Seven Summits Thru Hike
A new hiking trail connects all of the Seven Summits, traversing some of the most remote and spectacular mountain country in the Sinai along the way. Called the Seven Summits Sinai Trail it is 180km in length and crosses the territories of four Bedouin tribes, taking 16 days to complete. The trail begins in Wadi Feiran, winding up Jebel Serbal first: Jebel Sabbah is the last peak with the trail ending near Sharm el Sheikh. This is the Sinai's most challenging long distance trail: significantly harder than the Sinai Trail. Rugged wadis, gullies and mountain crests are tackled every day, beginning to end. Paths are rare and where they exist, they are old and broken. The Seven Summits Sinai Trail is the quickest, simplest and most adventurous way to complete the Seven Summits but it's not the easiest. Nevertheless, difficulties can be eased. It can be done over a longer period of time. Camels can be ridden in some areas. Summits can be skipped. The trail can even be hiked without summiting any of the seven peaks at all. As much as this is a trail about the Seven Summits, it is a journey in its own right; a way into the heart of one of the greatest mountain wildernesses on earth.
The Seven Summits Sinai Trail is shown as a dashed red line. Each one of the Seven Summits has its own coloured symbol. North to south the Seven Summits are:
Jebel Serbal (2070m)
Jebel Abu Gasaba (2187m)
Jebel Katherina (2642m)
Jebel Um Shomer (2587m)
Jebel Rimhan (2452m)
Jebel Thebt (2449m)
Jebel Sabbah (2280m)
The trail usually starts at Jebel Serbal and proceeds south, but it can also be done the other way, going south to north.
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The Sinai Trail is Egypt's 1st long-distance hiking trail. It launched in 2015 as a 220km trail, taking 12 days to complete & involving three Bedouin tribes. The original route ran from the Gulf of Aqaba to the top of Jebel Katherina - Egypt's highest mountain - and was completed by hundreds of hikers from Egypt & around the world. In 2018 it was extended into a 550km trail, taking 42 days to complete and involving eight Bedouin tribes. Today, the Sinai Trail is established as one of the Middle East's leading trails & one of its longest thru hikes. Its aim is to boost tourism in the Sinai; specifically, that of a kind that helps keep traditional knowledge & skills alive in modern times. The Sinai Trail has received multiple awards & has been recognised as one of the best trails in the world.
Red Sea Mountain Trail
The Red Sea Mountain Trail is a 170km hiking trail outside Hurghada, which launched in 2019. 600km of secondary trails run around the main route, making the Red Sea Mountain Trail the most extensive network of hiking trails anywhere in Egypt. Voted one of TIME Magazine's Greatest Places in the World, it is managed by the Khushmaan clan of the Maaza: one of the biggest Bedouin tribes in Egypt. Today, the Sinai Trail & Red Sea Mountain Trail are sister trails: the same team developed them & remains involved with them today. The Red Sea Mountain Trail opens a genuinely new frontier for hiking tourism in Egypt & the Middle East; never before has this region been open to the outside world. As with the Sinai Trail it seeks to boost tourism that helps preserve the region's traditional Bedouin heritage.