Story of the Path:
In 2006, an eclectic group of 25 people from around the world embarked on a trip from Urfa to Hebron, following the epic journey of the world’s first pilgrim, Abraham. The group included academics; writers; trekking professionals; cultural tourism experts; and leaders from civil society groups in the Middle East, religious circles, and the business community.
The group traveled well over 1000 km (625 miles) from one of the most revered sites in the story of Abraham, his Birth Cave in Urfa, to another: his Burial Cave in Hebron. Along the way, they met a mosaic of people, communities, and local leaders across the Middle East to talk about a radical idea: to develop the first long-distance walking trail across the region. The trail would provide economic opportunities to small rural communities; a creative space for stories that highlight the unique culture, heritage, and hospitality of the region; and a place of meeting and connection between people from the Middle East and people from around the world. The path would connect the world to the Middle East in a new way.
Eight years later, over 2000 km (1243 miles) of walking trails have been mapped out, and thousands of people from around the worldhave discovered a new side of the Middle East.