Earlier this summer, before it got too hot, I was busy plotting out a new trekking itinerary. I have a lot of experience leading trekking and camel safaris, but wanted to plan a new route for this coming fall/winter, one more off-the-beaten-track than others and one that would give visitors a unique glimpse at traditional Bedouin culture. This seven day trek begins in Central Sinai, in the high mountains near St. Katherine’s Monastery. We’ll pass by numerous places of religious import, places where once Bedouin Muslims and Christians lived together in harmony, small oases where the people worked together to provide food, water, and health care for each other. Years ago, these were places the nomads rested, enjoying the peaceful surrounding with no worries of work or war or tourism, just thoughts of a clear and clean life. Hiking to the top of Bab el Dunya, or the “Door of the World”, offers amazing views all the way to the coast. Throughout the hike, we’ll sleep in a traditional Bedouin tent, a “beyt el shar” or “house of hair”, and eat all of our meals cooked on an open fire. It is my hope to give visitors an authentic feel to what life used to be like in these lands.
7 Day Trek: St Katherine to Sharm el Sheikh
(Bab el Dunya)
Day 1: Monastery, Wadi il Erbeyin, Gabal Katharina (2642m. high)
From 9 am, spend 1 hour at the Monastery, then walk to Wadi il Erbeyin and have lunch in a garden. After lunch, a 3-4 hour trek up M. Katarina to have dinner and spend the night.
Day2: Ein Nakhla, Wadi Rahaba, Zeituna area
After breakfast a 2 ½ -3 hour trek down the mountain to Ein Nakhla. Lunch. 3-3 ½ hour trek through W. Rahaba to spend the night in the Zeituna area.
Day3: Gabal Umm Shaumar (2586m. high)
Early breakfast with lunch handed out for later. Trekking for 4 hours:2 hours easy trekking through the valleys to G. Umm Shaumar and 2 hours up the mountain. Everyone will have their own lunch and water with them at this point. 1 ½ – 2 hour trek down the mountain for dinner and camping.
Day 4: Moyat Zalaqa, Bir el Qasuriya
1 hour trek after breakfast to Zalaqa. 45 minute trek to Tallat el Gamal Lunch. 2 ½ hour trek to Bir el Qasuriya and camping in Erg Naqb.
Day 5: Ein Umm Sa´ida, Wadi Humr, Gindilli
After breakfast a 3 – 3 ½ trek to Ein Umm Sa´ida Oasis. Lunch. 3 – 3 ½ hour trek through W. Humr to camp at Gindilli
Day 6: Yahmad Oasis, Wadi Yahmad
After breakfast, 2 ½ – 3 hour trek to lunch at Yahmad Oasis. 3 hour trek through Wadi Yahmad to camp.
Day 7: Wadi Yahmad
After breakfast, a 3-4 hour trek through the valley. Lunch. 1 hour trek to meet the car.