This Russian group was led by a guide was climbing behind me - it was a beautiful night and sky was filled with stars

This Russian group was led by a guide was climbing behind me - it was a beautiful night and sky was filled with stars

We had to wait for the daylight to appear - there are two routes to the top, the longer and shallower route, Siket El Bashait, takes about 2.5 hours on foot, though camels can be used. The steeper, more direct route (Siket Sayidna Musa) is up the 3,750 steps

We had to wait for the daylight to appear - there are two routes to the top, the longer and shallower route, Siket El Bashait, takes about 2.5 hours on foot, though camels can be used. The steeper, more direct route (Siket Sayidna Musa) is up the 3,750 steps

Other names of this mountain are Tur Sina, Jabal Musa and Mount Horeb - this mountain is located in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt

Other names of this mountain are Tur Sina, Jabal Musa and Mount Horeb - this mountain is located in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt

It was very cold at the top of the Mount Sinai - I rented a blanket from the sellers to keep me warm(which didn't work really)

It was very cold at the top of the Mount Sinai - I rented a blanket from the sellers to keep me warm(which didn't work really)

This mountain is referred to the place where Moses (Musa) received Ten Commandments from God

This mountain is referred to the place where Moses (Musa) received Ten Commandments from God

Mount Sinai is 2,285 m (7,497 ft) in height and it is the second highest mountain after Mount Catherine, also known as Gebel Katherina which is 2,629 m (8,625 ft) high

Mount Sinai is 2,285 m (7,497 ft) in height and it is the second highest mountain after Mount Catherine, also known as Gebel Katherina which is 2,629 m (8,625 ft) high

This guy was sitting on RHS to me and he was waiting for the sun to rise up further but I must admit that I liked his style

This guy was sitting on RHS to me and he was waiting for the sun to rise up further but I must admit that I liked his style

Sun started to appaer at the horizon - it brought excitement to the crowd above me

Sun started to appaer at the horizon - it brought excitement to the crowd above me

There were few scattered clouds on the sky but once sun started to rise up - it was clear that climb was well worth the view

There were few scattered clouds on the sky but once sun started to rise up - it was clear that climb was well worth the view

Golden sunrays on the rocks which were beside me - my guide brought me to a separate area for a quiet area, away from the groups

Golden sunrays on the rocks which were beside me - my guide brought me to a separate area for a quiet area, away from the groups

Huge boulders discouraged most people to come down, away from the main platform

Huge boulders discouraged most people to come down, away from the main platform

A single piece of rock with the Mount Catherine in the background

A single piece of rock with the Mount Catherine in the background

View of the Mount Catherine, it is the highest mountain peak in Egypt - from this angle it seems that mountain is lower than this one

View of the Mount Catherine, it is the highest mountain peak in Egypt - from this angle it seems that mountain is lower than this one

Another view of the Mount Catherine - these two mountains fo get some snow in the winter

Another view of the Mount Catherine - these two mountains fo get some snow in the winter

Now guy was joined by his partner - even sun was rising but it was still extremely cold morning

Now guy was joined by his partner - even sun was rising but it was still extremely cold morning

Everyone took their cameras and mobile phones to snap the photos of the rising sun

Everyone took their cameras and mobile phones to snap the photos of the rising sun

My plan was to stand against these rocks so I could absorb the heat from the sun

My plan was to stand against these rocks so I could absorb the heat from the sun

The sun was changing the surrounding hills to the hills of gold

The sun was changing the surrounding hills to the hills of gold

I used zoom lens to take this of the buildings at the bottom of the mountain - due to the distance the quality of this photo is compromised

I used zoom lens to take this of the buildings at the bottom of the mountain - due to the distance the quality of this photo is compromised

People taking photos with beautiful mountains in the background

People taking photos with beautiful mountains in the background

This is the Moses Cave but access to the bottom of this cave wasn't allowed

This is the Moses Cave but access to the bottom of this cave wasn't allowed

This is where Moses was said to have waited to receive the Ten Commandments

This is where Moses was said to have waited to receive the Ten Commandments

Cave seen from the front

Cave seen from the front

Graffiti on the stone

Graffiti on the stone

A girl standing on a cliff face - I was sitting on a similar rock to the left of this while waiting for the sunrise

A girl standing on a cliff face - I was sitting on a similar rock to the left of this while waiting for the sunrise

From this photo it appears that she was about to jump but it wasn't the case

From this photo it appears that she was about to jump but it wasn't the case

Priests were getting ready for the ceremony on the Mount Sinai - what I noticed that there was a huge religious aspect to climb this mountain for many people

Priests were getting ready for the ceremony on the Mount Sinai - what I noticed that there was a huge religious aspect to climb this mountain for many people

The summit of the mountain has a mosque and a church

The summit of the mountain has a mosque and a church

A Greek Orthodox Chapel at the top of Mount Sinai - this chapel encloses the rock which is considered to be the source for the biblical Tablets of Stone

A Greek Orthodox Chapel at the top of Mount Sinai - this chapel encloses the rock which is considered to be the source for the biblical Tablets of Stone

Some people were still cold and they were sitting next to the church to get warm

Some people were still cold and they were sitting next to the church to get warm

I am not sure if this building was rear side of the church or the mosque at the top

I am not sure if this building was rear side of the church or the mosque at the top

People were standing at the door of the church but it never opened

People were standing at the door of the church but it never opened

A one final look at the top and the hills surrounding the Jabal Tur

A one final look at the top and the hills surrounding the Jabal Tur

Looking at the slopes from the top of the peak to climb down

Looking at the slopes from the top of the peak to climb down

Few boulders on the path to the way down

Few boulders on the path to the way down

Golden hills shining with the rays of the sun

Golden hills shining with the rays of the sun

On my down from the Mount Sinai - in the background few shacks can be seen which cater for the visitors

On my down from the Mount Sinai - in the background few shacks can be seen which cater for the visitors

A seller looking out from the window of his shop, if I can call it

A seller looking out from the window of his shop, if I can call it