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Dale Corazon Hiking program of June 2017:

Hiking Trip to Jezzine, on Sunday, June 04, 2017 with DALE CORAZON - LEBANON EXPLORERS.

HIKE LOCATION: Bkassine -Jezzine - South Lebanon
In the south, 900 meters above sea level, 22 km from Saidon.
ENCOUNTER PLACE: Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM
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 TAKE: Take 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 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: 

This time our hike will take place in Jezzine which has many landmarks, such as the old municipality hall and Farid Serhal Palace, a monumental oriental style building. Jezzine is known as the “city of falls” because of its famous waterfall, the Jezzine Falls (40 m high). With regard to traditional handicrafts, the town is famous for its handcrafted knives and other cutlery made of inlaid mosaics and bone. They are prized today as unique mementos of Lebanon.

The name, Jezzine, derives from the Aramaic (Syriac) word, meaning "depot" or "store". Many historians believe that Jezzine served as a storing location for traders because of its strategic location on the caravan route that connected the ancient port city of Sidon to the Chouf, the Beqaa Valley, and to Syria

We will start from Bkassine; a charming peaceful village gifted by nature with a large and exquisite pine forest, covering an area of 1 million square meters, making it the largest pine forest in Lebanon. It is also the last pine forest to the south of Turkey.

HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous.
Level 6 will walk from the intersection and go through the breathtaking pine forest of Bkassine, the walk in the forest is uphill and quite long. The track will lead you to Dhour el Ramleh to see the waterfall of Jezzine, Niha and the Chouf region. From there, you will continue toward the cliff, and then go straight toward a pine forest until you arrive to Rommaneh where there are huge oak trees. 

Level 4 will have a shorter walk in the pine forest. Then from there you will go to Dhour El Ramleh, will get the feeling of being on top of the world! And you will walk along the same track as level 6.
You will visit the village of Jezzine starting from the water source of Jezzine, and you will see how the water is coming out of the tunnel that goes deep inside the mountain. The lunch will be in the village in a local restaurant at the top of the river and we will be served by the local villagers. (It’s very important to support villagers). From there to the souk and if we are lucky you will visit the cutlery workshop and see how they are made. You will walk to the piazza of Jezzine and then to "Our Lady Church" overlooking the spectacular simultaneous sea and mountain views.

Don't forget Jezzine Summer Festival where Lebanon's top pop artists perform and attract hundreds of people each year.
Jezzine's hike is not just a hike in a very beautiful nature, along streams, ponds, huge trees, souk and breathtaking views. It is a cultural tour as well.
This adventure is not to be missed!!!

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

Hike at Balaa - Douma, Sunday, June 11, 2017 with DALE CORAZON-LEBANON EXPLORERS.

HIKE LOCATION: Balaa- Douma/ Batroun Districts 
In the north, 1500 - 1000 meters above sea level, 83 km from Beirut, 30 km from Jbeil.
ENCOUNTER PLACE: Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM
OUR FEES: 42,000 LL per person including transport, entrance to Baatara gorge, insurance and guides. Special price 37,000 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.

DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT: 

Balaa Pit or Baatara gorge waterfall is very famous; it is one of the 10 most beautiful waterfalls of the world. It is a triple natural bridge located by the tiny village of Balaa in the Tannourine area, on the slopes of Mount Lebanon. 
During millions of years the waterfall had eroded a three leveled large dizzying sinkhole. 
The waterfall drops into the Baatara Pothole, a cave of Jurassic limestone formed and discovered in 1952 by French bio-speleologist Henri Coiffait. The cave is also known as the "Cave of the Three Bridges", the three natural bridges rising one above the other - the middle one is the most spectacular, it has an estimated span of 32 meters.
The name Douma is of Greek origin meaning "house", "palace" or "castle". Douma is also derived from the Latin word "Doman" used to designate a Queen (Julia Domna) famous for her beauty and intelligence. Douma's pronunciation derives as well from the Hebrew language word of "doumah" meaning calm and rest. Almost all its houses are made of red brick which make Douma a famous place.
We will start the hike in Balaa by visiting the sinkhole, and then we will go up to the top: it's between Jabal Douma and Jabal Tartej. The view from up there is breathtaking, not to be missed!
Afterwards we will go ahead to Douma, crossing ‘AL Ouadi; it’s a new trail for Dale Corazon, the trail passes through “Sikket Al Sham”, ancient road that was used to join the coast to the Bekaa Valley and then to Damascus where we will visit different Roman wells. Then we will continue to Douma in a pedestrian trail and breathtaking views to be remembered forever. 
Along the way, we will take a break for a picnic lunch while admiring a panoramic view of the area.
At the end we will walk in the old souk of Douma, discover the great landmarks and take a lot of pictures.
HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous.
Our hike will be divided into 2 levels.

Level 5: The track is uphill at the beginning and requires some physical ability, than downhill. Hikers should be able to walk long distances to take this level. 
Level 3: It's a moderate hike with some ascents; we will start by visiting the two biggest sinkholes in Balaa, then the bus will take us to Wata village than Douma; there will be enough time to rest, take pictures and contemplate the views. This level is suitable for those who enjoy nature and don’t want to exhaust themselves. 

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.

CHERRY Picking Day & Tour at Tannourine, on Saturday, June 17, 2017 with Dale Corazon - Lebanon Explorers!!! 

LOCATION : Tannourine-Balaa/Batroun/ In the North 
1500 - 1750 meters above sea level
95 km from Beirut
ENCOUNTER PLACE: Mar Abda Church parking facing the ex-bridge, Jal El Dib @ 8:00 AM
OUR FFES: 45,000 LL per person including transport, guides,1 kilo of fresh cherries, entrance to Baatara Sinkhole and insurance. Special price 40,000 LL for young under 18 years old.
WHAT TO TAKE: Take 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 to get a jacket. Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes that will be suitable to work in a field, in the countryside. 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.

EVENT DESCRIPTION:

Are you ready for a new experience with Dale Corazon? 
It’s about enjoying cherry picking season in Tannourine village, 1600 m above sea level. 
Let us together get the chance to share special moments and delight exceptional activities in nature.
We will start our day by exploring the land and picking cherries; nothing is better than a sweet red cherry right off the tree, the whole family can enjoy it.
Of course, you will be provided materials for work. Also, participants can bring with them gloves if they prefer.
Then we will make a visit in Tannourine village where we can get the opportunity to visit St Challita Old Crusade Church that ages more than 1000 years and later a tour in Balaa, it’s an easy walk down to reach a platform. There, we will see the waterfall of Balaa into the Baatara Pothole“The cave” also known as the "Cave of the Three Bridges", the three natural bridges rising one above the other, and take a lot of unforgettable pictures.

Our lunch will be nearby with the villagers in a small Snack, we will sit together, share and watch the beauty of our nature and you can also have your own picnic.

Afterwards we will march for about 1 KM to visit other gorge waterfall “Balaa Sinkhole”.
For those who would be interested to buy cherries, they will benefit with a discount.

Hiking Trip to Wazzani, on Sunday, June18, 2017 with DALE CORAZON - LEBANON EXPLORERS.

New trail for Dale Corazon.

EVENT LOCATION: Al Wazzani - a village in Hasbaya - Nabatieh. It is located on the banks of the Hasbani River, north of the Israel-Lebanon frontiers. It is 106 km from Beirut, and 425 meters above sea level.
ENCOUNTER PLACE: Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM.
FEES: 70.000LL/person, including transport, lunch, 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

We will go to one of the furthest southern locations in Lebanon, near the Lebanon-Israel frontiers. This perfectly safe location has many planted fields, as well as charming resorts and eateries. 
From there, we can clearly see the following locations:
- The Golan Heights (strategic highland and hills at the southern part of the Anti-Lebanon Mountains. It remains a disputed territory between Syria and the occupied Palestinian territories)
- The Ghajar village (Alawite frontier village on the Hasbani River, half of which came under Lebanese control while the other half remains under Israeli occupation), 
- Bawwebet Fatmeh (frontier gate separating Lebanon from the Occupied Palestinian territories)
- Al Wazzani (small village in Hasbaya - Nabatieh, located north of the frontiers. It stands on the Hasbani river, has numerous planted fields, and at its proximity, you can find the Wazzani spring - the main water source feeding the Hasbani river). 

HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous.
Our hike will be divided into 2 levels:
L2 and L4 will first walk together by the crest of the mountain looking over the Khiam plain. From there, one can clearly see the Ghajar village and occupied territories. No major climbing in view during this hike and it will be a moderate one. 
L2 will walk for a while then go by bus to Hosn Wazzani Resort and await the arrival of the remaining hikers to have lunch together. 
L4 will continue walking through fields, where farmers will be busily planting crops. Hikers will finally reach a location where the Golan Heights and the Ghajar village are only a few meters away!

Before lunch at the resort, those who want can have a swim in the the river (so don’t forget your swimwear). Or, you can tan in the sun or just relax after the hike.

We will eat lunch by the river, at the Hosn Wazzani Resort, which is known for its unique rural style. 

After lunch, we will take the bus to see Bawwebet Fatmeh.

Note: All Ecotourism Rules should be followed including Safety regulations. Otherwise, any accidents will not be recognized by the insurance. Occasionally, due to reasons beyond our control, slight modifications to the event may occur.

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).

You can join our group on Facebook: 
Dale Corazon - Lebanon Explorers يلّا يا قلب (group) andhttps://www.facebook.com/dalecorazonleb (Page)

For more information kindly visit our website: http://www.dalecorazon.com/

Best Regards,
Dale Corazon - Lebanon Explorers


 
 
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