Trek 17: White Canyon and Ein Khudra (1-2 days)

Ein Khudra is a beautiful, lush oasis hidden in a low sandy basin not far from the main road between St. Katherine and Nuweiba/Dahab. There are two main routes from the road, one directly to the oasis via a little pass, the other via the White Canyon – the two routes can be made into a circuit. Ein Khudra is one of the sights where mainstream operators like to offer 4×4 excursions, but it is still a relatively unspoiled and truly lovely place. Vehicles approach the oasis a different way, making a big detour via Wadi Ghazala and Wadi Khudra. The trek could be rushed through in half a day, but it is worth to take your time and just explore the area and relax. There are several gardens in the oasis, they all offer cheap accommodation with simple but adequate facilities if you want to stay overnight. This is an easy-moderate trek with a couple of little scrambles along the way. 

Read more: Ein Khudra oasis and White Canyon.

You can click waypoints marked with a green camera symbol to see a photo taken at, near or of the given location. 

Trek photos

waypoint 01: Cafeteria Joma (Hajar Maktub)

waypoint 02: top of the White Canyon

waypoint 03: bottom of the White Canyon

waypoint 04: scramble over a ridge

waypoint 05: reaching the wadi floor

waypoint 06: path above wadi floor

waypoint 07: look-out point with the view of the oasis of Ein Khudra

waypoint 08: garden in Ein Khudra

waypoint 09: cave with spring

waypoint 10: spring flowing to fountain

waypoint 11: gap leading to Wadi Khudra

waypoint 12: look-out point over Ein Khudra

waypoint 13: view on the Hajar Maktub area from the Ein Khudra pass (Gaby Shee)

waypoint 14: Hajar Maktub with Cafeteria Joma in the background

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