always remember that mount sinai is a steep and craggy mountain with no vegetation to speak of and if you are not the athletically fit type, it is better to hire a camel going to near the top and then walk down after or riding the camel both ways as the climb can be physically exausting especially starting the final 750 steps going to the top near Elijah's Hollow as the steps are steep and irregular rocks with no railings as the path was carved by the orthodox monks in the middle ages. remember the dictum "it is better safe than to be sorry" and spending about 60 US dollars for the camel ride both ways and additional 10 US dollars on your assigned bedouin guide to assist you going up and down the mountain can be a wise proposition.
I remember that this was a thing that intrigued me on the mountain and also while descending.
While climbing the mountain maybe because of the dark I haven't noticed how many persons were also climbing like us, but on the top, at the sunrise it was full of people all over the place.
Thus, anyone who wants to catch a good place for admiring the sunrise is better to wake up early.
If you are reaching Mt. Sinai by public transports, pay attention to the time-table of the buses OUT from this place.
So many versions of the bus schedules even from the guidebooks on the market, even asking the locals who work there, they would tell you the bus would come at certain time but when you wait for that particular bus, it doesn't turn up !
Sure, there are many tour buses there, you can ask them to give you a lift or maybe you can pay them some money...
If you are here on a Friday or Sunday, St. Katherine Monastery is not opened to the public !
In fact, this monastery is opened from 9 am to 12 pm only everyday except Friday & Sunday.
Still, you can wander on the outside of the monastery sipping drinks, eating or talking with other people.
If you want to climb Mt. Sinai at night (like I did !), make sure you have a torchlight !
The trails are NOT lit ! You can just rely on the moonlight or maybe there would be other tourists there as well, so you just tag along behind them...
Yes of course the trails are easy enough, with craggy rocks along the way, no problem if you wear a good walking shoes ! I even saw some old ladies even wore high heels climbing Mt. Sinai, certainly no problem for them either !
Oh ! BRING LOTS OF WATER !
The drinks sold as you climb up this mountain are so expensive, maybe 10 times more of the price that you pay in your own country !
You have been warned !
By me !
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I saw even buidings and tarred roads swept away.
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