Trek 23: From Serabit el Khadim to Wadi Mukattab (2-3 days)

Serabit el Khadim is the only significant Pharaonic site in the Sinai, featuring a temple dedicated to the Goddess Hathor, turquoise mines and Pharaonic inscriptions atop a rocky plateau. It is located where a sandy desert and eroded, flat, rocky ranges meet and you have great views on Ramlat Hmeyer and the Tih Plateau. Wadi Maghara, much further south, is another place where turquoise was mined, featuring a Pharaonic carving. Wadi Mukattab, also called the Valley of Inscriptions, has scripts including the Proto-Sinaitic, said to be the foundation of modern writing. The three sites can be connected on foot as part of a long but easy trek. Much of the walk is along dirt roads and occasionally cars drive by, but you will see some spectacular spots.

Read more: Serabit el KhadimWadi Mukattab and Wadi Maghara.


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Trek photos

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road from Abu Zenima

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road from Wadi Gharandal

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two roads meet in desert near settlement

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Nasb el Asfal settlement

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waypoint 01: beginning of path to site

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waypoint 02: reaching the edge of the plateau

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waypoint 03: the temple of Hathor

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waypoint 04: edge of the plateau on the other side

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waypoint 05: Umm Ajraf

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waypoint 06: pass over Umm Ajraf

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waypoint 07: descending to Wadi Sieh

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waypoint 08: water tank near junction

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waypoint 09: Wadi Sieh junction

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waypoint 10: little pass

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waypoint 11: Sheikh Suliman

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waypoint 12: Wadi Maghara, beginning of climb

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waypoint 13: Wadi Mukattab, beginning of inscriptions

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waypoint 14: Wadi Mukattab, end of inscriptions

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waypoint 15: pass

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waypoint 16: asphalt road