Trek 1: Mt. Sinai (Jebel Musa) and Jebel Safsafa (1 day)

Mt. Sinai is visited by groups on most nights, in the past often up to a thousand people, but the crowds can be avoided easily if you go for the sunset and not the sunrise. The view and colours are just as beautiful and you find only a handful of people around, if any. But there is more to Mt. Sinai than just its peak. Only a few steps off the main tourist path, between Mt. Sinai and Ras Safsafa, there are little magical basins with shrubs and trees, ruined and intact Byzantine chapels, wells, dams and gardens, as well as stunning views down the gullies to different directions. Different routes exist to Mt. Sinai: the best, as far as a hike is concerned, is via Wadi Arbain, through the little interconnected mountain-top basins of Kinist el Hmar, Safsafa, Loza.

Read more: Mt. Sinai (Jebel Musa).


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Trek photos

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waypoint 01: Wadi Arbain (Wadi Arbaein, Wadi Leja)

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waypoint 02: Hajar Musa (Rock of Moses) and Greek Orthodox chapel

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waypoint 03: Monastery of the Forty Martyrs (Deir el Arbain)

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waypoint 04: Main path and small path junction

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waypoint 05: small path up mountain range’s side

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waypoint 06: Kinist el Hmar

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waypoint 07: Farsh Safsafa – Farsh Loza Junction

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waypoint 08: path to church and garden (visible little in the middle)

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waypoint 09: church and garden in Farsh Safsafa

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waypoint 10: the path above the top of the garden

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waypoint 11: view on Wadi Raha from top of gully

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waypoint 12: the higher peak of Jebel Safsafa, with Mt Sinai and Mt Katharina in the background

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waypoint 13: The view on St Catherine town and Mt Abbas Pasha from the lower peak of Jebel Safsafa

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waypoint 14: view down in Wadi Shaby (north branch)

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waypoint 15: view down in Wadi Shaby (south branch)

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waypoint 16: Farsh Loza

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waypoint 17: Farsh Arimziya (Farsh Abu Deesa, Farsh Zaharur)

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waypoint 18: view down on the Monastery of St Katherine from Farsh Arimziya

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waypoint 19: Elijah’s Basin with the peak of Mt Sinai above it

waypoint 20: the cutting

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waypoint 21: the peak of Mt Sinai (Gebel Musa)

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waypoint 22: fork in the road at a shop

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waypoint 23: the Monastery of St Katherine

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waypoint 24: Ramadan’s Garden