Climbing the Pyramids

by Erich Martin

May 23, 2019

For a different, less popular set of pyramids, visit Dahshur. The trio of pyramids date to 2575 B.C. Notice the differences between these pyramids and those at Giza, as they reflect the ancient Egyptian’s evolving architectural skills. © Marek Poplawski |

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One of the greatest sights in the world, the great pyramids of Giza, stands towering in the desert, the imposing stature dwarfing tourists for miles. Visitors to Giza might feel twangs of adventure and exploration, but guests should be warned climbing the pyramids is forbidden.


When the pyramids were constructed originally, the cubed squares were topped with limestone to create the shiny, smooth surface so many have come to recognize. There are no stairways to the top of any of the three great pyramids of Giza. Over the years, that limestone was stripped away, leaving step-looking blocks. These remaining components of the pyramid are not steps, though.


It is actually illegal to climb the pyramids, and even people who help tourists climb the pyramids can get in pretty serious trouble from authorities. In order to legally climb, you would need special approval from the Egyptian government. Luckily, there is more to the pyramids than pining after scaling them.


You might not be allowed to climb them, but you can always go into the pyramids. To do so, you will need to purchase a ticket for the general pyramid area and then more specific tickets for the individual pyramids. Be warned, though, the extremely close corners and high temperatures could set off claustrophobia.


If you are just dead set on getting a view of the area from atop a pyramid, check out some YouTube videos from folks who skirted the law and climbed.


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