Mount Sinai clean up expedition with Wind Sand & Stars founder Emma Loveridge

Mount Sinai clean up expedition with Wind Sand & Stars founder Emma Loveridge

25th – 31st October 2020

Wind Sand & Stars is delighted to announce that our founder, Emma Loveridge, will lead her first trip back to the Sinai Desert in many years. Professional commitments and raising her children have meant that Emma has not had the chance to revisit the Sinai for longer that she would care to reflect upon..!

The trip will focus on cleaning up the notable amount of litter on Mount Sinai.

Journey overview

The Mountain and St Catherine’s Monastery are visited by thousands of pilgrims every year but in spite of the tireless efforts of the local Bedouin to manage the litter left by the visitors each day, the areas away from the main paths are unfortunately strewn with rubbish.

Wind Sand and Stars is organising this expedition to help the Bedouin remove this litter from the mountainside, which in turn will help prevent it being carried out into the Sinai Desert, or down into the village of St Catherine’s at the base of the mountain.

Provisional Itinerary

Our base will be the Massoudi Lodge of St Catherine’s, a wonderful location to spend our time. We will litter pick at suitable intervals for several hours a day, with rest and recuperation adequately factored in plus the ability to explore the monastery and the surrounding area.

We will then move out into the desert for a night under the stars in a Bedouin Camp, before moving down to the coast at Nuweiba for a farewell dinner.

This trip offers an amazing opportunity to give something tangible back to the land and people that have given so much to Wind Sand & Stars over the years.

Provisional itinerary:

25th October – travel to Sharm. Travel to Mount Sinai. Overnight at Masoudi Lodge
26th October – start Mount Sinai clean up. Overnight at Masoudi Lodge
27th October – Mount Sinai clean up. Overnight at Masoudi Lodge
28th October – Mount Sinai clean up. Overnight at Masoudi Lodge
29th October – Mount Sinai clean up. Overnight at Masoudi Lodge
25th October – desert. Overnight in desert camp
30th October – travel to Nuweiba. Overnight in a hotel in Nuweiba
31st October – return to Sharm. Direct flight Sharm to UK

Please note all itineraries are subject to change.

Costs

Land arrangements £995

Flight £450 – £600 approximately (depending upon route, carrier and time of booking)

Minimum number 12

 Cost Includes

  • All local transport and accommodation
  • Full board (including bottled drinking water)
  • Comprehensive travel insurance

Cost Excludes

  • Egyptian Visa, if required (US$25)
  • Gratuities (invoiced)
  • Single Supplement (invoiced)
  • Soft drinks and any other personal expenses
  • Additional transport and accommodation for separate arrival or onward travel outside the main itinerary

Visa

Please note a visa is not required for this itinerary unless travelling via Cairo. Please refer to the Egyptian Consulate www.egyptianconsulate.co.uk/Visas.php for guidance.

ATOL protection

Our air holidays and flights are ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 6382. For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk.

Get in touch

“The whole trip was AMAZING – thank you so much.”

Francis Burkitt, St Catherine tailor made, August 2017

“We got more out of our little adventure than we had ever hoped for, thanks to a country of huge diversity and historical interest and to a very special guide.”

Cunningham family, Jordan tailor made, April 2017

“So many thoughts about our wonderful trip to St Catherine; the fantastic warmth of welcome from the Egyptians, Fathers Justin and Nilus, and the unique history which we felt privileged to be given access to. In my book, how could one not enjoy and be inspired!”

Julia Palmer, St Catherine Retreat, February 2017

“Huge thanks to all at Wind, Sand & Stars for an amazing trip. John’s passion for Ethiopia fires his erudition and he gave us more insights into the country, past and present, than we could ever have gained from local guides.”

Christine Dunmow, Exploring Ethiopia’s Orthodox History with John Binns 2016

“I am hugely impressed with Wind Sand & Stars’ organisation and their relationship with the Bedouin family who looked after us. These local contacts made the experience especially rich.”

Richard Ames-Lewis, Adventure into Silence, October 2014

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