Saturday, July 29, 2017

Top 10 Hiking Trails in Lebanon

With more and more city and noise pollution, one must escape to nature specially during the summer heat. Even though some of my favorite activities in Lebanon are camping and hiking and even after 15 years of being a girl scout, I only discovered new spots through Nicolas' Instagram account. Luckily, Nicolas was kind enough to share this list of 10 his favorite hiking trails in Lebanon. Enjoy!






#10 Baskinta (Darb El Adab)


Great trail during the spring as the trees make you feel like you're in Japan. This trail is dedicated to Mikhael Nhaimeh, one of Lebanon's best writers.
Baskinta - Dark El Adab

Baskinta - Dark El Adab

 

#9 Arz El Shouf


The trail might be a bit of a dirt road yet this is the largest Cedar reserve in Lebanon. Hiking between hundreds of Cedar trees should be on every person's bucket list.

Arz El Shouf

Arz El Shouf

 

#8 Tannourine


What makes Tannourine very special is the abundance of agriculture and plantations. But most importantly, it has the famous Baatara gorge waterfall (also known as Balou3 Balaa), which is a triple waterfall formed by water carving its way into the rocks.

Balou3 Balaa - Tannourine

Tannourine

 

#7 Ouyoun El Samak


This place is still not very known but it's surely a Lebanon gem. The lake lays between two hills where it separates the Akkar district from the Miniyeh-Danniyeh district.


Ouyoun El Samak

Ouyoun El Samak


#6 Mazraat El Teffeh


One of the most underrated places in Lebanon as the trail is full of rivers and bridges, where you can also spot a waterfall making its way from a forest uphill.


Mazraat El Teffeh

Mazraat El Teffeh


#5 Mokhtara


During Spring, this is one of the most challenging trails as it's slippery and passes alongside a river, but this is where all the fun is!

Source: Image Factory

Source: Image Factory

#4 Chouwen


Chouwen is as magical as people say. Even though the hike is short (only 45 minutes), but it's super rewarding as you will be graced with a beautiful view from the top of the lake where you can later take a dip in!

Chouwen River

Chouwen River


#3 Aamiq Wetlands


Aamiq wetlands are in the middle of the Bekaa Valley. Yes, you heard that right! This trail is full of watery lands and bushes so the best time to go on this hike is in early spring where the water level is still high.

Aamiq

Aamiq


#2 Annoubine Valley


Many people have visited Annoubine Valley but not so many have done a hike in it. This valley is heaven on earth as the trail never gets boring. You have tens of waterfalls along the way, with the best part being the many entries and spots you can take in that valley.

Annoubine Valley

Annoubine Valley


#1 Ammou3a / Ozer forest


Ask any professional hiker what the most beautiful trail in Lebanon is and most will say "Ammou3a". It's a great place full of different types of trees. And once you reach its Ozer (oak) forest, you will be astonished by how tall and majestic these trees are.


Ammou3a

Ammou3a - Source: HangoutLebanon

These are definitely not the only hiking trails in Lebanon, stay tuned for more. 

Public announcement: after camping or hiking or doing a picnic in our beautiful nature, kindly make sure you clean after yourselves, specially remove glass as it causes fire, in particular during the heat!

All photos are by Nicolas Abou Chedid (Instagram), unless stated otherwise on the pic or under. 

FROM LEBANON WITH FUNK

1 comment:

  1. All of these pictures are really impressive and eye-catching. Watching trees and wild animals is the most satisfying thing to do.thanks for sharing it with us.keep posting good post..

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