TREK THE SINAI - ON HOLD
- Trek with the Bedouin and their camels in a way that hasn't changed since the time of Moses
- Camp by the ancient Nebatean ruins and the Temple of Hathor
- World famous Bedouin hospitality and cuisine
- The oldest surviving monastery in the world - St Katherine's
- The Forest of Pillars
- Nights out under the star studded sky
£2,000 per person
All three of the West's great religions - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - know Sinai as a holy land, a vast expanse traversed time and again by prophets, saints, pilgrims, and warriors. The Sinai is most familiar to many as the "great and terrible wilderness" through which the Israelites wandered for forty years. However, it was also the path by which Amr swept down into Egypt in 640 AD, bringing Islam in his wake.
Geographically the Sinai peninsular is situated on the cross roads of Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Syria and Saudi Arabia.
Although geographically, it is part of the Middle East, geologically it is still part of the African plate and the Rift Valley, the only land bridge out of Africa which our ancestors used to colonise the rest of the world.
The south of the peninsular is comprised of weathered granite peaks, surrounded by alluvial fans on the coast; further north the geology changes and you find eroded sedimentary rock formations laden with fossils from when the Sinai was at the bottom of an ocean.
Day 1: Depart UK and arrive in Sharm el-Sheik. Transfer to Dahab
Day 2: Transfer to Serrabiet el-Khadem and the Temple of Hathor.
Days 3 - 14: Trek east across the Rumla, passing the Forest of Pillars, the oasis of Ein Hodra, the sandstone Wadi's, finishing at
Day 15: Transfer back to the hotel in Dahab, for a well deserved shower and a cold beer. Dinner on a sea front bar.
Day 16: Transfer to Sharm el-Sheik for flight to the UK
- All in-country transfers
- All in country accomodation
- All food and water during the trek
- McX guides
- Bedouin guides
- Personal travel insurance
- Personal kit
- Dinner and drinks on the first and last nights in Dahab
Q: Do I need a visa?
A: No. Most EU citizens receive a stamped visa on arrival at Sharm el-Sheikh 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 Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport, with direct flights from London available with a variety of 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.
Q: What's the security situation like in South Sinai? Is it safe?
A: We operate in the South Sinai 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 10km per day and carrying a pack of 10 kilos for ten 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.
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