The strenuous journey to the top of Judas Cave Mountain

We had a long wanted to visit Jabal Al Qarah mountain at the Al Hofuf area of the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. This place also referred by some Filipinos as Judas Cave because they believed that Judas Iscariot committed suicide in this cave after he betrayed Jesus Christ. So when we had a chance, me and my colleagues packed our itinerary on EID holidays.  The jabal, named after a large, well-known village in proximity of the mountain. Its lush greenery and the spectacular flat-topped hill with a maximum elevation of about 225 m above main sea level makes the area haven for mountaineers and tourist alike.

The trip took us about two hours to get to the base of the mountain from Dammam but the long drive going to Hofuf, the capital of Al-Hasa region was a refreshing and invigorating experience. I was struck by the astonishing landscapes along the highway. There were miles of dunes from afar which I usually seen only in photographs and in movies. As we drive closer to Hofuf, I’ve seen lush green vegetation in the outskirts of  the area. And there were hectares of palm trees densely grow in the countryside of which inevitably reminds me of a typical tropical dreamscape.

Going up to the mountain, we begun walking at the façade heading to the cave main entrance. This fragile rocky pillars leading to the narrow pathways will completely takes your breath away. Upon entering the cave’s walkway, we felt the cool air coming from the cave blowing on us. It was an extreme relief because of the scorching heat outside. The interior of the cave is either clean or covered only by a thin veneer of wind-blown dust and guano. Unlike of the many caves in the Philippines where the caves walls, and ceiling are characterized by the presence of various features including stalactites, stalagmites and among other mineral deposits. After a short sightseeing, we moved towards the top of the mountain squeezing ourselves through a very narrow gap between two boulders. As we reached the highest ridge, we had a perfect sight of the stunning vast plantation of date palms encircle the hill and stretched to the horizon. The uninterrupted scenery in the mountaintop left us open-mouthed and at a loss for words. This aerial view is a knockout.


The magnificent mushroom-like limestone rock formations rising amidst innumerable palm trees make this mountain rare and unique. Though, the weather is scorching during Ramadan yet inside the cave is cold even if it is summer. The surreal and majestic natural beauty of the mountain proves to me that there is someone who performed hidden miracles, miracles like those occurred at the time of Exodus. This natural wonder is a sight to behold and a must visit in Saudi Arabia.

Our trip to Hofuf is definitely worth the time, the shinning rays of the sun through the cracks in the rocks makes me appreciate more to the wonders of nature.

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  1. Thank you for sharing with us your experience and views of the historical place with relation to Judas Iscariot. It touched my spiritual interest. The view is amazing. At least, now I got an idea. Sometime in our bible study with Jehovah’s Witnesses my son asked about the built of castles, the palaces before compare to the way of buildings today! The bible conductor said “because humans before were close to perfection”. Look at those “magnificent mushroom- like limestone”, really wonderful! The chosen feature of Renz de Vino liven my spiritual needs and reminds me that there is a Creator. In addition, the story of Judas Iscariot that I almost forgot made me smile because “suicide” is a decision of anyone that are lack of a deeper knowledge about how Jehovah God is forgiving.

    • Thank you for your comment, I never intend to step in a spiritual atmosphere in this article. It was just happened that the scenery browned me away and I wondered how this rock formations formed? Definitely, there is someone above us who planned all these things. I hope that you can share this article to your brother and sisters in Christ. Have a wonderful day!

  2. Very good post. You have penned down your experience about visiting this place. Highly informative for travellers. Keep up the good work.

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