Trans Sinai Trek

Jabal Sarabit al Khadim، قسم أبو رديس، جنوب سيناء (0)
from/per person 550
  • Trekking

Description

Join our annual Trans Sinai Trek

We’ve set the 2017 date for our annual Trans Sinai safari:

  • Book your holiday for approx 15-29 November
  • Safari will depart 17 or 18 November, depending on everyone’s flight arrivals
  • Pick up is possible from Cairo or Dahab
  • We’ll return to Dahab 27 November, via Ras Abu Galoum

Join us for 10 days crossing South Sinai, using the old Bedouin routes from Serabit El Khadem to Dahab. The Trans Sinai trek takes you through every kind of desert landscape: wide wadis, deep canyons, high mountain plateaus, dunes and oases.

Fitness Level

The pace is moderate, with tea and meal breaks. You should be happy with long walks and rough camping.

Meeting Point

  • Starting point is Cairo or Dahab.
  • End point is Dahab.

It’s also possible to extend the safari and spend time on the Red Sea in Dahab. As you book, you’ll see options to add accommodation, airport transfers, etc.

What’s included

  • 10 day/9 night desert trek
  • Full board camping
  • Optional pick up from Cairo
  • Option to add time in Dahab before/after safari

Minimum 3 people to guarantee safari. Single travelers are welcome. We will add you to a group or suggest an alternative date/safari. 

If you have any questions, just ask!

 


Schedule

The trek is divided into 4 main areas:

1. Serabit El Khadem and Rumlah

This area is next to Jebel El Tih, the mountain range dividing north and south Sinai. It is characterized by wide wadis, large rolling dunes and families still living the traditional Bedouin life.

The safari starts with a 1 day drive to the base of Serabit El Khadem, the last half of which is off-road:

  • Wadi Fieran: palm tree valley at the intersection of routes between St Catherine, Rumlah and the sea.
  • Remains of an old Roman school
  • Wadi Makatteb: the Valley of Inscriptions, where many travellers and pilgrims have left their mark over the centuries.

Other attractions on this part of the trek include:

  • Serabit El Khadem: mountain top ruins of an ancient Hexus temple. Also the name of the nearby village and area. In Pharonic times, the temple was dedicated to Hathor, an ancient mother-goddess especially associated with the arts. She was the goddess of the turquoise miners who discovered the rich veins of Serabit around 3500 BC.
  • Sheikh Habus: burial site, used as a gathering place for family get-togethers and meetings (zwaras)
  • Bedouin crafts: the women here make beautiful carpets, weaving from a mix of cotton and wool spun from their own herds.
  • Himayir: granite and sandstone rock formation with a high dune. Acacias in the wadi and reservoirs of rain water.
  • Forest of Pillars (El Fouga): lava pillars left standing after wind and water eroded the surrounding sandstone.
  • Wadi Garaba: ‘the valley from which all others descend’, so you can imagine that this is a nice walk with wide open views.
  • Ras Zaranig: the head (‘Ras’) of the Zaranig canyons, and doorway to a completely different landscape.

2. Zaranig Canyons

3 deep canyons that join Jebel El Tih to Jebel El Guna. Trekking the canyons is amazing, and emerging from them to the El Guna Plateau is breathtaking. This area is empty and one of the most remote areas you will ever find yourself.

  • Zaranig Canyons: 3 deep dry canyons made of sandstone. We spend 2 full days trekking the canyons.
  • El Guna Plateau: high sandstone plateau that stretches for 50km to Ein Khudra oasis, separating the southeast and middle west areas of Sinai. Sea shell fossils and quartz, and beautiful views all the way to Dahab (southwest) and Nuweiba (southeast).

3. Around Wadi Arada

From the El Guna Plateau, water floods to Nuweiba in the East or Dahab in the West. We follow the western route, playing on the big dunes, visiting old Bedouin wells and meeting places, and the sites of the Nabateean people:

  • ZigZak Canyon: canyon that zig zags off the El Guna plateau.
  • Wadi Arada: beautiful wadi connecting to the St Catherine road, with a small Bedouin settlement.
  • Bir Safra: a well, but also the connecting point of three valleys and an ancient Bedouin meeting place.
  • El Hadudeh: largest and most impressive sand dune in southern South Sinai. Good fun & exhausting!
  • Mattamir: a sandstone mountain that gives us nice great shade.
  • Jebel Makhrum area: a flat region leading to a sandstone mountain range, including a small mountain with a hole through it.

4. Ras Abu Galum

There is something almost miraculous about emerging from the desert to the sea.

Ras Abu Galoum is a remote Bedouin fishing settlement. Swim in Laguna, snorkel a beautiful coral garden at Dheyla, then take a final 1 hr camel trail to the Blue Hole and jeep to Dahab.

 

For all our desert treks and safaris, start here Trekking Sinai


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