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  • Address: Mount Sinai, Sinai Peninsula
  • Hours: Monastery open 9am - 12pm, closed Fri, Sun, and all Greek Orthodox holidays
  • Admission: Free

For many visitors to St. Catherine’s Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai, the trek to the mountain's 2,285 meter (7,495 foot) summit is a highlight of their visit.

There is a chapel at the top, reached by either following the camel trail or climbing the 3,750 Steps of Repentance. Whichever way you visit, the final stretch is a grueling 750 rocky steps to the top, where you’ll be rewarded by spectacular views, plus the knowledge that you are standing on the spot where Moses received the Ten Commandments.

Most visitors climb the mountain before dawn, arriving in time to catch the sight of the sun rising over the desert and surrounding peaks. To make things easier on your thigh and calf muscles, take the path on the way up, and the steps on the way down.

Practical Info

Mount Sinai is on the Sinai Peninsula. The best way to get here is on an organized tour.

You could also take a bus from Sharm el Sheikh, then pick up a local taxi from the nearby village of Al Milga.

Tours & Tickets

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Mount Sinai and Saint Catherines Monastary Day Trip from Eilat

Travel from Eilat to Mt. Sinai and St. Catherines’ Monastery to climb the famous mountain where it is said that Moses received the Ten Commandments. Tour the ...  Read more

Location: Eilat, Israel
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $188.00

Private Tour: St Catherine's Monastery and Moses' Mountain at Sunrise

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See the sun rise over the desert on an unforgettable visit to the place where Moses received the 10 Commandments. You'll travel in air-conditioned comfort with ...  Read more

Location: Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.60
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Egyptian Desert Experience: St Catherine's Monastery, Bedouin Lunch, and Nawamis Tombs from Sharm el Sheikh

Experience an unforgettable full-day trip into Egypt’s Sinai Desert during this action-packed experience from Sharm el Sheikh! Travel in an air-conditioned ...  Read more

Location: Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.46

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