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LEBANON MOUNTAIN TRAIL TREK

Moderate Lebanon

Lebanon Mountain Trail Trek

EXPERIENCE THE BIBLICAL TRAIL THAT CROSSES THE LAND OF THE CEDARS

Meet any Lebanese anywhere in the world and it won't be long before they tell you how many times the Lebanon mountains are mentioned in the Bible. This epic walk bridges the gap between history, culture, cuisine and adventure.

Trekking

TRIP TYPE

Trekking

Trip duration

DURATION

7 Days

Trip Destination

DESTINATION

Lebanon

1

Experience the world's southernmost Cedar forest.

2

Walk the biblical trail that crosses the entire Mount Lebanon Range.

3

Live the vibrant and diverse Lebanese culture from North to South.

Dates & Prices

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DATE

PRICE

TEAM LEADER

AVAILABILITY

Mar 11 2023 - Mar 17 2023

€1,700

HIGH
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Apr 21 2023 - Apr 27 2023

€1,700

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Jun 28 2023 - Jul 4 2023

€1,700

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Sep 24 2023 - Sep 30 2023

€1,700

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Itinerary

A great trail for first-timers and experienced trekkers a like. The combination of challenging daily trails, beautiful guest houses and phenomenal food creates an ambiance of balance and excitement that makes this adventure accessible to everyone willing to give it a try.

DAY 1: ARRIVING TO LEBANON

We’ll be received at Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport by our LHO Team Leader and shuttled to Jezzine, the southernmost village and starting point of our trail. Please book your inbound flight to arrive before 2pm in order to join the shuttle to Jezzine. In the evening we’ll be hosting a welcome dinner at the restaurant of our beautiful guest house to introduce the team to each other and to explore the first element of our adventure: The food! A gear check will be conducted later in the evening to make sure that everyone has whatever they need for the days ahead.

DAY 2: NIHA FORT

After breakfast, we’ll load up our luggage in our transport, throw our backpacks on and start walking into the upper edges of the pine forest. The edge of the forest is known locally as the “Jered”. It’s where the forests of the lower altitude meet the dry regions of the higher mountain altitudes. We’ll be walking along the cliff tops of the Jered and stopping at the Niha fort, a historic hermitage used by the legendary Fakheredine. From there, we’ll head to our lunch spot before making our way towards the beautiful town of Maaser El Chouf.

DAY 3: CEDARS OF THE SOUTH

After breakfast we’ll head straight out onto the trail and make our way up into the Chouf biosphere reserve, home to 3 interconnected cedar forests that make up the southernmost Cedar forest in the world. The start of the day is the most challenging as we wind up through the trails towards the high point. From there, we’ll be crossing the mountain tops and moving from Cedar forest to Cedar forest with portions of Jered in-between. We’ll exit the trail at the end of the Barouk Cedar forest reserve where we’ll be picked up and taken down the road to our accommodation on the cliff top of Fallougha overlooking the beautiful Metn region.

DAY 4: LAKES, CAVES & WATERFALLS

After breakfast we’ll be shuttled to Chabrouh, gateway to the Northern portion of our trail. We’ll start with a walk around the lake of Chabrouh before moving up into the higher Jered that overlooks the entire Sannine mountain range. From there, we’ll descend down to Afqa cave, the 3rd largest accessible cave in Lebanon. There are also beautiful waterfalls around so bring your swimsuits! After the visit, we’ll be shuttled to our next guest house in a town called Assia.

DAY 5: THE CEDARS OF GOD

After breakfast, we’ll visit Balaa sinkhole, a natural wonder of Lebanon, before making our way to the trail head at the foot of the Tannourine Cedar reserve. The trail starts with a short uphill into the cedar forest before turning North towards the adjacent valley of Bcharre. The highest mountains in Lebanon will be towering above us at altitudes reaching 3000 meters! The trail will end at the highlands of Hasroun village in Bcharre to check in for a short break at our next guest house. We’ll be ending the day with a sunset walk through a small Cedar grove that is home to the oldest Cedar trees on the planet and it is said that King Solomon built his temple from the bark of this forest. That’s why they are known as the Cedars of God.

DAY 6: THE BIBLICAL VALLEY

Our last trekking day together will take us through the deep Qadisha valley, home to a series of hermitages built into the rocks. It is said that one of them is the eldest Christian hermitage known to exist. We’ll follow the valley floor and its river until the town of Fredis. We’ll then continue on the trail for 3km until we reach the Monastery of Qozhaya. From there, we’ll be transported to the town of Ehden where great food and a beautiful guest house await!

DAY 7: MAA SALAMA!

After breakfast, we’ll be shuttled to the airport to catch our flights back home. Make sure to book your outbound flight from 12pm onwards.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • LHO Original Photography
  • Pre-Adventure Guide
  • Airport Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • All Internal Transfers/Flights
  • Fitness & Nutrition Guides
  • Gear Shopping Assistance
  • Meals in the Itinerary
  • Accommodations in the Itinerary
  • Dedicated LHO Team Leader
  • Guides & Permits
  • Indicated Team Equipment

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • International Flights
  • Entry Visas
  • Tips & Gratuities for Local Team
  • Personal Gear & Rentals
  • Personal Medical Insurance
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Additional Nights Outside the Itinerary
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BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE

You should be confident and excited to plan your trips. This is why we’ve designed special Covid-19 booking rules to alleviate the stress. If you're affected by Covid-19 restrictions or can't travel due to contracting the virus, please check the Covid-19 booking rules that make it easy to amend or change bookings without losing your booking deposit. Special rules may apply on selected trips where permits are non-refundable, but we'll always do our best for you.

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HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES

HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES

We do our best to ensure your wellbeing on LHO adventures. That's why the facilities we use throughout our trips are required to meet our health and safety standards. We also follow the laws and protocols of every country that hosts our adventures. This extends to national regulations requiring Covid-19 testing, vaccination certificates, mask wearing or any other local guidelines that may apply. Contact us for the most up to date protocols related to your destination.

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Hear From Our Community

I have really enjoyed the Lebanon Mountain Trail trip. It was my first time in Lebanon and hopefully won’t be the last one. We’ve been blessed with beautiful weather, breathtaking scenery and tasteful food. Our guides Elie and Avo were so friendly, considerate and knowledgeable. I strongly recommend others to join the LMT trip and get a glimpse of a little slice of heaven on earth.

Fahad Albassam

It was a beautiful experience. I had a wonderful time and enjoyed every day on the trek. Elie and Avo made it all the more incredible.

Joanna Fattal

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Top Questions

What are the weather conditions?

Spring time is ideal for the Lebanon mountain trail. It's highly unlikely to rain and temperatures usually hover between 20 degrees celsius during the day and around 10 degree celsius at night.

Spring time is ideal for the Lebanon mountain trail. It's highly unlikely to rain and temperatures usually hover between 20 degrees celsius during the day and around 10 degree celsius at night.

Do I have to carry everything for the week?

No. Your luggage will be moved from one accommodation to the next by car. You'll only need to carry you backpack that contains your essentials for the day.

No. Your luggage will be moved from one accommodation to the next by car. You'll only need to carry you backpack that contains your essentials for the day.

What's the situation with accommodation?

We'll be staying in boutique guest houses along the trail that are as much a part of the experience as the trail itself. Guest houses are family-run and include rooms with private bathrooms and showers as well as a common area and restaurant.

We'll be staying in boutique guest houses along the trail that are as much a part of the experience as the trail itself. Guest houses are family-run and include rooms with private bathrooms and showers as well as a common area and restaurant.

What sections of the trail are included?

We've chosen the sections we believe showcase the most diversity and natural beauty whilst also being accessible. The sections include the Ehden, Bcharre, Tannourine and Chouf Cedar forests, the Kadisha valley, the Jezzine pine forest, the Falougha lakes, and the Aqoura highlands.

We've chosen the sections we believe showcase the most diversity and natural beauty whilst also being accessible. The sections include the Ehden, Bcharre, Tannourine and Chouf Cedar forests, the Kadisha valley, the Jezzine pine forest, the Falougha lakes, and the Aqoura highlands.

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  • LHO Original Photography
  • Pre-Adventure Guide
  • Airport Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • All Internal Transfers/Flights
  • Fitness & Nutrition Guides
  • Gear Shopping Assistance
  • Meals in the Itinerary
  • Accommodations in the Itinerary
  • Dedicated LHO Team Leader
  • Guides & Permits
  • Indicated Team Equipment

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An adventure holiday for anyone with a pulse. No fitness requirements or prerequisites. Come as you are. Great for those who already train 1-2 times per week or would like to use this upcoming adventure as an opportunity to kickstart a fitness journey. Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure. Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure.Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure. Need we explain further? No prior experience is required. Basic skills may be taught during this adventure. The skills necessary to safely complete this adventure will be taught as a part of this experience. This adventure requires prior experience, pre-requisite skills or certifications. See below for details. We aim to strike a balance between unique local experiences and international standards of comfort and hygiene. Hostels are dorm-style accommodation used during certain legs of our trips and expeditions. They can be quite trendy with common areas, restaurants and cafes. Expect rooms to include a bed and a mattress as well as a common dining area with chairs and tables. You’ll need to bring a sleeping bag and an optional pillow. When the experience includes camping we provide the tents, sleeping mats, common dining tents, camping chairs and camping tables. The only thing you’ll need to get is a sleeping bag and an optional camping pillow. Please refer to the LHO gear list for more information specific to the trip you’re on. Mountain Lodges are usually well equipped, providing beds with duvets and pillows. They also include a common restaurant area. Some lodges require a sleeping liner.

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