Sharm el Sheikh

Private Mt Sinai and St Catherine Monastery Night Hiking Tour

Badge of ExcellenceSharm el Sheikh, Egypt
Sunrise Hike Mt Sinai and visit to St Catherine Monastery
  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Book a private nighttime hike that's timed to catch the sunrise from the heights of Mt. Sinai. You'll see the sun's first rays sweep the landscape as you walk high up the mountain, on a route that takes in a visit to St. Catherine's Monastery, too. Your entrance ticket and a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed monastery are part of the package.
  • Skip the crowds, and hike through the night up Mt. Sinai
  • Book a private experience, and hike at a pace that suits you
  • Hear the history of St. Catherine's Monastery on a guided tour
  • Keep hydrated as you go with complimentary bottled water

What's Included

  • Bottled water
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Entrance Fees
  • Optional Tipping

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Pickup details

Alternatively we will also pick you up from any residential address

What To Expect

St. Catherine's Monastery

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Mount Sinai

4 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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18 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Absolutely amazing!
haris_p, Feb 2024
Absolutely amazing. Not for the faint hearted. We just did this mid Feb 2024 and it is a very strenuous walk. If you don't mind that, you will love it, it's worth every aching muscle and bone. The team was amazing the bedouin guide was very kind and knowledgeable. The private tour has its perks we had the best place on the mountain for sunrise. You will be taken like a vip. Our guide carried my bag up which was a great help! Thank you all we had a fabulous time. The views are worth everything!!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you so very much for your kind words, we are very happy that we helped making your experience memorable.
Most memorable experience
Raeesa_A, Dec 2023
An absolutely incredible trip. Mahmood and our local guide Eid were so kind and knowledgeable. Everything was perfect. Pick up was timely, car was very clean and comfortable, hike was difficult but our local guide looked after us so well and we loved learning all about the monastery with Mahmood. Private was definitely better than the larger groups as we could move at our own pace. Highly recommend!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you very much for your kind words. Nothing makes us happier than when we know our client had the great experience we set out to deliver.
Mt. Sinai and St. Catherine private tour
LanceCarrothers, Nov 2023
The walk up Mt. Sinai was interesting and strenuous. The views at the top were stunning. St. Catherine Monastery was interesting and worth a visit. Paulo, the guide, was professional and friendly. He was organized and was concerned with my enjoyment of the tour. Doing a private tour enabled me to have my own Bedouin guide on the climb and a personal car for the trip.
Worth the hike!
JoseBernabe_L, Oct 2023
Had the opportunity to visit Sharm El Sheik and had an extra day and decided to contact this tour experience. They were able to accommodate almost last minute. They told me that my trip day the monastery was going to be closed. I still went with the tour. Mahmoud was our tour guide and he was excellent, well versed in the knowledge and attentive to details. The driver was excellent and experienced. They were able to pick us from our AirBnb in Hadaba.
A memory like no other
Jonathan_T, Oct 2023
Memorable increible journey, amazing 👏 ❤️ The treatment of the Bedouin guide my mom and dad was amazing and heartfelt.
Safe and a great experience!
Eric_S, Sep 2023
This was a wonderful experience. I had a private tour where a guide & driver picked me up at 10p and we drove to the Sinai parking lot arriving at about 1a. From there, you will get a local guide who will hike with you the mountain personally. Eid was awesome. He hiked at your speed and once at the top arranged how to get a blanket and mattress pad if you so desired. He helped take pictures and was all at your disposal. Outside of the actual hike, you'll spend the rest of the time with guide/driver and he gives you a great tour of the monestary and they do a good job taking care of you at all the police checkpoints. Expect at least 5 each way. It was a great experience and worth the price for all you get from it.
Problems with communication with this operator
Brian_J, Sep 2023
Great exerience, but guide was two hours late for pickup, so we had tough time getting to summit...thank goodness for Bedouins n camels but operator no help for cost. I initiated call for scheduling with operator. A good briefing but our hike guide was a teenager, who spoke no English! Bottom line, check your operator for a geat experience.
No experience
Gary_H, Aug 2023
The guide and driver did not show up even though I have a booking and confirmation number. Waited until 11:30pm outside.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Dear Gary, I am very sorry for the negative experience you had with Tripster Egypt. I am currently trying to follow up and find out what exactly went on with your booking and why the refund you received was not to your satisfaction. I sent you a text message to the phone number you gave during your booking, asking you for your email address to be able to discuss this with you further. EDIT: After reviewing our bookings and talking to our service providers, you did indeed go on your trip the next day, and according to the driver, the rep and the guide who serviced you, you were very happy with your tour with us.
Walking with Moses
LisaMarie_C, Jul 2023
The hike was amazing, and we had the best Bedouin guide ever, Salem. He was encouraging and patient as we made the climb, and offered an arm of support on the steep parts! The journey to the top was well worth it, an experience I will. Ever forget!! The Monastery was amazing as well, to actually stand under the burning bush….amazing! Highly recommend!
What an amazing...
Kirstin_W, Jan 2023
What an amazing experience it was to make it to the top of the mountain in time to watch the sun rise. It was one of the highlights from my trip to Egypt!
Great experience
Wolfgang_L, Jan 2023
The trip was great and everything worked perfectly. The guides were super friendly and helpful. The landscape is amazing!
Great hike in fantastic historical environment
Simon_S, Oct 2022
Had a lovely time with visiting Mt Sinai and St Catherine monastery. Got picked up right on time by excellent and very friendly tour guide Ahmed Kayed. Drove for a couple of hours to St Catherine, where we were met by our own mountain guide for the night, Mahmoud, who was excellent company. Knowledgeable about local history and conditions, and very supportive. The hike up the mountain started at about 01 o'clock. We were among the earlier groups to start during the night, so we had a quiet and mostly lonely hike up, which suited us perfectly. Torchlights were provided, but we trusted mostly on the moon and stars to light our path, which was plenty enough most of the way. Slept for an hour and a half in one of the huts just below the top, before ascending the last part to watch the sun rise at 05:50. Magical views. Hike down was quick and easy during day light, although a bit more crowded, especially at the 750 step stone stairs down from the very top of the mountain. Had breakfast at the feet of the mountain outside the monastery, and ended the trip with a brief tour of the monastery, guided by mr Kayed. There is a small entrance fee to visit the exhibition of Icons and old scrolls, but it is totally worth it. Some very impressive pieces in there. Carved wooden doors into the hall of the church are preserved from the 7th century. Very cool! The trip will give you both wonderful nature and scenery, as well as a connection with the wings of history which is very much present.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hi Simon, Thank you so very much for your review! We are very happy that you enjoyed your tour with Tripster Egypt. We are always the happiest when our customers get to go home, having made a good memory that we have helped create. Amr
Unforgettable Hike With Great Guides
Daniel_S, Jun 2021
Shaaban and the Tripster Egypt team put together an amazing experience. Despite the short notice on our booking, they made it happen and got us to Mt. Sinai in time to make the hike to the peak by sunrise. The Beduoin guide they booked for us to bring us up and down the trail was friendly and knowledgable of the lore of the mountain. The hike itself was enjoyable. The path is about 5km, but mostly winds up switchbacks on a slight incline for 80% of the hike, making it pretty tolerable for anyone in reasonably good health/fitness. The one hard thing is the elevation; you start out around 1000m and keep going up to the 2300m peak. The air gets a little thin and you may find yourself having to stop to catch your breath even though the hike itself isn’t that strenuous. The 750 stairs at the final ascent are not that hard, but make sure to turn around for the excellent view halfway up the stairs, it has some of the best photo opportunities on the peak IMHO! They may warn you it gets cold at the peak; we went in June and it was no worse than a cool summer’s night in the Midwest, we were in jeans and short sleeves the whole time. And don’t worry, if you do get a little chilled there are some Beduoins who will sell you $2 coffee at the peak! The view from the top of Mt. Sinai is unforgettable, as is the experience itself. It may be a hassle to lose a night’s sleep for a hike, but it’s worth it. This hike was probably the highlight of my entire time in the Sinai peninsula region, I would highly recommend it. Booking with Tripster Egypt will be one way to make sure you get the most from this hike, so be sure to check them out! They are extremely flexible, and were the only tour company able to accommodate us for the short window of opportunity we had to do this hike. If you want to get up Mt. Sinai, they'll help you to make it happen.
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Thank you for your kind words, Dan. We are very happy that you enjoyed your trip with us. Amr

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