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"Climbing Mt. Sinai" Top 5 Page for this destination Egypt Things to Do Tip by Diana75

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  Mt. Sinai at 7am
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  • Chapel on the top of Mt. Sinai - Egypt
      Chapel on the top of Mt. Sinai
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  • Going down Mt. Sinai - Egypt
      Going down Mt. Sinai
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  • The stairs on Mt. Sinai - Egypt
      The stairs on Mt. Sinai
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  • Going down Mt. Sinai - Egypt
      Going down Mt. Sinai
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I read a lot before going to Egypt about climbing Mt. Sinai but I must admit that it was much more difficult than I expected.

After the luggage control at the entrance at the Monastery we start climbing.

Mt. Sinai, also called Horeb Mountain or Jebel Musa (Moses Mountain), lies on the south part of St. Catherine Monastery and is 2.285 m high.

On this mountain God spoke to Moses and gave him to stone tables with the 10 Commandments.

Mt. Sinai is considered sacred both for Christians and Muslims and is the centre of an important pilgrimage destination that includes St. Catherine Monastery, Elijah Plateau and ar-Raaha plain near the mountain.

The climbing starts at 1.500 m and follows on the "Horeb staircase" up to 2.244 m.
We started at 2:00am and, even if we were a quite young group, we arrived at the top at 5:30am.

The last part, the steps, is the most difficult one and a pocket lamp is mandatory, although, if you are lucky, the moon is a good companion.

On the top is really cold, but you can rent blankets for 10 LE (USD 2-).

The best place to sit is on the right side of the chapel but the sunrise can be seen from almost all the points on the top.

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  • Updated Feb 24, 2006
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