Hiking maps, in English and Arabic, cover every kilometre of the 200km Sinai Trail! They show lots of useful things from water sources to shelters, villages, roads and hazardous sections of trail and will help plan any trip on the trail. Our maps are detailed but they are not a substitute for a Bedouin guide. Maps go out of date: flash floods can make trails unwalkable. Water sources can dry up. New roads can appear. Sinai Trail maps can be viewed online, saved to a device or printed. Before using them every hiker will benefit from familiarising themselves with orientation skills, such as finding north, measuring distances, and interpreting contour lines accurately.
There are 12 maps. Maps are numered from 1-12, to cover the trail as it would be walked beginning at Bir Sweir on the coast, going uphill to finish in the mountain town of St Katherine. For hikers starting at the southerly trailhead in Ras Shetan, an extra map is also available (see bottom). Currently, new networks of trails are being developed on he Sinai Trail: maps will be available soon.
Maps are a key part of how the Sinai Trail gives back to the region. They are the joint work of the Bedouin community and outside technical experts and leave a free public resource that builds up Egypt’s hiking infrastructure for the future. They record many place names that have until now remained unwritten, which also helps with the ongoing task of cultural preservation in the region.
Maps are grouped according to tribal territory below.
Tarabin Territory (Maps 1-4)
Muzeina Territory (Maps 5-9)
Jebeleya Territory (Maps 10-12)
Extra map for alternative start at Ras Shetan (Tarabin Territory)