed the desert from Egypt to the Promised Land.
You will be provided with full board meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as beers. Each riding day ends with a campfire and cold beer under the stars, leading up to a sumptuous dinner with meat and vegetarian options. Each day starts with a generous Israeli breakfast, then pick up or make your lunch pack, and head out for another incredible riding day in the Negev!
Ben Gurion Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Eilat Airport (ETH), then book a domestic flight to Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) or Ovda Airport (VDA). Transfer from this airport is included in the price. Desert BikeAir will pick you up from the airport.
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