The scenery on this hike is breathtaking and indescribably beautiful. You will be hiking through the desert like mountains of Sinai and seeing a completely different side of Egypt that you have never seen before.
At this time of the year the weather in Saint Katherine is moderate to cold in the morning and very cold if it’s not sunny, or in the shade and at night. Rains at this time of the year are very likely to happen. So it's a key point to be prepared for cold weather and have waterproof layers because rains are expected too, and it's very hazardous not to be prepared for this. We also check weather forecast closer to the date of the trip and during it.
The Bedouins usually sleep under the stars. They call it the million-star hotel. We will be camping in the wilderness – by camping we also mean that our water resource is minimal so expect no showers, and nature calls are responded in nature – no toilets. We’ll be providing tents for sleeping which can accommodate 2 hikers per tent and provide insulation from the cold and a barrier against rain, which is possible at any time, and also against mosquitos. A warm sleeping bag would be suitable for this trip with comfort temperature of -4 degrees. We also recommend using sleeping bag liner or just wearing more warm layers during sleeping for people who'd still feel cold. Sleeping bags can be big, bulky and weighty, so get the smallest, lightest model you can. Remember, the weather in Sinai is colder than what most people would expect, especially if they are not familiar with it.
You will be treated to 3 extremely delicious meals on a daily basis You will have 3 daily extremely delicious meals throughout the trip where you can help in their preparation if you want to. Breakfast is usually eggs, cheese, beans, honey and jam, lunch is on the light side having pasta and salad, while dinner you will enjoy the amazing cuisine of bedouins which is vegetables, meat or chicken slow cooked on charcoal or on the fire with some rice and salads.
This is not an easy hike. We’ll be always hiking and climbing at an altitude of 1500+ meters in very cold conditions. You need to have high physical fitness, multi-day hiking and camping experiences. Umm Shomer is a difficult climb so you also need to have good scrambling experience. But what’s better than to end the year with a challenge?! :)
best time to travel:
Price based on 4 pax
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (Breakfast = B, Lunch = L, Dinner = D)
Round trip from Cairo to St. Catherine
All accommodation based on double basis (tents and ecolodges)
First aid trained local guides and english speaking camp crew
Permits when needed