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3 days: Trekking Sinai Jebel Serbal

Jebel Serbal lies in a remote corner of Sinai, about 50 km from St Katherine. A colony of monks established a monastery here around the same time as the monks of Mt Sinai. Nabataean ruins and inscriptions abound. The Jebel Serbal range gives exceptional views over the gulf of Suez and Wadi Firaan. Fertile mountain basins lie between fantastic peaks and plunging gullies. It’s a challenging trek.


Day 1: Hike up wadi Alyeet and climb up Jebel Serbal

  • Rendezvous in Wadi Firaan at the Convent
  • Trek up Wadi Alyeet (Nabataean inscriptions)
  • Lunch at foot of gulley
  • Climb up gulley (Wadi Sha’araani) to summit (steep ascent)
  • Camp in Farsh Looza (mountain basin with well)
  • Climb peak for view over gulf at sunset
  • Dinner and overnight

Day 2: Exploration of mountain basins and descent of Jebel Serbal

  • Early reveille
  • Ascent of highest peak for views over High Mountain region
  • Descent for late breakfast
  • Hike the mountain basins along Serbal ridge
  • Tea in Hagar el Imbadeya
  • Reach Nakhel (palm trees) and Rocks Campsite in Wadi Rim
  • Overnight in Wadi Rim Campsite

Day 3: Hike to Wadi Alyeet

  • Reveille
  • Climb over ridge into Wadi Alyeet
  • Walk back down Wadi Alyeet to Convent of Wadi Firaan
  • Depart

Gallery: Mountain trekking