Hiking el Galt el Azraq

Friday, November 03, 2006
Breathing non polluted air..
Seeing the true color of the sky..
Watching an amazing sky full of millions of sparkling stars..
Seeing a non-blurry moon..
People helping each other and perfectly reflecting the meaning of a team work..
The sky is the only limit..
Listening to the sound of silence..
Feeling that the number of hours per day is multiplied by two..

That's few things of what you could expect when going for a hike in the beautiful high mountains of Sinai.

Monday 23rd of October a group of 20 hikers started hitting the road to the beautiful town of Katrina.. When we were about to be there, it was time for sunrise. A lovely scene to witness the light coming in slowly after darkness..

We reached El sheikh Mousa camp in Katrina at the early morning.. we had a quick nap, and then prepared ourselves for starting the hike. That was mainly preparing our backpacks.. and packing all other stuff to be transported to our next stop by camels.

The first thing we met after leaving el sheikh Moussa was, Abou Jeefa, a tough up hill.. the main challenge at the beginning of the hike, it's either you take the challenge and complete.. or go all the way back..

Reaching the top after almost loosing our breath, we were rewarded by the most beautiful scene.. seeing Katrina town from one side, and the beautiful wadis with green trees from the other side..



About one more hour of walking, smelling the beautiful scent of the mountains, mainly it's habak, we reached our first stop, Zuwatien.. we had to prepare our sleeping bags and tents before it was sunset..



In such cold weather, it always feels good to gather around the fire, waiting for food.. a hot tasty soup was all what I needed.. and I got it..

One of the best things I love is getting into my sleeping bag, doing my best to make myself warm, and watch the beautiful sky and shooting stars.. That's one thing that you'd miss if you get into a tent.. However, next night I slept in a tent because it was getting really cold, though, I'd say that the sky is not to be missed.

Waking up in the morning is always such a hard thing.. but eventually we have to do it.. pack our stuff and have our breakfast. One thing that we were keen on was having our group photo..



One of my main goals this time was going up Mount Abbas, which is the 2nd highest peak in Egypt after St. Katherine's. I did it, and it deserved.. the scene was breath taking..
We then completed our walk till we reached our second stop which was Wadi Tenia..

Third day was the most tiring and the most beautiful.. we were kinda crawling as a se7lya.. we reached el Galt at about 11:30 A.M.. some jumped into the cold water, and other just relaxed, charging themselves to complete the crawling..




On our way to Farsh el Rommana where we spent our third night, I saw El-Sar7 tree.. stopping by it and listening to the wind playing with it's leaves is such an amazing thing..

Fourth day we were heading back to Katrina, passing by Zuwatien, and down abou Jeefa.. till we reached el Sheikh Mousa camp.

Late that day we went to el Tur.. an amazing place that I've never been to before.. a very nice and calm city.. with hidden beauty.. a good spot for wind surfing..



Being in the most beautiful place with a very nice and amazing people is the best combination for enjoying my time..

p.s. it's not me who shot the photos
 
posted by MoonLightShadow at 1:29 PM, |

3 Comments:

I'm so glad you loved it. It seems to be great. I really wanted to join this hike but didn't have the chance :-(
Yeah, it was an amazing one.. but there is always a next time.. wish you will be joining the next time isA
how i envy you!! i've been to st kathrin, and spent a week camping there, i feel in love with it
but never had a chance to go to el galt el azra2
i am just waiting for any free time to go there