Cross Negev Event

February 13-19, 2022

For those of you mountain bikes are a touring tool, here is a one you’ll never forget:

Desert Mountain Biking through the most spectacular parts of the NEGEV desert: The 3 craters, TZIN basin, the ARAVA valley, MASADA, the DEAD SEA, and much more.

…and that’s only the mountain biking part, coming on top of…

Unique desert atmosphere, million stars at night with no light pollution, vagabond camp experience, delicious local food, high standard bike hire, and super friendly staff taking care of all your needs…

…making it all together a once in a lifetime experience!

Riding style: Mainly desert dirt roads, partially men built flowing singletracks with no technical challenges.

Riding days: 6 or 4 or 2 for your choice
Daily Distance: 31-53 km
Daily climbs: 300-850 meters per day

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Itinerary

Day 1 – February 13

Participates in 6 and 2 day adventure

Pick up from Tel-Aviv airport at 18:00 (*)

Meet our team, get acquainted with your tour mates, prepare your bikes or get to know your hired bikes, and enjoy the opening dinner.

Accommodation:
“Desert Shade” – A basic but delightful getaway, Eco-Tour camp, located right outside the town of Mizpe Ramon and overlooking the massive Ramon crater just a couple of hundred meters away.

*In addition to searching for flights to Tel Aviv airport, we recommend searching for flights to Ramon airport landing before 17:00, these flights may be much cheaper. In case you find an attractive option, please consult with us before booking.

Day 2 – February 14

Participates in 6 and 2 day adventure

Ramon Crater (Machtesh Ramon) here we come!

Event opens with a circular ride through the world largest crater, allowing us to enjoy great variety of colors, endless layers, and totally unique landscapes.

  • Distance: ~39km
  • Climb: ~650 meters
  • Descent: ~650 meters
  • Dirt roads / Flowing singletracks: 80% / 20%
  • Accommodation: Desert Shade

Day 3 – February 15

Participates in 6 and 2 day adventure

Machtesh Ramon – TZIN Valley

Visited the Machtesh yesterday? Let’s see it from above, and then go into the deep virgin desert!

The first part of our day will be above the Machtesh, enjoying some spectacular scenic points looking right into it, while after lunch, we’ll leave the crater, riding toward the deep desert parts, isolated from any road or settlement, till reaching the very wide TZIN riverbed for a vagabond night camp which will be built especially for us, to enjoy campfire and million stars.

  • Distance: ~52 km
  • Climb: ~850 meters
  • Descent: ~1,500 meters
  • Dirt roads / Flowing singletracks: 80% / 20%
  • Accommodation: Vagabond night camp

At this stage…

Guests who came for only 2 RIDING DAYS will be transferred to the Beer Sheva train station where they can get a direct train to Tel Aviv
Arrival to Beer Sheva is expected up to 18:00.

Guests who intend to join us for 4 RIDING DAYS will be picked up from the Beer Sheva train station at 18:00  in order to join us.

Day 4 – February 16

Participates in 6 and 4 day adventure

Another spectacular day ahead!

We’ll start our day along the wide TZIN valley, visit GEV ZARHAN hoping to enjoy some water inside, visit beautiful EIN AKEV, enjoying clean water all year long, and finish the day with a spectacular view on the valley we’ve been just riding through from the grave of DAVID BEN GURION, Israel first prime minister.

  • Distance: ~31km
  • Climb: ~570 meters
  • Descent: ~250 meters
  • Dirt roads / Flowing singletracks: 80% / 20%
  • Accommodation: HOTEL IRUS YERUHAM

Day 5 – February 17

Participates in 6 and 4 day adventure

Let’s visit the Arava valley!

After riding the bus through the big crater (called so even though it’s smaller than the Ramon crater), we’ll start our day with a short ride to a beautiful scenic point above the small crater, then slide the MAALE AKRABIM steep decent (paved road), and then get back into another part of the TZIN riverbed, taking us to the Arava valley, and SEDOM area.

  • Distance: ~54km
  • Climb: ~770 meters
  • Descent: ~1,440 meters
  • Dirt roads / Flowing singletracks: 80% / 20%
  • Accommodation: SHKEDI CAMPLODGE

Day 6 – February 18

Participates in 6 and 4 day adventure

Arad to Masada

Judean desert here we come! Kick off from Arad, situated 600 meters above sea level, just about in the middle of nowhere, nestled between the Judean and the Negev deserts.

We’ll slide down through magnificent desert scenery, via the newly paved Israel Bike Trail toward famous Masada (63 meters above sea level, 450 meters above the Dead Sea).

After the ride we will visit Masada!

  • Distance: ~40km
  • Climb: ~300 meters
  • Descent: ~900 meters
  • Accommodation: Kefar Hanokdim

Day 7 – February 19

Participates in 6 and 4 day adventure

Masada to Neve Zohar

We’ll start our day with an 11 km long, 300 meter descent on an asphalt road back to Masada.
From Masada we’ll head south along the amazing cliff-top, overlooking the Dead Sea. A 40 km ride, including the technically challenging Zeron Descent, ending in the beautiful Zohar creek.

At the end of the ride we’ll take you to Ben Gurion airport & Tel Aviv.

Expected arrival time to the airport: 19:30

Expected arrival time to Tel Aviv: 20:00

  • Distance: ~50km
  • Climb: ~300 meters
  • Descent: ~900 meters

Select your adventure

Choose the number of days you wish to book

 

6 Riding Days

February 16-22, 2021

4 Riding Days

February 18-22, 2021

2 Riding Days

February 16-18, 2021

Prices:

  • Full event (6 riding days): 4,890 NIS
  • 4 riding days: 3,390 NIS
  • 2 riding days: 1,890 NIS

Bike Hire:

  • Regular bikes: 200 NIS per riding day
  • e-bikes: 300 NIS per riding day (limited amount)
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