Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 13 – Mount Nebo to Oyoun al-Theeb (6 miles)

The view of Israel from atop Mount Nebo

The view of Israel from atop Mount Nebo

Had a great night in the hotel, slept in, and visited Mount Nebo.

“Go up on to Mount Nebo in Moab, across from Jericho, and view Canaan, the land I am giving the Israelites as their own possession. There on the mountain that you have climbed you will die.”

Deuteronomy 32:49-50

Mount Nebo is where Moses is said to have seen the Promised Land, a land God had forbidden him to enter. A Roman nun stumbled across the original three-apsed church on this site during a pilgrimage in AD 393. During the next couple of hundred years, the church was modified and expanded into the basilica that sits on top of Mount Nebo today. From its discovery until now, it remains an important pilgrimage site.

Unfortunately I didn’t have great views of the promised land because of the haze. I could barely make out the Dead Sea.

I should have put on a lot more miles today than I did but the trail was so dang difficult. For several miles I climbed down Mount Nebo via a rocky trail which was very slow going. As soon as I got to the bottom of it there were several more miles of steep uphill on a switchback Jeep road. Then it was downhill again, cross country with lots of rocks to slow me down.

Last night I got my tent all set up and was eating dinner when I spotted a flashlight coming my way. As it got closer and closer, I knew people were coming to check me out. How they spotted me, I have no idea. It turns out they were two shepherds from a nearby camp. They came with a pot of steaming tea and glasses. I can’t escape their hospitality! As usual they were friendly, honest, and open people. We drank a pot of tea while we chatted for a couple of hours.

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One Response to Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 13 – Mount Nebo to Oyoun al-Theeb (6 miles)

  1. Hadija March 23, 2017 at 1:46 pm #

    Must be really hard on the rocky “trails” with your heavy backpack. I decided I literally had never seen so many rocks! Glad you got a lie in at Madaba! How great to have hot tea brought to your tent and good company. I always felt eyes on me from afar, and when I arrived at Pella, my host informed me that my progress had been monitored by family members out on the mountains with their goats and sheep. The haze only seemed to clear for me after heavy rain. Still your photo definitely gives a sense of the vastness of the landscape.

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