Mt Sinai and St Catherines Monastery

This is one of the great walks (some would say climbs) that mere mortals, without a previous history of 'climbing', can do. In addition it visits the peak accepted by many sectors of the Christian and Jewish religions as being where Moses received the 10 commandments. It requires a steep ascent pre-dawn and naturally 'what goes up must come down'. People of all ages and fitness levels do attempt and succeed with this walk. We have posted a larger number of pictures on this page to ensure as many people see the terrain, the climb and the reason for the hike.
At the base of the climb is the famed Orthodox Monastery of St Catherines (c 700AD). At the conclusion of the climb there is time to explore this building which aside from being a practising monastery is built around the supposed 'burning bush' of the Old Testament.



The Walk

It can happen snow in the desert! Stepped path to the top.
   
Sinai Ambulance Service Practical considering the environment.

The Reason

Group therapy awaiting the dawn Find your own perch

Dawn from the top of Mt Sinai Maybe Moses was here?

The 'Afters' - St Catherines Monastery

St Catherines Monastery at the base of Mt Sinai. A practising Greek Orthodox Monastery Fabled 'Burning Bush'?

Temperatures Min and Max

  Jan Feb. March April May June
Rafah 7.8 20.2 9.5 21.8 8.2 21.5 11.6 23.9 14.0 26.7 18.4 29.2
El Arish 7.3 20.5 7.9 21.8 8.1 19.5 12.7 23.9 14.9 27.9 17.7 29.6
St. Catherine 1.9 16.1 4.2 18.1 5.3 17.3 8.3 23.1 14.0 29.1 16.3 31.3
El-Tor 8.8 20.8 9.6 21.7 12.6 24.3 16.6 25.3 20.1 31.2 23.0 33.2
Sharm el-Sheikh 13.4 23.8 13.9 25.7 13.7 25.0 17.7 28.9 24.1 32.8 26.1 37.0
  July Aug Sept Oct. Nov. Dec.
Rafah 20.5 32.2 21.2 31.5 19.0 30.4 17.6 28.7 24.4 24.4 9.3 19.9
El Arish 20.2 30.2 20.9 30.6 19.5 29.5 17.4 28.4 14.1 14.1 10.8 20.7
St. Catherine 18.2 32.4 20.2 32.7 17.7 30.5 12.8 24.8 21.9 21.9 6.1 15.1
El-Tor 24.2 34.5 24.6 34.5 24.0 31.1 18.5 29.3 26.3 26.3 13.3 22.5
Sharm el-Sheikh 26.7 38.3 26.6 38.0 26.0 34.1 22.8 30.1 27.6 15.9 15.9 22.7

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