Sunrise on Mt Sinai

Despite the Biblical associations, climbing Mount Sinai usually involves walking at a frankly ungodly hour, hiking in the dark to avoid the heat of the day. It’s tiring, hot work up a vertical desert. So why do it? In a word: sunrise. Get there for the first rays lighting up the craggy folds of the stark, scorched mountains that surround you, turning the rock a rose then a darkening gold, and you won’t regret a single blister. Enjoy the Red Sea beaches that follow a Mount Sinai ascent: you’ve earned it.

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