Though I love my car, the road up made me wish for something a little more sporty, perhaps a convertible, for the narrow, curved roads could be truly exciting. There were many cafes, gift shops, restaurants, and fast food stands. Although not many tourists visit Al Mokattam Mountain, more should, and more probably will. Also, we must mention the view of Cairo, which few tourists ever see from such a vantage point. McManus has gone on to develop routes through the Tian Shan Mountains in Kyrgyzstan, using local people to help him open up ancient routes to intrepid visitors. Editor's Note — CNN Travel's series often carry sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. Local tribespeople in the Gheralta mountains helped him carve out a new multi-day trail, a step up from the usual day hikes that tourists did in this remote region. Every tribe has the same voice, vote and power. "I didn't think it would be so amazing to hike in Egypt. This profession involved also other crafts that depend on the process, from where he carried several titles related to skins; St Simon the Tanner, the Cobber, the Shoemaker. Egyptians consider the Mokattam Mountain to be the only real mountain in Cairo, though many outsiders would consider it more of a hill. It just takes getting to know locals and reading up about their culture and past.". There are over forty thousand people living there. That may sound very familiar to those who live in other large cities with surrounding hills. I once went there five years ago with my friends and now I thought I would try it again. The mountain is not only the main garbage dump for Cairo, but also houses most of the people who collect Cairo's trash. Mai Adel on the top of Rimhan Mountain, South Sinai, in March 2018. Hoffler helped open the Sinai Trail in 2014, initially passing through three tribal areas and covering 220 kilometers (136 miles), before expanding to cover land belonging to eight tribes and stretching a total of 55 kilometers in 2018. Old Kingdom, when it was quarried for stone to build the Great Pyramids of Giza, through the Pharaonic Period, and into the archaic Islamic Period. I found the road that reaches the main square on Mokattam which leads in turn to all the other streets on the mountain. Plotting to take revenge, Ibn Killis quoted the verse where the Lord Jesus said in Mt 17:20: "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to the mountain, Move from here to there, and it will move, nothing will be impossible for you" and demanded him to prove that his religion is right by means of this. Adel likes to take a picture with bare feet at the top of every mountain she climbs to "feel the energy of the place" unless it is too cold. One is called the Red Sea Hills range. "If the pyramids were a monument to the Egyptians, the path, the trail, would be the best monument to the Bedouin as a traveling people," he says. Indeed, a new aristocratic community has developed, with villas that cost from 200,000 to 1,000,000 L.E, which is not at all surprising. This was repeated three times. One must keep in mind that Cairo has some 18 million people, and just about all their trash ends up here. At the time, the Copts (Christians) in Egypt were engaged in handicrafts. It twists and turns around many curves, but is a very pleasant drive. I sat at a table and ordered tea and Shisha with apple flavor and started looking around for the best view I could find of Cairo. The name is derived from the Christian tradition that angels transported to this mountain the … CopyRights 1996-2020 Tour Egypt. Back in Egypt, Ben Hoffler feels optimistic about what his Sinai and Red Sea Trails can do to boost the country and bolster its tourism industry. The Caliph saw in this an opportunity to remove the mountain that was spoiling his view. The land and the nature and spirituality adds to the experience, but the people are the cherry on top.". The eastern part of this Great Escarpment is known as the Drakensberg. Although the Mokattam Mountain is not listed in most of the travel guides, it is nevertheless a very interesting place to visit, and a great location to scope out Cairo. So, how do you go about creating a new trail for tourists to follow? Along the way, hikers encounter jagged peaks, hidden water pools and plunging gorges adorned with ancient rock art. CAIRO - 7 January 2018: She began by following her passion in exploring unbeaten tracks in South Sinai, climbing the lesser known mountains, and then mounting Egypt's tallest 10 peaks in the span of 18 months. Mai Adel at the peak of Egypt's 10 highest mountains Adel created the Facebook page "She Hikes," and despite the name, men have reached out to go on her trips. Two Bedouin guides of the Maaza on the summit of Jebel Shayib el Banat, mainland Egypt's highest mountain at 2,187 meters. The street was very enjoyable but this wasnt what I was looking for so I turned back to the main square. It is said that a great earthquake swept over the mountain. This mountain range stretches for over 600 miles and hosts some of the highest peaks in South Africa. Nevertheless, one canenjoy a little more privacy than one might ever find elsewhere in Cairo. Mount Catherine. A surge in interest in long distance trails has seen long-established hikes such as Spain's Camino de Santiago and even parts of the vast Appalachian Trail in the United States become congested. It is four or five hundred feet high and lays immediately to the east of the city. The rugged peaks of Jebel Um Anab, with Wadi Abu Abid below. They start working in the early morning; go to every place in Cairo to collect garbage, and then go back to Mokattam where the trash is dumped. In one of those meetings in which Pope Abram and a Jew named Jacob Ibn Killis were present, the Pope got the upper hand in the debate. According to Coptic sayings, the Caliph Al Muizz, an enlightened man, was fond of literacy gatherings and inviting different religious leaders to debate in his presence with neither anger nor contention. They include more than 17,000 garbage collectors or zabbaleen, who live in dusty squatter settlements of teeming, narrow dirt lanes.