Trek 13: From Blue Desert to Ras el Guna or Bier Safra (2-3 days)

Two main trekking routes exist from St. Katherine to the Muzeina desert region, they both start at the same spot in the Blue Desert. People often get to the Blue Desert by car from town, but you could also approach the area on foot via Wadi Sdud and Naqb Dirwa, which is a beautiful walk. The walk further on from the Blue Desert is quite uneventful, either way you go. The route to Ras el Guna is shorter, 1-2 days, but then it takes days on the top of the Guna Plateau – a fantastic walk, but not for those in a hurry. The route to Bier Safra takes 2-3 days, but then you are right where all the main attractions are.

Read more: Blue Desert.


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Trek photos

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waypoint 01: Wadi Sdud

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waypoint 02: junction with the view of Jebel Umm Alawi and Naqb Dirwa to its right

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waypoint 03: top of Naqb Dirwa with the view of the Blue Desert

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waypoint 04: junction of wadis across the Blue Desert

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waypoint 05: Nabi Salah area

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waypoint 06: Wadi Umm Hamata

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waypoint 07: junction (bit ahead)

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waypoint 08: pass over dark hill

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waypoint 09: Faranja

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waypoint 10: Naqb Smera

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waypoint 11: Shegera with the view of the Guna Plateau

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waypoint 12: view back on the Blue Deseet area from top of pass

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waypoint 13: seasonal waterfall

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waypoint 14: bottom of pass

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waypoint 15: top of pass

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waypoint 16: pass with the view of Hamera

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waypoint 17: pass to Wadi Mkattala below

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waypoint 18: pass to Nqaba

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waypoint 19: Nqaba

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waypoint 20: pass to Wadi Matura

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waypoint 21: junction of wadis in Wadi Matura

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waypoint 22: Bier Safra

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waypoint 23: Dune of Safra

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waypoint 24: Wadi Arada settlement

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waypoint 25: Umm Rayah