Dominating the view over Wadi Feiran, the rugged Jebel Serbal is a tough trek. Although there are a few higher mountains in the Sinai, the route starts closer to sea level than at any of the other mountains, so in fact it is the longest climb. The most common route starts from the Convent into Wadi Aliyat, and it is a day to reach the mountain top. You find little secluded basins, water sources, gardens, ancient ruins and inscriptions – then of course the views: you can see the Gulf of Suez and mainland Egypt, the desert to the north and the high mountains to the south.
Other names/spellings: Jabal, Gebel, Gabal, Djebel, Djabal – Sarbal
- Jebel Serbal: once believed to be the true Mt. Sinai, it is a red granite massif standing above the whole Wadi Feiran region.
- Wadi Aliyat: wide, rocky and dotted with acacia trees all along, it is a gentle climb from the Convent of Wadi Feiran to Naqb Shaharani, at the base of Jebel Serbal.
- Naqb Shaharani: a long and very steep gully with very dramatic drops, it might take a day, but definitely several hours, to reach Farsh Loz at the top.
- Farsh Loz: a little basin at the top of Naqb Shaharani, with a single garden and well. (Note: it’s not Farsh Loza, that’s on Mt. Sinai.)
- Tabaga Imbardiya: a big boulder providing shelter with a few abandoned gardens around it, it is found along the route on top of the range on the way to Wadi Rim.
- Wadi Rim: an alternative way to Jebel Serbal, this is a longer but not so steep route that camels can also access. It is connected to Wadi Feiran at Wadi Islaf, the traditional caravan route to Saint Katherine via Sheikh Abu Taleb, Sheikh Awad and the Naqb el Hawa pass.