Mount Sinai, Egypt

Mount Sinai, Egypt

Mount Sinai is Egypt’s second highest mountain and is believed to be the site where the Old Testament prophet Moses received the 10 Commandments from God. Many people walk up the mountain at night to be on the summit for dawn as the sun rises over the sandstone rocks of the Sinai Desert.

Hiking in Mount Sinai, Egypt

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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. Descending, 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.

Hiking in Mount Sinai

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Many people stop at the monastery to view the famous religious icons and the museum. It is a relatively easy walk and rich with spirituality and the traditional culture of the desert.

Date posted: 12th July, 2017

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