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Mt. Sinai

Mt. Sinai

Mount Sinai, Sinai Peninsula, Mt Sinai, 4828513

The Basics

Mt. Sinai's rocky slopes are steeped in history. Here you can explore St. Catherine’s Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built almost 1,500 years ago against the foot of the mountain; see the Chapel of the Burning Bush and a gallery of ancient icons; ride a camel to the mountain’s summit; or walk the Steps of Repentance—3,750 stone steps leading to Sinai’s peak.

Mt. Sinai tours typically last a full day and include a visit to St. Catherine’s Monastery as well as a hike or camel ride to the mountain’s summit. Sunrise tours leave late at night and allow you to climb the peak before dawn, arriving in time to see the sun rise over the desert and surrounding hills. For a personalized experience, opt for a private tour.

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St Catherine Monastery and Mt Sinai Sunrise Tour from Dahab
St Catherine Monastery and Mt Sinai Sunrise Tour from Dahab
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$60.00 per adult
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What a great experience in my...
What a great experience in my life...to climb that mountain it's very hard to get to the top but I handle it very well, able to reach the top before the sunrise. Beautiful view and the tour guide was very helpful that night to guided us to the mountain, great guy. Meet so many people up there enjoying the view. We enjoy every moment of our tour.
Mari_S, Apr 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in Sharm el Sheikh

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Beatiful experience
Priscila_M, Jan 2022
Mount Sinai Climb and St Catherine Tour from Sharm El Sheikh
It is a wonderful experience. The staff was very helpful with everything. I went with my mother (59-year-old), and even though it was difficult for her, they were very gentle and supportive - and she was able to finish all the way.
star-5
Stunning
HikmetKagan_S, Jan 2022
Mount Sinai Climb and St Catherine Tour from Sharm El Sheikh
It takes some time to get up there, and hiking shoes are definitely a must. Don’t be too caught up in bringing water and food with you, as there are places to buy those along the way. In the end, the views up top are definitely definitely worth the grind!
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Phantastic nature, poor guides
Bernd_M, Jan 2022
Mount Sinai and St. Catherine Monastery from Sharm el Sheikh
Sunrise on Mount Moses is a phantastic experience. Highly recommended! Unfortunately, the impressive St. Catherine's monastery was closed for church holiday. And the guides did not explain a lot about the history and places in general - neither on the bus nor on the mountain. Maybe this was due to their poor language skills (both in Russian and in English), but it was sad nevertheless. A previous experience with a Getyourguide tour of Gizeh was absolute the opposite. Good: excellent new Mercedes tor bus with very comfortable seats. In a nutshell: a phantastic place, but little input besides the nature.
star-5
Hiking Mount Sinai, sunrise and St. Catherine Monastery
Enea_Z, Jun 2021
Sunrise at Mount Sinai. Trip from Sharm el Sheikh
Perfectly organized trip, defenitely recommended. Air-conditioned vehicle with tour guides and Bedouin hiking guide. Natalie organized everything perfectly. Thank you
star-5
An Experience of a Lifetime
SAMUEL_S, Nov 2019
Trip to St. Catherine's Monastery & Mount Sinai, Saint Catherine, Egypt
Our tour guide Mohamed Shezo & driver Mohamed were hosptitalble and friendly. We enjoyed their company.
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Unforgettable Hike With Great Guides
Daniel_S, Jun 2021
Private Mt Sinai and St Catherine Monastery Night Hiking Tour
Shaaban and the Tripster Egypt team put together an amazing experience. Despite the short notice on our booking, they made it happen and got us to Mt. Sinai in time to make the hike to the peak by sunrise. The Beduoin guide they booked for us to bring us up and down the trail was friendly and knowledgable of the lore of the mountain. The hike itself was enjoyable. The path is about 5km, but mostly winds up switchbacks on a slight incline for 80% of the hike, making it pretty tolerable for anyone in reasonably good health/fitness. The one hard thing is the elevation; you start out around 1000m and keep going up to the 2300m peak. The air gets a little thin and you may find yourself having to stop to catch your breath even though the hike itself isn’t that strenuous. The 750 stairs at the final ascent are not that hard, but make sure to turn around for the excellent view halfway up the stairs, it has some of the best photo opportunities on the peak IMHO! They may warn you it gets cold at the peak; we went in June and it was no worse than a cool summer’s night in the Midwest, we were in jeans and short sleeves the whole time. And don’t worry, if you do get a little chilled there are some Beduoins who will sell you $2 coffee at the peak! The view from the top of Mt. Sinai is unforgettable, as is the experience itself. It may be a hassle to lose a night’s sleep for a hike, but it’s worth it. This hike was probably the highlight of my entire time in the Sinai peninsula region, I would highly recommend it. Booking with Tripster Egypt will be one way to make sure you get the most from this hike, so be sure to check them out! They are extremely flexible, and were the only tour company able to accommodate us for the short window of opportunity we had to do this hike. If you want to get up Mt. Sinai, they'll help you to make it happen.
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Amazing experience all...
Matthew_F, Dec 2021
Mount Sinai Climb and St Catherine Tour from Sharm El Sheikh
Amazing experience all round. Just be warned that it is VERY cold when climbing in winter. Worth bringing money just in case you decide to take the camel, which you can choose to do at any point. My son and I walked it but some in our party switched to camel. Really great trip overall.
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Syn Pyramids Tours is the best!!
Stanislav O, Dec 2019
Private Overnight Trip To Saint Catherine Monastery And Mount Sinai
Our group of 7 people did the overnight Mount Sinai tour (from Cairo and back) with Sun Pyramids Tours (Mahmoud and 2 other amazing people), and it was one of the best experiences of our life! The trip was in a comfortable, air conditioned van, and there was plenty of space for everyone. The drive to Mt.Sinai from Cairo is around 6-7 hours, but you make some stops at some stores, so you can buy some coffee, some food, etc., and the trip doesn't seem as long. Once we arrived to our place for the night, we were given a nice meal, and after that we went to get some rest as the Mt.Sinai ascend starts at 1am. Sun Pyramids Tours will take you from the hotel to Mt.Sinai where you will meet the Bedouin guide who will do the Mt.Sinai ascend with you. You can do the ascend on a camel, or by walking. Our Bedouin guide, Ahmed, was amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed our ascend and descend with him. After you catch a sunrise on top of Mt.Sinai, you will ascend down the mountain and then you can visit the Saint Catherine Monastery below. After you visit the Monastery, Sun Pyramids tours will bring you back to your hotel to get some food, and after you get a nice, fulfilling meal, you will be taken back to your hotel to Cairo. All in all it was an incredible experience, and we wouldn't want to do this tour with anyone else but Sun Pyramids tours - they are amazing and will take good care of you. Hope this review helps! Stan
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Jimmy was the best! His experience and...
Robert H, Nov 2017
Mount Sinai Climb and St Catherine Tour from Sharm El Sheikh
Jimmy was the best! His experience and knowledge was great! When I go back he will be the first person I call.
star-4
Good experience to Mt Sinai
lowkienyap, Nov 2019
Mount Sinai Climb and St Catherine Tour from Sharm El Sheikh
Overall trip was very good, from the arrangement and also the guide. I had a good time with new friends over there. The only bad side of this trip is the transport to Mt Sinai. It was a bit small and uncomfortable for 3 hours journey. It would be better if they fetch us using mini bus as I saw some of the tour group came in mini bus (perhaps it was due to the group size). Few things to note (1) remember to bring your jacket as it is cold especially on the mountain (2) Make sure you are fit to hike

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Mt. Sinai is a must-see for culture lovers and history buffs.

  • The hike to the summit can be strenuous; wear sturdy sneakers or hiking boots.

  • Dress in layers if you plan to visit during sunrise or sunset, as it can be cold at the top of the mountain. It’s also possible to rent blankets at the summit.

  • Multiple huts sell refreshments along the mountain path, so it’s a good idea to bring some spending money.

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How to Get There

By road, Mt. Sinai is located roughly one hour from Dahab, 2.5 hours from Taba, three hours from Sharm El-Sheikh and Eilat, and six hours from Cairo. The easiest way to get there is by private vehicle or through an organized tour, although it’s also possible to take a bus from Sharm El-Sheikh and then hire a taxi from the nearby village of Al Milga.

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When to Get There

You can visit Mt. Sinai year-round, although Egypt’s weather is most pleasant from October through April. Opt for a sunrise excursion to see the landscape at its most picturesque, as dawn transforms the surrounding mountains with shades of lilac and pink.

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Walking the Steps of Repentance

Ascending Mt. Sinai via the camel path and descending along the Steps of Repentance (also known as the Path of Our Lord Moses) is a classic way to experience the landmark mountain. According to legend, the 3,750 stone steps were created by a single monk who was repenting for evil deeds.

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