These huts like shops were built very close to the top of the Mount Sinai - they cater for the tourists and mostly sell hot and cold beverages

These huts like shops were built very close to the top of the Mount Sinai - they cater for the tourists and mostly sell hot and cold beverages

Pilgrims coming down from the Mount Sinai, though sun was out when breeze was still cold, that's why some people are seen here with the blankets

Pilgrims coming down from the Mount Sinai, though sun was out when breeze was still cold, that's why some people are seen here with the blankets

At this point of the descent, the area was little flatter and it was easy to climb down

At this point of the descent, the area was little flatter and it was easy to climb down

But soon flat area gives way to much steeper parts of the mountain

But soon flat area gives way to much steeper parts of the mountain

Here, I am seen with my camera bag on my back making my way to the bottom of the mountain

Here, I am seen with my camera bag on my back making my way to the bottom of the mountain

This part of the mountain has red granite rocks

This part of the mountain has red granite rocks

A beautiful view of the mountain in the early morning sunshine

A beautiful view of the mountain in the early morning sunshine

Pilgrims making their way downwards slowly but surely

Pilgrims making their way downwards slowly but surely

A local boy stands on a cliff face while looking down - I was impressed by his bravery

A local boy stands on a cliff face while looking down - I was impressed by his bravery

Even more surprising he started to jump downwards on this steep cliff face - I was speechless

Even more surprising he started to jump downwards on this steep cliff face - I was speechless

Looking back at the path which I had passed - a bin is hidden between the rocks to dispose the rubbish

Looking back at the path which I had passed - a bin is hidden between the rocks to dispose the rubbish

In the middle of the photo, Elijah's Basin can be seen - this is where Prophet Elijah had spent some time while visiting Mount Horeb (Sinai)

In the middle of the photo, Elijah's Basin can be seen - this is where Prophet Elijah had spent some time while visiting Mount Horeb (Sinai)

At Elijah's Basin, a large thousand year old cypress tree, bare branched at the top, together with six younger cypresses and an olive tree surround an ancient well which is fed by snow melt and occasional rainfall

At Elijah's Basin, a large thousand year old cypress tree, bare branched at the top, together with six younger cypresses and an olive tree surround an ancient well which is fed by snow melt and occasional rainfall

This camel is tied with a bin - many people use camels to transport them to the mountain but these animals can't bring them all the way to the top

This camel is tied with a bin - many people use camels to transport them to the mountain but these animals can't bring them all the way to the top

A woman is photoghraphing the camel - these animals were used to cary less fit or old people last night

A woman is photoghraphing the camel - these animals were used to cary less fit or old people last night

I had seen this white dog passing me last night (early morning) when I was climbing the mountain - I was informed by the guide that this dogs goes at the top of the summit every night with the visitors

I had seen this white dog passing me last night (early morning) when I was climbing the mountain - I was informed by the guide that this dogs goes at the top of the summit every night with the visitors

Pilgrims making their way to the bottom of the mountain but it was still a long way to go

Pilgrims making their way to the bottom of the mountain but it was still a long way to go

Strangely carved stone beside the 750 steps trail

Strangely carved stone beside the 750 steps trail

This place is full of adventure, spirituality and calmness

This place is full of adventure, spirituality and calmness

The path zigzags between small and narrow steps with the rocks lying on it

The path zigzags between small and narrow steps with the rocks lying on it

 Elijah's Basin is located 750 steps below the Jabal Musa (Mount Sinai) - this is a small plateau linked to Prophet Elijah (Ilyas)

Elijah's Basin is located 750 steps below the Jabal Musa (Mount Sinai) - this is a small plateau linked to Prophet Elijah (Ilyas)

A basin carved out of the stone - this is where Propher Elijah spent 40 days and nights to reach the Mount Horeb

A basin carved out of the stone - this is where Propher Elijah spent 40 days and nights to reach the Mount Horeb

A well is located at the Elijah's Basin, where locals still use rope and bucket to fetch the water

A well is located at the Elijah's Basin, where locals still use rope and bucket to fetch the water

This is a sandy flat surface which lies between the northern extension of the mountain, Mount Safsafa, and the summit

This is a sandy flat surface which lies between the northern extension of the mountain, Mount Safsafa, and the summit

A sign points towars the stairs leading to the monastery which is 3000 steps away

A sign points towars the stairs leading to the monastery which is 3000 steps away

This is a Byzantine dam which was constructed primarily to prevent flood damage to the monastery

This is a Byzantine dam which was constructed primarily to prevent flood damage to the monastery

This arch is referred as the Elijah's Gate - stairs lead from here to the base of the mountain

This arch is referred as the Elijah's Gate - stairs lead from here to the base of the mountain

A lone tree stands at the the Stairway of Repentance - St. Catherine's Monastery can be reached in one hour from here

A lone tree stands at the the Stairway of Repentance - St. Catherine's Monastery can be reached in one hour from here

The stairway was completed by an anonymous monk under the patronage of Emperor Justinian in the 6th century

The stairway was completed by an anonymous monk under the patronage of Emperor Justinian in the 6th century

Houses on the opposite side of the stairways - the Stairway of Repentance. Bedouin call this route

Houses on the opposite side of the stairways - the Stairway of Repentance. Bedouin call this route "the Path of our Lord Moses" (Sikkat Sayyidna Musa)

A closer view of the buildings with few green trees

A closer view of the buildings with few green trees

In this part of the stairway the stones look rather dramatic due to the constast battering of the wind

In this part of the stairway the stones look rather dramatic due to the constast battering of the wind

Mountain rises here like a high wall and it creates a small pass in between where wind howls most of the time

Mountain rises here like a high wall and it creates a small pass in between where wind howls most of the time

This is called the Shrive Gate (The Gate of Forgiveness) - my guide is seen here passing in front of the gate

This is called the Shrive Gate (The Gate of Forgiveness) - my guide is seen here passing in front of the gate

In past time pilgrims confessed their sins to a priest at this gate and before ascending to the summit

In past time pilgrims confessed their sins to a priest at this gate and before ascending to the summit

A small plant grown among the rocks of the Mount Sinai

A small plant grown among the rocks of the Mount Sinai

The Monastery of St. Catherine can be seen in the middle of this photo

The Monastery of St. Catherine can be seen in the middle of this photo

This fortress like monastery was built in 565AD and it is a must visit site for two reasons, one is the building itself and second is the Burning Bush

This fortress like monastery was built in 565AD and it is a must visit site for two reasons, one is the building itself and second is the Burning Bush

At the bottom of the mountain, there were few stalls like shops run by the locals who cater for the visitors to this area

At the bottom of the mountain, there were few stalls like shops run by the locals who cater for the visitors to this area