HIKING & CULTURAL TRIPS/SPRING 2020/MARCH 16 – JUNE 14

 
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.
 
CORONAVIRUS: New way of organizing  Liban Trek hiking trips, regular & private.
Regular hiking trips
. Destinations close to Beirut ===> Late departure and no stops on the way.
. Loop itineraries, i.e. starting at & returning to same point,
   Participants & guides to use their own cars and free to accept, for a fee, alien passengers.
. Gathering at starting point. Instructions to be communicated by mail &/or voice message.
Private hiking trips
. Destinations as per requests.
. Loop itineraries. Participants & guide to use their own cars.
. Gathering with guide at starting point.
 
-A1- UPCOMING TRIPS
This week-end
. The hiking & snow trips previously announced are postponed to March 28-29.
. No outing this Saturday 21.
. Sunday 22: Hiking trips as detailed below.
 
Sunday 22
Hiking NAMMOURA (Ftouh Kesrouan), 35km from Beirut.
              Itinerary: MDARE TAHTA – GHINEH – HARET HILLENE – MDARE TAHTA.
Nammoura is a small village dominating Ghabour valley, a tributary of Nahr Brahim.
The name, though of a delicious Lebanese pastry, probably means “female tiger cub”.
The proposed trail starts at a sheepfold and climbs thru an oak forest to a rock stele.
The old sculpture shows a man fighting a wild boar. It’s known as “Adonis rock”.
Down to an isolated hamlet, crossing over a woodbridge by an old hidden watermill.
Another mill and bridge below then a final climb, in a dense pinewood, back to the start.
               Level 3 (5km, 550-700m). The old hamlet of Mdare al-Faouqa.
               Level 5 (9km, 550-950m). Scenic trail, dense forests and a serene stream.
 
Per person,
LL.20’000- Driver & personal passengers
LL.30’000- Alien passengers, if any. Guides included.
Car owners are reimbursed LL.10’000 per alien passenger and for a maximum of 2.
 
WEEKS BEYOND
March 28-29
Week-End Summary
HIKING  New trails to Qadisha valley.
Saturday 28: Torza-Hasroun. Optional hotel night in Hasroun.
   Sunday 29:Hasroun-Qadisha-Bazoun.
SNOWSHOEING High peaks and panoramic ridges.
Saturday 28:Qornet as-Saouda. Optional hotel night in The Cedars.
   Sunday 29: Cedars ridges.
 
HIKING
Saturday 28
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 red-tiled mountain village ... +LL.80’000 p/p.
 
Sunday 29
HASROUN (Bcharreh), 110km from Beirut
                 Overnighters: Visit of Medieval Hasroun; feudal mansions,town square ...
                 Beirut group: Departure at 7:30am. Join overnighters at the trail head, at 10am.
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 28
CEDARS HIGH PEAKS (Bcharreh), 120km from Beirut
                  Chairlift at 11am to altitude 2800m ...... +LL.10’000 p/p.
Itinerary: HIGH PLATEAU – HIGH PEAKS (3000m or 3087m) – THE CEDARS (2100m).
Highlights: Dahr al-Qadib, Qornet as-Saouda, summit of Lebanon
                  Levels 6 & 8 (11-15km, Alt. range 2100-3000/3087m).
OPTION: Dinner & hotel night in The Cedars .................................... +LL.90’000 p/p.
 
Sunday 29
CEDARS HIGH RIDGES (Bcharreh), 120km from Beirut
                 Beirut group: Departure at 7:30am. Join overnighters at 10:30am.
Itinerary: THE CEDARS – SOUTHERN RIDGES – THE CEDARS
Highlights: Exceptional views.
Intermediate level (8km, Alt. range 2100-2700m).
 
-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.
 
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.