Eastern Desert in detail


It is possible to hike between the monasteries of St Paul and St Anthony along a 30km (approximately) trail across the top of the plateau, taking one to two days to do so. Hiking this rugged area, commonly known as ‘Devil’s Country’, is only for the fit and experienced, and should under no circumstance be attempted without a local guide. In 2001 a lone tourist attempting the walk died of thirst after losing his way. Those who have made the hike recommend starting from St Paul’s.