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/WINTER 2019-2020/DECEMBER 16 – MARCH 15
 
CONTENTS
-A- CALENDAR. Chronological summary
A1. UPCOMING TRIPS. Close events & beyond
A2. RURAL TOURISM. Discovering Lebanon backcountry
A3. TRAVELLING. Proposed destinations
-B- GENERALITIES. Gathering, prices & other info.Newcomers are urged to read it.
 
REDUCED WINTER PRICES!
Valid for the regular day hikes, Bus+ Guide.
LL.40’000 p/p instead of 50’000.
LL.20’000 per child under 12.
Old tickets are accepted; the issuing of new is suspended.
 
-A1- UPCOMING TRIPS
Hiking Saturday & Sunday
Snowshoeing Sunday
 
Saturday 29.02
Hiking  DLAIBEH (Baabda), 35km from Beirut
             Itinerary: DLAIBEH – SALIMA – ARSOUN – RAS-EL-METN. Altitude range: 600-1000m.
Two major rivers form Nahr Beirut; the Jaamani from Tarchich and the Metn from Hammana.
The proposed trail crosses, in width, the area separating the 2 branches.
 A sinusoidal itinerary of varied landscapes thru pine covered hills and traditional villages.
Highlights include Ottoman trails, Abillamaa palaces, coal mines and water springs.
     Level 4 (9km). From Dlaibeh to Arsoun.
     Level 6 (14km). From Dlaibeh to Ras-el-Metn.
 
Sunday 01.03
Hiking  EHMEJ (Jbayl), 50km from Beirut
    Level 4: EHMEJ – BKARTA – JAJ – EHMEJ; Altitude range: 1000-1400m.
                   A 9km-loop via old trees, rock formations and water springs.
    Level 6: EHMEJ – JURD OF JAJ – EHMEJ; Altitude range: 1000-1700m.
                   A 14km-loop via a tormented wooded area, including snow passages.
 
Snowshoeing AQOURA HEIGHTS (Jbayl), 60km from Beirut
    Level 5: LAQLOUQ – BLAITA – LAQLOUQ. Altitude range: 1800-2100m.
                   An 11km-panoramic loop over high ridges and via a mythic water spring.
 
WEEKS BEYOND
MARCH
Sat. 07 Hiking WADI al-MEIL (Chouf)
Sun.08 Hiking KFARMATTA (Aley))
           Snowshoeing SANNINE (Metn)
 
MID-MARCH WEEK-END (14-15) Day trips & optional overnight.
HIKING Introducing new trails in Qadisha
SNOWSHOEING To the summit of Lebanon
 
HIKING
Saturday 14
Hiking TORZA (Bcharreh), 90km from Beirut
Itinerary: TORZA – QNAYWER – QANNOUBINE – QARN HASROUN.
An old “jurd” track, via the enigmatic “Delmaz” cave, leads to Qadisha ridges.
The way down thru the cliff is sheer thrill; “sheer” happens to be Arabic for cliff.
The trail follows the Unesco-listed wooded Qadisha gorge to a sharecroppers hamlet.
 It continues along the once major path the villagers used to follow to Hasroun. End.
Highlights: Waterfalls, cave monasteries and great vistas dot the itinerary.
Levels 4, 5, 6 (8-12km, Alt. range 700-1200m). Flexible difficulty.
 
OPTION: Dinner & hotel night in Hasroun, a nice red-tiled mountain village.
 
Sunday 15
Hiking HASROUN (Bcharreh), 110km from Beirut
Overnighters: Start with a visit of old Hasroun; feudal mansions, Medieval town square.
Beirut group: Departure at 7:30am. Join overnighters at the trail head, at 9:30am.
 
Itinerary: HASROUN – QADISHA – HADCHIT – QADICHA – BAZOUN. An open loop hike.
The proposed trail goes to a hidden chapel on the way down to Qadisha, thru a dense forest.
Crossing over the river, we continue up to St. George ruined hermitage and on to Hadchit.
We tumble back to Qadisha thru Houlat gorge, cross again before a last climb to Bazoun. End.
Highlights: Unesco site, Medieval cave chapels, luxuriant gorge, high watermills and waterfalls.
Levels 4, 5, 6 (8-12km, Alt. range 900-1300m). Flexible difficulty.
 
SNOWSHOEING
Saturday 14
Snowshoeing  JURD BAZOUN (Bcharreh), 110km from Beirut
Itinerary: JURD BAZOUN – JURD BQAAKAFRA – THE CEDARS
A scenic trail along the foot of the mountain range where high watersprings take birth.
The views are exceptional, the slopes are mild.
Intermediate level (8km, Alt. range 1700-2100m). Flexible difficulty.
 
OPTION: Dinner & hotel night in The Cedars.
 
Sunday 15
Snowshoeing  CEDARS HIGH PLATEAUS, 120km from Beirut ..... Chairlift: +LL.10’000 p/p.
Overnighters: Chairlift at 9am. The chairlift is contiguous to the hotel.
        Itinerary: HIGH PLATEAU – QORNET – BACK TO CHAIRLIFT for the way down.
 
Beirut group: Departure at 7:30am. Chairlift at 10am.
       Itinerary: HIGH PLATEAU – PANORAMIC RIDGES – CHAIRLIFT for the way down.
 
The proposed trails take advantage of the abundant snow at high altitude.
Levels 6, 7 (10-12km, Alt. range 2700-3080m).
 
-A2- RURAL TOURISM Discovering the interior, sites & people. Day trips or week-ends.
SAMPLE TOURS
METN & KESROUAN. Cultural round trip of 170km.
Day1: Baabdate wine presses, Jaouz Roman temple, Baskinta. Optional hotel overnight.
Day2: Faqra ruins, Tabriyyeh site, Bzommar cathedral, Jeita old olive trees.
 
QADISHA Cultural & mild hiking
Day1: Hike Qadisha (World Heritage). Deep gorge. Optional homestay.
Day2: Hike Qozhaya. Cave sanctuaries.
 
-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. Reduced for winter: LL.40'000p/p, LL.20'000 young <12.
                        Book of 10 tickets: LL.400'000 valid for individuals and groups. Cancelled facility in 2020.
 
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
 
SNOWSHOEING. Hiking on snow. Ordinary hiking boots required.
Equipment: Snowshoes (fixed under the boots) and poles. Snowshoes & poles can be rented.
Moderate level in general. Same pricing as hiking.
 
RURAL TOURISM. Contribution to sustainable development of Rural Lebanon
Trips of 1 day or 2. Guided visits with no or little walking.
Discovering Lebanon backcountry; people, cuisine, hidden sites, ...
 
TRAVELLING.Chosen destinations for eclectic people. Programmes on request
                            Trekking or Cultural escorted trips; best local guides and services.