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Al Karm Ecolodge, St Katherine, Sinai Desert

El Karm Echolodge in El-sheikh Awwad, Sinai Desert

Al Karm is a Bedouin owned and managed Ecolodge situated in the beautiful surroundings of Wadi Gharba near Sheikh Awaad and Naqb el Hawa, the old pilgrims route to the monastery of St Katherine, South Sinai, Egypt.


Its remoteness makes it an unique destination for eco tourists and peace-seeking visitors. It is also very suitable for workshops and training courses, team building sessions, spiritual retreats, or summer camps. Here guests will experience the time-honoured hospitality and culture of the Jabaliya Bedouins in the simple comfort of the lodge. From Al Karm you can examine a Bronze age settlement, wonder at mysterious Nabatean village or be guided through the surrounding mountains learning some of the desert's secrets.

If you love hiking, this is the place to be, so many hiking trails, i.e Tarboush Mountain, El Galt el Azrak, Gabal El Banat, Bab El Donia mountain (gate to life) Nabateya village, Wadi Etlah, Kharazet El-Shhagg, Gebel Abbas Pasha, Ain Najila, St. Katherine mountain and Moses mountain. Arranging a hike and guides are fairly easy. You can base at El Karm Echolodge in El-sheikh Awwad, or the Bedouin Camp in Katerina village. Sheik Mousa, Mob:+2 0106880820 can help you hire a Bedouin guide and camels to carry luggage to your destination. You can also check Sheikh Sina website (http://www.sheikhsina.com/english/) for Bedouin treks arrangements. Bedouins will also arrange dinner for the group. Several local organizations offer trekking and excursions into the Sinai desert. The Bedouin tribe (http://www.sheikmousa.com/) of the mountains organizes treks in St Katherine's national park. Saint Katherine website (http://st-katherine.net/en/) also offers information on region, treks and history.
Al Karm Ecolodge, St Katherine, Sinai Desert
Al Karm operates on the principles of simplicity and minimal environmental impacts: there is no electricity, but it has solar heated showers, sanitary compost toilets, a kitchen and dining facilities. The six rooms can accommodate up to around 30 guests.

For reservations please leave a message for Am Jameel Atteya, the Ecolodge Manager's cell phone and he will call you back as soon as he gets it. Here is the number: (010-132-4693).
The St. Katherine Protectorate mountainous area
The St. Katherine Protectorate mountainous area

Last Updated on Wednesday 22nd December 2010