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Ma'ale Eleazar
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Ma'ale Eleazar

Ma\'ale Eleazar

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Israel, Asia

Lat/Lon: 31.30862°N / 35.35379°E

Object Title: Ma'ale Eleazar

County: Israel

Activities: Hiking

Season: Winter

Elevation: 354 ft / 108 m


Page By: Sergey

Created/Edited: Feb 4, 2012 / Oct 13, 2013

Object ID: 774846

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Ma ale Eleazar
Mt Eleazar. Massada Park

Ma’ale Eleazar (Mount Eleazar) is a part of the National Park Massada located on the east edge of the Judaean Desert on the bank of the Dead Sea.

In historical events that took place here about 2000 years ago Ma’ale Eleazar was very significant for Roman troops because it is very close and a little bit higher then Massada and it’s top is a very good Massada fortress view point.

In our days Ma’ale Eleazar has not been “improved” as much as Massada was and it is easy to imagine that contemporary routes to the summit are just the same routes as Roman soldiers used 2000 years ago.


Mt Eleazar Western Route
Mt Eleazar. Western Route

Western Route

Starting point - Western entrance of the Massada National Park (About 200 m below sea level)
Red Trail begins at the bottom of the Masada Roman siege ramp. The path goes through the bottom of Wadi Massada and then rises to the west ridge of the mountain to the junction with the Black Trail. Then by the Black Trail to the summit. Ascent time – 1 hour

Mt Eleazar. On the summit
Mt Eleazar. On the summit

Eastern Route

Starting point - Eastern entrance of the Massada National Park (About 400 m below sea level).
Black Trail begins about 100 m from the indoor parking on the right side of the road. Look for the information board “Ma’ale Eleazar Ascent “. Ascent time - about 2 hours

Mt Eleazar. Masada view from the path
Mt Eleazar. Massada view from the path

Round Massada Route

Starting point - Eastern entrance of the Massada National Park (About 400 m below sea level).
Black and White Trail begins from the junction with the snake path about 200 m from the Eastern entrance. (Look for the information board at the junction on the right hand of the path). The Trail goes along the Roman siege wall, then through the Wadi Ben Yair on the northern side of Masada and ends at the bottom of the siege ramp on the western side (about 2 hours from the entrance). Ma’ale Eleazar Ascent – Western Route. Descent - Eastern Route (about 2,5 hours)

Red Tape

Opening hours of the Massada Park
April-September 08:00-17:00
October-March 08:00-16.00
Admission fees: adults: NIS 23, children: NIS 12.
The park opens for ascents on foot one hour before sunrise
Hikers are permitted on marked paths only. It is strictly prohibited to hike in the park after dark.


The guest house is located on the eastern side near entrance tel. 08-995-3222 or fax 08-658-4650
Overnight campground is located on the western side.

Getting There

Eastern entrance - from the Dead Sea (228 km, road 90) tern to the Massada Park, then 10 minutes drive to the entrance

Western entrance – from town Arad 18 km by local road 3199 to Massada


Mt Eleazar. Masada view from the pathMa\'ale EleazarMasada. SW view.Mt Eleazar Western RouteMt Eleazar. On the summitMasada. S view from Mt Eleazar