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Dale Corazon - Hiking program for November 2017:

Hiking at Maroun El Ras- Yaroun on Sunday, November 05 with DALE Corazon – LEBANON EXPLORES.

New trail for Dale Corazon

LOCATION: Maroun el Ras, a small village in the south of Lebanon, at the frontiers with the Palestinian Occupied Territories, around 900 meters above sea level, a 100 Km from Beirut.
ENCOUNTER PLACE: Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM.
FEES: 40.000LL/person, including transport, professional guides, insurance, 5 minutes warming up, stretching and pictures.
WHAT TO TAKE: Take some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Pack your backpacks with lunch, water, cap, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes, preferably hiking shoes (Professional brand is recommended). DC members get a 20% discount on sports equipment in Sports 4 Ever branches.
There will be a breakfast stop along the way.

FOR RESERVATION AND INFO: Please Call 00961-70-986118 / 00961-70-997062 and by sending SMS, mentioned your name, surname and the event you wish to join us on.

DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT

Maroun el Ras is a small frontier village in the South of Lebanon, where people bravely resisted Israelis in the 2006 war, and which was destroyed then totally rebuilt in 2007. 
Yaroun is also a small southern village, where Christians and Muslims cohabit peacefully, and where mosques and churches are found in the proximity of each other. 
The hike will take place in a very safe location. It will be done in coordination with the municipality and security forces. We will start the day with a visit to the frontiers, and see landscapes from Bint Jbeil and its neighborhood from the Lebanese side. And views from the occupied territories, right in front of us. 

HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous
We will start a moderate level 4 hike, and walk all the way to Yaroun, where we will have a stop at an old Othman mosque. 

Our hike will end in a garden built in Maroun el Ras. The view there is breathtaking. You can see immense spaces on the other side of the frontier in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the Golan Heights. We will have lunch at the garden, where you can buy food and drinks from the restaurant within the premises of the garden. 

HIKING LEVEL Moderate. The bus will pick hikers who are tired at several locations along the way

Info: Non-Lebanese must register one week in advance. Names must be submitted to the army for approval. (Full name, father’s name, mother’s name, date of birth, nationality), it’s Passport Photo.

WINE TOUR at Ghazir & Batroun on Sunday, Novembre 12, 2017 with Dale Corazon - Lebanon Explorers!!! 

EVENT LOCATION: Ghazir and Batroun. 
ENCOUNTER PLACE: Mar Abda Church parking facing the ex-bridge, Jal El Dib @ 8:00 AM
OUR FEES : 40,000 LL per person including transport, wineries visit and tasting as well as insurance. 35,000LL LL for group of 5 persons or young under 18.
There will be a breakfast stop along the way.
FOR RESERVATION AND INFO: Please Call 00961-70-986118 / 00961-70-997062 and by sending SMS or WhatsApp mentioned your name, surname and the event you wish to join us on.

TOUR DESCRIPTION:

This time our wine tour will be in Ghazir and Batroun. We will visit the following wineries: TRAPPISTE PRIESTS, IXSIR, and ADYAR ; we will have lunch in Kfifan. 

Lebanese wineries count over 30 nowadays. This ''bijou'' winery, with its clay-limestone vineyards, nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean sea, produce a range of unique wines that capture the spirit of the Levant.

Our tour will start by a visit to Deir el Mokhalles ‘Trappiste Priests Winery’. We will taste wine and local products and have breakfast there.
Trappist is a small winery, producing small quantities of high-quality wine.

Our next stop will be in IXSIR; a truly Lebanese wine, Ixsir blends varieties of grapes found across the country: Batroun, Jezzine and Bekaa Valley. It is a winery that has won 5 medals from London International wine fair. You will visit it, learn about wine production and get to taste its exquisite wine. 

Now without food in your stomachs, the last stop will be in Kfifan for lunch. Kfifan is an old stone house that reflects Lebanon’s authentic heritage and has a shop that sells homemade products, wine, organic foods, and goods. 

The last stop will be in ADYAR, located in the Monastery of Kfifan. Adyar, or Monasteries in Arabic, is a line of wines, made with grapes ORGANICALLY cultivated at a 410m and up to 1600m, and grown on a non-contaminated soil since 2003, which means they are not exposed to any pesticides or chemical fertilizers. You will get the chance to taste the white, red and rose wine. 

Then we will take the bus to visit the historical “St. Stephan’s Cathedral”, walk in the old Souk, go to the “Phoenician wall”, visit “Our Lady of the See” and end our walk at “Makaad el Mir”. 
A cultural tour of Batroun with a walk in the old souk and a visit to the Phoenician ruins will be a great way to spend the day.
As usual, you will enjoy memorable moments among friends! It’ll be great!

Olive Picking Day at DOUMA on Saturday, November 18 with DALE Corazon – LEBANON EXPLORERS.
Olive Picking day with Dale Corazon-Lebanon Explorers at DOUMA!

Join us this Saturday 18th to experience a new type of ecological activity in one the most pleasing place in Batroun district. It’s about olive picking & tour at Douma village.
We will start our day by meeting the villagers who will share with us their experience in olive picking and how it could be done, their attachment to the land as well as their traditions and lifestyle. Then we will be divided into small groups and provided materials for work; the procedure is easy and can be listed by setting the maps under the trees, shaking the branches by hand and pneumatic rakes and filling the crates to transport them to the local press in the village at the end of the day.
Afterwards, we will have the chance to walk in the old souk of Douma, this beautiful village known for its special location and great landmarks, its houses red brick and unique temperate climate. We will be also able to visit the Heritage Museum to discover old handcrafts and listens to the history of Douma
Then, we will have lunch together in a restful place in Douma (guest house): it will consist of local traditional food served for only 15,000 L.L. 
As mention before, we will end our journey by taking the olive to the press where we will have an idea about the procedure of making ‘’olive oil’’. Then we will take the bus to visit "St. John the Baptist Monastery" (Deir Mar Youhanna) - Douma; it is historical.
An event for all ages, the whole family can enjoy it! Early reservation is advised.
P.S: Children will benefit from one more activity on the terrain.

ENCOUNTER PLACE : Mar Abda Church parking facing the ex-bridge, Jal El Dib, @ 8:00 AM.
FEES : 40,000 LL per person including transport, insurance, materials, and guides.
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. Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes, preferably hiking shoes (Professional brand is recommended). DC members get a 20% discount on sports equipment in Sports 4 Ever branches.

There will be a breakfast stop along the way.

FOR RESERVATION AND INFO: Please Call 00961-70-986118 / 00961-70-997062 and by sending SMS, mentioned your name, surname and the event you wish to join us.

Hiking at 'Naher El-Jawz' on Sunday, Novembre 19, 2017 with DALE CORAZON-LEBANON EXPLORERS.

HIKE LOCATION : Rashkida – AJdaabrine- Kfarhay/ Batroun Districts/North 
500 meters above sea level, 11 km from Batroun.
ENCOUNTER PLACE : Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM
OUR FEES : 40,000 LL per person including transport, professional guides, insurance, 5 minutes warming up, stretching and pictures. Special price 35,000 LL for young under 18 years old or group of 5 persons.
WHAT TO TAKE : Take some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Pack your backpacks with lunch, water, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Don't forget to get a jacket. Wear comfortable walking shoes, preferably hiking shoes (Professional brand is recommended). DC members get a 20% discount on sports equipment in Sports 4 Ever branches.
There will be a breakfast stop along the way.

FOR RESERVATION AND INFO: Please Call 00961-70-986118 / 00961-70-997062 and by sending SMS, mention your name, surname and the event you wish to join us on.

DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT: 

The pleasure of hiking in the majestic nature Dale Lebanon!

Nahr El Jawz located in North of Lebanon is one of the most beautiful Lebanese trails; it was listed as a National and Historic Heritage Site on February 24th, 1998 by the Environment Minister. 
The river serves the water mills, irrigated fields, power generators, cafés and restaurants and a part of the water is pumped for domestic use in Batroun and the region. But you will be charmed above all by the various types of trees along the river banks, especially the walnut trees that grow in preference close to water and which have given the river their name. There we will have our lunch.
Historically, Nahr El Jawz valley was the only possible way through which armies could reach Batroun and for that reason fortress of Msaylha was built to protect Batroun from enemy attacks.
The valley offers a varied landscape and it’s considered one of the most enchanting for hiking in Batroun Caza.

HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous.

Due to the topography of the ground and walking beside the river, you are bound to descend and ascendant minor slopes, so the hike will be a Level 4 (9.5 Km), it will be easy. 
First we will visit the tomb of Patriarch Elias Hoayek in Sainte Famille Convent. The trail offers many scenic spots and adventure. You will start walking from the village of Rashkida and head towards the river bank until you reach the bridge of Boxmaya village. The bus will then take you to Kfarhay to visit St. Maroun Monastery.

LEVEL 5 (13Km) will start with level 4, a descent to the river and a wonderful walk along its bank will include some adventurous passages along the border of the water canal. Will continue along a trail leading to old mills and old stone bridges, than you will head up to reach St. Maroun Monastery at Kfarhay village.

Mar Youhanna Maroun (St. John Maron) was the first Maronite Patriarch (702-710). During his mandate, Maronites moved from Syria to Lebanon and made Kfarhay the Patriarchal Seat until 938 when it moved to Yanouh. The skull of Mar Maroun is safeguarded there, you will see it, and visit the precious museum of old books dated back to the 15th century.

In our return to Beirut, our stop can be in Batroun to drink fresh Lemonade.
It will be a nice experience!

Hiking at 'Ammouaa Reserve' on Wednesday, Novembre 22 with DALE CORAZON - LEBANON EXPLORERS.

This time we will enjoy a hike with special combination: Ammouaa Reserve- Fneydik, a trail of our ancestor, perfect weather conditions and beautiful peaceful scenery.

HIKE LOCATION: Qobbayat – Ammouaa 
1300 to 1600 meters above sea level.
120 km from Beirut.
ENCOUNTER PLACE : Mar Abda Church parking facing the ex-bridge, Jal El Dib, @ 7:30 AM.
FEES : 40,000 LL per person including transport, professional guides, insurance, 5 minutes warming up, stretching and pictures.
WHAT TO TAKE: Take some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Pack your backpacks with lunch, water, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Don't forget to get a jacket. Wear comfortable walking shoes, preferably hiking shoes (Professional brand is recommended). DC members get a 20% discount on sports equipment in Sports 4 Ever branches.
There will be a breakfast stop along the way.
FOR RESERVATION AND INFO: Please Call 00961-70-986118 / 00961-70-997062 and by sending SMS, mentioned your name, surname and the event you wish to join us on.

DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT: 
This hike in Ammouaa belong to North Lebanon, is one of the highlights of a visit to Lebanon where the scenery is really beyond description.
Ammouaa is combined of different forest, as junipers, hairy oaks, cypresses, cedars and Cilician firs. The forest of hairy oaks is to be counted among the most beautiful forests in the world.
Ammouaa or Qammoua Nature Reserve is considered most important forest region of Lebanon and important tourist centre, lies in a splendidly beautiful area and protects one of the largest cedar forests in North Lebanon. All info and description of the forest will be described on site.
HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous
Level 4, mostly it’s easy down and beautiful trail, it’s just amazing walking between different forests. The stunning mountainous landscape, with cedars seemingly defying gravity and growing on extremely vertical slopes, is impressive. You will also be able to see Ammouaa camp and rare flowers particular to this high altitude terrain. 

Level 5, is the same, but will cross the Ammouaa camp walking. Rest stops are minimal. The scenery is great, for both levels Will take our lunch under one of these trees (Ozor Tree) where the trees reach the sky. 

After you should visit in Fneydik village the water source “Nabe3 Mgharet Fneydik” where it was caved in the rock about 200 meters.

In our return to Beirut, our stop can be in Batroun to drink fresh Lemonade. Amazing..? Yes!

Hiking at 'Yammouneh' Saydet Bechwat on Sunday, 26 November 2017 with Dale Corazon-LEBANON EXPLORERS.

This time we will enjoy a hike with special combination: Yammouneh Reserve - Saydet Bechwat, Automn weather conditions and beautiful peaceful scenery.

HIKE LOCATION: Yammouneh – Saydet Bechwat/Bekaa 
1370 meters above sea level.
Yammouneh surface stretches for 2952 hectares (29.52 km²). 
66 km from Chtoura.
ENCOUNTER PLACE: Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM.
OUR FEES: 40,000 LL per person including transport, professional guides, insurance, 5 minutes warming up, stretching and pictures. 
WHAT TO GET: Get some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Pack your backpacks with lunch, water, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Don't forget to get a jacket. Wear comfortable walking shoes, preferably hiking shoes (Professional brand is recommended). DC members get a 20% discount on sports equipment from Sports 4 Ever branches.
There will be a breakfast stop along the way.
FOR RESERVATION AND INFO: Please Call 00961-70-986118 / 00961-70-997062 and by sending SMS, mention your name, surname and the event you wish to join us.

DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT: 

Yammouneh Nature Reserve, it’s the site of an ancient sacred lake and Roman temple, and rich in water at this time of year.

As for the name Yammouneh, it might come from the Semitic word ‘Yam’ (sea in Akkadian) and so mean “Little Sea”.

Countless streams run down from abundant springs on the heights, one of them known as “Nabaa al-Arba’een”, the Spring of the Forty (!). They then pour into a lake lying at an altitude of 1375m with no other exit than a large sluice at the end of the valley so enclosed, where one sees another small lake with clear limpid waters lying just 3km south of the other and known as “Zeineiyyeh”.

The Yammouneh valley represents a geologic fracture between the two continents of Asia and Africa along the eastern Mediterranean. The fresh water at this elevation and location constitutes a special ecosystem for animals (fish, reptiles, birds), and plants (junipers, abies, cupressus and cedars).

HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous
There will be two groups: 

LEVEL 4 (approx. 2,30Hr); will start from the end of Yammouneh, walking along the cliff overlooking the entire plain of Yammouneh. You will see a beautifully built tree-house. In our trail you can take a lot of unforgettable pictures. Then they will head down to the water source; a wonderful waterfall indeed.

LEVEL 5 (approx. 3,30Hr); consists of ascending trails at the beginning that requires good physical competencies and walking stick. You will start with the other group and head up to the cliff. From there, you’ll head straight than down to the village, meet with level 4 for lunch at the garden. You will have minimal time for rest and photo sessions. 

Our lunch will be in the village in a beautiful garden facing the waterfall.

In our return to Beirut, our visit will be in Deir el Ahmar to “Saydet Bechwat”. 
Diversified..? Yes! You will encounter a lot of things in this hike! 

Note: Ecotourism Rules should be followed like Safety regulations. Otherwise all accidents will not be recognized by the insurance. And occasionally, due to reasons beyond our control, slight modifications to the event may occur.

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Best Regards,
Dale Corazon - Lebanon Explorers


 
 
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