Sheikh Awad is a small Bedouin settlement where the high mountains and the desert plains meet in the north. It is famous for its EU funded, but Bedouin owned and managed Al-Karm Eco-lodge. From the town of St. Katherine the easiest and fastest way on foot is via the traditional pilgrim route of Naqb el Hawa, an easy 1.5 hours descent from the settlement of Abu Seila, which you can reach by car, but you have other longer options all the way from town. From Sheikh Awad the circuit returns to St Katherine via another route, passing an impressive seasonal waterfall, a great mountain with beautiful vistas and Byzantine ruins. This circuit is not as attraction-packed as the two high mountain circuits, nevertheless it has its own unique atmosphere and some impressive highlights.
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