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Sunrise or Sunset on Mount Sinai in Egypt

The sensation of being on Mount Sinai as the sun appears in the morning sky or sets on the horizon in the evening is impossible to forget

Sunrise or Sunset on Mount Sinai
Sunrise or Sunset on Mount Sinai
Sunrise or Sunset on Mount Sinai

See the sun rise over the Sinai desert on an unbelievable trip to the place Moses received the 10 Commandments according to the Old Testament. Imagine what it was like so many thousands of years ago. It has been a place of religious pilgrimage for centuries. Catch the sunrise on Moses' Mountain by first climbing a rocky trail alongside Bedouin tribesmen and their camels. After reaching the summit, sit and wait for dawn’s rays to pierce the darkness and illuminate the jagged, lunar-like landscape as dawn illuminates the peaks.

On your way back, stop at St. Catherine's Monastery, perhaps the oldest monastery in the world dedicated to the early Christian Saint Catherine, who was tortured to death for her religious beliefs. You can choose to reach the mountain’s summit at either sunrise or sunset. This means beginning the climb at 2-3 pm or 2-3 am depending on the time of year. Be warned that in winter it can get mighty cold. The best time for tourists is April and May and September-November when nights are more warm and bearable.

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When is the best time to climb Mount Sinai for the sunrise?

For the sunrise view, the best time to climb Mount Sinai is from April to May and from September to November. These months will ensure that nights are warm and comfortable. Climbing during winter should be avoided due to the extremely cold temperatures. Before embarking on the climb, it is advisable to check the weather forecast. Show more

When should I start climbing Mount Sinai for the sunset view?

To catch the sunset view at Mount Sinai, one should start climbing 2-3 hours before the sunset. The climb is a bit challenging; therefore, it is recommended to reach the summit two hours before sunset to enjoy the view. Depending on the time of the year, the climb can commence in the afternoon or as late as 2-3 am. Show more

What is the temperature like at the mountain's summit during winter nights?

Climbing Mount Sinai during winter nights should be avoided due to the extremely cold temperatures at the summit. It is essential to check the temperatures before planning to climb the mountain and ensure comfortable warmth clothing is packed for chilly nights. Regardless of the climb, warm clothing is a must to keep comfortable in the cold weather. Show more

Where is St. Catherine's Monastery located?

Located at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, St. Catherine's Monastery is the oldest operating Christian monastery in the world, dating back to the 6th century. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site that houses iconic and legendary relics like the Bush which Moses approached and removed his shoes as instructed. Show more

What is the history behind Saint Catherine and the monastery dedicated to her?

Saint Catherine was a Christian martyr who perished for her religious beliefs. Her honor is enshrined at St. Catherine's Monastery located in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Built-in the 6th century and home to one of the world's most exceptional collection of manuscripts and icons, the Monastery is a popular destination for religious pilgrims. It is also believed to house the remains of Saint Catherine. Show more

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