If you're in a hurry, you'll come upstairs earlier, and you'll have to wait. At the top it is cold and windy. We recommend to know in advance the exact time of the dawn and to wait longer at the last stop before the summit to spend this time in more or less comfortable conditions.
At the beginning of the ascent the care of tourists is transferred to a local guide who works on the ascent. He is responsible for you, and it is to him that you will address in difficult situations. Therefore, be sure to remember his face, how he looks and his name!
Then you go up the stony road. There are two ways to the mountain.
The first is a narrow path, which pilgrims have used since ancient times. On this route, 3750 steps were cut in the rocks. On this route you can not go at night, there is a great chance to fall from the mountain. This path is called "The Stairway of Repentance."
The second is a broader path, which was set up specially for tourist purposes. Tourists are on the second route. Although it is longer, but easier to lift. Both routes are connected over 700 steps to the top. Remember: if you saw the steps, know that the top is very close - in 20 minutes of fast walking. These 700 steps are called "The Monastic Staircase".
On the road there are several shops and cafes. Of course, these institutions are difficult to call it so, rather use the words "counters" and "tents." The choice in stores is modest - water and soda, chips and cookies. The cafes are valuable because you can hide from the wind, drink hot tea and change into dry clothes. If you are frozen, a blanket can give you a temporary rent for a fee.
And here you are at the top! If you are a believer, then start praying and repenting as soon as the first rays of the sun appear. It is believed that you will be forgiven of all sins in which you repent sincerely.
If prayer is not included in the plans, then urgently get photographic equipment, photos of the mountains at dawn turn out magnificent.
By the way, many tourists are absolutely sure that Mount Sinai is the largest in the district. At dawn they see the neighboring mountain of Saint Catherine and discover that it is higher. Indeed, it is more than 300 meters higher, which causes great surprise among travelers.
The peak of St. Catherine, which is 2,629 meters high, is the highest point in Egypt, but it can only be climbed by special permission of the authorities. Although, you can wait a little while the Egyptian tourism industry will also make a tourist attraction from this mountain. Recall that the meeting of the dawn on Mount Moses - this is not a pilgrimage tradition, but the invention of travel agencies.
At the top you can see the ruins of the chapel of the Holy Trinity, which was built here in the 4th and 5th centuries with the assistance of the rulers of the Byzantine Empire. The chapel collapsed, and the local Mosque of the Prophet Mohammed was built from its stones. Mount Sinai is mentioned several times in the Koran, for Muslims this place is also sacred.
Near the chapel is a cave, where, according to the scriptures, Moses spent 40 days and nights waiting for the tablets. It's amazing that the Creator spent 6 days on the whole world, and 40 days on the tablets. Appreciate the commandments, even with God it took a lot of time and energy.
Going back is a little more interesting. First, pay attention to the "rich" flora and fauna of Mount Sinai. It's a joke - it's almost impossible to find plants here, and the only animals are birds. Surprisingly it is the lifelessness of this place.
If you want, you can go back a short way, but remember that this is a dangerous thing, you can pull your foot on uneven levels or even fall down. We do not advise this option, "away from sin", especially since all of them have just forgave you.
On Mount Sinai you can see two more religious buildings - the chapel of the Virgin and the cave temple of the Prophet Elijah. Near the cave temple there is a well, from which the prophet sowed a herd. These places are along the short path "The Stairway of Repentance". If you want to see them, you'll have to take a chance.
Going downstairs, you will go to see the monastery of St. Catherine .
The whole tour takes about 18-20 hours. After the dawn, you need to go down, see the monastery, have dinner and then another three-hour trip back. Please note that this is a tedious excursion, and we encourage you to think whether you really want to go here?
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