01 32 99 75, 03 29 16 16, libantrek.com
Strange people are those who hike. Trekkers, ramblers, call them what you like
All are under Her charm, under Nature spell, marveling at things as small as a nutshell
All share one passion, all stroll the mountain track. To them, Lebanon opens its heart; so does Liban Trek
 
HIKING & CULTURAL TRIPS              FALL 2019             SEPTEMBER 16 – DECEMBER 15
 
CONTENTS
-A- CALENDAR. Chronological summary
A1. UPCOMING TRIPS. Close events & beyond
A2. MIXED TOURS. Trips during weekdays
A3. TRAVELLING. Proposed destinations
-B- GENERALITIES. Gathering, prices & other info.Newcomers are urged to read it.
 
-A1- UPCOMING TRIPS
NOVEMBER
Saturday 16 Hiking SAGHBINE (West Beqaa), 70km from Beirut ............. Chouf Reserve: +LL.5’000 p/p.
At the foot of Mt. Lebanon eastern slopes, Saghbine dominates the Qaraoun dam lake on the Litani river.
it is thus a starting point for many interesting and panoramic hiking trails. We’re suggesting one.
Crossing over high ridges, discover deciduous & evergreen oak forests on opposite sides of the mountain chain.
Level 5 (11km, 1200- 1800m). Panoramas, water springs, old oaks and the new trails in Jbaa Chouf.
 
Sunday 17 Hiking EHMEJ (Jbayl), 50km from Beirut
Ehmej is a known hiking hub and a stage on an LMT side trail.
Surrounded by forests of various species, it is particularly attractive in Autumn.
Level 3 (7km, 1300-1700m). Autumn colours, Laqlouq to Ehmej.
Level 5 (10km, 1300- 2000m). Autumn colours, Laqlouq to Ehmej, via Tellaj snow cleft.
Level 7 (15km, 1200-2000m). Autumn colours and karstic mazes.
 
FRIDAY 22 – SUNDAY 24 Hiking/Trekking Ftouh & Jbayl districts
Day1. Friday 22 Independence day. Gathering Beirut at 8am.
Day Hiking in the Ftouh, from HIYYATA (level 4) or from QATTINE (level 6) to CHAHTOUL
Trekking Dinner & night in Ghineh. Hotel 3*
Level 4 (8km, 900-1400m). Old wooded trails, as they’ve always been.
Level 5 (11km, 600-1400m). Old stairs, colourful forests and the Tabriyyeh plateau.
 
Day2. Saturday 23Gathering Beirut at 7:30am.
Day Hiking in the Ftouh, from MCHETI (level 5) or from GHINEH (level 7) to IBRI
Trekking Dinner & night in Ibri. Home stay
Level 5 (10km, 900-1600m). Old Roman way and Jabal Mar Doumit.
Level 7 (15km, 800-1600m). Jabal Moussa.
 
Day3. Sunday 24 Gathering Beirut at 7:30am.
Day Hiking ADONIS RIVER (Ftouh/Jbayl). 50km from Beirut
Nahr Brahim or the sacred Adonis river is a deep gorge of breathtaking beauty.
We’ll be hiking around its middle part joining the overnight trekkers .
Level 4 (8km, 500-900m). Chouwene lake & wooded slopes.
Level 5 (10km, 500-900m). Loop hike from Ibri, via Chouwene lake.
Level 6 (13km, 500-900m). Loop hike from Ibri, via the smoking waterfall and natural bridge.
 
Per person, in USD.
$35 per day of hiking (D1, D2, D3). Transportation + Guiding
+55 per overnight (D1, D2). Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, Lunch box.
   +5 per Reserve entrance (D2, D3).
The 3-day trek would thus cost $35x3days + $55x2nights + $5x2entrances = $225 p/p.
 
WEEKS BEYOND
DECEMBER
Sun.01 Hiking EHDEN (Zawiyeh)
Sun.08
Sun.15 Hiking MTEIN (Metn)
 
-A2- MIXED TOURS Mild hiking and short visits. At request, any day.
TOUR 1: Ftouh Kesrouan (Distance from Beirut: 50km)
Hike length & duration: 8km, 5h in total. Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Highlights: Roman way & Jabal Moussa Reserve. Lunch with a local family
 
TOUR 2: Jbayl (Distance from Beirut: 60km)
Hike length & duration: 6km, 3h in total. Level of difficulty: Easy
Highlights: Laqlouq basins
Optional 2h-stop in Byblos; free time to visit, lunch, shop,...
 
TOUR 3: Chouf (Distance from Beirut: 60km)
 Hike length & duration: 5km, 2h. Level of difficulty: Easy
Highlights: The Chouf Biosphere Reserve, The Niha fort, A druze sanctuary.
 
TOUR 4: Metn (Distance from Beirut: 40km)
Hike length & duration: 10km, 5h in total. Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Highlights: Baskinta literary figures, Sannine spring, Shepherds camp.
 
TOUR 5: Batroun (Distance from Beirut: 90km)
Hike length & duration: 7km, 4h in total. Level of difficulty: Easy
Highlights: Old olive trees, wine tasting, Douma traditional village
 
TOUR 6: Qadisha (Distance from Beirut: 110km)
Hike length & duration: 11km, 5h in total. Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Highlights: World heritage valley, rock-cut sanctuaries, great natural beauty
Lunch with a local family
 
TOUR 7: TREKKING 2 DAYS
Day 1: Qadisha. Similar to Tour 6. Dinner & overnight (monastery or local family).
Day 2: Qozhaya. Hike length & duration: 12km, 6h in total. Level of difficulty: Advanced
Highlights: World heritage valley, cave monasteries, great natural beauty
 
-A3- OUTBOUND TRIPS   Programmes on request
 
-B- GENERAL INFORMATION
LIBAN TREK is a Beirut-based Tour Operator founded in January 1997. It caters for Adventure & Culture.
Quality tours are organized in Lebanon and abroad.
Scheduled trips are posted quarterly, restricted to “focus activities”, HIKING and CULTURE.
Customized tours can be requested for other kinds of trips e.g. Camping, Caving, Skiing.
Responsible tourism, concern of environment & of sustainable rural development are inherent to all.
Reservation is necessary for all trips.  01 32 99 75, 03 29 16 16, info@libantrek.com
Gathering: Parking lot by Hikmeh school (Sagesse), Achrafieh.
                     It’s next to “Diwan Beirut” restaurant, on Charles Malik avenue.
                     Pick up of participants on the way to destination is possible. No detours.
Payment: Except for travel, payment is done at the starting of the trip.
Transportation in comfortable busses.
 
IMPORTANT
Our trips are safe. No risks are taken other than ordinary ones pertaining to the activity.
Accidents may nevertheless happen as they can do while at home or walking down the street.
LIBAN TREK HAS NO INSURANCE POLICY COVERING PARTICIPANTS DURING ANY OF ITS SCHEDULED TRIPS.
IT CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ACCIDENT OR CONSEQUENCE RESULTING THEREFROM.
 
TYPE OF TRIPS
SUNDAY HIKING TRIPS.Nature trails. Varied hiking levels
Levels: 1-3 for easy, 4-6 for moderate, 7-9 for hard
Gathering as of 7:30, Departure at 8:00am. Participants may be picked-up on the way.
GUIDE+BUS: LL.50'000p/p, LL.40'000 young <18
                        Book of 10 tickets: LL.400'000 valid for individuals and groups.
 
TWILIGHT HIKING
Easy walks after 5pm, avoiding the summer heat.
Departure 4pm. Same pricing as hiking.
 
TREKKING.Continuous hiking over 2 days or more
Overnights at monasteries, guesthouses, home stays or camping under tents
Normally, all is provided, bed sheets, covers ... Towels also, except for camping and other rare occasions
 
CULTURAL TOURS. Contribution to sustainable development of Rural Lebanon
Trips of 1 day or 2. Guided visits with no or little walking.
Gathering Day1 at 8:00, Departure at 8:15am. Participants may be picked-up on the way.
 
MIXED TOURS. Mild hiking and visits to minor sites. On request. Any day of the week.
Pick-up at hotels in Beirut, between 7:45 and 8:00am. Departure from Gathering at 8:20
 
TRAVELLING.Chosen destinations for eclectic people. Programmes on request
                            Trekking or Cultural escorted trips; best local guides and services.