Trek 2: Mt. Katharina (1-2 days)

With its peak towering at 2642 metres above sea level, Mt. Katharina is Egypt’s highest mountain. It offers stunning views over the whole South Sinai region, as far as the Tih Plateau to the north, mainland Egypt to the west across the Gulf of Suez and the Saudi mountains to the south across the Gulf of Aqaba. Believed to be the place where the body of the martyred Saint Katherine was found after a monk had a dream, the mountain is part of the religious landscape of the region, with a small Greek Orthodox church on the peak marking the event. The trek is often done in a single day, going and returning the same way via Wadi Arbain. While this is the most direct route, a lot is missed. Some of the highlights of the trek are hidden in the Wadi Shaq-Wadi Mathar area, on the other side of the range, so a circuit involving those high mountain wadis is recommended.

Read more: Mt. Katharina.


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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: Ramadan’s Garden

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waypoint 05: top of Wadi Shaq Musa (Farsh Umm Silla)

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waypoint 06: Mt Katharina plateau

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waypoint 07: Mt Katharina summit

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waypoint 08: Farsh Umm Silla junction

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waypoint 09: Wadi Umm Silla junction

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waypoint 10: Wadi Rhazana

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waypoint 11: Wadi Umm Silla waterfall

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waypoint 12: Wadi Rhazana, Sbah’s garden

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waypoint 13: Wadi Ahmar

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waypoint 14: Wadi Mathar, Sbail’s garden

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waypoint 15: El Hrezi, Farhan’s garden

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waypoint 16: garden and mulberry tree

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waypoint 17: Wadi Shaq junction

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waypoint 18: Wadi Shaq, Oda’s garden

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waypoint 19: Wadi Shaq – Wadi Tubuq junction

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waypoint 20: Ein Shkaya

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waypoint 21: Islibet

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waypoint 22: Abu Jeefa top

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waypoint 23: Abu Jeefa bottom, Ein Tufaha