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Mount Moses and the Monastery of St. Catherine

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age 10+
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Mount Moses, also called Mount Sinai, is traditionally identified with the biblical mountain Horeb/ Sinai, where, according to the Old Testament, Moses received stone tablets with the Ten Commandments written and made a covenant with God. 

On our trip you will also visit the highest mountains in Egypt, with beautiful views & scenery that takes you away from the hotel’s pool or beach.

We will enter the summit of Mount Moses under the protection of local highlanders from the Gebelaya tribe. You should wear comfortable shoes as the path is stony and uneven. We start from a height of over 1,500 metres above sea level - here you can see millions of stars and the Milky Way in the sky above you! Ahead of us is a 6 kilometre walk under the starry sky (we provide flashlights), with a view of the glow of the rising sun from the Middle East. The path winds between canyons, plateaus, giving views of the valley and the sky.

Entering the Mount of Moses is not difficult, the most difficult part is to climb the 750 "penitential stairs" just before the summit. But the views of the stars and sunrise make it worth the effort! Mount Moses lies next to the highest peak of Egypt - Mount St. Catherine.

* To help you with the walk on the way to the top of Moses Mountain, you can use the "Path of Camels" or rent a camel on the way, which will take us some of the 6 kilometres. The last 750 stone stairs, which were once carved out of the rocks are not able to be entered by the camels, you have to make the climb in person to see the most beautiful sunrise in Egypt!

At the foot of the highest peak of the Sinai Peninsula is the Monastery of Saint. Catherine - a temple belonging to the Orthodox Greeks - we will visit here in the morning after descending from the mount. Here we will find the biblical Burning Bush and Well of Moses. The Monastery of St. Catherine is the oldest in Egypt, it has never been destroyed and has been continuously operating since the sixth century AD. This is where the manna from heaven and the betrayal of the golden calf described in the Bible were to happen. Contemporary library collections of the Monastery of St. Catherine's are compared as to the contents of the collections of the Vatican library. In the museum inside the Monastery you can see valuable iconographic collections, which contain the only icons in the world from the 6th-10th centuries.

Departure from your hotel at ‪approx. 9pm‬, bus ride for about 2.5 hours to the entrance of Mount Moses (6 kilometres walk will take approx. 3.5 hours). We then watch the sunrise before descending to the Holy Monastery of St. Catherine. We will visit the Basilica of the Transfiguration, Burning Bush, Well of Moses before our transfer back to Sharm el Sheikh, where you will return to your hotel at ‪around 2pm‬.

Why this trip?

  • An interesting trip for lovers of mountains and hiking.
  • Beautiful views of the mountain landscapes and the magical sunrise.
  • Visiting the historic monastery of St. Catherine - the oldest of the existing Christian monasteries today.
  • In the monastery of St. Catherine is the relic of the burning bush from which God spoke to Moses and the "well of Moses".

Pre-trip info

How to book

If you would like to join us in one of our amazing trips. please send us a message on WhatsApp, Viber or Messenger, or a traditional SMS on +20 1149 582 445 with your hotel's name, your room number and the time when we can contact you in your room. We will then call you to talk and place your booking. If you can not send an SMS or if we do not reply to your message within 10 minutes, it may be that the message did not reach us. Please place a call to us from the hotel reception on 01149 582 445 (for a small fee).  



On the trip you will have an English guide with you at all times. Guests are asked to take your passports with you. The camel ride to Mount Moses is additionally payable - there is a bargaining price of about $12. When inside the monastery you must have your arms and knees covered. Transportation from the hotel is included in the price of the trip. To participate in the trip, a free SINAI ONLY visa is issued at the airport upon arrival.

35 USD
per person
20 USD
for a child up to 12 years old
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