HIKING & CULTURAL TRIPS              WINTER 2018/2019             DECEMBER 17 – MARCH 10

 
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
JUNE 15 – 23: RUSSIA. Programme on request.
 
THIS WEEK SUMMARY
Sat. 23: Hiking SALIMA (Baabda, 40km). Easy
               Snowshoeing AFQA PLATEAU (Jbayl, 60km). Medium difficulty
Sun.24: Hiking WADI al-QRAQIR (Zgharta, 100km). Levels 4 & 6
 
Saturday 23
Hiking SALIMA (Baabda, 40km)
Salima is next door, known for its feudal Medieval monuments.
The hike starts in its upper part to follow an old flat coal mine trail.
Level 2 (5km, 800-900m). A panoramic pinewood stroll.
 
Snowshoeing AFQA PLATEAU (Jbayl, 60km)
Juniper forests and panoramic ridges from Ain al-Asafir to Ain Bahr.
 
Sunday 24
Hiking WADI al-QRAQIR (Zgharta, 100km)
The “Valley of the lambs”, a wooded gorge that flows right from Ehden Reserve.
Beautiful Nature and good foot trails make it a great hiking destination.
Level 4 (9km, 500-900m). The 80m-high waterfall of Nhayr.
Level 6 (13km, 400-1100m). Chapels, bridges, watermills and waterfalls.
 
-A2- WEEKS BEYOND ... SPRING SCHEDULE
MARCH
Sat.30
Sun.31   Advance your watches to Summer time.
 
-A2- MIXED TOURS Mild hiking and short visits. At request, any day of the week
HIKE 1: Ftouh Kesrouan (Distance from Beirut: 30km)
Hike length & duration: 8km, 5h in total
Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Highlights: Roman way & tomb, old watermills, wooded valley
Lunch with a local family
 
HIKE 2: Jbayl (Distance from Beirut: 40km)
Hike length & duration: 6km, 3h in total
Level of difficulty: Easy
Highlights: Medieval frescoes & hermit abodes
Optional 2h-stop in Byblos; free time to visit, lunch, shop,...
 
HIKE 3: Harissa (Distance from Beirut: 20km)
Leg1. Length & duration: 5km, 2h (visit time excluded)
            Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Visit of Harissa then to Jounieh either by cable cabin or on foot (leg2)
Leg2. Length & duration: 3km, 1h downhill
            Level of difficulty: Easy
Highlights: Pilgrims way, old monastery, pinewoods
 
HIKE 4: Jaamani river (Distance from Beirut: 30km)
Hike length & duration: 10km, 5h in total
Level of difficulty: Easy in one sense, Intermediate in the other
Highlights: Pinewoods & water streams
 
HIKE 5: Jezzine (Distance from Beirut: 60km)
Hike length & duration: 7km, 4h in total
Level of difficulty: Easy
Highlights: Old olive trees, grapes press, wine tasting, wooded area
 
HIKE 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
 
2-DAY TREK
Day 1: Qadisha. Similar to hike 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 is 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.
 
SNOWSHOEING
Average difficulty.
Same pricing as hiking. Add LL.15’000 p/p for rental of equipment (snowshoes & poles)
 
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.