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.
 
-A1- UPCOMING TRIPS
JANUARY
Saturday 18
Hiking QADISHA (Bcharreh), 100km from Beirut
Deep gorge, high cliffs, cave sanctuaries, an isolated hamlet and a World Heritage site.
Old trails & terraces stand witness to Man’s struggle in a hostile and yet enchanting environment.
The proposed itineraries will make you discover some of its highlights.
   Level 4 (8km, 800-1000m). Along the gorge, Mar Licha and Qannoubine
   Level 5 (10km, 600-1000m). Arched bridges of lower Qadisha
OPTIONAL: Dinner & night in guesthouse ....... LL.80’000 p/p.
 
Sunday 19
Hiking MOGHR al-AHWAL (Bcharreh), 90km from Beirut
The “squinting grotto” refers perhaps to the crocodile-like rock and the prehistoric caves beneath.
Discover “Abou-Ali” river, eagle-nested “Hamatoura” monastery and a panoramic canal.
   Level 4 (8km, 400-900m). The “griffon” Roman necropolis
   Level 6 (12km, 400-1100m). The great cliff of “al-Assi”
 
Snowshoeing CEDARS (Bcharreh), 120km from Beirut
Panoramic trail and water springs ........... Rental of equipment: LL.15’000 p/p
 
WEEKS BEYOND
JANUARY
Sat. 25 Hiking Family trip in ABADIYEH VALLEY (Baabda), 20km from Beirut.
           Cultural Rural Tourism in the METN district. Optional overnight in Faqra. Departure at 10am.
Sun.26 Hiking NAHR al-METN (Baabda), 20km from Beirut.
           Cultural Rural Tourism in KESROUAN. Departure from Beirut at 9am.
 Snowshoeing SANNINE (Metn), 40km from Beirut.
 
Schedule to be completed later on.
 
-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
                        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.