Mount Bental – A view of the north and of the past

Dror Bederman

Dror Bederman

Tour Designer and Expert Tour Guide in Israel.

A view of the north and of the past

If you are looking for a short and enjoyable trip, offering a breathtaking panoramic view, you are invited to climb to the top of Mount Bental and see the north of Israel in style.

Mount Bental, located in the middle of the Golan Heights, offers a magnificent view of the Golan Heights, Mount Hermon, Hauula valley, Syria and South of Lebanon. It also offers a visit to a restored post and bunkers of the Israeli Army.

It is highly recommended that you bring binoculars with you to this trip.  If you don’t have one, not to worry, there is a video binocular outside the bunkers that can be operated for a small fee.

Mount Bental

Mount Bental – Short geological facts and history

The mountain, rising to a height of 1,164 meters above sea level, is a volcanic peak, formed by layers of lava in various sizes.

Located near Mount Avital, both mountains hold a beautiful valley between them, the Mount Bental -Mount Avital nature reserve.

The mountain received its rounded horseshoe shape after one of its lava walls collapsed, creating a crater.

At the bottom of the mountain you can see Kibbutz Marom Golan, the first Hebrew settlement established in the Golan Heights after it was conquered by the Israeli army during the Six-day war in 1967.

Next to the Kibbutz is Emek Abacha, “The valley of Tears”, where one of the fiercest battles took place.

It was one of those battels where the few beat the many, as the Israeli forces, with their 160 tanks defeated the Syrians who outnumbered them by far in tanks and artillery weapon.

The restored bunker of the Israeli Army is evidence to the military battels that took place on Mount Bental.

On a clear day, you can also see the city of Quneitra, a Syrian city destroyed during the Six-day war in 1967 and Yom Kippur war in 1973. The Syrians restored the City few kilometers north to the ruins of the old city.

Mount Bental – The Golan Trail

When you reach to the top, a Mediterranean thicket, all green with common oak, kermes Oak and Rhus coriaria trees, offers you a great spot for a light picnic.

By the way, Mount Bental is an amazing place for group tours

The trail itself has 15 walking sections along 120km from the north of the Golan up to Ein Tawfik in the south. You can choose walking one or some of the sections, according to difficulty level and your personal preference, all free of charge.

To really enjoy Israel in style, one of the recommended sections is section no. 5, connecting the mountain top with the Bental reservoir, where you can find carp fish. This section is considered one of the prettiest sections.

It is 1km to 1.5km long offering a view of blue (Kineret), white (Hermon) and green (Golan) colors. You are guaranteed a breathtaking and enjoyable experience.

The trail is recommended all year long, but especially during the Autumn and Spring time.

Bear in mind that the descent from Mount Bental to the reservoir is steep and so it is recommended to start from the observation point and not save it to the finish.

You can always have a car waiting for you down at the reservoir, for those who do not want to climb all the way up to the top.

Our tours in Israel include, of course, the journey to Mount Bental – fill out a form through our home page and you are on your way to a dream vacation.

Mount Bental

Mount Bental – Tips on the top

Since the area is full with Basalt stones, bringing with you a small compass is a good idea so you can show the children a compass going wild, losing the north when close to the stones.

The children can also enjoy the metal sculptures garden created by one of Kibbutz Marom Golan residents, including a Knight on his horse and a Dinosaur.

The historic restored bunkers are open to the public, providing a glimpse on the daily lives of the of the Israeli soldiers during the war.

The bunkers exhibit old beds and batteries, maps that show the logistics and the geography of the battles and a view of the Valley of Tears. It is recommended to have a flashlight as it can get quite dark inside.

In the summer it is recommended to bring a hat and some sun screen, as well as proper clothing as it can get cold and windy at the top.

After enjoying the view, you can enjoy a hot drink and some refreshments at Coffee Anan (“Coffee of the Clouds” and a pun on the name of one former UN Secretary General), located on the mountain top.

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