The city is a fascinating human invention, rich and complex. Becoming intimately acquainted with the narrowest alleys and most surprising viewpoints is a challenge even for local residents, not to mention visitors. Traditional urban tourism is based on sightseeing, moving from one place to another, usually with a motor vehicle and sometimes through defined walking tours. Such an experience gives the visitor an opportunity to see some of the "best of", but lacks the overall feeling that defines the essence of the city.

Trekking has been developed as an outdoor activity, usually to encounter wilderness and wildlife, and sometimes combined with a cultural experience in rural settlements. Long treks have been introduced to link sections of the best treks, such as the Great Himalaya Trail and Europe's GR trail. One of the characteristics of a long trek is its diversity – it takes a traveler from one peak to another. These peaks are sometimes physical, and are always mental. Between them is a relaxing stretch, essential for garnering energy for the next thrill.

Haifa is the place and the reason behind the idea of a real, whole, urban trek. Not just a cover phrase for a limited walking tour, but a comprehensive trail, which links the city's various areas, through the shore and the mountain, the wild green wadis and the winding streets and alleys, through religious sites and communities living in coexistence, parks and hanging gardens. The 70-kilometer trail route passes through the city's best museums and academic institutes, enabling an outdoor as well as indoor urban experience. The trail allows trekkers to eat and sleep at established and developing local accommodations along the way, meet residents and experience local hospitality. Providing services to walkers along the trail is economically beneficial to local communities. In addition, it can serve as a focal point for awareness and environmental activities for all ages.