Mt Sinai


A walk to the top of probably the most religiously significant mountain in the world - the mountain where according to the Bible Moses received the 10 commandments.

Heritage Sites
Camping Permitted
Arid or Desert
Maximum Elevation

Getting there

The walk starts at the St Catherine Monastry. There is a lot of parking available, although chances are you will be driven there via taxi or bus. 

Route/Trail notes

The walk starts at the Monastry (which is open 9:00-11:30 every day except Sunday and Friday). You can do the walk any time of the day regardless of whether the Monastry is open. For the most part the trail is very gradual climbing slowly through the hills along a very well formed trail. The views get more and more amazing the higher up you get. There are small shops along the way where locals sell drinks and chocolates and camel rides. There is a toilet almost at the top which has one of the best views of the entire walk. The only exception to the gradual incline is the final 750 steps to the summit. Once at the summit you can ring the church bell, and take some photos of the sunset/sunrise. 


There is a mandatory requirement to take a local guide with you to the top. Recommend Emailing they can organise accomodation, transport and guides for both Mt Sinai and Mt Catherine. 

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We originally intended to walk up for the sunset, but we made good time and decided not to wait 2 hours at the summit for the sun to descend. Took us 2 hours up and we were definitely taking our time. The views are exceptional the entire way but get better the higher up you get. At the top we were greeted by a cat named Mohammad who I think we took more photos of than the view. There is also the cave Moses supposedly waited in to receive the commandments you can go and check out. It is quite a busy little mountain that attracts a lot more pilgrem-ey people than it does mountain fanatics, so there very well may be some delays getting up and down waiting behind people. Quite cool to hike up a mountain so culturally significant, would recommend it if you are ever in the Sinai peninsular. We did Mt Catherine the following day - both organised through the company in the description which I can't recommend enough!

Vonsnrub on 4 Feb, 2023


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