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Mt. Sinai

Postby leahlovestravel » Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:45 pm

Hi
I am booked on the Egypt and Jordan adventure. Wondering how rigorous a hike it is to climb?
Really looking forward to this part of the trip....ok, looking forward to EVERYTHING! but just looking for a head's up on the level of fitness needed for this portion of the trip :?
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Re: Mt. Sinai

Postby ballu » Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:46 pm

I'd tell you, but I wimped out and rode a camel up the mountain.

Even with the camel option, there's about a 45 minute climb to the top from where the camel drops you off.
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Re: Mt. Sinai

Postby leahlovestravel » Tue Sep 07, 2010 7:44 pm

Would you know if the camel is always an available option?
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Re: Mt. Sinai

Postby Zuleika » Wed Sep 08, 2010 1:07 pm

Its not so difficult to hike the whole thing for anyone of everyday/average fitness. There are rest coffee shops all the way up - so take your time and rest and have a cup of coffee when you need to.
But Yes, the camels are ALWAYS available. It is very easy to bag one at the start of the walk up as this is where they congregate - and the camel men actually pester you to take a ride because they want to earn - you cant miss it!. Your tour leader will help you in any case if you decide to do this. You can also find one half way up too if you decide to walk and then change your mind. And you can always bag one thats coming down too.
Its entirely up to you of course but I wouldn't recommend riding one down - one of our chaps did and found it VERY uncomfortable with all his 'bits and pieces' banging on the pummel all the way down - OUCH!
BTW - if you do the dawn ascent its DAMN cold at the top waiting for dawn - take something warm - and I highly recommend hiring a blanket at the top and a hot drink. Oh and the toilets are minging! Avoid! Behind a big rock instead!
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Re: Mt. Sinai

Postby leahlovestravel » Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:58 pm

Zuleika wrote:BTW - if you do the dawn ascent its DAMN cold at the top waiting for dawn - take something warm - and I highly recommend hiring a blanket at the top and a hot drink. Oh and the toilets are minging! Avoid! Behind a big rock instead!



:lol: Yikes! I was anticipating the cold but will now be on the look out for a good rock.

Thanks for the other info too :)
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Re: Mt. Sinai

Postby ballu » Thu Sep 09, 2010 2:20 pm

No problems getting a camel...and you can ride up and walk down.
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Re: Mt. Sinai

Postby wesir101 » Wed Sep 28, 2011 5:44 pm

Hi.

I am going in nov and dec of this year. Sounds pretty silly. Maybe. But how cold is dam cold?

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Re: Mt. Sinai

Postby leahlovestravel » Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:49 pm

Not sure if you found your answer but that's the time of year I went in 2010.
It gets chillier as you go up and it gets darker. I had a long sleeve tshirt, fleece jacket and a wind breaker. Found this useful as I could add and remove layers as needed.
Definitely bring a flashlight for the trip down :!:
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Re: Mt. Sinai

Postby leahlovestravel » Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:50 pm

Oh, and I should say that I went up late afternoon to see the sunset and came down in the dark. Probably not as cold as pre-dawn. :o
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