How Egypt's Red Sea Mountain Trail set new tracks into the wild


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Finding a way to experience a country away from other groups of tourists is a challenge in 2019. It doesn't take long for once underexplored areas to become popular as the word gets out.

A surge in interest in long distance trails has seen long-established hikes such as Spain's Camino de Santiago and even parts of the vast Appalachian Trail in the United States become congested.

But new, multiday hiking routes are opening up dramatic and largely unspoiled landscapes for walkers hoping to escape the crowds and challenge themselves in wild terrain.

In Egypt, two long distance routes, the Sinai Trail and the Red Sea Mountain Trail, are among this new crop of pathways offering different adventures in a country already on the tourism map.

They are the work of Ben Hoffler, author of "Sinai: The Trekking Guide" and founder of the Sinai Is Safe initiative, designed to bring tourists back to the area following the revolution that took place between 2011 and 2013.

Hoffler helped open the Sinai Trail in 2014, initially passing through three tribal areas and covering 220 kilometers (136 miles), before expanding to cover land belonging to eight tribes and stretching a total of 55 kilometers in 2018.

It takes 54 days to complete, with tribes taking hikers across their land.

In 2018, Hoffler and his team helped open the 170-kilometer Red Sea Mountain Trail, which takes 10 days to complete. It's the first long distance hiking path in mainland Egypt.
Source: CNN
  1. What is Spain's popular hiking spot?

  2. Which are Egypt's popular long distance trails?

  3. Who is the author of Sinai: The Trekking Guide?

  4. When was the Red Sea Mountain Trail opened?

  5. How long did it take to complete the Red Sea Mountain Trail?


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  1. Do you love hiking and/or trekking? Why? Why not?

  2. If you loved hiking/trekking, where do you usually go to do it?

  3. Do you hike/trek alone or with some people? How do find the activity?


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