Hard to pick which is more beautiful, the turquoise waters of the Red Sea, or the stark jagged red mountains of the Sinai peninsula...
On this particular trip I spend a lot more time underwater that on land, so I can't be a fair judge, but I would love to come back and get the opportunity to hike up in the stunning mountains of the Sinai...
Going up the Sinai mountain is hard, but absolutely worth it! You'll start at night, at around 2am. It took me about 4 hours to reach the top and then about an hour to wait for the sunrise.
Just to think that centuries ago Moses walked the same path!
You can take a camel, it's cheap and it will make your climb much easier, but if you can walk, do it yourself, you will feel great!
You walk in complete darkness with your flashlight lighting only the nearest surroundings and the road under your feet. When I walked a while and then looked back I was fascinated with the sight of a stream of lights from hundreds of people's flashlights walking behind! And when I looked up I saw millions of stars in the clean mountain sky!
It was fantastic!
A flashlight and a bottle of drinking water were provided by our travel agency. Don't forget to take warm clothes with you - at least a sweater and a windbreaker, cause it's cold on the mountain top (around 11C). When you reach the top change into a dry warm sweater and wait for the sun!
When you walk down in the morning, it's amazing to finally see the path you walked up in darkness.
Sinai looks like nothing so much as the surface of the moon.The Sinai Peninsula consists of an area of some 61,000 square kilometers. Geographical Sinai belongs to Egypt cut from its motherland by the Suez Canal. The natural barriers are the Gulf of Suez to the west, separating the African continent from Arab Asia and the Gulf of Aqaba to the east.
However, in the 3rd century hermits who sought refuge and seclusion in the high mountain range of the St. Catherine region developed the idea of Mt. Sinai being the place where Moses had received the 10 Commandment
The trip to Mount Sinai is certainly a most! Although the trip can be quite tough, it's all worth it. The walk up at night is not for the skimish and one elderly man actually got sick and could not complete the walk down by himself. This should not deter you and as long as you're somewhat fit and healthy it will be a fantastic trip! The sun rising in the early hours is absolutely amazing.