Mount of TemptationApprox. Time: 2 hours
Activity Level: Easy to Moderate

This harsh, bare mountain stands above the city of Jericho and the valley of the Jordan. The panoramic view from its summit sweeps from the green oasis of Jericho to the Jordan Valley to the Dead Sea, and to the vast mountainous region surrounding it. The Mount of Temptation is locally known as Jabel Quruntul, from "Quaranta" - forty, the number of days in the Gospel account of Christ's fast, when he withdrew into the wilderness after being baptised by John the Baptist in the nearby Jordan. The mountain, which from early Christian times has been called the Mount of Temptation, was referred to as "Mons Quarantanna" by the Crusaders in the first half of the twelfth century.