Jabal-al-noor (Mountain of Light), Mecca

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Follow the footsteps of Muhammad and climb Jabal-al-noor (Mountain of Light), a 642 m (2,106 ft) tall mountain overlooking Mecca, where it is believed the prophet received his first revelation. Climb to the sacred cave where Muhammad used to meditate, and enjoy the scenic views of Mecca from the top of the towering mountain. Bring plenty of water and suitable footwear if you decide to brave the challenging, two-hour ascent. Arrange to visit Jabal-al-noor (Mountain of Light) and other attractions in Mecca using our Mecca itinerary maker.
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  • We climbed this on our final night in Mecca. It took us around 20 minutes to get to the foot of the hill by taxi (costing app. 50 riyal each way). We did it around midnight. Visibility due to full moo...  more »
  • Climb this mountain and you will see a panoramic view of Mecca. Only about 1,200 steps to climb. It is notable for being the location of the Cave of Hira, where Muslims believe Muhammad received his f...  more »
  • Jabal an-Nour, also translated from Arabic جبل النور as "The Mountain of Light" or "Hill of Illumination", is a mountain near Makkah in Saudi Arabia's Hejaz region. It is one of the most popular touri...  more »