Overview

Believed to be the site where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God, Mount Sinai holds profound religious significance for followers of Judaism. It's also revered by Christians and Muslims, making it a profound pilgrimage destination for all three major faiths. Ascending the peak, the rugged terrain reveals breathtaking panoramas, with the sunrise painting the landscape in a magical array of vibrant colors. This hiking adventure is an epic journey of history and spirituality.

15 Hours 15 Jul, 16 Jul, and 17 Jul Saint Catherine, South Sinai Governorate
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Itinerary

Your journey starts with a pick-up from your hotel in Sharm ElSheikh, Dahab, or Nuweibaa, followed by a three-hour drive to the ancient town of St. Catherine. Following breakfast, you'll explore the St. Catherine Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai, standing majestically at 2,285 meters above sea level. With an experienced local guide, commence the hike up Moses Mountain, where you'll reach the summit for breathtaking views of the Sinai Peninsula. Refuel with lunch and tea served at the peak before descending, marking the end of the day.

P.S. The Monastery is closed on Fridays and Sundays.

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Mount Sinai

Mount Sinai, also known as Jebel Musa or Moses Mountain, holds significant historical and religious importance. It is situated in the southern part of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. The mountain is revered by several major Abrahamic religions, including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. According to biblical accounts, Mount Sinai is the place where Moses, an iconic figure in these religions, received the Ten Commandments from God. The story is central to the religious narratives of Judaism and Christianity, making the mountain a pilgrimage site for centuries. In Jewish tradition, the journey of the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land culminated at Mount Sinai. It was here that God revealed Himself to Moses in the form of a burning bush and gave him the divine commandments. The event is described in the biblical books of Exodus and Deuteronomy.In Christianity, Mount Sinai holds importance due to its association with Moses and the Old Testament events. Additionally, in the New Testament, Saint Paul references Mount Sinai as an allegory in his Epistle to the Galatians, linking it to the Mosaic Law. For Muslims, the mountain is known as Jebel Musa (Mountain of Moses) and is believed to be the place where Moses received revelations from God. The story of Moses' encounter with God on the mountain is also present in the Quran, the holy book of Islam. Throughout history, Mount Sinai has been a site of pilgrimage, attracting devout believers seeking spiritual connection and enlightenment. Visitors often embark on the challenging trek to the summit to experience the awe-inspiring beauty and to feel the historical and religious significance of the place.

 

St. Catherine Monastery

Founded in the 6th century AD, St. Catherine Monastery, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited Christian monasteries in the world. It is named after Saint Catherine of Alexandria, an early Christian martyr who is believed to have been tortured and executed for her faith in the early 4th century. Its construction was commissioned to protect the area and its religious inhabitants from invading Bedouin tribes. St. Catherine Monastery became a haven for monks seeking solitude and spiritual contemplation. Over the centuries, it grew in prominence and became a repository for invaluable religious relics, manuscripts, and icons. The monastery houses a vast collection of religious artifacts, including ancient manuscripts in various languages, illuminated Bibles, and historical documents. One of the most famous treasures of the monastery is the Codex Sinaiticus, a 4th-century Greek manuscript of the Christian Bible, regarded as one of the most important biblical texts in existence. In addition to its historical and religious significance, the monastery's architecture is noteworthy. It features a well-preserved Byzantine basilica, an imposing defensive wall, and a fortified tower. The fortress-like structure was essential for safeguarding the precious religious relics and for providing security to the resident monks during turbulent times. Today, St. Catherine Monastery remains an active Christian religious site, inhabited by a small community of Greek Orthodox monks. It continues to attract pilgrims and tourists from around the world, seeking to explore its rich history, experience its spiritual ambiance, and pay homage to the legacy of Saint Catherine and the long-standing traditions of Christianity in the region.

Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Transfers in a private air-conditioned vehicle from/to Sharm ElSheikh, Dahab, or Nuweibaa
  • Meals: Lunch
  • Local bedouin guide
  • Monastery visit
  • Mount Sinai guided hike

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Personal expenses
  • Optional activities
  • Tipping
Pickup point
Directions
Saint Catherine's Monastery, Saint Catherine, Egypt View on Map
Transportation

We provide private cars for groups of up to 3 people, Hiace buses for groups of up to 10, and Coaster buses for groups of up to 19.

Visa

Visa requirements depend on your nationality.

Electricity

In Egypt, the power supply is Type C and F, with a standard voltage of 220V and a frequency of 50Hz. However, no electricity will be available throughout the day, so make sure to bring your power banks.

Network

You can expect a reliable network connection throughout the trip.

Packing List
  • Comfortable Clothing
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Sun Protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses)
  • Camera (if available)
  • Power Bank (if available)
  • Water Bottle
  • Electrolytes (if available)
  • Snacks (nuts, energy bars, fruit)
Tipping

Tipping is an expected, though not compulsory, component of your tour program. While it's not mandatory, it's customary to tip around $5 per day per person for drivers. For other service providers, the amount is at your discretion, but an average of $5 USD is typical.

Remember, tipping directly benefits the local community. Although it may not be customary for you, it is an important source of income for those in the tourism industry. Giving a tip should be a seen as a formal 'thank you', and the action should in no way be awkward.

FAQs

How long does it take to climb Mount Sinai? The climb can take around 3 hours depending on your pace. The descent usually takes less time.

What kind of physical condition do I need to be in to climb Mount Sinai? While the climb might be a bit challenging, people of most fitness levels can complete it. However, it's best if you're in good health and accustomed to regular physical activity.

What should I wear for the climb up Mount Sinai? It's recommended to wear comfortable, layered clothing to adjust to the changing temperatures. Sturdy footwear, such as hiking boots, is also important due to the rocky terrain. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are also advisable for sun protection.

Can I climb Mount Sinai at any time of the year? Yes, Mount Sinai can be climbed at any time of the year. However, the best time to visit is during the cooler months from October to April.

Is St. Catherine Monastery open for visitors daily? No, St. Catherine Monastery is not open daily for visitors. It follows the practices of the Greek Orthodox Church and is closed on Fridays and Sundays for worship and rest.

Meter Level
80%