Finding new ways to truly experience a country away from tourist traps has become an ongoing challenge for world travelers who are now far more interested in sight-doing than they are sightseeing. Hiking a long-distance trail in the untouched desert with the people who've inhabited this land for thousands of years is easily one of the best alternatives to authentically experiencing a place and its people. The Red Sea Mountain Trail (RSMT) launched with its inaugural hike last April, and it’s been making headlines ever since. With a surge in interest in long-distance hiking trails and sustainable tourism, the RSMT is the perfect mix of Egypt’s deserted terrains and community-led travel. Walking the path with Bedouins give you insights into the nomadic groups’ lives, and there’s no better way to experience the land than with the people who know it like the back of their hands. We got to join the RSMT's inaugural hike and it was an incredible experience.
As a sister project to the award-winning Sinai Trail, RSMT is meeting all the expectations, redefining the culture of sustainable tourism, and putting Egypt on the world adventure map. The trail has been getting the world’s attention after being featured in Time Magazine’s list of the World’s 100 Greatest Places in 2019 — finally earning the recognition it deserves.
If you’re not much of a hiker, or if you don’t have the luxury of having 10 days to spare for the full experience, the RSMT recently announced this season's hiking dates, and it's good news for those who want to adventure while still keeping their day job. If you’re looking to hike the trail, you could still do it over a short weekend. The newly announced dates cover December 2019 through May 2020, but the RSMT Facebook page will be creating individual events for each trip, so you can get all the details and reserve your spot.
Heads up, though: book your spot fast. Time Magazine wasn’t joking when they said this is one of the world’s best destinations.