Mount Sinai History
Moses Mount or the Holy Peak stands 7500 feet above sea level and 2 hours walk south of the Monastery. According to Christian tradition, this is the Biblical Mount Horeb where Moses received the Tablets of the Law with the Ten Commandments.
On the way to the Holy site
We do pick up from any hotels in Sharm el Sheikh. Pick up from your hotel in Sharm el Sheikh, transfer by air conditioned van or bus to the Saint Catherine city at night will take up to 2.30 hours. Upon arrival some rest before heading for the mountain. Start to climb the mountain between 1.30 and 2.30 am to reach the holy peak before sunrise. A Bedouin boy will accompany you up to the top of the mountain. It may take up to three hours on foot or by camel to climb the mountain. If you reach the top before sunrise you will have to wait for a while to watch an unforgettable sunrise.
Climbing the Holy Pick
There are 2 ways up to the Mountain. First one entails climbing 3750 steps, built with rocks by pious monks, this is a short but difficult ascent. It is recommended to use this way to descend the Mountain in the morning. The second way is easier, carved by the Egyptian authorities in the 19th century is an indirect rout which can be traversed on foot or on animal back. On the top of the Mountain you will find a chapel dedicated to the Holy Trinity.
St. Catherine Monastery
In the morning when you come down our guide will be waiting for you to visit the monastery of Saint Catherine where the burning bush, the church of transfiguration, Moses well, museum and the Icon gallery are situated. The monastery opens at 9.00 am till 12.00 pm every day except Sunday and Friday.
After the monastery visit or before, we will have breakfast in a hotel near the Monastery.
At the end of the program we will go back to Sharm el Sheikh. Estimated return time to the city is 2 pm.