Mount Sinai
Mount Sinai
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Tamara
8 contributions
Nov 2021
In November 21 my husband and I traveled through Egypt. We hiked to the summit of Mount Sinai (UNESCO heritage site and a holy ground for Christians, Muslim and Jews alike) and this was a wonderful experience. I recommend this trip to everybody who wants to see more of Egypt than the usual pharaonic monuments.
We flew from Cairo to Sharm-el-Sheik and then we drove with a car for 3,5 hour to St Catherine in South Sinai. In St Catherine we were introduced to our pleasant English speaking Bedouin tour representative from Darbsina tours who was in charge of our stay there.
We were picked up at the hotel and we started to hike at 1 o’clock at night. We used small pocket lights to lighten the road and this worked surprisingly well. The night was cool and clear, an ideal weather for a moderate climb in company of our charming Bedouin guide Ahmed. He knew amazingly much about sky navigation, medicinal herbs, history and entertained us with Bedouin stories and their ancient way of life. Underway we stopped in a few small Bedouin huts for a short rest and spiced cup of coffee. The slow-paced, 8km long hike under the beautiful starry sky (following a quite comfortable camel road) was easy. The last 220m (750 stone steps) to the top was the hardest part of the hike but definitely doable for anybody in a moderate physical condition. We made it perfectly in time for the spectacular sunrise on the cold summit of Mount Sinai at the 2285m. Our guide led us to the best seats on a rock in this natural “amphitheater of sunrise” and it felt like the world was at our feet.
A small Christian chapel and a Mosque were build next to each other on the small plateau on the top of the mountain. They are a fitting symbol of acknowledgment of the both religions where Moses is believed to receive the Ten Commandments.
We descended under warm sun back to the Monastery of St Catherine and had a good breakfast in St Catherine’s small Bedouin restaurant.
This short stay in Sinai Mountains is an unforgettable highlight of our vacation in Egypt and we want to thank Moussa and Ahmed for their great company and competence.
Written December 6, 2021
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H M
New York City, NY49 contributions
Nov 2021
We took the camels up and then walked the 750 steps up for the last part. it was spiritual and historic.
We chose to go in the morning not the overnight where you climb in darkness. At sunrise there is hundreds of people on top when we climbed during the day there was only our tiny group, plus we were had to leave Sharm at 7 in the morning not 2am
Written May 23, 2022
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NaraS9
Hook, UK103 contributions
Aug 2020
It was in our do list with my late brother to clim this mountine and fill the energy of biblical site. And I made a promise to myself that I will be doing this and will dedicate to the memory of my brother. With my son we clim the mountain yesterday night, guided by bedouin guide Ahmad who was very kind person with huge faith. We started at 1am and by the time we reached the top was almost 4.30pm, just about sunrise to start.
I can't explain the energy of this place, you have to feel it , It's out of this world. Such a powerful place to be.
To reach to the top also wasn't that easy, but we did it ...
Its a great excperance but makes it more special when you fill full your promise, giving peace in your soul and body.
Written August 4, 2020
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Fahad Qamar
Lahore, Pakistan98 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
The top of the mountain offers magnificient views at sunrise. The ascent takes around 6 hours and starts at around 12 in midnight. Physical fitness is necessary to climb up to the top. It is very very cool at the top for which blankets are provided by the last cafe on the mountain. There are tea stalls and cafes about every hour as you climb the mountain. Do not carry a lot of stuff along as it gets heavier and tougher to walk. But make sure you wear warm clothes. It is very very cool up there.
Written August 2, 2020
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Anfal Al Radwan
Kuwait City, Kuwait17 contributions
Feb 2020
An incredible experience where you feel the special energy in this place and Sinai Desert in general. It is absolutely magical! You immediately start to feel a sense of calmness and peace. The wonderful thing about it, all religions (Islam, Christianity, and Judaism) have in common that Mount Sinai was the place where prophet Moses received the 10 commands, which is why Mount Sinai is also referred as Mount Moses
Written March 9, 2020
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Mike J
Manchester, UK11 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
We were taken up the mountain by Ramadan (nicknamed Romeo). He was just fantastic - friendly, patient, funny, and spoke guy eat English.

Worth getting up extra early and watching the stars before sunrise.

Taking a flashlight would have made the experience much worse - the walk from the start point to the monastery is long enough that your eyes adjust to the dark. Without a flashlight, the mountain and atmosphere is just incredible - so long as you are patient and take your time!

It can be a little cold so wrap up warm and rent a blanket from the bedouin Coffeeshop near the top.
Written November 10, 2021
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loist51
Richmond, VA810 contributions
Jan 2020
This moutainous desert place was interesting. The mountains were so large and there were many of them; not just one mountain. It was sunny, but very cool here, and very crowded with tourists and also locals who want to sell you items allegedly from the mountain area. Glad we got to see the mountains as part of our journey.
Written March 26, 2020
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Nina Renee
Egypt22 contributions
Oct 2021
I loved this night camping at St. Catherine's and taking time to meditate. You can feel the energy vibrating throughout this place and the scenery is stunning. The hike can be challenging if you are sensitive to altitudes but it is definitely doable and without a doubt worth it. Just take plenty of breaks and bring plenty of water.
Written January 14, 2022
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Cat99
Britain169 contributions
Had a great trip walking up the mountain watching the shooting stars the sky was so clear, I have never seen so many stars. We tiik torches with us which was a blessing as it was so dark and the path quite uneven. The camels going up with people were a bit disconcerting and came silently out of the dark behind you as you were walking and one walked right over me and nearly pushed me over the edge! It was qute a long way and my daughter found it hard going as she is not a walker but she made it and refused to ride a camel (not that I blame her). There were little stops along the way you could buy a drink and a snickers bar! The last part was quite a climb up big rocks and once at the top it was a a struggle to find somewhere to sit as there was so many people. It was very cold at the top, we had taken suitable clothing but if not you could get a blanket and cushion for a small price. The break of dawn was amazing and you soon warmed up with the rays of the sun. The colours were fantastic on the mountains. Then the long climb down but it soon warmed up with the sun. We then went to St Catherine's monastery but it was a bit of a bun fight to get in and look around and did not particularly enjoy it as was tired and just wanted to get something to eat and go back. The coach took us for a lovely breakfast which was most appreciated. We then stopped off at Dahab on the way back, a few people got off to shop but no-one really wanted to stop. We all just wanted to get back to get some sleep. It was a very good trip but quite tiring and I would recommend you take some snacks to eat as breakfast was not till about 11 and we were starving by then. If you are not so good at walking you can take a camel ride up the mountain but you still have to walk up the last bit, but if you take it steady you should be ok. It was well worth doing!!
Written February 7, 2006
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cRuZ31
Leeds70 contributions
we decided to go on the mount sinai trip when we stayed in taba, even though the guide said not to! how hard could it be?
after just an hour of walking through the pitch black we decided to hop on one of the hundreds of camels passing by instead of carrying on up the even steeper bits! we were already tired, but it was past midnight! the camels were a god send and with friends it was really fun! even if you couldn't see where you were going! we couldn't use our torches when we were sat on the camels as the light made them angry! we saw shooting stars and the milky way whilst going up! it was brill! i have never seen so many stars!
the path ways were very uneven and it is not suitable for the young, elderly or if you are unfit! as i was! i did manage the last 700 or so steps with alot determination!
once we reached the top we sat and had a cup of tea in one of the bedowin huts until it was time to go and find a rock to sit on! when we had found our rock we watched an amazing sunrise! it did, in a way, make up for the hard work getting up there! after that we walked all the way back down again! we didn't get a camel back down as the guide told us that because it was slippy and uneven the camels found it hard with people on their backs, so i wouldn't recommend that!
we had a quick look around St Katherines but we were so tired we just wanted our beds!
all in all i wouldn't do it again but i am glad i did it because it is an experience that most don't believe, how many people you know have followed the path of moses? if you're in the area and not sure whether to do it or not, give it a go! if its that hard hop on a camel!
Written December 5, 2006
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