I hiked to the summit well before dawn to catch the most amazing sunrise I've ever seen. Part of a four-day group camping trip in Sinai as an excursion from Elat, Israel. We descended part way to the Valley of Elijah for breakfast, before the long, knee-wrenching descent of the 3000 steps to the monastery below. The day ended camping on a beach near Dahab on the Red Sea, with stunning snorkeling along the reefs.
Well... if the the mountain doesn't strike your interest, the tourists and worshipers probably will.
Started in the middle of the night and got up there in time to wait awhile for the sunrise. It was worth the wait though I wish I had brought more layers because it was cold! It was a very easy hike. It was interesting to hike down in the light and see all the landscape. I thought it was beautiful, but I grew up in the desert so my taste tends to differ from other hikers. I did wonder how Moses managed to find a bush up there.
Were awakened at midnight, climbed in the dark, only to get there and wait for at least 2 hours, I think, for the sunrise. A number of us were faster than our Bedouin guide... But it was epic, and an incredible sunrise! Worth it! A great experience!
After a hard diarhea we got a littel bit tired.
big brown and smells like camels desert alpinisem finest
An interesting and strenuous ascent of Gebel Musa without a flashlight at dead of night (1983).
Our tour group left the monastery around 2am and reached the summit around 4am. This puts everyone on the summit with a few hours to kill before sunrise and probably doesn't hurt the coffee and tea sales. It gave me a chance to descend the back of the mountain and bag the nearby Gebel Katharina. Then I was able to return to the monastery by 8:15am and rejoin the group before the opening at 9am.
Very amusing experience, walking with so many people to the summit, avoiding crashing into camels that came up and down.
The sunrise was really beautiful, unbelievable that it happens every day.....
My friend and I weren't crazy about hiking up and spending several hours on the summit for the sun to rise, so we hung up with the policeman stationed in his little office at the base for several hours. Much warmer down there. Even then, we stilled reached the top about an hour before sunrise. A wonderful outing, loaded with historical significance, but almost comical at the same time with all the people crowded and freezing at the summit.
Up the long route from the monastery with a friendly young Bedouin, rested about an hour on an empty noon top, down with my Bedouin guide through scenic Wadi el Arbein. One great full day among 4, see TR here.
Walked up at night to see the glorious sunrise from the top. Quite a busy route, but plenty of room at the top.
Fun hike in the middle of the night from the Katherina monastery. Reach the summit a few hours before dawn and watched the sunrise.
Fantastic sunrise on the top of the mountain.
Back in 1999, took a week long vacation in sharm el sheikh and took a trip to Mt. Sinai. Left the hotel in the just after dinner. Arrived in the wee hours of the morning (even if there were A LOT of people), and went up the regular route (no cammels, but i did enjoy some of the tea stands). Reached the summit before sunrise, waited 30 min and headed down to see the monastery and head back to the beach.
I have a lot of good memories about that place and it was really nice to go up the mountain at night with cammels and such.
In between snorkeling and doing other things on vacation in the Sinai, we decided to head into the mountains for a day. We rode camels from the Katherina Monastery until the steep part and then hiked the rest of the way to the little building at the summit. It was pretty cold and windy on top, with lots of snow visible on Gebel Katharina. I went with my family and my friend Matt's family.
want camel, koc, materac, you want water, coke - very crowded but the night & sunrise is beatuful on the top...
This was a truly unique experience! Climbed during the day to avoid a busload of Russians. My party of three was the only ascending the mountain. Many Bedouins trying to sell me rocks, Coca-Cola and things. I also managed to get a cell signal on top - I confess, I checked - The air was crystal clear. Instead of seeing the sunrise, I witnessed the sunset. Took a minibus from Cairo.
Easy couple of hours walk up there and decent views to Sinai High Mountain Region. For those who want solitude and silence, this is not the peak to go. You can't avoid merchants even up there. I took the descent via the 4000 Steps of Repentance which was fairly comfortable.
Went up the normal tourist footpath and descended down the steps. Very beatiful sunrise, definately worth it.