Walking the Israel National Trail

KKL-JNF initiates and participates in events along the Israel National Trail. Along the 44 segments of the trail, from Tel Dan in the north to the Taba Pass in the south, you will find many KKL-JNF sites, including forests, parks, points of interest and camping sites, all available to INT hikers.

Nifgashim Beshvil Yisrael  ('Meeting on the Israel National Trail') is a long and unconventional journey in nature, from Eilat in the south to She’ar Yeshuv in the north where two CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters crashed on the night of February 4, 1997 - a tragedy coined by Israelis as “the helicopter disaster”. One of the soldiers who died in that crash was staff sergeant Avi Ofner. His parents, Raya and Yossi, decided to commemorate him and his friends through this symbolic trek on the Israel National Trail.
Three years ago KKL-JNF joined this initiative as a strategic partner, and are involved in the content, instruction and administration of the trek.
The program consists of three parts:
Commemoration – every day of the trek, one or several fallen IDF soldiers and victims of acts of hostilities, are commemorated.
Renewal – renewal through meeting new people on the trek; people who didn’t know each other beforehand get to know each other and attend joint workshops on Jewish-Israeli culture.
Dialogue – unmediated discussions and structured dialogues (discussion circles) between different groups in Israeli society are part of the journey. People from different age groups engage in multicultural and heterogeneous dialogues, which seek to help them gain insight, deepen relationships and accept the other, whatever his/her opinions might be.
Every day, the participants hike 15-20 km, participate in structured workshops and end the day with a session that is connected to their location, whether it’s a person they’ve meet with, a personal or community project or even the specific date.
The journey always begins in Eilat and over a period of two months the hikers cover the entire state of Israel. You can follow the track and plan to join at different points on the Nifgashim Beshvil Yisrael website (Hebrew).

Follow the 12th Meeting on the Israel National Trail!


The 2017 walk in the Meeting on the Israel National Trail series, which is now in its 12th year, is taking place Feb 22th until April 27th, 2017. This is the fourth year that the event has been held with the support and participation of KKL-JNF.
Sunday, March 19, 2017 12:46 PM

Following the songs of Israel's soundtrack

Monday, March 27, 2017 11:06 AM

Sapir Lake to Lotz Cisterns

11th Meeting on the Israel National Trail

The 2016 walk in the Meeting on the Israel National Trail series, which is now in its 11th year, will take place from Feb 29th until April 27th, 2016. This is the third year that the event has been held with the support and participation of KKL-JNF.

10th Meeting on the Israel National Trail

Meeting on the Israel National Trail is a socially conscious and value-oriented journey from Eilat to northern Israel, whichin 2015 is in its 10th year. KKL-JNF is playing a major part this year in guiding the hikers.

Nahal Walks on the Israel National Trail with KKL-JNF

Thousands of combat soldiers from the Nahal Brigade, bereaved families and youth groups from all over Israel walked for two days along the 940 kilometer Israel Trail, which crosses the length of the country from north to south.