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Dale Corazon -Lebanon Explorers - January Hiking program for 2018

Snowshoeing at HADATH CEDARS, Sunday, January 07, 2018

"Fantastic forest of majestic cedar trees” It’s wonderful!!! 

SNOWSHOEING LOCATION: Hadath El Jebbe / Bcharre / North Lebanon 
1500 meters above sea level.
94 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 TAKE : Take 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 on.
and the reservation preferable until 2 days before the event.

DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT: 

Our Snowshoeing event this time will be in Hadath Cedars.
Hadath El Jebbeh is situated at upper part of Qadisha Valley. 
The Semitic root of Hadath means the new. Hadath could mean the new town. 
Hadad was the northwest Semitic storm and rain God and the town could have had a temple dedicated to this God. And the popular tradition claims that the church dedicated to the saint patron of Hadath, Saint Daniel, was built on the remnants of a pagan temple.
Jebbeh is the traditional name of the Kadisha region, called also Jebbet Bsharri in reference to Bsharri the largest town of this region. The Semitic root Gb means well, deep and could be a reference to the deep gorges of the Kadisha. 
In Lebanon, other Jebbeh exist like Jebbet Mnaytra and Jebbet Yanuh.
Hadath is a very ancient settlement. Maronites settled there in the 9th Century A.D. after fleeing the Orontes valley. The town knew its importance during the Crusades. It was destroyed at the end of 13th Century A.D. by the Mamluk army. Going to this period, 8 Maronite mummies of inhabitants were found in a nearby grotto, the 'Assi of Hadath. After its destruction, the town recovered and regained some importance till the end of the 16th Century A.D.
There will be two groups: 
Our walk there will be in the vast white hills till we reach the Cedars forest. Those who wish to have a moderate walk will pass around 6KM (2hours) from the main square of the village to the Cedars Forest there is time for rest and photo shooting. The others will take a longer path for about 9KM (3 hours) till they meet the first group in the Cedars Forest for lunch. There you will be able to contemplate that beautiful white landscape of the area.
Don’t let any adventure go by untried. Live your life to the fullest!!!!

Snowshoeing at LAQLOUQ, Sunday, January 14, 2018

SNOWSHOEING LOCATION: Laqlouq West/ Byblos/ In the North 
1750 to 2000 meters above sea level.
69 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 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: 

Gleaming! This is the meaning of the name Laqlouq, the gleam of the year-round snows! 
Laqlouq is a winter resort, encircled by jagged ridges and terraces bearing thousands of trees. In addition to alpine skiing, Laqlouq is also one of the best resorts suited for cross-country skiing. Mostly visited by families, Laqlouq had its first ski lift installed in 1958, followed by major enhancements to the slopes and the creation of a (very) qualified ski school. 

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: About 6 KM (3 hours) 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. 

Level 5: About 10 KM (3.5 hours) It is a moderate walk with long ascents, but not steep ones. 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 terrain. The scenery is great! Changes from this stage, you will pass through white peaks, giving the impression of being in the sky. The trail will take you to a beautiful lake, it’s quiet and you will have lunch in this beautiful area.
Laqlouq 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.

Hiking at Bentael- Kfarmasoun, on Sunday, January 21, 2018 with DALE    

Hiking through the forest with cultural heritage and archeological sites!! 

HIKE LOCATION: Kfarmashoun - Bentael /Jbeil / Mount Lebanon 
300 to 850 meters above sea level.
8.5 km from Byblos.
ENCOUNTER PLACE : Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM
FEES : 45,000 LL per person including transport, professional guides, insurance, 5 minutes warming up, stretching, pictures and entrance fee to Bentael Reserve. 
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: 
Bentael, in the Phoenician language means God’s home (Beit - EL). In fact, this village dates back to the Phoenician era. It stands royally on a harmonious set of hills at an average altitude of 500 meters over one of the most renowned and important historic capitals of culture the city of Byblos, this Phoenician city that bequeathed the alphabet to the world.
Foxes wander in its valleys and multicolored butterflies sip the delicious liquid of the flowers. Bentael is the first protected area which was developed by a non-government organization in 1981. The reserve is situated in the flight path of migratory hawks, eagles and other raptors and is enjoyed by bird enthusiasts, declared in 2008 as an Important Bird Area (IBA).

Will have the opportunity to get to know a great talented Lebanese artist JOSEPH TOUFIC MATAR. "His eyes embrace all, but he sees in depths beyond what his eyes see, perceiving what only the Spirit can perceive!"
You will visit his museum and studio during our hike. 
HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous
LEVEL 5 (Distance of 12 km - 4 Hrs approx. - Altitude is 450m to 850m) is a combination of uphill and downhill inclinations. You will start from Kfarmasoun village and walk until you reach Meshehlen village where two old historical churches, Mar Edna and Mar Semaan stand and tell about the area history. You will then head to the Reserve and pass though very tall trees glorifying God. You will also notice old hermitages carved in the rocks dating back for more than 1500 years “the St. John’s rock-cut” chapel. This 12th century dwelling is located at 8m above the ground and can be reached from the hiking trail. It is composed of three cavities. Researchers believe that the first one was used for habitation as a refuge in case of attack, the second shelter is the remains of St. John’s chapel, and the third is a water reservoir for approximately 2.5m deep and 2 m wide used to collect rain water. There are stone sculptures as well illustrating “the Sacrifice in the Phoenician Culture” from around 1500 B.C. You will visit the museum of Mr. Mattar and if we were lucky we may meet him and talk to him about his artworks. Afterwards you will walk back to Kfarmashoun in a long amazing trail and you will have enough time to contemplate those incredible sceneries and take a lot of photos. 
LEVEL 3 will take an easier track, after the visit to the old churches of Mar Edna and Mar Semaan, to reach the bird watching tower of the reserve, the attractive spot overlooking magnificent mountains views. You will have some rest, take as many photos as you wish and then continue the hike in the reserve of Bentael with level 5, admiring old hermitages, dense pine forests and great views. Lunch will be outside the reserve. Afterwards you will walk back to Kfarmashoun with level 5 and you will then go visit the studio of JOSEPH MATAR.
On our way back to Beirut, you will pass by Edde to visit Mar Geryes church and Roman ruins around it. It is a great place to end the hike.
Bentael’s hike is not just a hike in a very beautiful nature, along old sites, pine trees, and breathtaking views; It is a cultural tour as well.
Diversified..? Yes! You will encounter a lot of things in this hike!
Note: All Ecotourism Rules should be followed included 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.

Snowshoeing and Wine Tasting Sannine - Baskinta – Khinchara,on  Sunday, January 28, 2018 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, professional guides, insurance, 5 minutes warming up, stretching, pictures & 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.

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.
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. 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: All Ecotourism Rules should be followed included 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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