Lebanon Traveler - - AGENDA -

The Shouf Bio­sphere Re­serve (SBR) with more than 500 species of plants wel­comes en­thu­si­as­tic hik­ers to the ex­cep­tional Or­chid Trail, or­na­mented by more than 20 species of or­chids. This 4km trail starts at the Park House of the SBR sit­u­ated in the vil­lage of Maasser El Shouf, and vary­ing from 1100 to 1250m above sea level it passes through an oak for­est to­wards the vil­lage of Kreibeh. Along the trail, you’ll find stunning or­chids in two par­tic­u­lar sites that were iden­ti­fied to con­tain be­tween 8 and 20 species of Or­chids re­spec­tively in Maasser (9,000 m2) and Khreibeh (54,000 m2). Flow­er­ing in dif­fer­ent sea­sons from April to June, the best time to see most of the or­chids is in May (depend­ing on the weather). En­joy the hike with your friends in a group of 5 to 15, with a lo­cal guide. Af­ter com­plet­ing the trail, en­joy a tra­di­tional meal for around LL22,500 per per­son and a stay in one of the nearby guest houses of Khreibeh (Salim Ashkar), Baadaran (Nazih Baz), and Maasser El Shouf (Au­berge St. Michelle and Beit El Hana). LL10,000-LL15,000 de­pen­dent on group num­ber. A botanist spe­cial­ist is also avail­able to guide. Re­serve a week in ad­vance.

Mirna Ri­man in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Dr. Nis­rine Machaka-houri

(nis­rinemachaka.com) Shouf Bio­sphere Re­serve 05 350250/150, info@shoufcedar.org shoufcedar.org

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