HIKING & CULTURAL TRIPS / SPRING 2021 / MARCH 15 – JUNE 13

 
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.
 
Day Trips, per person
LL.50'000 Guiding only.
     80'000 Guiding & Transportation.
    -20'000 Discount for child or 3rd family member.
 
APRIL, WEEK 3
The abundance of water, at this period of the year, makes rivers spectacular.
Saturday 17
Hiking WATERFALLS OF BATROUN, 70km from Beirut, 20km from exit at Chekka tunnel.
            . Additional fee for the waterfall: +LL.5’000 per person.
            . Bus departure from Hikmeh at 9am. No breakfast stop on the way.
            . Meeting for cars: Highway exit, just after Chekka tunnel; 10am.
The upper “walnut river”, Nahr aj-Joz, includes the highest waterfalls in Lebanon.
Level 4 (8km, alt.400-700m). Loop including old bridges and water mills along the stream.
 
Sunday 18
Hiking NAHR al-BAROUK (Chouf), 60km from Beirut, 30km from Baaqline highway exit.
            . Additional fee for the Shouf Reserve: +LL.10’000 per person.
            . Bus departure from Hikmeh at 9am. Breakfast stop in Deir al-Qamar.
            . Meeting for cars: Baaqline roundabout; 10:30am.
Level 4  (7km, alt. 650-850m). Mills, bridges, waterfalls. Loop itinerary
Level 6  (12km, alt. 550-1200m).  The paved “Maabour” cliff passage.
 
-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Some information is no longer valid during Corona pandemic.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.