Gebel Musa Climber's Log

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RNOHKR - Feb 3, 2018 12:23 pm Date Climbed: Jun 26, 1990

Most Memorable Day of My Life  Sucess!

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.


gbrill - Jun 4, 2014 11:15 pm Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2009

Interesting  Sucess!

Well... if the the mountain doesn't strike your interest, the tourists and worshipers probably will.


Brita - Nov 2, 2012 7:44 pm Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2007

Gebel Musa  Sucess!

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.


rfolkenberg - Oct 24, 2011 11:45 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2011

Night Climb  Sucess!

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!


yxygan - May 30, 2011 2:48 am Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2010

Route Climbed: Normal trail (from Katherina monastery)  Sucess!

After a hard diarhea we got a littel bit tired.


etai101 - Dec 17, 2010 2:03 pm Date Climbed: Jan 8, 1993

mgical  Sucess!

big brown and smells like camels desert alpinisem finest


hiltrud.liu - Nov 19, 2010 6:15 pm

Gebel Musa  Sucess!

An interesting and strenuous ascent of Gebel Musa without a flashlight at dead of night (1983).


atavist - Jul 9, 2009 7:05 am Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2009

Marlboro man in Camel country  Sucess!

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.


Olaf - Nov 16, 2008 8:25 am Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2008

Camel track  Sucess!

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.....


fatdad - Sep 12, 2008 6:06 pm

Via the tourist trail  Sucess!

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.


reinhard2 - Nov 24, 2007 11:49 am Date Climbed: Feb 11, 2007

Traverse  Sucess!

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.


squick - Oct 29, 2007 3:57 am

Route Climbed: Normal (from St Katherine's)  Sucess!

Walked up at night to see the glorious sunrise from the top. Quite a busy route, but plenty of room at the top.


pkrebs - Aug 20, 2007 6:11 pm

Main Camel Trail  Sucess!

Fun hike in the middle of the night from the Katherina monastery. Reach the summit a few hours before dawn and watched the sunrise.

Kaallin Krimp

Kaallin Krimp - May 30, 2007 6:55 am

Normal trail, nov. 1999  Sucess!

Fantastic sunrise on the top of the mountain.


tomastx - Sep 20, 2006 5:44 am

Route "Climbed": Normal Trail from monastery  Sucess!

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.

Rocky Alps

Rocky Alps - Sep 9, 2006 9:25 pm Date Climbed: Dec 30, 1999

Normal Camel Route  Sucess!

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.


arczi - Aug 24, 2006 8:41 pm

normal camel route  Sucess!

want camel, koc, materac, you want water, coke - very crowded but the night & sunrise is beatuful on the top...


Eleutheros - May 18, 2006 5:25 am Date Climbed: Oct 16, 2003

Ascent of Sinai from Katherina Monastery  Sucess!

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.


Juho - Dec 17, 2005 1:22 pm

Route Climbed: Camel Trail Date Climbed: November 17th, 2005  Sucess!

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.

Mountaingal - Aug 2, 2005 9:11 am

Route Climbed: Ascended normal route from St Katherines Date Climbed: September 2001  Sucess!

Went up the normal tourist footpath and descended down the steps. Very beatiful sunrise, definately worth it.

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