Stretching from the edge of the Red Sea to the highest point in Egypt, the Sinai Trail leads trekkers across scorched desert landscapes, past biblical monasteries and over windswept mountain passes, all while acquainting them with time-honoured Bedouin traditions.

Founded in 2015 by a collective of three Bedouin tribes, the nearly 250km trail is Egypt’s first long-distance walking path. It might be the country’s most high-profile entry into the world’s trekking scene, but the Sinai Peninsula is no stranger to walkers. Believers have made the overland journey to the storied summit of Mount Sinai for centuries, and the desert’s rocks are scored with drawings left by Crusader-era pilgrims.

The Sinai Trail covers a range of landscapes, from mountains to desert © Jen Rose Smith / Lonely Planet

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