Trek 17: White Canyon and Ein Khudra (1-2 days)

Ein Khudra is a beautiful, lush oasis hidden in a low sandy basin not far from the main road between St. Katherine and Nuweiba/Dahab. There are two main routes from the road, one directly to the oasis via a little pass, the other via the White Canyon – the two routes can be made into a circuit. Ein Khudra is one of the sights where mainstream operators like to offer 4×4 excursions, but it is still a relatively unspoiled and truly lovely place. Vehicles approach the oasis a different way, making a big detour via Wadi Ghazala and Wadi Khudra. The trek could be rushed through in half a day, but it is worth to take your time and just explore the area and relax. There are several gardens in the oasis, they all offer cheap accommodation with simple but adequate facilities if you want to stay overnight. This is an easy-moderate trek with a couple of little scrambles along the way.

Read more: Ein Khudra oasis and White Canyon.

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Trek photos


waypoint 01: Cafeteria Joma (Hajar Maktub)


waypoint 02: top of the White Canyon


waypoint 03: bottom of the White Canyon


waypoint 04: scramble over a ridge


waypoint 05: reaching the wadi floor


waypoint 06: path above wadi floor


waypoint 07: look-out point with the view of the oasis of Ein Khudra


waypoint 08: garden in Ein Khudra


waypoint 09: cave with spring


waypoint 10: spring flowing to fountain


waypoint 11: gap leading to Wadi Khudra


waypoint 12: look-out point over Ein Khudra


waypoint 13: view on the Hajar Maktub area from the Ein Khudra pass (Gaby Shee)


waypoint 14: Hajar Maktub with Cafeteria Joma in the background