Before going to Egypt, I really thought that climbing the Pyramids is a big No-No thing to do because they’re ancient, fragile and they have to be protected at all cost. Boy, I was so wrong!
Apparently you can climb the Pyramid as high as you can—that is if you can find your way to the top. Well, you aren’t allowed to climb in all three of them but in only one: The Pyramid of Khafre(or the middle Pyramid). Somewhere, I read warning signs, “No Climbing” but only in certain areas of the said pyramid. Nearby, guards are watching people go up and down the steps. And if they think you’ve gone high and far, they’ll remind you to stop and come down.
But, then, you know…there are those who ignore the warning signs. Sometimes, it’s fun to break the rules. 😀 So, here are the photos to prove that there are, indeed, people climbing the Great Pyramids of Egypt.
Do you see all these local tourists? They’re all going straight to the Pyramid of Khafre.
This is the Pyramid of Khafre. Most people call it “the middle pyramid.”
As you can see, the right side has people climbing on the steps but the left side is empty.
Because this pyramid is crowded, some camels here are for rent—for that perfect photo opportunity you’ve been longing for.
And oh, be aware of aggressive hawkers and scammers who won’t stop following and bothering you.
To avoid these people, do not stop when they start talking to you. You will know they’re up for something when the conversation starts with something you’ve heard 10 or 20 steps before that.
As you can see, people are in different spots, trying to get that perfect shot for their Facebook or Instagram!
To each his own pose.
They take selfies seriously. 🙂
The guards are somewhere, watching how far these people would go up.
These two are above the rest of us. The view from up there must be really spectacular!
Of course, I climbed, too! Everyone was doing it, so why would I miss the chance? 😀
I only went up for 29 steps because a guard was watching below me. 😀
From where I stood, this is the view of the first Pyramid.
From where I was, I looked down at the view of the first Pyramid with Cairo in the background.
The first few steps of the climb were quiet easy but as you go higher, finding a step path could be a challenge.
I stayed up there for 40 minutes until I felt the sun baking my skin. The whole time, I couldn’t be alone since I was approached countless times by these young high schoolers who wanted to take a photo with me. Imagine a group of 11 boys wanted to take a selfie with you one by one? Dang, I felt like a celebrity.
Hostel with a View of the Pyramids in Giza
Well, if you are on a budget, there are two guest houses / accommodation I’d recommend: Sphinx Guest House Giza and Guardian Guest House Giza. These two are right in front of the Three Great Pyramids and few steps from the gate where you can buy your ticket.