Hiking in the Sinai
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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.
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.
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.
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.