EASTERN DESERT RECCE EXPEDITION

Highlights 

  • The Wadi Gamal
  • Pre-dynastic rock engravings near Wadi Maya
  • Roman fort ruins and the quarries at Umm Balad
  • Traditional falucca journey along the Nile
  • Completely supported by local Bedu and their camels
  • Bedouin hospitality
  • Star gazing

Summary


Dates

Phase one: 4 - 14 November '17

Phase two: 14 - 25 November '17

Cost

Phase one only: 1,151€

Phase two only: 1,324€

Phase one and two: 2,251€


The Trek will start near Marsa Alam, on the Red Sea coast and will finish approximately 180km later at the old City of Edfu on the Nile and will be supported by camels throughout. Once at the Nile we will board a felucca for the last leg of the journey downstream to Luxor. These final days will be spent watching Egypt drift by with nights camping on islands. We will be stopping along the way at places like the Darrow Camel Market and Temple of Sobek at Kom Ombo, so we will have plenty of opportunity to get cleaned up, sleep and read. 

The expedition will be divided into two sections with a transfer in and out from the desert on day 10 for those who cannot or do not wish to do the entire 21 day expedition.

Location

 

Itinerary

Feluccas, the traditional wooden sailing boats used here in the Nile and throughout the Eastern Mediterranean.

Feluccas, the traditional wooden sailing boats used here in the Nile and throughout the Eastern Mediterranean.

Day 1.   Depart UK, arrive in Hurghada and overnight hotel.

Day 2.   Transfer first night camp, South West of Marsa Alam.

Days 3 - 9.   Trek through the desert accompanied by camels and Bedu guides.

Day 10. Rest day and transfers in and out from Hurghada.

Days 11 - 17. Continue trek inland towards the shores of the Nile.

Say 18. Arrive at Edfu on the Nile.

Day 19. Transfer to a traditional Egyptian sailing vessel or 'felucca' to begin the Nile phase! Sail north up the Nile.

Day 20. Arrive at Luxor and transfer to hotel.

Day 21. Depart for UK.


Included

  • Accommodation in Hurghada
  • All in-country transfers
  • All food while on expedition
  • McX guides
  • Bedouin guides and drivers
  • Permits

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Soft drinks
  • Tips

FAQs

Q: Do I need a visa?

A: No. Most EU citizens receive a stamped visa on arrival at Hurghada International Airport. 

Q: What vaccinations do I need?

A: A full list of required vaccinations can be found here. Use our discount code to get 15% off all vaccinations.

Q: Where do I fly to and who with?

A: The nearest airport is Hurghada International Airport, with direct flights from London available with a number of affordable operators. We recommend teams coordinate to travel together for safety and convenience.

Q: Where do I go from the airport?

A: An McX leader will meet you and the team at the airport and transfer with you to our first night's camp.

QWhat's the security situation like in the Eastern Desert? Is it safe?

A: We operate in the Eastern Desert region of Egypt which is extremely remote and there is a low risk of outside interference. Nevertheless full precautions must be taken to avoid any conflict with local wildlife. We take your safety very seriously and a full detailed risk assessment will be sent out to team members well in advance. For up to date foreign travel advice on Egypt click here.

Q: What do I need to bring?

A: Desert attire should be light, loose-fitting and where possible made from natural fibres. Good desert walking boots are a must. A full detailed kit list is available to team members upon request.

Q: How fit do I have to be?

A: We recommend team members are able to walk up to 15km per day and carrying a pack of 10 kilos for ten or 20 days.

Q: What will the food be like?

A: In base camp and while trekking we eat a variety of dehydrated army rations to meet the daily calorie intake. On travel days we enjoy delicious traditional Egyptian food cooked by the Bedouin.

Q: I have special dietary requirements. Are you able to cater for me?

A: There are a wide range of rations available including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. We try to cater for everyone's needs so please do advise us with as much notice as possible if you have any special dietary requirements.

Q: Can I extend my trip?

A: Of course! Any modifications to the itinerary should be discussed with us beforehand and we can recommend you to our in-country tourist providers.

Q: Are there any medical conditions that would prevent me from coming?

A: We have a strong policy of inclusion and try to accommodate everyone as best we can. We therefore insist on complete transparency regarding any past and present medical conditions. Any concerns you have please contact us directly and we will be happy to speak to you in private.

 

Begin your adventure.

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