Mt. Sinai (Jebel Musa)
Mt. Sinai is the most visited site in the Sinai interior, but most people don’t realise how much more there is to it than its peak. Forming one massif with Jebel Safsafa, you find several little secluded granite basins harbouring churches, gardens and ruins of Byzantic life, as well as offering great views to areas not seen from the peak, including the town.
Other names/spellings: Mt., Mount, Jabal, Gebel, Gabal, Djebel, Djabal – Horeb, Moses, Musa, Mousa, Moussa
- Mt. Sinai range: apart from the summit most people visit, it includes Jebel Loza, Jebel Safsafa and many secluded basins.
- Mt. Sinai summit: a church and a mosque stand on top of the holy peak.
- Stairs of Repentance: one of the main tourist routes to/from the summit, in a steep gully connecting Elijah’s Basin and the Monastery. The other tourist route is the Camel Path.
- Elijah’s Basin (Farsh Eliya): a big basin below the summit, with Byzantine ruins and tall cypress trees in a walled courtyard.
- Farsh Loza: a little basin on the way to Farsh Safsafa, with a church, well and an almond tree.
- Farsh Arimziya (Farsh Abu Deesa): hidden near Farsh Loza, there is a church in the basin and a couple of shady trees, as well as a look-out point with birds-eye view on the Monastery and a big dam nearby.
- Jebel Safsafa: a dramatic granite double-peak towering above the town of St. Katherine, part of the Mt. Sinai range.
- Farsh Safsafa: a secluded basin below the peaks of Jebel Safsafa with a garden and church, and a look-out point nearby in Wadi Shaby offering views on the Nabu Harun area of town.
- Kinist el Hmar: a church on the edge of the massif in a shallow basin, with a steep route connecting it to Wadi Farah and Wadi Arbain below.
- Wadi Arbain: an alternative route to Mt. Sinai, with the Rock of Moses (Hajar Musa) and the Monastery of the Forty Martyrs.
More details: Trek 1