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Dale Corazon February 2017 Hiking events:

Hike at 3youn El-Samak, on Sunday, Fabruary 05, 2017 with DALE CORAZON-LEBANON EXPLORERS.

HIKE LOCATION : 3youn el Samak/Donniyeh/ In the North 
20 km from Tripoly
ENCOUNTER PLACE : Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM
FEES : 40,000 LL per person including transport, professional guides, insurance, 5 minutes warming up, stretching and pictures. Special price 35,000LL for young under 18 years old or group of 5 persons.
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 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.

DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT: 

It’s one of the most beautiful hikes that will leave wonderful pictures in your memory. 
This hike is different; it is in Donniyeh so grab the opportunity to see winter beauty like the great waterfall before it’s too late. Join us and hike along the bank of “Nahr el Bared”! 
Nahr el Bared is between Akkar and Donniyeh and “3youn el Samak” River is a part of it. Our walk beside it, it’s just amazing.

First we will visit a beautiful lake of 500 m length, 175m width and 10 m depth and walk along the bank of “Nahr el Bared”! (3youn el Samak) until we reach a huge wonderful waterfall, cross it to the end of the valley and return to have lunch in a restaurant beneath the waterfall. 

HIKING LEVEL: 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous.
3ioun el Samak a wonderful place for hiking; our hike will be divided into 2 levels:

LEVEL 3 (Approx. 5.5 Km) will be an easy walk beside the river. In this hike, you will have many reasons to keep your cameras handy. From the moment you start hiking until the moment you stop, there will be scenes you'll want to cherish forever. You will experience the fascinating Lebanese wild nature with its colorful trees and herbs, chirping birds, fresh breeze and rushing water.

LEVEL 5 (Approx. 9 Km) You will take a different and more difficult trail. It is ascendant bare mountain exposed to the sun that will lead you to a point of amazing scenery and landscape. The second part of this trail is descendant toward the river to join level 3 and head to the restaurant. It is a great place beneath the waterfall to end the hike.

On our way back to Beirut, we may stop in Batroun to drink freshly squeezed Lemonade. 
Special..? Yes! You will encounter a lot of special things in this hike! 

Snowshoeing at CEDARS OF GOD, Sunday, February 12, 2017, with DALE CORAZON - LEBANON EXPLORERS.

SNOWSHOEING LOCATION : Bcharre – Bekaa Kafra / North 
1850 meters above sea level.
125 km from Beirut.
ENCOUNTER PLACE : Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM
FEES : 50,000 LL per person including transport, guides, insurance & snowshoes. Cancellation requests must be received at least 24 hours prior to the event start date. Cancellations received with less than 24 hours notice will forfeit the amount of 15,000 L.L. as provision for liquidated damages.
WHAT TO GET : Get some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Pack your backpacks with lunch, water, sunglasses, sunscreen, woolen hat and gloves. Don't forget anything waterproof to prevent your clothes from getting wet. Wear waterproofing walking shoes (Professional brand is recommended). DC members get a 20% discount on sports equipment from Sports 4 Ever at 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.
and the reservation preferable until 2 days before the event.

DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT: 

Arz is a winter resort mostly visited by families. In addition to alpine skiing, Arz is also one of the best resorts suited for cross-country skiing. 

Walk on the white peaks of our beautiful country and enjoy the fresh air and the great landscape. 

As usual, there will be two levels of difficulty.
Level 3: An easy walk, with very light ascents and descents. It is ideal for picture taking. It will be a great snowshoeing session and a lovely day with the group. It is a beautiful and amazing trail of just 5KM. 
Level 5: It is a moderate walk 9KM. This level is strictly for advanced walkers, long delay is not an option. 
Photos shall be taken on the move or when we stop for a break.
You will be able to see rare views particular to this altitude. You 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.
You will encounter Kornet El Saouda peak of 3084 m above sea level and Qadisha Valley.
Arz is a destination for vacationers all year long thanks to its beautiful scenery, dramatic views and pedestrian village.
The hidden treasures and beauty of Lebanon are yet to be unveiled.

''God wants us to love our country''

Hiking trip to ANFEH, Sunday, February 19, 2017, with DALE CORAZON - LEBANON EXPLORERS.

HIKE LOCATION : Anfeh/Koura/ In the North 
Sea level.
63 km from Beirut.
ENCOUNTER PLACE : Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM
OUR FEES : 40,000 LL per person including transport, guides and insurance. Special price 35,000 LL for young under 18 years old or group of 5 persons. 
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 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, mentioned your name, surname and the event you wish to join us.

DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT: 

Anfeh is an old town that goes to the Canaanite-Phoenician era. It was mentioned as "Ambi" in Tall-El-Amarina letters, in the 14th century B.C. It was also mentioned in the Assyrian engravings during the reign of King Asr-Hadoun (681-669 B.C). 
During the Greek-Roman era, Anfeh was mentioned as "Trieres", which means the ship with three rows of oars. 
In the Byzantine Empire, "Trieres" was mentioned in a wider aspect. It was a patriarchal center, and its pastor participated in the Council of Chalcedon in 451 A.C. It was destroyed by the earth quake that hit the Mediterranean eastern coast in the middle of the 6th century (551 A.C). 
In the seventh century AC, Anfeh became a part of the Arab empire. It was mentioned in the Hadith of Prophet Mohammed that Anfeh was a strong barrier in the Roman sea. It is also known that Muawiya, The founder of the Umayyad dynasty, built a part of his military fleet in it.
The Crusades occupied Anfeh early in the 12th century. They called it "Nafin" and rebuilt its marine citadel [The Citadel of Anfeh].
In 1289 A.C, Al-Mamaleek lead by Sultan Qalawun obliged the Crusades to withdraw from Anfeh. They destroyed its marine citadel and threw part of its stones in the sea. Afterward, they made Anfeh the center of a district consisting of Al-Koura and Bcharreh areas. 
During the Ottoman occupation, Anfeh became the administrative center for the Side of Anfeh that consisted of 13 villages and 14 farms. Later, it became the center of Qaza Al-Koura (district of Al-Koura) during winter, and a Serail [The Old Serail] was built in its southern area. 
During the French mandate, Anfeh was an important base. During World War II, a military airport was built in Al-Sawdat, southern Anfeh.
Since the independence of Lebanon, in 1943, Anfeh has been playing a significant role in different social, academic, politic, and economic aspects of the country.
A local Guide will accommodate us and introduce the village from his perspective. 
HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous
The hike will be two levels :

Our hiking level 4, due to its privileged location on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea; it will be easy and beautiful trail of just 7 KM. First we will stop by a natural cave furnished and set up in an exceptional way. Then, we will go in one group and take an easy path leading to “Saidet el Natour”, an old historical monastery, due to its strategic location it was invaded by all kind of soldiers who passed through this area.
Later on we will walk in the old village rich in ruins and caves and visit a very old Byzantine church (Our Lady of the wind) and the Citadel of Anfeh located on a peninsula know as “Rass Anfeh” and considered as a Crusader residues characterized by its rock-cut channel (Al-Khandaq). Our Lunch will be there, we will encounter as well old graves, mosaic pieces, olive presses and Phoenician salt pans, where you can take a lot of unforgettable pictures.
Level 5 will have extension for the trail. Where will discover more landmarks in Anfeh.
At the end we will walk in Anfeh, discover the great landmarks like the Salinas, wind wheels, hills and caves. 

On our way back to Beirut, we may stop in Batroun to drink fresh Lemonade. 
Diversified..? Yes! You will encounter a lot of things in this hike!

Snowshoeing and Wine Tasting Sannine - Baskinta - Khinchara, on February 26, 2017 with DALE CORAZON-LEBANON EXPLORERS.

SNOWSHOEING LOCATION : Baskinta/Sannine / Mount Lebanon 
1850 meters above sea level.
43 km from Beirut.
ENCOUNTER PLACE : Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM
OUR FEES : 50,000 LL per person including transport, guides, insurance & snowshoes.
Optional entrance to the Museum 3,000 LL. Cancellation requests must be received at least 24 hours prior to the event start date. Cancellations received with less than 24 hours notice will forfeit the amount of 15,000 L.L. as provision for liquidated damages.
WHAT TO GET : Get some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Pack your backpacks with lunch, water, sunglasses, sunscreen, woolen hat and gloves. Don't forget anything waterproof to prevent your clothes from getting wet. Wear waterproofing walking shoes (Professional brand is recommended). DC members get a 20% discount on sports equipment from Sports 4 Ever at branches.
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.
and the reservation preferable until 2 days before the event.

DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT: 

Mount Sannine is a mountain in the Mount Lebanon range. Its highest point is 2,628 m above sea level and can be seen easily from any point of the coast. Mount Sannine, which has a base of limestone, is the source of many mountain springs.

Baskinta is a Lebanese village situated at an altitude ranging from 1250 meters above sea level at its lowest point, to 1800 meters at Qanat Bakish. Baskinta is renowned for its natural beauty and moderate climate. It is the birthplace of Mikhail Naime. Baskinta is becoming a cycling spot for mountain biking amateurs with plenty of technical off road trails and a developed cycling community. It was also the capital city of the Syriac Christian state of Marada and was known as “The Wisdom House”. Baskinta is also known for the variety of its fruit especially apples and vineyards.
We will go visit the tomb of Mikhail Naimy. He is a Lebanese Poet, Novelist and Philosopher (1889 – 1988). Major figure of modern Arabic literature and co-founder, along with Khalil Gibran, Amin Rihani, and others, of the literary society in New York know as Al-Rabita Al-Qalamiya (The Pen League).

There will be two levels of difficulty. 
Although both levels will be walking the same area, low level around 5KM (2hours),the harder level about 7KM (3 hours)will take the steeper hills and the longer path. The harder level will reach the top to the summit, where views of the whole region can be seen.

Both levels will meet for lunch at a lovely small white Monastery hidden in the heart of the massif; there you can take lots of nice pictures.

On the way back, we will head to Khinchara for wine tasting and visit Deir Mar Youhanna where “Al-Shamas Abdullah Zakher” founded the first Arabic printing press in Lebanon in 1734. It operated from 1734 till1899. Optional entrance to the Museum 3,000 LL. The monastery is very old and historical; it is beautifully built, with ancient vaults and arches. You can also buy homemade food products and homemade wine.
The hidden treasures and beauty of Lebanon are yet to be unveiled.

Note: Ecotourism Rules should be followed like Safety regulations.Otherwise all accidents will not berecognized 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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