Hatira – Yamin
wadi. The best the desert can offer
This year Passover brings
and good weather - and also guarding attendants in the Negev parking
lots courtesy of the
local tourists association.
We take this opportunity
to hike on one of the most
beautiful hikes that have lots of interest points – cisterns, dry
observation points, giant rock cracks, and a bit of a challenge for the
We started our hike at
Ein Yorkeam parking, on rout
206. According to archaeologists, in the byzantine age a stronghold was
place of the parking spot but now one needs a great deal of imagination
From here a green colored
trail leads to Ein Yorkeam
that is an impressive cistern and as luck will have it - this year also
full of water.
Byzantine times stairs
are caved in the rock to lead to
The cistern is located at
the bottom of a dry
waterfall, giving photogenic light and shade mixes.
We go back to the trail
and cross Hatira wadi to
the opposite bank, where a great view of the wadi bend is revealed to
After a kilometer we come
to a giant horse shoe
waterfall, where an amazing view of the wadi below is revealed.
On the right side of the
bank, a very narrow and hard
descent goes sharply over the chasm to the bottom of the waterfall.
As luck will have it, the
equipped with a ladder and iron
holdings that make the descent much easier.
This trail was first
created by the “Palmah” forces that
were seeking a way to go around the British patrols on the Mamshit Dead
Looking up the cliffs we
are amazed at the bravery of
the men and woman who have opened the trail on this steep and
We continue with the
trail up to the crossing of
wadi Hatira and wadi Yamin, where we take the green trail to Yamin
The steep but comfortable
ascent allows a great view
from above on the wadies crossing and a view to the giant Yamin
After the ascent
an interesting geological surprise,
a crack in rock - a meter wide, that crosses the trail along the cliffs
forces us to jump over it.
We try to measure it's
depth by throwing small
stones into it, but we never hear the impact sound. apparently the
all the way to the earth's core...
We continue along the
Yamin wadi and soon hear children playing from
afar, is it a
"fata morgana" (desert hallucinations)? A quick
crossing of the wadi bend reveals Yamin cisterns, full with water and
chains of beautiful pools where a few families are playing.
After resting and
swimming we continue with the
trail to Yamin parking and from there due the lack of better
the road on a small trek back to the car at Yorkeam parking.
trip summary : from Ein Yorkeam to
Yamin Hatira crossing and througth Yamin ascent to Yamin parking.
: hard the "Palmah" ascent challenges the
adrenalin gland and the other ascents challenges your fitness.
month of trip : April
: An amazing hike with lots of interest
cisterns, ascents and a rock crack.
key words: Hatira wadi, Yamin wadi,
Yamin cisterns, Ein Yorkeam, "Palmah" ascent, Yamin rock crakcs, Yamin
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