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 2021 / JUNE 14 – SEPTEMBER 19

 

 

CONTENTS

-A- CALENDAR. Chronological summary

       A1. UPCOMING TRIPS. Close events & beyond

       A2. RURAL TOURISM. Discovering Lebanon backcountry

-B- GENERALITIES. Gathering, prices & other info. Newcomers are urged to read it.

 

 

-A1- UPCOMING TRIPS

CUSTOMIZED TOURS

We’re available for private requests, any date, to any destination.

 

SCHEDULED TOURS

Normally planned during week-ends and non-working days, they’re open to all.

Two or three guided trips are announced each time.

Small homogeneous groups accompanied by a professional guide.

Transportation by comfortable bus. Participants may travel in their own cars.

 

Hiking "day trips"per person

LL.70'000 Registration & guiding.

  + 50'000 to 80'000  Transportation, depending on group size.

    -30'000 Discount for child or 3rd family member.

 

JULY

Saturday 31 Hiking pm MARJ al-BAQRA (Metn), 35km from Beirut.

                    Bus departure from Hikmeh at 2:30pm. No stop on the way.

                    Meeting for cars: Mart Takla roundabout, Mrouj, 3:10pm.

"Marj al-Baqra", the cow’s prairie, is a 1700m-high plateau in the “Zaarour” region.

The area, dominated by a 2000m-high peak, hosts resorts and many restaurants.

Panoramic footpaths, water ponds and springs are some of its natural attractions.

We’re inviting you to discover it in the afternoon and until sunset.

Level 4 (8km, 1600-1800m). A 4h-loop hike in a refreshing atmosphere.

               On personal basis, one can plan visits before the hiking &/or dinner after.

 

AUGUST

Sunday 01 Hiking BAZOUN (Jobbeh), 100km from Beirut.

                                Bus departure from Hikmeh at 8am. Breakfast stop in Kosba.

Bazoun is a red-tiled village on the way to Bcharreh at the foot of an impressive chain.

We’re inviting you to discover its “jord”, i.e. its mountain heights and water springs.

The 2 itineraries proposed start at an abundant spring and end at The Cedars.

Level 4 (08km, 1700-2000m). Following the spring string at the foot of the chain.

Level 7 (15km, 1700-2600m). The zigzag trail and the breathtaking high ridges.

 

WEEK-END 07-08 Rafting & Hiking

Day1. Saturday 07 Rafting ORONTES RIVER (Hermel), 140km from Beirut.

                                  Bus departure from Hikmeh at 8am. Breakfast stop in Chtaura.

In Hermel,

. Option1: Rafting 2h on the Orontes.

  Option2: Visit Deir ar-Raheb, the Qamou’ stele, the water cascades.

. Late restaurant lunch for all.

. Group1: Return to Beirut.

  Group2:

  - Transfer, 20km, to al-Jord camp, altitude 2100m.

 - Dinner and a comfortable night under large tents. You may bring your own, if you wish.

 

Day2. Sunday 08 Hiking CEDARS OF ZOUARIB (Denniyeh), 120km from Beirut.

                                Bus departure from Hikmeh at 7am. Breakfast stop in Tripoli.

Zouarib, i.e. labyrinth, is an extensive forest, mostly of cedar trees. The locals call them “baroo”.

Two itineraries are proposed, levels 4 & 6. The latter starts first, in Kfarbnine.

The others continue, 5km further on, to merge with the overnighters at Brissa dam.

Level 4 (08km, 1600-2000m). A loop hike in forest, starting at Brissa, with great passages.

Level 6 (12km, 1300-2000m). Kfarbnine to Brissa via Ras al-Aïn abundant spring.

 

Per person, to be confirmed

LL.500'000- for Day1 only

  1'700'000- for the week-end.

 -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.

 

-B- GENERAL INFORMATION

Some information is no longer valid during Corona pandemic.

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.

 

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.