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"SINAI:The Sinai is that..." Egypt Favorite Tip by gayguy17

Egypt General: 631 reviews and 622 photos

Favorite thing: SINAI:

The Sinai is that little buldge at the top of the red sea and is a land where desert and sea meet in spectacular fashion. Probably the most famous place for visitors in Mt. Sinai where Mosis is reputed to have recieved the 10 comandments from the man upstairs. Though everyone hikes up the same mountain (well hill really) no one really knows which of the many peaks in the area was THE Mt. Sinai but it your generally in the right place so they take you up the highest peak. Some people hike up in the afternoon to see the sunset but most do the hike up in the middle of the night when it is cool and experience a magical sunrise. We got there early so beat the crowds to the top, there is the option of taking a camel most of the way up but walking is a better option (plus even with camel you have to walk the hardest bit at the end). The main route to the top winds it's way up the mountain until you reach a set of very steep steps that go pretty much streight up. When we got to the top there was only a few people and we managed to get a nice cup of hot choclate at a reasonable price (a couple hours later when more people had arrived the prices had tripled). You can rent small mattresses and covers, but your better off bringing your own sleeping bag - or at least bring warm clothes (it get's cold in the desert at night). There is a little ruined chapel at the top of the Mt. Sinai, but you're really here for the sun rise so we found a good spot facing east and settled down to wait for the Sun. Because we were on the edge we could see the path bellow like a firey snake as hundreds of tourists were making there way up flash-light in hand. It was beautiful at the time but that all changed when that mob made it to the top and we were swamped with Italians, Germans, Americans, British, French and a number of other nationalities. There were people of all ages and the peace and quiet of our initial arrival was destroyed.

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  • Written Aug 26, 2002
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