THE HIKE UP TO MT. SINAI
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Before the big trek to mount sinai, we hung out with the beduwens to smoke hookah. it was cool. hanging out in a tent with pillows all around. it was just like in the movies. i feel like i needed a heirm LOL. we only slept for 3 hrs. we had to meet the group at 2am near the hotel. there was about 200 other people. it was cold and dusty. i was glad i brought my face mask. the hike was told was about 2-3 hrs depending on you. some people took a camel half way to the mountain. it took us about 2 hrs. to get to the top. WOW it was worth the hike. :)
oh yeah and it took us another 2 hrs to get down. i was so hungry and tired. that i ate and passed out in the bus. that was the highlight of this trip :)
NOTE: you can't leave egypt without experience this hike. it is worth it............
Mount Sinai, also known as Mount Horeb, Mount Musa, Gebel Musa or Jabal Musa ("Moses' Mountain") by the Bedouin, is the name of a mountain in the Sinai Peninsula.
Mount Sinai is a 2285 m-high mountain in the Sinai region. It is next to Mount St. Catherine (at 2,629 m, the tallest peak on the Sinai peninsula). It is surrounded on all sides by higher peaks of the mountain range.
Mount Sinai rocks were formed in the late stage of the Arabian-Nubian Shield's (ANS) evolution. Mount Sinai displays a ring complex that consists of alkaline granites intruded into diverse rock types, including volcanics. The granites range in composition from syenogranite to alkali feldspar granite.
The Monastery of St. Catherine is sited at the foot of the adjacent mountain - Mount Catherine - at an elevation of around 1200 m.
Biblical Mount Sinai
According to Bedouin tradition, this is the mountain where God gave laws to the Israelites.
Many modern biblical scholars now believe that the Israelites would have crossed the Sinai peninsula in a straight line, rather than detouring to the southern tip (assuming that they did not cross the eastern branch of the Red Sea/Reed Sea in boats or on a sandbar), and therefore look for Mount Sinai elsewhere.
The Song of Deborah, which textual scholars consider to be one of the oldest parts of the bible, suggests that Yahweh dwelt at Mount Seir, so many scholars favour a location in Nabatea (modern Arabia). Alternatively, the biblical descriptions of Sinai can be interpreted as describing a volcano, and so a number of scholars have considered equating Sinai with locations in north western Saudi Arabia; there are no volcanoes in the Sinai Peninsula;
There are two principal routes to the summit. By the longer and less steep track known as Siket El Bashait, is possible to ascend either on foot or by camel hired from the Bedouin along the way - approximate time on foot two and a half hours. The steep, more direct route (Siket Sayidna Musa) ascends the 3,750 "steps of penitence" directly up the ravine behind the monastery.
The summit of the mountain has a mosque and a Greek Orthodox chapel (which was constructed in 1934 on the ruins of a 16th century church) neither of which are open to the public. The chapel supposedly encloses the rock from which God made the Tablets of the Law. At the summit also is "Moses' cave" where Moses is supposed to have waited to receive the Ten Commandments.