Even for the more experienced trekker, a hike from Ain Samia to Wadi Auja, is long and challenging, yet will prove to be rewarding.
Ain Samia, is located on the eastern plains of Kafr Malk of the Nablus region, and is one of the most beautiful areas of the West Bank in terms of being rich with water springs and water systems that are built along the ruins of the ancient aqueducts. The area hosts several kinds of beautiful flowers – especially during this time of the year, as well as a variety of plants and trees. Very few people come here, and the valley is a haven for.
In addition, there are many archeological and historical remains which dot the Ain Samia to Wadi Auja trail, illustrating its cultural diversity through the ages. The hiker can explore sites which can be traced back thousands of years, such as mosaic remains from a Byzantium church, an ancient Roman church and cemetery, tombs and an Islamic cemetery.
Viewpoints will give the hiker amazing views across the valley and even the mountains of Jordan on horizon. Trees along the way offer shade and place to rest and reflect on Palestine’s beauty. Taking a break will definitely allow Nature’s visitor to be mesmerized by the songs of birds in the Wadi. The valley is home to many species of birds and wildlife throughout the year. Walking in this part of Palesitne, one can truly sense the sights, sounds and smells of all that Nature has to offer.
The trail requires some scrambling as the terrain is uneven and rocky. There are several ascents and challenging descents into the steep wadi and across dry waterfalls. When the gorge slowly opens up, revealed in front of the hiker is Auja Spring in the Jordan Valley.
If you are up to a challenging hike this Saturday, join the Siraj Center and Masar Ibrahim al Khalil for an adventurous day in nature walking from Ain Samia to Wadi Auja. An authentic Bedouin meal will be served for lunch in Ein Auja.