4.8
| 13 reviews

Rock Climb, Hike and Snorkel in Egypt

6 nights
Moderate

Learn how to rock climb on an adventure-packed journey from the Sinai Desert to the Red Sea, wild camping under star-studded skies

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with expert, English-speaking Bedouin guides

All accommodation

3 nights in a hotel, 2 nights wild camping and 1 night in a simple beach hut

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners

Transfers

Airport and local transfers; camels and jeeps to carry luggage and supplies on the desert safari

Equipment

All snorkelling and climbing equipment, plus carpets for wild camping in the desert

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 14 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.8
| 13 reviews
Stunning landscapes and fun activities
March 2024
Kathrin H.
Stunning landscapes and fun activities
March 2024
Kathrin H.
Stunning landscapes and fun activities
March 2024
Kathrin H.
Stunning landscapes and fun activities
March 2024
Kathrin H.
Stunning landscapes and fun activities
March 2024
Kathrin H.
Stunning landscapes and fun activities
March 2024
Kathrin H.
Stunning landscapes and fun activities
March 2024
Kathrin H.
Stunning landscapes and fun activities
March 2024
Kathrin H.
Stunning landscapes and fun activities
March 2024
Kathrin H.
Stunning landscapes and fun activities
March 2024
Kathrin H.
An incredible trip into the
March 2024
Tom F.
An incredible trip into the
March 2024
Tom F.
An incredible trip into the
March 2024
Tom F.
An incredible trip into the
March 2024
Tom F.
Fantastic experience
January 2024
Liam F.
Fantastic experience
January 2024
Liam F.
Fantastic experience
January 2024
Liam F.
Fantastic experience
January 2024
Liam F.
This incredible trip was packed full of adv...
October 2023
Kathryn
This incredible trip was packed full of adv...
October 2023
Kathryn
This incredible trip was packed full of adv...
October 2023
Kathryn
Fantastic experience that would be impossib...
October 2023
Sophie
Fantastic experience that would be impossib...
October 2023
Sophie
Absolutely fantastic experience, with the m...
October 2023
Marcus
Absolutely fantastic experience, with the m...
October 2023
Marcus
Absolutely fantastic experience, with the m...
October 2023
Marcus
Absolutely fantastic experience, with the m...
October 2023
Marcus
An incredible trip with incredible people....
March 2023
Jack
An incredible trip with incredible people....
March 2023
Jack
An incredible trip with incredible people....
March 2023
Jack

Develop climbing skills in rosy granite canyons and hike through dramatic wadis and golden sand dunes

Snorkel the underwater paradise that is the Red Sea, including the spectacular coral reefs of Ras Abu Galum

Immerse yourself in a traditional nomadic lifestyle with Bedouin guides, wild camping among the vast desert

Explore Sinai further by combining with our adventure Nomadic Trek through Egypt's Sinai Desert

Key Information

Day 1

Welcome to Egypt!

Your host will meet you on arrival at the airport in Sharm El-Sheikh and transfer you to your hotel in Dahab. Laid-back and low-rise, Dahab is Sinai's diving and adventure mecca, boasting golden beaches, a vibrant atmosphere and great local restaurants. Settle in, meet your fellow travellers and grab a bite in town if you wish. Then enjoy a good night's sleep and get ready for the epic desert adventure to come.

Day 2

Intro to rock climbing and snorkelling

Climbing

4hrs

Snorkelling

1-2hrs

This morning, you'll get set up with your kit before heading to the nearby Wadi Gnai by jeep. An accessible climbing paradise of glowing granite mountains dotted with acacia and date palm trees, you'll get to grips with the equipment and learn basic safety and climbing techniques. If you're a pro already, you'll get the chance to climb independently in the Camel Canyon (4b-7b single pitch). Finish off your morning with lunch in the wadi before heading to Three Pools, a favourite local hangout, for snorkelling. Drift along the outside of the reef table, swimming amongst the richly colourful marine life of the Red Sea. Back at the hotel, enjoy a bit of time to chill before joining your group again for dinner and a full briefing on tomorrow's activities.

Day 3

Rock climbing and desert camping in Wadi Hammam

Climb higher

Climbing

5hrs

Today you'll hit some new climbing routes in a more remote area of the Sinai Desert, building on your skills. Drive out of Dahab on a scenic and adventurous off-road transfer to Wadi Hammam, a beautiful rose granite canyon, to a climbing area with some shade and plenty of routes for both novices and more experienced climbers to progress along. At the end of your day, embrace the nomadic Bedouin lifestyle by helping your guides cook dinner on the fire, later falling asleep tucked into warm blankets or your sleeping bag, under the star-studded desert sky.

Day 4

Desert hike to Jebel Barqa

Hiking

5hrs · 20km · 350m up

Wake up to the smell of coffee and fresh bread cooked on the fire, then set off on a spectacular hike through the desert. Climb gently uphill leaving the canyon behind you, heading towards spectacular sandstone outcrops surrounded by soft golden sand. Bedouin guides and camels will carry your supplies and bags to the next camping spot near Jebel Barqa and Makhroum. On the coldest nights, there is also a shallow sandstone cave providing shelter for a cosy night in the wilderness. Dinner is served in the dunes, with the vastness and silence of the desert providing a dramatic backdrop.

Day 5

Sand dunes to coral reefs

Hiking

3hrs · 8km · 100 up · 300 down

Driving

2.5hrs

This morning, you'll explore more of this sandstone area on foot, visiting Jebel Makhroum and Mattamir, then onwards to the top of El Hadudeh dune, Sinai's largest sand dune. After lunch, enjoy a fun scramble down El Hadudeh, followed by a scenic leisurely walk through Wadi El Ajabi, before hopping in the support vehicles to drive to Ras Abu Galum. Time permitting, jump straight into the crystal clear waters for a quick dip. Enjoy a blissful night stargazing and camping in simple beach huts by the Red Sea.

Day 6

Ras Abu Galum and Blue Lagoon

Hiking

3hrs · 12km

Snorkelling

3hrs

Spend a full day exploring the coastline and waters of Ras Abu Galum, a bedouin settlement wedged between soaring desert mountains and the beautiful coral reef in a protected area of the Gulf of Aqaba. Enjoy a morning snorkelling the stunning coral reef and relaxing in Bedouin beach cafes or take an optional walk to the Blue Lagoon, a stunning and remote spot famed for its stunning water. In the afternoon, head out on a hike or camel ride to the famed Blue Hole, one of the most famous snorkelling and diving sites in the world. Back in Dahab, tonight's farewell Bedouin dinner will be a social and hearty affair.

Day 7

Goodbye Egypt!

After an action-packed week, today is all about chilling and soaking up the sun on Dahab beach. Alternatively, make the most of your day with some extra snorkelling or soothe your muscles with a local massage. Travel back to Sharm El Sheikh late afternoon for goodbyes and flights home (or, you may wish to extend your stay - this adventure mecca is known for its diving, bouldering and other activities).

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3 – Day 4

Wild camping · Bivvy

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Beach Hut · Bivvy

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Traditional Egyptian meals are usually mezze-style, with several kinds of hot and cold dishes made with beans, eggs, cheese, salads or vegetable dishes and bread. During the desert safari, your Bedouin guides will prepare all meals on fire and you are invited to help out - this is a great opportunity to learn some of their traditional desert wilderness skills. Breakfast will include jams, pitta bread, cheese, teas and coffees etc, while main meals are fragrant veggie stews, eaten with rice, pasta or mopped up with Bedouin bread - all hearty, healthy food freshly cooked on the fire, to fuel you up for the daily activities. Bedouin tea and coffee are also included throughout your time in the desert.

Vegetarian and vegan meals are possible, but a gluten-free diet will be more difficult to accommodate due to the importance of bread in Bedouin cuisine, so please some bring some extra snacks with you. Please make any specific requests on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Dahab

You'll stay at the comfortable, locally owned Dahab Hotel, which has an outdoor pool, a Bedouin-style lounge café and air-conditioned rooms with sea views. The hotel is located in a beautiful, quiet and central part of town, just a few steps away from the Red Sea. Everything is within walking distance, making it an ideal base at the start and end of your trip.

Sinai Desert

For two nights, you will be sleeping out in the desert under the stars - exactly as Bedouins do - for an incredible and unforgettable wild camping experience. Don't expect a standard campsite with toilets and tents: you'll be sleeping in the wilderness, under warm blankets or in your sleeping bag.

Red Sea

One night will be spent in the Bedouin settlement of Ras Abu Galum, right on the shore of the spectacular Red Sea. Here, you can choose to either sleep on the beach under the stars or stay in one of the primitive huts where the trickle of water and limited connectivity will take you back to basics. This is a chance to truly disconnect, where you'll be lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked during the nights in Dahab for an extra charge, See Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking as this is subject to availability.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Sharm El Sheikh International Airport

Arrive any time

Ends

Sharm El Sheikh International Airport

Depart any time

Transfers

Private transfers between the airport and Dahab are included for any time (and day) you choose to arrive or depart. Please provide your flight information upon booking so that your host can book these services prior to the trip.

For those wanting to extend their trip, extra nights can be arranged with your host at an extra cost. Please see Optional Extras for more information.

Travel options

There are direct flights to Sharm El Sheik International airport from major airports across the UK (usually scheduled weekly, Friday to Sunday) as well as from Europe.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

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What's included?

  • Carpets and warm blankets (if requested) for wild camping in the desert
  • All group cooking equipment, cups and utensils
  • Rock climbing equipment (including shoes if you don’t have your own)
  • Snorkelling equipment

What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Soft overnight duffel bag or rucksack (max 15 kg)
  • Daypack (20-30 litres)

CLOTHES

  • Warm clothing for cold desert nights, but lighter clothes for warm-hot daytime trekking
  • Warm jacket
  • Warm hat and light gloves or mittens
  • Light-weight, breathable hiking shirts and trousers
  • Stretchy clothing for climbing
  • Climbing shoes (these can also be hired locally up to EU size 48/ UK size 12)
  • Broken-in hiking shoes
  • Sun protection (hat/scarf, sunglasses, sun block)
  • Swimwear for snorkelling
  • Underwear and socks
  • Something to sleep in
  • Sandals

SLEEPING

  • Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner
  • Sleeping bag (3 season)
  • Travel pillow or pillowcase
  • Thermarest or sleeping mat

OTHER

  • Pen (for completing your Landing card at the airport)
  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Ear plugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream, lip balm and moisturiser due to the hot, dry climate
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Toilet kit (toilet paper, biodegradable bags to carry paper out to dispose of)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Headtorch or torch
  • Reusable water bottle x1 litre
  • Biodegradable wet-wipes
  • Energy bars and snacks - read our article on Best Hiking Snacks
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Additional Night in Dahab Twin/Double Room

Payable Before Departure

Additional Night in Dahab Twin/Double Room

Additional Night in Dahab Single Room

Payable Before Departure

Additional Night in Dahab Single Room

Optional Private Room Upgrade (for 3 nights)

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade (for 3 nights)

Isaac E.(May 2024)
Perfect Adventure

Excellent fun variety of activities, amazing views of the country, tasty food, excellent group, kind hosts. The tour guides were made up of local Bedouin, who were well respected within their community, so felt like great spokespeople for their incredible tribes and way of life. Dahab is a beautiful setting to start and finish the trip. I want to go back already.

Kathrin H.(March 2024)
Stunning landscapes and fun activities
Stunning landscapes and fun activities
Stunning landscapes and fun activities
Stunning landscapes and fun activities
Stunning landscapes and fun activities
Stunning landscapes and fun activities
Stunning landscapes and fun activities
Stunning landscapes and fun activities
Stunning landscapes and fun activities
Stunning landscapes and fun activities
Stunning landscapes and fun activities

If you are looking for a nice mix of light but fun activities during the days and love to fall asleep under the many stars that can be seen in the Sinai desert this is a good trip to join. Amazing experience climbing the rocks of the Wadis accompanied by a great team (Mohamed in particular) ; the very healthy coral reefs of the snorkeling areas with plenty of great fish and sea creatures to watch out for are particularly nice when combined with the different shades of blue in the blue hole area. The 20km walk in the itinerary is superb and features different landscapes all along. Well organized trip that’s providing you with an authentic Bedouin experience (the team of Bedouin’s guiding the trip make sure you enjoy the journey and learn about their culture). If you have extra time do not miss out on a trip to Mount Sinai. We stayed there for sunset, which was a very spiritual experience (Mohamed, our guide there was fantastic!!) Accommodation in Dahab is basic; the beach huts do have toilets but do not provide real opportunities to shower.

Tom F.(March 2024)
An incredible trip into the
An incredible trip into the
An incredible trip into the
An incredible trip into the
An incredible trip into the

An incredible trip into the desert with incredible people!

Liam F.(January 2024)
Fantastic experience
Fantastic experience
Fantastic experience
Fantastic experience
Fantastic experience

An incredible adventure. The rock climbing was very fun yet challenging. The climbing and the hikes were definitely suitable for all levels. The hotel was fine but as others have said, do bring ear plugs! Everything was organised very well and the Bedouin guides were lovely and great company. The people were in our group were very fun, friendly and great company too. I really enjoyed the scenery, especially sleeping under the stars on just some blankets! Which was surprisingly comfy and I slept well both nights. Would recommend to anyone needing an adventure!

Kezia N.(January 2024)
Amazing trip!

The desert is mind-blowingly beautiful! The team take you to the most stunning locations! The activities were amazing! Climbing was suitable for all levels! The main guides, Fraig and Tanis, were fantastic and looked after us so well! The hotel is very basic, but is clean. I would recommend taking ear plugs as the bar next door play loud music until late.

Sarah J.(December 2023)
A great trip

This trip was fantastic. There was a really good mix of activities with incredible snorkelling and a stunning hike through the desert. Rock climbing was a great learning experience and challenging for a beginner. We camped in the desert (which was surprisingly comfortable). The food while camping was basic but delicious. The hotel was clean. There were a few issues, but they didn't spoil my enjoyment of the trip: a long wait for the transfer from the airport, a rush to get the final snorkeling session in and one meal which wasn't suitable for the vegetarians in our group. Apart from that I would really recommend the holiday. Tanis was very friendly and out Bedouin guides were welcoming and knowledgeable.

Kathryn(October 2023)
This incredible trip was packed full of adv...
This incredible trip was packed full of adv...
This incredible trip was packed full of adv...

This incredible trip was packed full of adventure, amazing scenery, delicious Bedouin food and run by a fantastic guide who was unbelievably knowledgeable and so welcoming.

I had never climbed before and was a little apprehensive, but I needn't have been! I would definitely encourage anyone to give it a go - it was so much fun and a great sense of achievement when I finally got to the top :D

The coral reefs were stunning, and the hikes were hot and challenging but enjoyable. The trip went above and beyond expectations and I've come home feeling refreshed from such a rich and unique experience with great people. Highly recommend it to anyone

Sophie(October 2023)
Fantastic experience that would be impossib...
Fantastic experience that would be impossib...

Fantastic experience that would be impossible to replicate without the local network MBA and desert divers leverage. Lovely and insightful guides, interesting activities an