- 10 Apr, 2022
The Wadi Arbaeen Trail
The less basic third option is the Wadi Arbain Trail. This route begins in the spring-fed wadi (valley) behind St Katherine village, passing the Monastery of Forty Martyrs (Deir Arbain) and the large boulder known as the Rock of Moses where, according to local tradition, Moses struck with his staff to produce water. From here you traverse a narrow, stony-underfoot track, scattered with early Christian hermit cells, up the neighboring slope of Gebel Safsafa until it connects with the final switchback of the Camel Trail. All three trails converge at Elijah's Basin, a small plateau where believers say the Prophet Elijah waited for God. From here, everyone hikes the final 750 stairs of the Steps of Repentance to Mount Sinai’s summit. Guides are mandatory on all Mount Sinai routes. This provides much-needed work for St Katherine’s Jabaliyya Bedouin tribe.
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