Mount Sinai Climb

Mount Sinai Climb

Mount Sinai, Egypt

Mount Sinai is Egypt’s second highest mountain and is believed to be the site where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God. Local Bedouins call the mountain Jebel Musa and it is one that many people walk up at night to be on the summit for dawn as the sun rises over the sandstone rocks of the Sinai Desert.

Starting at the Camel Trail or Sikit el Basha the trail winds upwards and walkers are soon at Elijah’s Basin. This is where the prophet Elijah is meant to have heard the voice of God. From here 750 steps lead to the summit which is a very spiritual place at dawn.

Mount Sinai Climb Egypt

flickr image by Adam Hallyburton

As a descent there is another trail with the 350 steps of penitence that can be taken back to St Catherine’s Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai and the site of the Burning Bush. Many people stop at the monastery to view the famous religious icons and the museum.

This is a fascinating walk to take and is interspersed with spirituality and the traditional culture of the desert. It is achievable by most people with a guide to lead the way.

 

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