Trekking to discover the St. Catherine region, a protected area of 4,300 square kilometres declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002.
In addition to its historical importance (Mount of Moses, Elijah Basin, Monastery), it offers a unique landscape, with flora (710 plant species, including 115 medicinal plants and 35 endemic) and fauna (such as dorcas gazelles, foxes, beech martens, ibex goats and the mythical Sinai leopard, probably extinct in the 1950s) particular, a ‘living’ Bedouin culture, that of the ‘Gebelaiahs, descendants of families originally from Wallachia imported by the Emperor Justinian to serve the Monastery.
After the exertions of the trek, time for some well-deserved relaxation at the Basata Ecolodge, located in a beautiful private bay with a beach and crystal-clear sea that holds an intact, lush coral reef.
Unique architecture using local methods and materials, a limited number of guests per day and quality cuisine make it a paradisiacal corner of the Red Sea, light years away from the exaggerations of the big resorts in Sharm el-Sheikh.
Day 1: Saturday 14 October 2023
Outward flight/Sharm el-Sheikh (SSH)/St. Catherine
Day 2: Sunday 15 October 2023
Trekking: St. Catherine/Elijah’s Basin
Start of the trek up the ‘Mount of Moses’ to the ‘Amphitheatre of the Seventy Sages of Israel’.
Day 3: Monday 16 October 2023
Trekking: Elijah’s Basin/Jebel Musa/Wadi Itlah
Sunrise over the summit of Jebel Musa (2,285 msldm) and the monastery of St. Catherine.
Day 4: Tuesday 17 October 2023
Trekking: Wadi Itlah/Abu Sela
Bedouin hospitality, between herbal gardens and camel school.
Day 5: Wednesday 18 October 2023
Trekking: Abu Sela/Wadi Raha/St. Catherine/Basata
From the mountains of Sinai to the splendour of the Red Sea.
Days 6-8: Thursday 19 October to Saturday 21 October 2023
The beach and seabed at Basata Ecolodge, excursions to Taba and beyond.
Day 9: Sunday 22 October 2023
Basata/Sharm el-Sheikh (SSH)/Return flight