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
OCTOBER
Sunday 20
Hiking AIN ATA (Rachaya), 100km from Beirut.
Ain Ata is the highest village in Rachaya district, proud and serene like the dominating shrine it encloses.
The surrounding Roman temples at the feet of Mount Hermon seem to render homage to its Majesty.
Level 3 (5km, 1100-1400m). The ”Eagle tomb” and the “Ain Hirsha” temple.
Level 5 (10km, 1000-1600m). old oaks and related sactuaries.
 
WEEKS BEYOND
OCTOBER
Sat. 26 Hiking KARM al-MOHR (Denniyeh). Day hike or Optional homestay night.
Sun.27 Hiking JURD NJASS (Denniyeh). Winter time
 
NOVEMBER
Sun.03 Hiking DOUMA (Batroun)
Sun.10 Hiking OUYOUN as-SIMANE (Kesrouan)
Sun.17 Hiking SAGHBINE (West Beqaa)
Frid.22 Trekking HIYYATA (Ftouh) – CHAHTOUL – MCHETI (Ftouh). Day hike or Optional homestay night.
Sat. 23 Trekking MCHETI – JABAL MOUSSA – IBRI (Ftouh). Day hike or Optional homestay night.
Sun.24 Trekking IBRI – FRAT – AIN JRAIN (Jbayl). Day hike.
 
DECEMBER
Sun.01 Hiking EHDEN (Zawiyeh)
Sun.08 Hiking EHMEJ (Jbayl)
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.