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, email@example.com shoufcedar.org