Make a pre-dawn hike to the top of Mt Sinai for the sunrise experience of a lifetime, or ride a camel up if you think the 2,285-meter ascent is too physical. Visit St. Catherine's monastery at the base on your way down, before the trip back to Sharm.
What to Expect
Sunrise from the summit of Mt. Sinai is breathtaking, but you have to be there, where the Bibles says Moses received the Ten Commandments from God, to see it. That means a very early start on the almost 4,000 steps it takes to reach the top.
The good part of this is that you finish the uphill trek before the sun has a chance to heat things up. We start out from Sharm El Sheik at 22:30, which gives time for the 250-kilometer journey and an unhurried pre-dawn climb. Watching the sun come up will make it all worth it.
The climb is not difficult, but the mountain is 2,285 meters high, so we recommend that only people in good health and capable of mildly strenuous physical activity make the ascent on foot. But others can ride a camel for a small additional cost.
After sunrise, you descend the mountain and visit St. Catherine's Monastery at the base. This 6th-century monastery, one of the two oldest active Christian monasteries, incorporates a 4th-century chapel said to have been built over the burning bush where the Bible says God first spoke to Moses.
You have lunch in the area of the monastery, where a town with amenities for tourists has been built before beginning the trip back to Sharm.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off in Sharm el Sheikh
- Air-conditioned transport
- English-speaking guide
- Entry to St Catherine’s Monastery
What's Not Included
- Refreshments outside of lunch
- Optional gratuities
Know Before You Go
• Tours depart from Sharm El Sheik on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 22:30, and return mid-afternoon the following day
• For the hike or camel ride up Mt. Sinai we recommend you dress casually according to the weather, wear good hiking or walking shoes, and bring a sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a bottle of water if needed
• The monastery dress code requires that all male and female visitors cover their arms, shoulders and legs
• Order a breakfast box from your hotel to take with you
• You need to bring your passport