Wadi Qelt (Al Qelt) is a track for those who like hiking, discovering history, love connecting their bodies with the earth and enjoying nature. This track is especially attractive during winter and spring; April through September. It has seven tracks ranging from 12 to 28 km; each of them has its own beauty and contains caves, fountains, natural water ponds and captivating rocks and various flowers spread throughout the area.
The area dates back to the Roman era, particularly the Great Harrods’s time; the king who built the water canal to provide water for his castle and garden. The Roman canal's remnants are still visible in some parts of the valley. There's also the current canal which was built in the era of the Jordanian trusteeship, and on the line of the ancient Roman canal.
The presence of water is the main reason that turned the valley into a common road for the Romanians, and was also used as a main road in the Byzantine era. In addition to this, the pilgrims used this road a lot, which lead monks to inhibit the caves and grottos across the valley before the construction of St. George's Monastery. This monastery is a special one; looking at it from the bottom of the valley provokes many inquiries as to how it was engraved in the rocks and suspended on top of the cliff.
The valley starts at the suburbs of Jerusalem, west of Jericho and all the way to the Jordan River, east of Jericho. It's a natural regression that spreads for 45 km between hills and it's one of the most beautiful sights in the area. The natural stream of Qelt is a beautiful one that flows strong and reaches a height of 70 cm during winter.
The valley of beauty….every stone, stream, cave and flower tells a story.
Photos above while walking from Ein Fara to Wadi Qelt, one of the Valley's 7 routes.