Sheikh Sina, a Bedouin run trekking company, strives to offer the best hiking and trekking experience in the South Sinai Mountains. We remain sensitive to the local environment and its people by promoting responsible travel in protected areas that have been selected as World Heritage sights by UNESCO.
• Bedouin owned, working with different tribes
• Building on 30 years of experience in tour operations
• Specialized in treks to remote areas
• Proud to share local knowledge of the environment and history
Sheikh Sina was founded by an EU initiative intended to equip Bedouin guides with hospitality management and language skills. The overall aim of the project is to improve mountain tourism operations in South Sinai by raising the quality of the already existing mountain hikes. Safety is of utmost importance, as are a stress on lowered environmental impacts. We also take the empowerment of local guides seriously and make sure that they are securing livelihoods through Sheikh Sina. Hikers will have a rich experience interacting with the Bedouin guides and experiencing South Sinai nature. The initiative has also assisted in building several Ecolodges in the South Sinai region.
The treks offer spectacular mountain views and well deserved relaxation at the various garden oases along the way. These gardens offer the opportunity to take a break and sample the delicious fruit in season. Tucked away in a network of valleys or wadis these green areas have been cultivated by Bedouins for centuries. As the trek progresses, the hiker will encounter diverse terrain, ancient ruins, various rock formations and the beautiful colors accompanying them. The rich variety of plant and animal life will also be of interest. The chance to experience this desert world and unique Bedouin way of life should not be missed.
Our Leisure Treks are very accessible, designed with most anyone in mind; anyone that is, who is looking for a bit of exertion along with their vacation. Walking days can be upwards of 6 hours often over mountains and down into valleys. The reward for tired legs are beautiful views, fresh mountain air and the satisfaction of arriving at your destination whether that be a remote ecolodge, an oasis in the desert, a walled orchard or your guesthouse in St. Catherine's.
• Mountain Vistas (5 days)
• Five Canyons (5 days)
• Sand and Sea (10 days)
Our Adventure Treks are not for everyone. They are designed for experienced trekkers in mind, those who are up for long walks often over difficult terrain without footpaths and in very remote locations. Walking days can be upwards of 8 hours. You will leave comforts behind and sleep in the often harsh conditions of the desert. These treks are not for the weak of body or spirit but those who choose them will come back having learned much by pushing the limits and experiencing a new way of life. You won't easily forget this adventure!
• Peak to peak to peak... (5 days)
• Off the beaten path (5 days)
• Great Escape (8 days)
Our Specialty Treks are unique, long, and logistically complex. Involving guides and camels from different tribal territories is always a political challenge, but despite the possible hiccups, hikers will discover the whole of South Sinai, either by walking from the Gulf of Aqaba to the Gulf of Suez, or by circling the peninsula to catch the most stunning mountains on offer. After these treks, you will know South Sinai better than many Bedouin!
• Coast to Coast – An Exodus (14 days)
• Fangs of the Moon (15 days)
Our Short Walks are easy and accessible. Never exceeding four hours of walking a day, they are designed with families and less thrill seeking hikers in mind. Families, couples, or anyone looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life will enjoy our relaxation walks and come back feeling fully refreshed.
• See walks
In the summer months, an early start and long rests in the midday heat is in order, while in the winter, camp is folded later with a shorter break for lunch. All the equipment and food is carried by camel to the camp site each night, the hiker need only carry a daypack with water, some snacks and small personal belongings. (see trek information for further details)