Sinai Trail

Thru Hike: Ras Shetan to Serabit el Khadem

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This time we’ll be walking the first 38 days of the trail and we’re breaking the route down into THREE parts: PART 1 and 2 of 12 days each and PART 3 of 14 days. The first part is from Ras Shetan on the Gulf of Aqaba coast to Ein Kidd where there is a beautiful oasis with palms and bamboo. This first section of the route will be guided by the Tarabin and Muzeina tribes. On the second part the route continues from Ein Kidd to the highlands of St. Katherine. You will walk through narrow wadis, cross high passes and climb some of the highest peaks in Egypt with the Awlad Said and Jebeleya tribe. The third part runs from St. Katherine to Serabit el Khadem via some of the Sinai’s most remote wadis and mountains, with the Jebeleya, Awlad Said, Gararsha, Hamada, Sowalha and Alegat tribe.

You can join PART 1, PART 2, PART 3 or PARTS together. 

PART 1: RAS SHETAN – EIN KID, 180Km, 12 DAYS – 11.10 / 22.10.2019
The cost of the trip is 22.200EGP. 

For Egyptian citizen or non-Egyptian in Egypt with official residency/work permit the price is 12.600EGP.

Specifically, the below is included in this trip:
1. Minibus from Cairo to Nuweiba on Thursday 10th October, Jeep and minibus from Ein Kid to Cairo on Wednesday 23rd October.  The minibus will depart Cairo at 10pm from Qasr al Baron on Thursday 10th October and it will depart from Ein Kid on Wednesday 23rd October in the morning after breakfast and will arrive at Qasr al Baron in the late afternoon. 
2. 12 days of hiking including guides, camels, permission fees
3. 3 meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner and water

PART 2: EIN KID – ST. KATHERINE, 140Km, 12 DAYS – 23.10 / 4.11.2019
The cost of the trip is 22.200EGP.

For Egyptian citizen or non-Egyptian in Egypt with official residency/work permit the price is 12.600EGP.

Specifically, the below is included in this trip:
1. Minibus and Jeep from Cairo to Ein Kid on Tuesday 22nd October, minibus from St. Katherine to Cairo on Tuesday 5th November. The minibus will depart Cairo at 10pm from Qasr al Baron on Tuesday 22nd October and it will depart from St. Katherine on Tuesday 5th November in the morning after breakfast and will arrive at Qasr al Baron in the late afternoon. 
2. 12 days of hiking including guides, camels, permission fees.  
3. 3 meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner and water
4. 1 Night accommodation in twin rooms in Fox Camp on Monday 4th November, an evening meal and breakfast the following morning including tea.
Fox camp is a basic Bedouin camp with simple rooms and communal bathrooms.

Please note that Wednesday the 23rd of October is a travelling day. There might be only an hour walk from the village of Ein Kidd, where the Jeep will arrive, to the Oasis.  The hike will start in the morning of Thursday 24th of October.

For hikers joining PART 2 + 3 there is a supplement of 300EGP for an extra day in Fox Camp – St. Katherine – and includes: lunch, dinner and accommodation on the 5th of November, breakfast and lunch on the 6th of November.

PART 3 – ST. KATHERINE – SERABIT EL KHADEM,  150 Km, 14 DAYS – 7.11 / 20.11
The cost of the trip is 25.800EGP.

For Egyptian citizen or non-Egyptian in Egypt with official residency/work permit the price is 14.400EGP.

Specifically, the below is included in this trip:
1. Minibus from Cairo to St. Katherine on Wednesday 6th November, and minibus from Serabit el Khadem to Cairo on Thursday 21st November. The minibus will depart Cairo at 8am from Qasr al Baron on Wednesday 6thNovember and it will depart from Serabit el Khadem on Thursday 21st November in the morning after breakfast and will arrive at Qasr al Baron in the late afternoon. 

2. 14 days of hiking including guides, camels, permission fees
3. 3 meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner and water
4. Accommodation before the trip in twin rooms in Fox Camp on Wednesday 6th November plus an evening meal.
Fox camp is a basic Bedouin camp with simple rooms and communal bathrooms.
5. Accommodation after the trip in twin rooms in Barakat Camp on Wednesday 20th November plus an evening meal. Breakfast the following morning including tea.
Barakat camp is a basic Bedouin camp with simple rooms and communal bathrooms.

NOT included in the trips:

Please note that the price ONLY includes what is stated above: anything extra – e.g personal snacks, transport to Sinai from outside Cairo etc – are NOT included. Please also note the Sinai Trail is not able to rent hikers equipment for the hike.

To secure your place a deposit of 5000EGP must be paid within 10 days after your place has been confirmed by the Sinai Trail Team. After that we will not be able to keep your place and it will be offered to other hikers. The rest of the payment will be done in Sinai before the beginning of the trip.

Please note in the event of a cancellation we cannot refund money unless you find a suitable substitute hiker to take your place at least two weeks before the hike begins. This hiker must be accepted by the Sinai Trail Team, whose decision will be final. 

—– HOW TO JOIN —–

This is a wilderness trip. You will walk a long way from settlements. There will be no toilets or beds/ accommodation/ easy conveniences. You will walk and live the Bedouin way; sleeping in the sands, under big desert skies, eating food cooked on a fire. If you’re not used to it, this can be difficult; but there are many things to love about it too. You might even find that, after you leave Sinai, you want to come back! 

We’d love to be able to accept everybody who applies for the hike, but we have just 14 places. To be accepted, it’s important you are physically fit, active and healthy. You should have good stamina and endurance, and lots of mental resilience; there will be times when you need it. 

If you’d like to join, please email us at sinaitrailenquiries@gmail.com, answering all the questions below: 

1. Which PART would you like to join? 
2. Name 
3. Date of Birth
4. Nationality & place of residence, 
5. Phone number
6. Facebook profile
7. Hiking experience. Please tell us a bit about your existing hiking experience – e.g. have you hiked in the Sinai before? If so, where? Have you ever done a multi-day trek, and how long did it last? How often do you hike and when was the last time you hiked? Have you hiked in any other parts of the world? Do you have any experience in any other outdoor activity, like scrambling, rock climbing, mountain biking etc? 
8. Fitness. Please tell us a bit about your current lifestyle and level of fitness: how physically fit would you say you are on a scale of 1-5 (5 = the best, a total pro). How regularly do you exercise – if at all? – and what are your favourite activities for keeping fit e.g. walking, jogging, workouts? 
9. Do you have any injuries or medical issues that you feel would be relevant over a 12/14-day hike in the wilderness, far from help? 
10. Finally, we’d love to know a bit about you as individuals and why you’d like to hike the Sinai Trail! Do you have a special goal? What appeals most about it? Is it the challenge, solitude or adventure; the chance of meeting new people in a special place, or do you just want to see more of Egypt? 

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