Dear All, I had the chance to be among the hikers for El Galt 2 weeks ago. I m a little bit lazy to write my feedback :-). This is a mix between some thoughtsMessage 1 of 7 , Mar 17, 2010View SourceDear All,I had the chance to be among the hikers for El Galt 2 weeks ago. I'm a little bit lazy to write my feedback :-). This is a mix between some thoughts i've posted in my blog and my overall feedback.It all started by the invitation to join this hiking trip to El Galt El Azraq here on SS. I was tempted to go for it as i love to explore new places and also to try something different and it turned out to be one of the richest experience i had.It might be difficult at the start to think of joining a trip with people you don't even know before, yet, you find out after embarking in the journey that the presence of everyone contributed to the success of such trips. And here success is not just only arriving to the destination but to have a good spirit and to live a great experience.I loved the group spirit, everybody helped others, whether in climbing, sharing water, sharing needed stuff (like the needle and the brick needed to carry on the little operations of blowing off the little bubbles on our feet). And even on the day where we were pushed to the limits and had to walk a lot till night was there, we were trying to take it easy but singing or telling jokes or even have discussions.I was amazed about the beauty of our country. It is nice that where we went is not that known to the common people so the human presence didn't ruin it yet, but at the same time, it is a shame that we don't know our own country (not talking here about SS but the majority of Egyptians).This trip for me was about discovering, not only the mountains and the places, but also myself. I found out that I had more endurance than i thought. I discovered more about my personnality also through my friends. Sometimes it is hard to see myself through my own eyes, and that's when you need other people to tell you more about you.And this is where i should say a special thanks to my car mates, although we didn't know all each other that well, spending 6 hours together was a real pleasure :-).Some of my favourite moments were watching the stars shining in the sky at night, camping in the outdoors, drinking from waterfalls, seeing the flowers and the trees flourishing in the mountains.But the most difficult for me was to challenge myself, to go beyond the limits that the mind can draw, and it is then when i discovered that these limits were fake, that i can do more than i could imagine. It is strange how the mind can hold you from a lot of things and bind you even just trying something. Life is so rich but we only need just a little bit of will to go further.
Finally, thanks to Ahmed for making us discover this amazing place and for organizing the whole thing.Have a nice day!MarianneOn Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 11:26 AM, mohamed gad <gad_mohamed32@...> wrote:
Dear Ahmed/Mabrouk,That was the first hike for me, and I knew that it would be a tough one, but it wasn't that hard after all.El Karm ecolodge was very lovely, the bedouin staff were very friendly and 3am Jameel was beyond words, he was a moving encyclopedia, very funny and it was motivating to see him very energetic guiding usAs for the route and the hike itself, it was exhausting a little bit (taking into consideration the fitness condition for some of the group) but on the other hand, it was more than fascinating.. you can say that it is a different experience that I reaaly recommend for anyoneThe mountain, the rocks, the waterfalls and el Galt was very wonderful, and above this comes the hiking group, such funny and friendly people who kept the laughter during the hike and even when we were very exhausted.Thank you Ahmed for your nice organization of the trip, it couldn't be better. Ahmed was not too strict and also not too loose with the group which gave us a sense of flexibility..Finally, I can say this, Having the stairs to the tenth floor instead of the elevator were never been easierMohamed Gad
From: Mohamed Mabrouk <desertmoh@...>
Sent: Tue, March 9, 2010 11:37:03 PM
Subject: Re: [SaharaSafaris] El Karm to El Galt hike feedback
Dear Ahmed,I think you mean that elGalt from Al Karm ecolodge needs more fitness than elGalt from Katrina town.Thanks for the reports. It's always welcome to enrich our expereince and updates from latest trips.Guys who went with Ahmed, what do you think?SalaamMohamed Mabrouk-------
I might sound like a crazy dreamer but.. only crazy dreamers can come up with ideas like the Egyptian pyramids!
From: ahmed mosad <dr_ahmedmosad@ yahoo.com>
To: SaharaSafaris@ yahoogroups. com
Sent: Tue, March 9, 2010 7:39:39 PM
Subject: [SaharaSafaris] El Karm to El Galt hike feedback
I would like to share with you this experience in the forum to be as a reference for those who are planning to go the same route we went. Last week a group of Sahara Safaris went to a hiking trip to El Galt EL Azraq through a new hiking route passing by EL Karm Ecolodge,
We moved from Cairo by 12 midnight of Thursday directing to Sinai. It took about 6 hours to be in EL Tarfa Village where you have to park your car, at Shick Eid Parking area.
Then 4 Bedouin cars ( Toyota Nos Na2l ) carried us to El Karm ecolodge in about 20 min. and through the way to El karm, one of the car lost the break control so it hit the car behind it, and caused a bad damage to the cooling system so we squeezed ourselves in 3 cars and moved to el Karm ( it was enjoyable yet it was hectic J ) .
After 3 hours sleeping we started to hike thorough the wadi till the camping site, it took about 4 hours, and we hiked about 8.2 km with attitude of 100 m.
The route was amazing as running water everywhere and while you are walking you can hear the water falls sound round you.
But from the camping point started the surprises, the place where we suppose to camp at was very wet that we will not be able to sleep, so we decided to sleep in another open area ( not a closed Farm r garden as usual but it was an open area )
The Second day we started to hike to el Galt, the elevation was very high ( about 300 m ) so some of the group members started to complain from a muscle fatigue. The Galt Destination was full of water where we filled our water bottle and went back to el Karm.
A miss calculation about the timing and the distance happened from me ( the organizer of the trip ) as we suppose to be in El karm by 6 pm, but due to long distance and muscle fatigue. We reached el Karm by 10 pm.
The overall distance we hiked in the second day was 16 km with attitude of 300 m, we shouldn�� hike this distance as we should camp in a middle way to split the distance over 2 days.
路 I am going to consider el Galt trip as a moderate hike not for a beginners if you are going to make it in 2 days ( 3 days will be accepted for a beginners) so it is a Certified for those who attended this hike that they became a moderate route hikers J
路 What helped us in this situation was the high team work spirit of the group, they were really amazing in this area I couldn�� believe the level of integration and helping each other to reach our destination, it was unbelievable to see them having a high sense of hummer while it is totally dark, fatigued muscle and we are in the middle of the route J
路 The check list for the day back bag helped us a lot as we were having 2 bottle of water, light, extra food, first aid kit( including the Dehydration solution which helped us a lot ) and heavy cloths, so we were ready to face any emergency .
Finally I would like to thank everyone joined me in this trip you were really the final value of this hiking trip.
Life is like a piano. what you get out of it depends on how you play it.