Mount Sinai is both the name of a collection of peaks, sometimes referred to as the Holy Mountains, and the biblical name of the peak on which Moses received the Ten Commandments.
The 7,497-foot mountain has 3,750 steps hewn out of stone by monks of St. Catharine’s Monastery. The Monastery is the oldest continuously inhabited monastery in the World. It is open daily from 9 am (closed Fridays and Sundays) and is the home to a descendant of the famous burning bush through which God spoke to Moses.
The region is a UNESCO World Heritage Area for its natural and cultural importance.
Leaving Dahab at 11 pm, the trip takes approximately 2 hours. There are 2 paths leading to the top: a climb of 3,000 steps or the easier but longer camel path. Both lead to an area known as Elija’s Basin.
It is then just 750 steps to the top. It is a nice overnight hike which takes around 3 hours. Once at the peak, find a spot to sit back and wait for the beautiful sunrise over the mountain range.
A stunning sight and well worth the effort of the climb! After descending, there is time for you to look around the Monastery before heading back to Dahab, arriving around midday
& Ein Khudra Oasis
A full day trip leaving Dahab at 8 am and arriving back around 6 pm. This is the chance to experience the beautiful Coloured and White Canyons, and the Oasis of Ein Khudra.
The road to the Coloured Canyon winds through magnificent mountains and bold, rugged rock-formations. Then, by a cluster of date palms, it turns onto a gravel road for about 15 minutes leading to the summit. As you descend into the canyon don’t forget to look around and above you. In some places, the rocks radiate crystalline colours, in others, they have a smooth velvety appearance.
The trip is a fairly easy hike except for one or two obstacles. At one point, you have to slide through a vent, where the two sides of the Canyon nearly touch. On the other side the Canyon floor gradually starts to rise again before the second obstacle appears. To overcome it you swing yourself around a big rock and slide the two metres down, or simply jump over it. An adventure you will never forget.
The Arabic name Ein Khudra meaning “Green Oasis” perfectly describes this beautiful oasis.
Although smaller than the Coloured Canyon, the White Canyon is still a very impressive sight. Created through mountains of sandstone and limestone. As you exit the Canyon, the Ein Khudra oasis will appear in sight.
Tucked away between yellowish sandstone cliffs is one of Sinai’s most scenic oasis where gushing fresh water springs nourish date palm gardens in the seemingly barren desert.
Historically, Ein Khudra was an important stopover for pilgrims traveling from St Catherine to Jerusalem. On the nearby Rock of Inscriptions, writings and drawings prove that Nabateans, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Christians passed through this way.
No trip to Dahab is complete without experiencing a ride on a camel. Known as the ship of the desert, Bedouins will help you get the most out of this traditional and fun way to travel. Camel trips can be arranged for a couple of hours, 1 day, 3 days or more (for the very adventurous!).
Head into the desert with the Bedouins, passing through the stunning, beautiful desert areas, through wadi’s (valleys) and coloured canyons. You will also get to pass through and visit the scattered Bedouin tribes. See them going about their daily business, grazing their sheep or goats. One of the most popular camel trips from Dahab is the trek from the Blue Hole to Ras Abu Galum. The ride is approximately 1.5 hours, taking you along the beautiful mountainous coastline of the Red Sea.
Another animal to help you enjoy the beauty of the Sinai is the horse. Whether you are an experienced rider or new to this pastime, there are horses and trips to suit all abilities. You can choose how long you ride for – a 1-hour ride will take you to the beach and into one of the local Wadis. Any rides between 2 and 5 hours will take you further inland to see the picturesque mountains
Enjoy a night under the stars on one of our most popular night time excursions for couples, friends and families. Whether you’d like to experience the warm hospitality of the Bedouins as a family or have a romantic serene evening under the stars, this is a great alternative to a typical night out.
One of our most popular trips!
The tour leaves Dahab by jeep between 16:00 and 19:00 (or by camel between 15:00 and 18:00) in the evening. Departure time depends on sunset times. You will then travel to the mountains where you will enjoy a Bedouin-style BBQ and a relaxed evening under the stars.
You will be back in your hotel between 21:00 and 24:00.
You can choose your mode of transport either traveling there and back by Jeep or Camel or travel one way by jeep and the other way by camel.
Dahab is a fantastic base for exploring the South Sinai, and for combining diving with great trips & excursions. There’s a lot to see and do!