Trek 7: The Sheikh Awad circuit
(3-4 days)

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.

Read more: Sida NograJebel Banat.


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Trek photos

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waypoint 01: Wadi Quweiz, saddle

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waypoint 02: Wadi Itlah – Wadi Tala – Wadi Quweiz junction

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waypoint 03: Orthodox church

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waypoint 04: Dr Ahmed’s garden

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waypoint 05: Ubugiya

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waypoint 06: Sheikh Ahmed

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waypoint 07: Sheikh Awad settlement

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waypoint 08: Abu Seila, Naqb el Hawa

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waypoint 09: Al Karm Ecolodge

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waypoint 10: dam, Wadi Gharba

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waypoint 11: hole under boulder

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waypoint 12: Sida Nogra bottom

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waypoint 13: path up wadi side

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waypoint 14: Sida Nogra top

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waypoint 15: Wadi Nogra

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waypoint 16: Wadi Tarkiba junction

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waypoint 17: basin

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waypoint 18: Jebel Banat top

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waypoint 19: Wadi Freah

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waypoint 20: Wadi Abu Zeituna junction

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waypoint 21: Bustan el Birka

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waypoint 22: Wadi Abu Zeituna junction

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waypoint 23: Wadi Abu Zeituna junction

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waypoint 24: Farsh Sana

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waypoint 25: Kharazin area

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waypoint 26: Naqb Abu Zeituna top

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waypoint 26: Abu Zeituna settlement