Hiking in the Sinai

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Wadi Knai, Sinai

I went to the Sinai with a slew of print outs of hikes that I'd pulled off the internet - from TB and other sources.  There are sooo many places to hike in and around the St. Catherine Protectorate and so little time - for us.  We had about a week in the Sinai and were able to get in three hikes - all easy, all different, and all memorable.
The first we did was Wadi Knai outside of Dahab.  Wadi Knai is a large oasis surrounded by awesome canyons that is very close to Dahab.  We chose it because it required so little travel time - less than 30 minutes outside of Dahab by jeep. 
Wadi Knai is not exactly in the Saint Catherine Protectorate - we didn't have to pay the entrance fee to hike there - but it's in the same general area.

Mt. Sinai
  There are a number of different canyons within Wadi Knai to explore - we did one - which was a short hike straight up past caves and through the oasis.  It's popular - we ran in to a few other groups while we were there, but very pretty and lush.  The bedouins have also set up a camp at the trailhead where they sell soda and handmade jewelry. 
Our hike was only about an hour - perfect for a half day trip from Dahab - with great views from the jeep to and fro. 
Our second hike was the most major - up Mt. Sinai.  Although it took a few hours, it's a relatively easy hike.  There are a number of steps (750) that everyone must hike to summit, but if you want to get to the top and can't hike, there are camels up to where the steps are.  We saw buses of tourists - mostly Russian & Japanese, wearing high heels, fur coats and other inappropriate attire - who made it to the top thanks to the camels.
Mt. Sinai
  You can also pick them up on the way down, although we saw most people walking down, even those in high heels.  The only things difficult about the Mt. Sinai hike were 1) starting out at 2am 2) the cold in January and 3) avoiding camel s%$# in the dark.  Otherwise, it's a walk in the park, er, Protectorate.  There's a minor fee to enter the Protectorate, $3, and it's required for this hike.  For more info on Mt. Sinai, I have another blog at :  http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/66435/highlight-zenith-our-trip-8
Our third and final hike was outside Nuweiba, again, near the Protectorate.  This one was less of a hike and more of a boulder scramble, as we climbed up cliffs and down cliffs.
White Canyon, Sinai
  Unfortunately, I'd anticipated a nice hike and not a boulder climb, so I wore a skirt - which was completely inappropriate and probably freaked out our 17 year old Bedouin guide with a few glimpses of middle aged thighs that ruined him for life. 
Having said that, this hike was the most fun - about 3 hours of climbing in and amongst creamy white cliffs - hence it's name - the White Canyon. 
Of note is that every hike we did or read about was distinctive - different terrain, different colors, but all beautiful.  If we'd hiked as many as I'd chosen, I'm sure we would have had a different experience every time. 

Africancrab says:
I'm so jealous. Great blog though.
Posted on: Mar 21, 2010
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