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Vamos Todos Hiking Program for September 2017: 

Saturday 3 September - Tyre
Sunday 4  September - Rachaya El Foukhar Hike
Saturday 10 September - Anfeh sunset Hike
Sunday 11 September - Arz Bkaakafra Hike
Tuesday 13 September - Palm Island
Saturday 17 September - Shuane Lake Hike
Sunday 18 September - Rafting  El Assi
Saturday 24 September - Mountain Climbing Balaa
Sunday 25 September - Wadi Al Asswad Hike

Saturday 3 September - Tyre

Tyre has a beautiful white sandy coast. It is one of the most beautiful shores in Lebanon. Close-by, there is a natural reserve. Tyre Coast Nature Reserve was declared a nature reserve in 1998. It comprises a sandy beach; fresh water springs and agriculture land. Water from the springs creates a mixed fresh water/salt water environment and the area is an important nesting site for sea turtles. 

The scientific section of the reserve offers us the opportunity to learn about nature life there. 

You will start our day with a boat ride out at sea. You will see the small island of Tyre, and sail along the coast. You will have a clear view of all the ancient ruins and the city from the coastal line. Afterwards, you will head to the scientific section of the reserve and learn about nature life there. At the end of our educational tour, you will go to the sandy beach of Tyre. Enjoy relaxing moments in the sun, either swimming or watching the calm sea and the white sand. 

We will have lunch at the beach; Lebanese mezza, and fish, served with soft drinks.
- If time permits, we will visit Qana and the historical sites there.
- On our way back, we will stop in Saida for sweets.

WHERE: Tyre
South Lebanon
Sea level
83 km from Beirut
WHEN: Saturday, Sept 03

WHAT TO GET: Get a swimsuit, sunscreen, towel, a cap, and beach shoes. 
VT members get a 25% discount on sports equipment and apparel found in all branches of Maison du Ski.

MEETING PLACE: 7:30 AM in the parking of Sagesse School in Jdeideh, facing the public garden.

PRICE: 85,000 LL including transport, boat ride, reserve, guides, insurance, and lunch.
(Please get the exact change to facilitate and speed up the registration process).

RESERVATION: For reservation call 03-917190 or 79-115001. It is preferable to send an SMS from your mobile, giving your name and the event you wish to join in.

Sunday 4 September - Rachaya El Foukara Hike

Rachaya al Foukhar is a Lebanese village in the district of Hasbaya in the Nabatiya Governate in Southern Lebanon.It is located on the Western slopes of Mount Hermon at an altitude starting at 750 mm with the highest reaching 1,250mm.

Rashaya al Foukhar is also renowned for its clay market, which is believed to be the oldest in Lebanon. On this trip we will visit a workshop that specializes in producing handmade pottery Rachaya Al Foukhar's most famous product is the traditional water jar or "ibrik" also known in
Spain as "The Phoenician Wine Jar". The easy levels, (Level 2&3) will take their time to know about this process in more detail from A to Z.

We will then visit one of the oldest churches in the area called "StGeorge" church which was attacked many times by the Israeli occupation forces and then proceed to explore a number of the village's charming old houses and streets.

On our hike we will climb to the top of the mountain where we will get the chance to see a great panoramic view of the area as well as some ancient ruins that consist of an old tomb called "The Stone of Osman". Just for the moderate Level (Level 5)

At the end of our trip we will stop for lunch at a very nice place to eat delicious homemade food.

WHERE: South, Rachaya el Foukhar. 
+/- 800m above sea level
100 km from Beirut
WHEN: Sunday, Sept 04

MEETING PLACE: 7:30 AM in the parking of Sagesse School in Jdeideh, facing the public garden.
PRICE: 85,000 LBP per person including transport, guides, insurance and lunch. (Please get the exact change to facilitate and speed up the registration process). 55000LL without lunch

WHAT TO GET: NB. Foreigners and people not carrying a Lebanese ID need to register at least one week in advance for the event, and provide us with a copy of their passport.
Get some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Pack your backpacks with water, lunch, a cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. VT members get a 25% discount on sports equipment and apparel found in all branches of Maison du Ski.

RESERVATION: For reservation, call 79-115001 or 03-917190 every day between 9AM and 5 PM. It is preferable to send an SMS from your mobile, giving your name, surname, and the event you wish to attend.

Saturday 10 September - Anfe Sunset Hike

Come and experience the pleasant moments of hiking at the coast, while watching the beautiful summer sunset.
This hike is a unique one, blending together the beauty of nature and historical ruins.

We will start our hike from Horshieh, where a very cozy path among olive trees will lead us to a small church called Saidet el Khrayeb. We will then continue among the olive trees until we start seeing the sea. The track will then lead to Anfeh, an old village rich in ruins and caves.

There, you will visit a very old Byzantine church among other historical monuments. The Citadel of Anfeh will be an important stopover in our program.
The citadel is considered a Crusader remain, but it was an important place for many other civilizations. Many historical things like old graves, mosaic pieces, olive presses, and salt pans can be found in and around it. The citadel is characterized by its rock-cut trench (Al-Khandaq). 

The hike will end in a natural cave, well equipped, and furnished in a very special way. There, we will eat some manakish and drink hot tea prepared by a local woman from the neighborhood.
Note: This hike will be one level, an easy one. It will mostly on the tiny streets of Anfeh. 
WHERE: Anfeh
In the north, district of Al Koura
Sea level
65 km from Beirut

WHEN: Saturday, Sept 10

MEETING PLACE: 3: 00 PM in the parking of Sagesse School in Jdeideh, facing the public garden.

PRICE: 65,000 LL per person including transport, guides, insurance & dinner. (Please get the exact change to facilitate and speed up the registration process).

WHAT TO GET: Get some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Get some water to drink. VT members get a 25% discount on sports equipment and apparel found in all branches of Maison du Ski.

RESERVATION: For reservation call 03-91 71 90 or 79-115001. It is preferable to send an SMS from your mobile, giving your name, surname, and the event you wish to join in.

Sunday 11 September - Arz Bkaakafra Hike

Arz Bcharre is one of the most beautiful places in Lebanon. It was nominated, along with the cave of Jeita, to become one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This Sunday, we will start our hike in Arz Bcharre. We will make a tour in the reserve, contemplating a real Lebanese treasure.

Then the group will be divided into level 6+ and level 3.

LEVEL 6+ (23 km) will walk to Arz Tannourine. The path is not too steep. It will end at the entrance of Arz Tannourine. You must be well prepared for long distances. Lunch will be somewhere along the way. It is an exceptional hike, worth all the effort needed. There will be stops for rest, so don’t worry.

LEVEL 3 will take the path leading to Bekaa Kafra, the home town of Mar Charbel. Unesco classified it as a typical traditional Lebanese village. It is a must to see. You will visit Mar Charbel’s house, the cave where he used to pray, and many landmarks of the village. Lunch will be somewhere along the way from Arz Bcharre to Bekaa Kafra.

WHERE: Arz Bcharre – Bekaa Kafra – Arz Tannourine
100 km from Beirut 
2000 m above sea level
WHEN: Sunday, Sept 11
MEETING PLACE: 7:30 AM in the parking of Sagesse School in Jdeideh, facing the public garden.

PRICE: 55,000 LL per person including transport, guides, and insurance. (Please get the exact change to facilitate and speed up the registration process).

WHAT TO GET: Get some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Pack your backpacks with, water, lunch cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Don’t forget a jacket because it gets cold in the shade. Wear hiking shoes or comfortable walking shoes. VT members get a 25% discount on sports equipment and apparel found in all branches of Maison du Ski.

RESERVATION: For reservation call 03-917190 or 79-115001 every day between 8AM and 5 PM It is preferable to send an SMS from your mobile, giving your name, surname, and the event you wish to join in.

Tuesday 13 September - Palm Island 

Our boat ride to Palm Island (Jazeeret el Araneb) is near! Now is the best time to go there. It will be calm and relaxing. The people in charge of the reserve close it down 9 months a year in order to maintain the balance of natural life.

Before going to the island, we will make a tour in Mina and visit Borj el Sbaa.
Then we will take the boat to the island and spend a relaxing day at the beach.
You can get your lunch or have a delicious fish Sandwich on our way back to Beirut. 

WHERE: Jaziret el Araneb (Palm Island)
In the sea, facing Tripoli

WHEN: Tuesday Sept 13

MEETING PLACE: 7:30 AM in the parking of Sagesse School in Jdeideh, facing the public garden.

WHAT TO GET: A backpack with a bottle of water, hat, sunscreen a light snack,
Swimming-suit (wear it under your clothes), towel, and other beach
Things you might need. Pack some lunch too if you’ll need it. VT members get a 25% discount on sports equipment and apparel found in all branches of Maison du Ski!

PRICE: $40 per person including transport, guides, insurance and boat ride.
(Please get the exact change to facilitate and speed up the registration process).

RESERVATION: For reservation call 79-115001 or 03-91 71 90. It is preferable to send an SMS from your mobile, giving your name, surname, and the event you wish to join in.

Saturday 17 September - Shuane Lake Hike

The Shuane Lake is located on the river bank of the Ibrahim River, at the north side of Jabal Moussa Reserve. This reserve extends over a large area and offers exquisite views as well as the special flora and fauna that cover about 6,500 hectares. This lake is, by far, one of the most beautiful places in Lebanon.

As always there will be 2 levels; A hard and easy level:
Level 6 (Hard): we will start by going up a steep hill to “Ibri “village then they will proceed downwards from the other side to the Shuane Lake. The trail is composed of 10 km of steep uphill and downhill.

Level 3 (Easy): we will head out directly to the Lake where they can do a little bit of swimming and take plenty of photos. The trail will be of 4 km, quite steep but not as long as the hard level’s trail.

Both levels will meet afterwards for lunch by the lake then proceed back to the bus.

On our way back, we will see the Phoenician and Roman ruins in Ghineh including the remains of a tomb, a Roman temple and cellars as well as Adonis and Astarte Rock. One may see a massive boulder on which there is a carved bas-relief which made Renan think of the legend of Adonis who was attacked by a great wild boar. These sites are a must see as they are closely related to the history of Ibrahim River. The latter includes many more Phoenician and Roman ruins.

WHERE: Mount Lebanon, Keserwan district.650 m above sea level.
65 km from Beirut

WHEN: Saturday Sept 17 

MEETING PLACE: 7:30 AM in the parking of Sagesse School in Jdeideh, facing the public garden.

PRICE: 60.000 LBP per person including transport, guides, reserve and insurance. (Please get the exact change to facilitate and speed up the registration process).

WHAT TO GET: Get some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Pack your backpacks with water, lunch, a cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Don’t forget to get your jacket. VT members get a 25% discount on sports equipment and apparel found in all branches of Maison du Ski.

RESERVATION: For reservation, call 79-115001 or 03-917190 every day between 9AM and 5 PM. It is preferable to send an SMS from your mobile, giving your name, surname, and the event you wish to attend.

NB: Sometimes, due to reasons beyond our control, slight modifications to the program may occur. Ecotourism rules must be followed, otherwise personal accidents will not be accounted for by the insurance.

Reminders:
 1- Levels 1, 2 and 3 are easy.
 2- Levels 4 and 5 are moderate.
 3- Levels 6, 7 and 8 are hard.
 4- Difficulty is not about how many kilometers we are hiking. It is more about the trail itself and how steep it is and how many uphill and downhill it is included.

Sunday 18 September - Rafting! El Assi Hermel

This time it will be a one day trip to Assi River for rafting. The drive is quite long, but it’s worth every minute of it!
We will stop on our way to visit Mar Maroun Cave, the source of Assi River and the Ammouh in Hermel.

Once you get to Assi, a short presentation on the basics of rafting will be presented. You will be given the necessary equipment (helmet, oars, life jacket). Each raft will carry around 6 to 8 passengers accompanied by a professional coach. Then off you go to experience a wild adventure in the river! The ride is long; you will follow the white stream and cross three or more waterfalls that will pump high your adrenaline! You will surely get wet so leave your phone and camera on land.
After this ride, you will rest and have lunch (trout and regional specialties).

NOTE: This rafting club in Assi is our co-partner. Many of you will probably enjoy doing many rating trips during summer. Just contact Vamos Todos to get your tickets, and you can raft any time you wish.

WHERE: Assi River
Hermel District
150 km from Beirut

WHEN: Sunday, Sept 18
MEETING PLACE: 7:30 AM in the parking of Sagesse School in Jdeideh, facing the public garden.
WHAT TO GET: Towels, swim suits, sunscreen. Don’t forget to get your Lebanese ID or passport.

PRICE: $70 per person including transport, guides, insurance, raft instructor, rafting gear, and lunch.
(Please get the exact change to facilitate and speed up the registration process). VT members get a 25% discount on sports equipment and apparel found in all branches of Maison du Ski!

RESERVATION: For reservation call 03-91 71 90 or 79-115001 between 8am & 5pm. It is preferable to send an SMS from your mobile, giving your name, surname, and the event you wish to join in.

Saturday 24 September - Mountain Climbing Balaa

Mountain Climbing, Rappelling, and  Zipline .

Balaa is very famous for its 250 meters deep natural sink-hole that has been carved by water 160 million years ago! A magnificent waterfall can be observed during winter and spring with water vapors rising up to the surface. The importance of Balou Balaa has spread beyond the Lebanese borders. Balou Balaa is a natural pothole with three separate natural bridges inside it. This natural beauty is a must to see.
We are going to climb and rappel in Balou Balaa.
It is safe. All safety measures are taken: gear, ropes, equipment…etc.
Enjoy it to the utmost.
Let’s see who can make it to the top!

The place is really beautiful. You can hike around and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. 
Moreover, while waiting for your turn to climb, you can try the zipline! It’s a great feeling! Just zip down into the air….pump up your adrenaline!

After a great adventure, we will sit together and have lunch out in the open, sharing all thoughts about this exciting event.

WHERE: Balou Balaa
70 km from Beirut
1500 m above sea level

WHEN: Saturday, Sept 24

MEETING PLACE:  7:30 AM in the parking of Sagesse School in Jdeideh, facing the public garden.

PRICE: 85 000 LL per person including transport, guides, insurance, and equipment. (Please get the exact change to facilitate and speed up the registration process).

WHAT TO GET: Get some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Pack your backpacks with, water, lunch, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Don’t forget a jacket because it gets cold in the shade. Wear hiking shoes or comfortable walking shoes, and preferably long pants. VT members get a 25% discount on sports equipment and apparel found in all branches of Maison du Ski.

RESERVATION: For reservation call 79-115001, 03-917190 between 9an & 5pm. It is preferable to send an SMS from your mobile, giving your name, surname, and the event you wish to join in.

Sunday 25 September - Wadi Al Asswad Hike

Wadi el Asswad is a valley located between Qobayet, Akkar and Hermel. It is dense in trees, and rich in diversity.

We will walk together in one group. It will be a moderate hike, LEVEL 4, about 10 km long. There will be minor ascents and you will enjoy the breathtaking scenery all along the track. You will see a diverse variety of trees such as Iron Oak, Cedars, Fir, Juniper, Oak, Pine…and many more. Moreover, Captain Aref  Kodeih will be with us to give us a detailed description of all the flora and fauna we see around us.

The hike is a loop trail. It will start from Sheer el Sanam. This cliff was where Nabukhaznasar, the king of the Canaanite city, Babylon (605 BC), used to rest on his way to Arka. 
From there, we will go to Wadi el Aswad. The trail, amidst dense forests, greenery and great views, leads to Kahf Beit Wehbe, Jouret el Nemre, and Besten el Lawz.

After the hike, we will go by bus to Morgan, a Lebanese restaurant atop a hill overlooking the whole region. A delicious meal will be a great way to end this memorable day.

WHERE: Wadi el Aswad- Akkar
North Lebanon
2000 m above sea level
155 km from Beirut

WHEN: Sunday, Sept 25

MEETING PLACE: 7:30 AM in the parking of Sagesse School in Jdeideh, facing the public garden.

PRICE: 85,000 LL per person including transport, guides, lunch, insurance. (Please get the exact change to facilitate and speed up the registration process).

WHAT TO GET: Get some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Pack your backpacks with water, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Don’t forget a light jacket because it gets cold in the shade sometimes. Wear hiking shoes or comfortable walking shoes. VT members get a 25% discount on sports equipment and apparel found in all branches of Maison du Ski.

RESERVATION: For reservation call 03-917190 or 79-115001 from 8 am till 5 pm. It is preferable to send an SMS from your mobile, giving your name, surname, and the event you wish to join in.

NB: Sometimes, due to reasons beyond our control, slight modifications to the program may occur. Ecotourism rules must be followed, otherwise, personal accidents will not be accounted for by the insurance. 

Regards, 
Vamos Todos


 
 
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