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Sinai: Nomadic Desert Traverse

Duration: 16 days
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With little more than the clothes on your back, the primary goal of this 230km camel-supported desert expedition is to cross the southern Sinai from coast to coast.

Sandwiched between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, located in Egypt’s east, the Sinai Peninsula is the bridge of land between Asia and Africa.

Nomadic in style, this culturally immersive traverse fosters a deeper connection with the vast desert and those who inhabit it. You’ll embrace the ways of the Bedouin with which you’ll be travelling, including the trading of camels, preparing local foods grown within the community and sleeping under the stars with just a traditional blanket.

The secondary, more physical aim of this expedition is to trek and climb several desert peaks including Mount Sinai at 2285m and Mount Catherine at 2629m (Egypt’s highest peak).

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Trek 230km through the desert between the Gulfs of Aqaba and Suez.
  • Summit Egypt’s (2629m).highest peak, Mt Catherine
  • Learn from your knowledgeable Bedouin companions.
  • Buy food and trade camels with the tribes en route.
  • Travel in a nomadic, minimalistic manner and sleep beneath the desert stars.
Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
Trip Duration
16 Days
Group Size
Culture, Expedition, Hiking & Trekking
Style of Travel
Guided Group




17 September 2022



2 October 2022


This trip operator runs expeditions with framework itineraries, rather than guided tours with set daily plans. A fuller itinerary is provided in the handbook which is available on request or upon application to join the team.

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What's included

  • Professional trip operator leader with full communications and medical kits.
  • Specialist local guides.
  • Bedouin blanket, farwa and headscarf (for you to keep)
  • Handmade water bladder and knitted satchel.
  • All food (snacks and meals) and soft drinks.
  • Internal transport as outlined in itinerary.

Not included

  • International flights/ travel to and from Egypt.
  • Transfers from Dahab to Sharm el Sheikh airport at the end of the expedition.
  • Travel insurance (obligatory).
  • Visas if required.
  • Tips to local guides (discretionary).
  • Alcohol unless provided by hosts with meals.
  • Personal equipment (kit list in Handbook).

Trip notes



Min age


Who is this trip for?

Teammates must be comfortable with the following.

Minimum Fitness Requirements

  • Trek: up to 30km per day for 13 days.
  • Carry: up to 5kg per person.
  • Terrain: through sand, across rocks and on slopes up to Grade 1 scrambling
  • Climate: daytime temps up to 40°C, cooler at height and at night.
  • Swim: not required.
  • Age: 21+

Additional notes

How You’re Helping the Bedouin

Your expedition leader for this trip, Dave, has a very strong personal relationship with the Bedouin of the Sinai. “This exciting expedition has caused a buzz within the Bedouin community of the southern Sinai,” he says. “We’re all about to set off on an adventure that is not just rarely completed, but it’s never been attempted in such a pure style by anyone other than Secret Compass.”

We’ll be using techniques almost forgotten by many local Bedouin and what’s caught the attention of the Bedouin is the way in which we are employing people from different tribes and families and not just from your standard ‘one-stop-shop’ fixer. We’re employing the talents of over 40 Bedouin spread across numerous families from five different tribes and camels will be taken from four different tribes.

Local Products

Your Farrwa (Bedouin cloaks) are being ordered and sent from tribes in the north of the Sinai Peninsula. Bags are being made by 14 different women within the tribes of the highlands. Water bottles are being sourced and sewn into canvas by women within the Jebeliya tribe. Meat will be purchased from shepherds deep within the desert, while fish is being caught and dried by Bedouin in the coastal tribes in readiness to provision the team. Fruit, vegetables and herbs are being grown and picked by numerous families in the mountains and olives are being picked and crushed by others to make our olive oil.

Your Bedouin Guides

Alongside leadership from Secret Compass and Dave Lucas himself, you’ll make this minimalistic yet highly transformative journey with two of the Sinai’s very best Bedouin guides. Their unparalleled desert knowledge, combined with their great command of English and an understanding of different cultures, makes them the ideal teachers on this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The team’s route will cross four different tribal areas, changing camels and their owners as we do so, as per Bedouin law. In this way, you’ll notice the slight differences between the various southern Sinai tribes while meeting more of the fascinating people who inhabit this harsh environment.

Tour operator

When it comes to getting off the beaten track these guys can’t be beaten. They lead pioneering expeditions to some of the most remote regions on earth. The organisers are dedicated to creating imaginative experiences for adventurers around the world and their team of expert military guides are some of the most experienced in the industry. Nowhere is off limits and no idea is too crazy. They have achieved ground breaking world firsts such as mountain biking in Afghanistan and mountaineering in Iraq and their first ever expeditions to walk across Madagascar and pioneer white water rafting in South Sudan both made the headlines…. and a bit of history.

Being wild and wacky is one thing but with their background as commanders in the British Army and experienced team of specialists in every kind of terrain and environment means that all of their adventures are thoroughly planned and the safety and security of teams is always their highest priority. Expeditions can be inherently risky, but they do everything possible to minimise potential hazards and for that, and the utterly extraordinary trips they put on, we salute them.

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