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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              SUMMER 2019             JUNE 15 – SEPTEMBER 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
SUMMARY
JULY
Sat. 20:Twilight Hiking Zaarour (Metn)
W-E 20-21: Multi-activity Hermel-Denniyeh.A blend of Visits, Rafting, Hiking and Camping.
 
Per person,
LL.50’000 Day hiking. Bus + Guide. Entrance fees, when applicable, are to be added.
 
TRAVELLING: SOUTH-EAST TURKEY, October
 
DETAILS
Saturday 20
Twilight Hiking ZAAROUR (Metn), 30km from Beirut.Gathering at 4pm.
A Level 3 itinerary via water springs and the panoramic “Marj al-Baqra”, the cow’s prairie.
6km-long, altitudes varying between 1700 and 1800m. Dinner with a family: LL.30’000 p/p.
 
WEEK-END 20-21
Day1. Saturday 20 HERMELRafting (or visits), Hiking, Camping (optional)
Gathering at 6:40am. Departure by comfortable bus at 7am.
Road to Hermel (140km). On the way, breakfast stop in Chtaura. Arrival to Hermel town at 10:15.
Group1: Rafting on the Orontes. Duration 2h. Memorable experience. Bring extra dry clothes and sandals.
Group2: Cultural Visit Hermel town. Orontes fortified monastery, ancient pyramid, Dardara water falls.
Transfer to Hermel heights (30km). Optional lunch at a rustic restaurant.
Hiking: Level 3 (2h) in a cedar forest dominating the deep gorge of Wadi Jhannam (Hell valley).
Transfer to the nearby al-Jord Camp, altitude 2150m.
Option1: Return to Beirut; 130km via Tripoli. Arrival around 8pm.
Option2: Dinner and night at camp, an unforgettable experience.
Amenities include large Bedouin tents, comfortable mattresses & eiderdowns, hot showers, ...
 
Day2. Sunday 21 HERMEL – DENNIYEH Hiking
Group from Beirut
Gathering at 6:40am. Departure by comfortable bus at 7am.
Road to Bou-Swaya, Hermel heights (120km). On the way, breakfast stop in Tripoli.
Group in Jord camp
Breakfast at 8:30am and check-out. Luggage is prepared to be picked up later.
Local transfer or walk (1h) to Bou-Swaya. Groups merge at 10:30am.
Hiking BOU-SWAYA (Hermel), 120km from Beirut.
Bou-Swaya, at 2200m, is the natural pass linking Hermel to Denniyeh.
It is also at the foot of a high peak, known as “ the 10 men” because of a legend your guide will tell.
The whole area is of wild beauty dotted with junipers, abundant springs and fertile land.
Level 5 (11km, 1800-2400m). Rock-cut necropolis, high springs and Mrebbine vegetable gardens.
Level 7 (15km, 2000-2900m). An epic itinerary over majestic ridges to Brissa dam in Denniyeh.
 
Per person,
LL.50’000 Day hike, Saturday or Sunday. Transportation and Guiding.
   240’000 W-E, min. 7 participants. Transportation, Guiding, Dinner, Overnight, Breakfast, Lunch box.
   +40’000 Rafting
 
WEEKS BEYOND
JULY
Sat. 27 Cultural Tour North (optional overnight). Day1 of a week-end trip.
              Twilight hiking Arsoun (Baabda)
Sun. 28 Hiking Saghbine (Beqaa)
               Cultural Tour Beqaa. Day2 of a week-end trip.
 
AUGUST
Sat. 03 Twilight hiking Hrajel (Kesrouan)
Sun. 04 Randonnées à Bchennata (Denniyeh)
Sat. 10 Hiking/Trekking Chouf (optional overnight). Day1 of a week-end trek.
             Twilight hiking Zaarour (Metn)
Sun. 11 Hiking Jbaa (Chouf). Day2 of a week-end trek.
Sat. 17 Cultural Tour Metn (optional overnight). Day1 of a week-end trip.
              Twilight hiking Laqlouq (Jbayl)
Sun. 18 HikingEhden (Zawiyeh)
               Cultural Tour Rachaya. Day2 of a week-end trip.
Sat. 24 Twilight hiking Arsoun (Baabda)
Sun. 25 Hiking Aqoura (Jbayl)
Sat. 31 Hiking Kfarselouane (Baabda)
 
SEPTEMBER
Sun. 01 Hiking Tannourine (Batroun)
Sat. 07 Hiking Metn (optional overnight). Day1 of a week-end trek.
Sun. 08 Hiking Sannine (Metn) Day2 of a week-end trek.
Sat. 14 Hiking/Trekking Bazoun (optional overnight). Day1 of a week-end trek.
Sun. 15 Hiking Cedars. Day2 of a week-end trek.
 
-A2- MIXED TOURS Mild hiking and short visits. At request, any day of the week
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 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.
 
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.