Abraham Path Experiences

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Walk in Iraqi Kurdistan

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Bespoke, carefully curated and themed walking experiences and courses for small groups and individuals who wish to go beyond tourism to discover what it is like to really be with a place and its people.


October 24-31, 2021


Kurdish Region of Northern Iraq





This journey will follow the rocky spine of Iraqi Kurdistan. Guests have the opportunity to feel the landscape for themselves, and to become the most recent incarnation of walkers to leave footprints across these mountains that have played host to so many before. We travel from west to east, striking out from dry desert hills and heading towards lush green valleys, roaring white-water rivers, and finishing amongst towering, snow-capped peaks. Along the way we pause to hear stories in fortress cities and from lone shepherds, and to drink from the springs that have satiated pilgrims, armies, travellers and walkers for millennia. We speak, as we move, to people who have lived, worked and walked here for decades, and who are the guardians of the trails and histories of the region.

We see how Kurdistan fits into the old world, but also into the new, ever-changing mould of the Middle East. Above all we walk and, through that, we listen, share and are immersed in one of the jewels of the region where the layers of history, culture and faith are right beneath our very feet.

Day 0: Arrive Erbil.

Day 01: Visit Cultural & Archaeological Sites.

Day 02: Walk from Sherman to Khirdas Villages (~11 km).

Day 03: Walk from Safti to Zoragvan (~16 km).

Day 04: Walk from Khalan to Soran (~25 km).

Day 05: Walk from Dargala to Choman (~22 km).

Day 06: Walk in Choman (~ 10 km).

Day 07: Erbil City Cultural Tour.

Dates: October 24-31, 2021

Location: Kurdish Region of Northern Iraq


All travelers are required to be double vaccinated and will need to provide proof of a negative COVID test taken less than 24 hours before travel.

Physical Considerations *Important*

The course is demanding in terms of physical activity. Hikes will be an average of 16 – 22 km per day involving walking uphill, downhill, and on rough terrain. To that purpose, we strongly advise participants to be prepared for physical activity in hot weather on this course.

In October average high temperatures are around 27°C, and average low temperatures are around 15°C. There is a <16% risk of precipitation on any given day in October, but it is still advisable to bring a light rain jacket.

Participants are required to have the appropriate gear and clothing for the walk. We will be walking in widely varied terrain: open fields in full sun, wadis and narrow valleys, forests, and alpine meadows. A suggested packing list will be included as part of the pre-departure information pack with ample time for questions.

We recommend bringing an additional $300 in cash for other personal expenses. US Dollars are accepted universally in Iraqi Kurdistan.

The Abraham Path Initiative (API) is an international nonprofit that invests with local partners to achieve shared goals for a fruitful future. Since 2007, API has seeded walking trails in the Middle East to introduce people to an ancient land. API envisions the simple act of walking as a way for people from around the world to connect with one another, and as a creative space for stories that highlight the unique culture, heritage and hospitality of the region. API is non-religious and non-political.

Trip Leader

Leon McCarron

Leon McCarron is a writer, filmmaker and adventurer from Northern Ireland. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a recipient of the 2017 Neville Shulman Challenge Award, and an Abraham Path Fellow.

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Bespoke, carefully curated and themed walking experiences and courses for small groups and individuals who wish to go beyond tourism to discover what it is like to really be with a place and its people.

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We schedule journeys regularly throughout the year to give you the opportunity to choose your best date. For inquiries about Abraham Path Experiences, you can reach us at experience@abrahampath.org

Advice to travelers to book early:

In accordance with the guidelines and policies of our tour operating partners, API recommends booking journeys 6 to 12 months in advance. Furthermore, we advise all travelers to consider the following points:

– Popular destinations, especially arrival and departure cities, sell out early.

– No itinerary activity or visit can be guaranteed unless confirmed by the host or service provider.

– Some service providers like hotels may require a deposit well in advance or even upon registration.

– Reviewing the terms and conditions included in the trip product page for the particular trip you are considering.