The highest point in Israel is an inviting place to hike all year round. For those of you who travel in Israel: Skiers will head straight for Mount Hermon in winter. Those who prefer to walk can also have a ball there. When summer has already set in over the rest of the country, Mount Hermon is still bursting with the vitality of an extended springtime.
Mount Hermon (Hebrew: הר חרמון) is a mountain in the Anti-Lebanon mountain range. Its highest point is 2,814 m (9,232 ft) above sea level. This summit is on the border between Syria and Lebanon. Parts of the southern slopes fall within the Golan Heights, an area under Israeli control since the June 1967 Six-Day War.
The mountain is actually a cluster of mountains with three distinct summits, each about the same height. The Anti-Lebanon Range extends for approximately 150 km (93 miles) in a northeast-southwest direction, running parallel to the Lebanon range on the west. The Hermon range covers an area of about 1000 square km, of which about 70 km are under Israeli control. Most of the portion of Mount Hermon within the Golan Heights constitutes the Hermon nature reserve.
Mount Hermon is also mentioned in the Torah in the Book Deuteronomy 3:9 –
“which Hermon the Sidonians call Sirion, and the Amorites call it Senir”.
According to the Old Testament, Mount Hermon also served as the northern boundary of the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 3:8).
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