Climbed during the night and found refuge in some of the huts on the summit. Woke at 4am to watch the sunrise, which was very, very beautiful. More of a spiritual experience than a mountaneering one, but then that's what it is supposed to be.
Very commercialized mountain... But the views are great.
Easy walk-up for fit walkers.
Cold on top in winter.
Beautiful views over Sinai
The border between Egypt and Israel was discussed and readjusted nearly every day.
We climbed the peak from monastery St. Katherine. We had a marvellous and lonesome sunset. So many beautiful and nameless mountains towards the east. A marvellous view!
On summit, the church was locked, but the mosque was open. Thus, we (the christians or former christians) had a quiet and excellent night within the mosque.
In the very early morning several tour groupes arrived. One of their egyptian tour leaders politely advised us to leave the mosque before someone might arrive, who might take religion more serious than he... Off course, we rushed to follow this diplomatic advice.
Inavoidably, at sunrise american (and other) tour groups would sing christian songs loudly. The mountains did not seem to care...
For the way down, we chose some steps descending towards the north.
After that, a long walk along desert tracks was necessary. We followed some bedouins and their camels. In the middle of nowhere there was a military check post. One of the kind, we really had gone sick of. Reluctantly, we showed our passports. They wanted to send us back. We insisted on continuing, telling them, that our base was St. Katherine. At first they did not believe, but then they made sure, there are no witnesses, and hastily waved us across.
Have we really been in Israel? I will never know.
This should be the mountain of peace ...
Great weather and great sunrise on the top of the mountain.