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“Tiring but most definitely worth it!”
Review of Mount Sinai

Mount Sinai
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Saint Catherine's Monastery and Mount Moses
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

Climb Mount Sinai through the night to enjoy the awesome sunrise from its peak. Your Bedouin guide will escort you up the mountain, aiming to have you at the top for sunrise at about 0500. Walking up can take about three hours, and the descent about 2.5. The track is dry and stony, uneven in places, and littered with rocks. Towards the peak, there are a large number of steps to tackle. Wear sensible shoes, and be prepared for some exercise! There are a number of small shops and cafes on the way up. Take water and wear sunscreen for the post-sunrise descent.

4  Thank bennyt1982
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

We were not allowed to go inside because they were having prayer. Why don't they make a separate room for prayer?

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Reviewed May 21, 2013

We did the night climb and it was fantastic. I'll never forget the clear skies absolutely adorned with bright stars, unique atmosphere and an amazing guide who couldn't do enough for you. An absolute must do!!!!!!

2  Thank Soni186338
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

the climb was tougher than i expected, really does your calfs in!

but once you get to the summit you watch the beautiful sunrise and incredible views.

then you go down the 3000 steps of repentance and this does your knees in and i was particularly careful going down.

2  Thank Mohammed Rahel A
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

In mid-October, we travelled by van through the desert in the middle of the night, arriving at the bottom of Mount Sinai at 1:30 in the morning. That is when we began our climb. It was very cold, even at the bottom of the mountain, so we piled on lots of layers, which we took off as soon as the hiking became a little steeper. It was a surreal experience, hiking up a mountain in the middle of the night with our Bedouin guide, Mohammed. He was calm and gentle, checking in to be sure that everyone in the group was comfortable. We carried flashlights so that we could see the rocks we walked upon, as the trail was rough and rocky. Once we had climbed a ways, we looked back to see a long, snakey line of tiny moving lights going on and on, more travelers joining our pilgrimage to the top of the mountain. The trail wasn't terrifyingly steep but it was a workout and we had to focus on where we put our feet. There were lots of tea huts along the way where travelers were stopping to rest and warm up a little. When we finally got the the 1000 stairs, we had to pace ourselves and take breaks, but the climbing was fine. There were lots of camels on the trail with us and they surprised me more than once in the darkness. Some of the older hikers chose to ride up on camels but it looked kind of scary to be so far up when the trail was steep. We were thrilled to finally make it to the top and to join the hordes of people draped across the rocks at the summit. The moment of the sunrise gave me the shivers (or maybe it was just the icy wind blowing down my neck.) It was a glorious memory for which I am forever grateful.

4  Thank LuannMcVey
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