Abu Mahshour Camp
6.10.2023, 3 days
This elevated Wadi lies in the area of St. Catherines high mountains and offers climbing all around. With a camp located at 1900m we are right in the action - we have a bouldering area to play around with and hiking paths to viewpoints and more.
Area in the guide book:
The basin behind Amreya's Cafeteria in the lower part of Farsh Abu Mahshour provides water for the Bedouins living there. Photo by Wolfgang
6.10.2023, 3 days
We will start at 6am from Dahab. We will drive for around 2h to St. Catherine and then approach the mountain valley supported by camels and bedouin guides to transport our gear. In the afternoon we set up camp at 1900m of altitude in the remote and beautiful Farsh Abu mahshour (Farsh means high basin). The remaining time on our first time we can use to either relax in the beautiful setting or get a first peek at the climbs waiting for us in the morning.
On our climbing days we start early with a light breakfast, gather our gear and team up with our climbing partners before approaching our projects for the day.
After a good day of climbing, we sit around the fire, have a simple dinner with chicken, vegetables or meat and share our stories of the day.
The last day we will leave around 2-3pm to reach the valley and the town of St. Catherine before or around sunset. Our car will be waiting there for us and take us back to Dahab.
Our guide Saad from Zawateen
What to bring
personal climbing equipment
lightweight base and mid layers for during the climb
solid hiking shoes or sandals
Pack these things into a small 15-20l backpack you can wear while climbing.
For the overnight camping also bring in a separate bag:
a light sleeping bag
the warmest jacket you have with you
small plastic bags for trash
anything fun to have around the fire in the evening!
a typical Bedouin garden on the way to the Farsh
Frequently asked questions
Who are we staying with?
The family of Sayed and Saad Mousa of the Zawateen valley will host us in this camp they set up just for us. Their family lives in these valleys for many hundred years and they are eager to share their knowledge and history with us during this trip.
How long is the approach to the camp?
To get to our camp it will be roughly 2.5h of hiking, mostly it will be done with a few breaks in around 3-4hours. It can be strenuous if you are not in excellent health during this trip.
How are the sleeping arrangements?
Sleeping bags can be reserved but ideally bring your own.
A big communal sleeping tent will be shared between all participants. Mattresses and extra blankets are included.
Can i charge my phone?
There is absolutely no electricity out here, imagine pristine untouched nature, except for the pegs of our tents.
Is there reception in Farsh Abu Mahshour?
There is no reception in camp but on the top of nearby peaks there is network, which can be more than 2 hours of hiking though.
How are the toilets in Farsh Abu Mahshour?
We are going to dig a toilet pit with a basic toilet seat, for the duration of our camp. Do not throw toilet paper in here, but instead pack it away in plastic bags to take back out.
Where can I throw away my trash?
Put it in the garbage bags provided by us, we will take them back out to the village.
Can I come with my own car and park there?
Yes, you can park at any of the camps in St. Catherine town on the arrival day and then we will switch to camels and walking to get to camp.