CAIRO: An event titled “Trip to support hiking, visit St. Catherine,” launched on Facebook on Feb. 25, inviting people to join a trip to St. Catherine, to be covered by the media, scheduled for March 7 and 8.
“Hiking is important to the national economy. This invitation to visit St. Catherine, Sinai, is not a usual trip. It is a call to break the false perceptions about the only place in Egypt where snow falls in winter, and the majority of its residents are Bedouins,” read the statement.
The event will not actually involve hiking; it is only an initiative to encourage tourism to St. Catherine. Training on hiking will also be given to travelers.
Earlier in February, four hikers had died during a St. Catherine hiking trek. The incident was subject to wide controversy over the circumstances of the deaths and the authorities’ role.
On Feb.17, media reported that four hikers were being rescued after being lost in St. Catherine desert. They were part of a hiking party of eight members, who were caught in a blizzard on Feb. 14, while trekking in the mountains.