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      FALL 2018        SEPT. 17 – DEC. 16
 
CONTENTS
-A- CALENDAR. Chronological summary
        A1. UPCOMING TRIPS. Close events & beyond
        A2. MIXED TOURS. Trips during weekdays
        A3. TRAVELLING. Proposed destinations
        A4. RECURRING TRIPS. Targeting Tour Operators
-B- GENERALITIES. Gathering, prices & other info. Newcomers are urged to read it.
 
-A1- UPCOMING TRIPS
DECEMBER
Sunday 09 Hiking WADI al-QRAQIR (Zawiyeh, 90km)
Besides its singing name, Wadi al-Qraqir (Valley of the lambs) is a poesy in itself.
Born in the legendary Ehden forest, it cuts its way in a no less enchanting deep wooded gorge.
The proposed itineraries cross through its lower part in the vicinity of Miziara town.
Level 4 (9km, 600-900m). Old bridge and a high waterfall.
Level 6 (13km, 250-900m). Where sunrays cannot reach.
 
WEEKS BEYOND
Dec.16 Hiking JWAR al-HAWZ (Baabda, 40km). Levels 3, 5
... WINTER SCHEDULE ... to be posted
 
Mixed tours, weekdays
1: Jbayl district
2: The near South
3: Batroun district
4: Chouf district
5: The Beqaa
6: The Cedars
7: The Cedars (2days)
 
-A2- MIXED TOURS Mild hiking and short visits. At request, any day of the week
Pick-up at hotels in Beirut, between 7:45 and 8:00am. Departure from Gathering at 8:20
Per person: $80 for Guide+Transportation. Lunch is optional. Entrance fees are to be added.
 
JBAYL DISTRICT
Visits: A painted crusader chapel, a Phoenician rock carving and the Annaya pilgrimage
Hike level 2, 4km, altitudes 1200-1000m. The ‘’Saints trail’’. Restaurant lunch
 
THE NEAR SOUTH
Visits: Souks of Saida, Jezzine (handcrafts, palace & waterfall), Phoenician temple. Entrances: +$3
Hike level 2, 4km, 800--500m. Riverside trail. Lunch in monastery
 
BATROUN DISTRICT
Visits: Rachana sculptures, Smar Jbayl citadel, Crusader chapel, Roman temple
Hike level 3, 5km, 700- 500-600m. High waterfalls. Rustic restaurant
 
CHOUF DISTRICT
Visits: Deir el-Qamar lanes, Beiteddine palace, Baaqline mansions. Entrances : +$10
Hike level 3, 5km, 1700-1800-1650-1750m. Cedar Reserve. Restaurant by waterfall
 
THE BEQAA
Visits: Druze sanctuary, Roman tombs & temple, Wine tasting, Ottoman bridge. Entrances: +$10
Hike level 3, 5km, 1000-1200-1000m. Ammiq Preserve. Views of the Beqaa. ‘’Eco-village’’ restaurant
 
QADISHA VALLEY & THE CEDARS
Visits: Medieval monasteries on the hiking trail (UNESCO), Gebran museum, Old Cedar grove. Entrances: +$7
Hike level 3, 5km, 1100-900m. Wooded gorge, Medieval monasteries. Rustic restaurant
 
2-DAY TREK
Day 1: Qadisha. Similar to hike 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 2018
... WAIT FOR THE WINTER SCHEDULE ...
 
-A4- RECURRING TRIPS
TREKKING ITINERARY A Dates to be announced
Day1. Arrival. Transfer to hotel in Beirut. Optional visit of Beirut, if time allows. Overnight 4*.
Day2. Optional visit of Beirut. Road to Ehden. Optional visits on the way: Jeita, Byblos. O/N in lodge.
Day3. Hike1: Ehden Reserve – Qozhaya monastery. O/N lodge or homestay.
Day4. Hike2: Qozhaya – Lower Qadisha – Qannoubine. O/N homestay.
Day5. Hike3: Qannoubine – Upper Qadisha – Bcharreh. Transfer (20’) to The Cedars. Visit old grove. O/N hotel (3*).
Day6. Hike4: Cedars – Cross over panoramic 3000m-high ridges to Ouyoun Orghoch lakes (Beqaa). O/N homestay.
Day7. Transfer (30’) to Baalbek & visit (2h). Transfer (40’) to Ammiq. Hike5: ‘Ammiq swamps. O/N guesthouse.
Day8. Hike6: ‘Ammiq (Beqaa) – Cedars of Barouk (Chouf). Transfer (1½h) to Beirut. END.
$800 p/p all inclusive
 
-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.
GUIDE+BUS: LL.50'000p/p, LL.80'000 married couples, LL.40'000 students, LL.35'000 young <18
                              Book of 10 tickets: LL.350'000 individuals and families, LL.400'000 groups
 
TWILIGHT HIKING. Avoiding the Summer heat
Easy hikes, level 3 on average, in nice areas close to Beirut. Flashlights recommended.
Gathering as of 3:40pm, Departure at 4pm. Return to Beirut by 10:30/11pm.
Gathering place and price identical to the “Sunday trips”.
 
 
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.
 
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.
 
RECURRING TRIPS. Targeting Tour Operators, foreign & local
Recurring trips at suggested dates. Participants from different sources merge to form a single group.