- 09 Apr, 2022
The Sinai Mountains Trail
The Sinai Trail is a circuit of four interconnecting trails that trace a rough triangle using centuries-old routes utilized by Bedouin-guided pilgrims, traders, and smugglers. The trail is a community-tourism project operated by eight of the peninsula’s Bedouin tribes who organize and guide all trips, allowing hikers a rare chance to experience traditional Bedouin culture while also providing fair-paid employment and opportunities for Bedouin communities. The original 12-day, 130-mile (210km) Ras Shetan to St Katherine section is a moderate-level trek. You need a high level of fitness and stamina as you’ll be hiking long distances through sand (wearying on feet) and over rocky ground. Over the first portion of the trek, you’ll traverse stark coastal plains speckled with tiny spring-fed oases and hike through the orange and pink swirled walls of South Sinai's Colored Canyon. Further into the highlands, the terrain gets rougher, following deep gorges and wide desert passes punctured by vast rock-outcrops, into the High Mountains. On the trek's last two days, hikers summit Mount Sinai and Gebel Katarina for views of rolling waves of jagged-edged peaks stretching out below. Local knowledge and support are essential for trekking Sinai Trail routes and hikes. Cameleers and camels accompany visitors to transport larger bags, camping equipment, food, and water.
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