Mount Carmel

Elevation (feet): 1,791
Elevation (meters): 546
Continent: Asia
Country: Israel
Range/Region: Sinai-Palestine Ranges
Latitude: 32.733333
Longitude: 35.05
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Apr, May, Jun
Nearest major airport: Tel Aviv, Israel
Convenient Center: Haifa, Israel

Mount Carmel is a striking 13-mile ridge in Northwest Israel, just southeast of the port city of Haifa. The mountain's steep northeastern slopes are mostly forested, while the comparatively gentle southern and western slopes extend as a promontory into the Mediterranean Sea. Carmel is sacred to Christians, Jews, and Moslems alike, and has been the destination of religious pilgrimages for centuries. This is due in part to its striking appearance, and in part to its having been a dwelling place for the Biblical prophets Elijah and Elisha. Also, the great Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagorus spent time here. The name Karmel, as it is spelled in Hebrew, means "God's vineyard," and to the ancient Hebrews the fertile, forested mountain was a symbol of fruitfulness and prosperity.