Peak to peak to peak… (5 days)

This trek is all about mountain tops; in fact every day has at least one ascent some of which are on fairly rough terrain. Those who want to conquer the high mountain region and have a perspective from almost every possible angle should choose this hike. It's tough, but never too grueling for those wanting a good adventure.

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This trek is all about mountain tops; in fact every day has at least one ascent some of which are on fairly rough terrain. Those who want to conquer the high mountain region and have a perspective from almost every possible angle should choose this hike. It's tough, but never too grueling for those wanting a good adventure.

Day 1.

The first day we depart from St. Catherine's up to a col overlooking the village and the monastery of Cosmos and Damianos. Take pictures from the most stunning views of St. Catherine's town around, before heading down to wadi Talaa and on to wadi Itla'H. A break in Dr. Ahmed's herbal garden for lunch will be a good rest before the slow descent down Wadi Jinab, towards the tomb of Sheikh Awad and finally the ecolodge. Enjoy the last bits of comfort and civilization here. This was the easiest day of the 5, and it's all up from here to the real peaks!

Day 2.

The next day we attack our first peak, Gebel Banat. It's a scrappy climb, but on top of its large granite surface views of the Gulf of Suez on one side are just as stunning as those of Mt. Sinai and Mt. St. Catherine's on the other. It will be hard to leave this first vista, but there are more to come and we must join our cameleers who have set up camp in Wadi ItlaH. The long trek down to this garden, will take us past a wide open desert plain and the site of some ancient byzantine ruins, before completing a circle we began the day before.

Day 3.

Leaving the verdant wadi ItlaH behind for good, we begin our ascent up Shagg Tinya, a good climb leading to the water pool of Kharazet el Shaq, and our lunch break. Gebel Naja is the next peak on the list, which we reach through a series of basins. If the highlands is a ship, Gebel Naja would surely be its prow. From its summit we will catch beautiful views of the lowlands and Sheikh Awad, before heading to Abu Tuweita for a well deserved dinner and some sleep.

Day 4.

Day four takes us to the largest natural pool in the South Sinai. Galt el Azraq. We will arrive in time for an extended tea break and a dip for those who want to wash the grime of the past few days off, but we must continue, as the views from the top of our next peak are perhaps the most stunning of the trip. Bab el Dunya (The door to the Universe) is set at the southern edge of the high mountain region and has a vista over the low desert plains, the gulf of Suez and the African continent beyond. Berry canyon is the chosen route to get there, a scrappy climb which well qualifies this trek as an adventure. After catching a marvelous sunset, we head down in the waning light to Bulia and our last campsite.

Day 5.

This final day you will not soon forget. With close to 23km and 1,100m of ascent it is perhaps the most grueling day of the adventure, but it's our last one out there and we are going to get everything we can out of it. The climax of the day will be the views from the top of Egypt - Mt. St. Catherine's is the final and highest peak. We will catch a view of the entire circuit we covered in the past five days, before heading back down via Wadi el Arbaein and beautiful views of Mt. Sinai. Back in St. Catherine's we'll know exactly what lies beyond the surrounding peaks.

Sheikh Sina reserve the right to modify all our treks without notice in accordance with changing conditions in the area.