• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    5 Miles

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Thousands of pilgrims aren't wrong. Your reasons could be religious, historical, or just inspired by natural beauty. The hike up to the top of Mount Sinai near Jabal Mousa in Egypt is worth the trip. This historic site offers a spectacular 360-degree view from the summit of the Red Sea and the surrounding mountains and is Egypt's second highest peak.

Mount Sinai is a holy place for many religions and influences a myriad of regional historical and geopolitical moments that are very important to the region. According to the Judeo-Christian perspective, it was the place where Moses was summoned by God to receive the Ten Commandments.

You will surely encounter pilgrims from many different cultures along the route. And it is hard not to feel inspired by the site.

These photos are from sunrise, which requires an obscenely early departure from hotels in Sharm El-Sheikh or Dehab where most tourists stay as they are also enjoying the Red Sea diving/snorkeling, which should also not be missed.

The closest airport is King Hussein International Airport is the best option for most people planning a trip to Mount Sinai.

Many chose to walk but you can also take a camel and you will certainly be offered one. However, the physical accomplishment of the hike is well worth it. The 7,497ft (2,285m) hike up Mount Sinai is no joke especially the Siket Sayidna Musa route, which is much steeper and more direct route. It includes the 3,750 ‘steps of penitence’. You can also take the Siket El Bashait this longer and shallower route will take you around 2.5 hours on foot.

Pack List

You should bring lots of layers as it is both very cold and toasty at mid-day. Tours typical visit the site at either sunrise or sunset to avoid the worst of the heat.

  • Headlamp
  • Layers
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Snacks
  • Camera
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If leaving at 2am to travel in a rickety old hi-ace van packed full of dreary weary travellers over potholed roads wasn't a wake up call the 2000+ steps to the top of Mt Sinai certainly were! The sunrise was beyond belief and this trip up this sacred mountain is one that will stay with me forever.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Jo Stein

Jo Stein is a weekend outdoor adventurer and avid world traveler. She is from New Mexico but lives in San Francisco with her husband Dan and their two dogs. She has two outdoor side- hustles Campeats.com and Essentialexplorer.com.

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