Mount Moses in Egypt - Excursion and Forgiveness of Sins

A strong belief that you need to climb a mountainMoses, originated in Moscow, to dilute the beach vacation active tracking, so to speak. It is a pity, of course, that without spending the night in a tent, but a place of power, pilgrims from all over the world come here. The mountain of Moses is in Egypt, on the Sinai Peninsula, 130 km from the city Sharm El Sheikhin which we settled.

According to legend, on the mountain of Moses, or as it is also called Mount Sinai, Moses received the cherished tables, and all sins are forgiven for the person who has risen to this mountain and has met the dawn.

For these reasons, we took a tour of the mountain.Moses. The price is small - $ 30. It was possible to drive there independently, but did not want to fool around. By the way, on the way we checked Egypt's visas several times, so take your passports.

Mountain of moses in egypt

We arrived at the foot of Mount Moses at 2 am. Just to get to the very dawn. The guides gave us a multilingual Bedouin. Bad, but in 3-4 languages ​​he spoke. April is the month of the courtyard and it was relatively warm, about 15 degrees, the jacket is desirable, and even closer to the top. So the hotel guide (from Pegasus who) puffed us up, almost scaring snow.

The height of Mount Moses is 2300m above sea level. It is necessary to go much less, 700 meters in height, and kilometers 5 in length. The climb takes about 2.5 hours. The last spurt is 800 steps to the summit itself, where the observation platform and the remains of the chapel of the Holy Trinity are located. The path as a whole is not difficult, although it may turn out to be difficult for those very far from physical education, but there are halts where you can relax. The main part of the road is made artificially and is a relatively wide and level path with a slope. Moses was clearly more difficult to climb up. In total, the whole excursion to the Moses mountain in Egypt takes about a day with the bus, provided that you were traveling from Sharm.

If on the way you will offer "Kamel", thenknow - this is Camel, I mean the camel, I did not immediately catch up. In a conversation with our guide, we learned that the camel is not really a camel, but a dromedar (otherwise a single-humped camel), which is all of itself and smarter and more adaptable, and indeed a super duper animal. Just about them, no one knows, so they are simply called Camels. Literally for $ 15-20, or as a bargain, you can take a single hump to the steps, and there already a little bit to the top of Mount Moses and sinless. It is only interesting how the heavenly office will regard such a feat. Still, you need to do something to get something.

The whole climb to the mountain of Moses in Egypt takes place indarkness, no sight, you can admire the mountain views only on the way back. But throughout the journey, one can “enjoy” the natural aromas exuded by dromedar camels. At the top of Mount Moses, a crowd of people gathers in anticipation of the dawn. All difficult to fit, so you have to climb almost the chapel. The wind is terrible here, as well as the winter jackets from Moscow with you.

Mount Moses (Mount Sinai). Everyone is waiting for the sunrise.

Mount Moses (Mount Sinai). Everyone is waiting for the sunrise.

On the mountain of Moses. Before sunrise.

On the mountain of Moses. Before sunrise.

After a while the sun diskthe crowd is shown, hypothetically sinless, and having made a million photographs of the next sunrise, gradually begins to flow down. Some continue to pray; a group of Chinese nearby sings under the guidance of their authority. Slightly below, people in white robes perform ritual acts. Fun. The Chinese, by the way, sang beautifully, melodiously.

Mount Moses (Mount Sinai). Dawn.

Mount Moses (Mount Sinai). Dawn.

Mount Moses (Mount Sinai). Friends from the stream sing.

Mount Moses (Mount Sinai). Friends from the stream sing.

Meet the sunrise on the mountain of Moses after a night climb

Meet the sunrise on the mountain of Moses after a night climb

The descent from the mountain of Moses was easy. Going down is easier, however. I only wanted to sleep terribly, for the total already a day on my feet (including the time before the excursion, didn’t go to bed specially before her).

Descent from Mount Moses. 800 steps.

Descent from Mount Moses. 800 steps.

The mountains impress with their lifelessness, no vegetation at all: stones and sand, sand and stones. I remember in Altai Mountains lamented by a small number of trees, so compared to the Sinai mountains, Altai is just a jungle.

Mountain of moses in egypt

Mountain of moses in egypt

The surroundings of the mountain of Moses.

The surroundings of the mountain of Moses.

The surroundings of the mountain of Moses.

The surroundings of the mountain of Moses.

Mount Moses. Young Bedouin and his dromedar.

Mount Moses. Young Bedouin and his dromedar.

Mount Moses. Camel procession.

Mount Moses. Camel procession.

Monastery of St. Catherine and the Burning Bush

The program also included a visit to the Holy Monastery.Catherine. This is a special place, several religions peacefully combine here, there is a Russian church and a mosque. You can put candles, look at the warehouse of the shards of monks, see the well dug by Moses, and modernized by Napoleon.

St. Catherine's Monastery.

St. Catherine's Monastery.

Inside the monastery is widely known anda slightly stripped bush of a burning bush, which is several thousand years old. The burning bush is not a burning bush, from the flames of which God turned to Moses. Particularly, it is also due to the fact that it never takes root anywhere; attempts to transplant it were unsuccessful. Near the bush of the Burning Bush can zanykat a note with the desire in the wall. It can not be touched in theory, guides hiss at careless tourists touching this shrine.

Bush Burning Bush. Monastery of St. Catherine.

Bush Burning Bush. Monastery of St. Catherine.

Satisfied and happy, and even fed (breakfast in the restaurant was included in the cost of the tour), we went back to Sharm El Sheikh. The minibus no longer seemed so comfortablelike yesterday, because of the short backs of the seats it was not realistic to sleep. My sleepy head at every turn and strove to leave a dent on the car body or break the glass. Apparently, the universe decided that one absolution was not enough, and something else had to be corrected in the head itself.

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