Saint Catherine City

Our first trip in Egypt was to St.Catherine city, located in the Southern Sinai governorate.

The city is most famous for their great mountains and their secluded sacred monastery.

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1) The Bus

We took a bus from Cairo to Saint Catherine city in “Turguman” Station, the bus company is called “East Delta“, and the ticket costed 45 LE (6.5$).

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The cleanliness and the comfort of the bus is “Average” i would say, the duration of the trip is 7-8 hours, and there will be several security check points along the road to check your IDs and sometimes your bags.

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2) Accommodation

Before traveling to the city, we called to book accommodation in “Sheik Mousa Bedouin camp”, you can find all information and contact numbers in their site right HERE.

When we reached the city, we asked around for the Bedouin camp and EVERYONE seemed to know the place, apparently it’s a very well-known establishment.

We walked for a brief while till we reached the camp, we had a very nice and warm greeting from the workers there and from Sheik Mousa himself, he had someone show us our room, so we can put down our bags and change our clothes.

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The room had 5 beds, and since they are dorms, everyone had to only pay for 1 bed which costed 25LE per night (3.6$), the room was very clean, the beds were tidy and comfortable, and the bathrooms were amazingly fancy and clean.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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3) Planning the trips

After we changed our clothes, we head out to meet up with Sheik Mousa, where we sat around the camp fire, and he brought out a map of the whole area and started suggesting all possible tours for us, and their variant prices, the price for each tour was FOR the guide, which means that it doesn’t change with the number of people going, hence the more people go on a tour, the less each one pays.

The most famous tours were:

A) Hiking Mount Abbas basha = 280LE for the group (40$)

B) Hiking Mount Sinai (Gabal Musa) = 280LE for the group (40$)

C) Hiking Mount Catherine (Highest peak in Egypt and 2nd highest in the Middle East) = 560LE(80$)

We chose to take the first 2 tours since the third one was a bit out of our budget, he confirmed with us and called to confirm with our guides in the tour.

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4) Food

After finishing up all the planning for our stay, we headed out to have dinner, after walking around we found a restaurant called “ZECO Restaurant“, where they had great tasting food for extremely cheap prices, which was the perfect recipe for our backpacking budget.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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5) Back to the camp

After having our dinner, we head back to the camp and sat beside the fire, one of the workers there offered us tea, so we sat there for a while …. sipping tea made on the camp fire …. enjoying the wifi !! 😀

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Extra Point) Clothing

We did this trip in winter (early Jan), so the weather over there was really cold (2 – 4 degree C), so if you are going there in winter, i strongly recommend you get the following article of clothing:

1) Leather gloves

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2) Mufflers (Kofiia)

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3) Head cover / Ice Cap

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4) Heavy / sport type socks

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and the highlight article is “Wool underwear” or in Arabic “Kalsoon Soof” which can be bought from various clothing shops, trust me when i tell you that this piece of clothing is one of the best things that ever happened to humanity when dealing with cold weather!!

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After a while, we went to sleep to get ready for our next big day …. Hiking Mount Abbas Basha !!

In my next blog post, i’ll write about the 2 trips we took and the awesome things we’ve seen…

Till then ….

Basel … OUT

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