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Mt. Sinai

Mt. Sinai

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111 Reviews
Mount Sinai, Sinai Peninsula, Mt Sinai, 4828513

The Basics

Mt. Sinai's rocky slopes are steeped in history. Here you can explore St. Catherine’s Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built almost 1,500 years ago against the foot of the mountain; see the Chapel of the Burning Bush and a gallery of ancient icons; ride a camel to the mountain’s summit; or walk the Steps of Repentance—3,750 stone steps leading to Sinai’s peak.

Mt. Sinai tours typically last a full day and include a visit to St. Catherine’s Monastery as well as a hike or camel ride to the mountain’s summit. Sunrise tours leave late at night and allow you to climb the peak before dawn, arriving in time to see the sun rise over the desert and surrounding hills. For a personalized experience, opt for a private tour.

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Private Mt Sinai and St Catherine Monastery Night Hiking Tour
Private Mt Sinai and St Catherine Monastery Night Hiking Tour
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$155.69 per adult
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Unforgettable Hike With Great Guides
Shaaban and the Tripster Egypt team put together an amazing experience. Despite the short notice on our booking, they made it happen and got us to Mt. Sinai in time to make the hike to the peak by sunrise. The Beduoin guide they booked for us to bring us up and down the trail was friendly and knowledgable of the lore of the mountain. The hike itself was enjoyable. The path is about 5km, but mostly winds up switchbacks on a slight incline for 80% of the hike, making it pretty tolerable for anyone in reasonably good health/fitness. The one hard thing is the elevation; you start out around 1000m and keep going up to the 2300m peak. The air gets a little thin and you may find yourself having to stop to catch your breath even though the hike itself isn’t that strenuous. The 750 stairs at the final ascent are not that hard, but make sure to turn around for the excellent view halfway up the stairs, it has some of the best photo opportunities on the peak IMHO! They may warn you it gets cold at the peak; we went in June and it was no worse than a cool summer’s night in the Midwest, we were in jeans and short sleeves the whole time. And don’t worry, if you do get a little chilled there are some Beduoins who will sell you $2 coffee at the peak! The view from the top of Mt. Sinai is unforgettable, as is the experience itself. It may be a hassle to lose a night’s sleep for a hike, but it’s worth it. This hike was probably the highlight of my entire time in the Sinai peninsula region, I would highly recommend it. Booking with Tripster Egypt will be one way to make sure you get the most from this hike, so be sure to check them out! They are extremely flexible, and were the only tour company able to accommodate us for the short window of opportunity we had to do this hike. If you want to get up Mt. Sinai, they'll help you to make it happen.
Dan, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Sharm el Sheikh

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Hiking Mount Sinai, sunrise and St. Catherine Monastery
Enzostudio, Jun 2021
Sunrise at Mount Sinai. Trip from Sharm el Sheikh
Perfectly organized trip, defenitely recommended. Air-conditioned vehicle with tour guides and Bedouin hiking guide. Natalie organized everything perfectly. Thank you
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An Experience of a Lifetime
samuelserios, Nov 2019
Trip to St. Catherine's Monastery & Mount Sinai, Saint Catherine, Egypt
Our tour guide Mohamed Shezo & driver Mohamed were hosptitalble and friendly. We enjoyed their company.
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Good experience to Mt Sinai
lowkienyap, Nov 2019
Mount Sinai Climb and St Catherine Tour from Sharm El Sheikh
Overall trip was very good, from the arrangement and also the guide. I had a good time with new friends over there. The only bad side of this trip is the transport to Mt Sinai. It was a bit small and uncomfortable for 3 hours journey. It would be better if they fetch us using mini bus as I saw some of the tour group came in mini bus (perhaps it was due to the group size). Few things to note (1) remember to bring your jacket as it is cold especially on the mountain (2) Make sure you are fit to hike

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Mt. Sinai is a must-see for culture lovers and history buffs.

  • The hike to the summit can be strenuous; wear sturdy sneakers or hiking boots.

  • Dress in layers if you plan to visit during sunrise or sunset, as it can be cold at the top of the mountain. It’s also possible to rent blankets at the summit.

  • Multiple huts sell refreshments along the mountain path, so it’s a good idea to bring some spending money.

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How to Get There

By road, Mt. Sinai is located roughly one hour from Dahab, 2.5 hours from Taba, three hours from Sharm El-Sheikh and Eilat, and six hours from Cairo. The easiest way to get there is by private vehicle or through an organized tour, although it’s also possible to take a bus from Sharm El-Sheikh and then hire a taxi from the nearby village of Al Milga.

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When to Get There

You can visit Mt. Sinai year-round, although Egypt’s weather is most pleasant from October through April. Opt for a sunrise excursion to see the landscape at its most picturesque, as dawn transforms the surrounding mountains with shades of lilac and pink.

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Walking the Steps of Repentance

Ascending Mt. Sinai via the camel path and descending along the Steps of Repentance (also known as the Path of Our Lord Moses) is a classic way to experience the landmark mountain. According to legend, the 3,750 stone steps were created by a single monk who was repenting for evil deeds.

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