AD­VEN­TUR­OUS ES­CAPE – EHDEN

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Ehden is a high alti­tude Le­banese vil­lage (1,500m) in the north part of Mount Le­banon. It is lo­cated in the south­west­ern slopes of Mount Mak­mal and Qor­net el Sawda, the high­est peak in Le­banon at 2,088m above sea level. The ori­gins of its name are ob­scured by time and myth; one ex­pla­na­tion is that it de­rives from the bib­li­cal Eden. There are 26 churches and monas­ter­ies in Ehden of which five are ded­i­cated to the Vir­gin Mary and two are ded­i­cated to Saint Ge­orge. Ehden is also fa­mous for its mi­dan, the main square of the vil­lage, its old tra­di­tional houses, as well as the Horsh Ehden na­ture re­serve. A few kilo­me­ters from the vil­lage, 1,450m above sea level, (03 491493; ehde­nad­ven­tures.com; info@ehde­nad­ven­tures.com) site for eco-tourism ac­tiv­i­ties and overnight camp­ing.

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The Ehden Ad­ven­tures camp­site cov­ers 2,000m2. There you can stay in one of their ready-pitched tents or bring your own. It’s also equipped with a pic­nic area and toi­lets.

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En­joy an ice cream stop at the mi­dan of Ehden and eat mezze at (06 561310). The camp­site also or­ga­nizes special bar­be­cues.

Hike in­side Horsh Ehden and ad­mire a mixed for­est of ju­niper, fir and the coun­try’s last pro­tected com­mu­nity of wild apple trees, bor­der­ing patches of cedar. A num­ber of wa­ter sources can be found in Horsh Ehden, the most im­por­tant of which are and Ehden Ad­ven­tures can or­ga­nize eco-tourism ac­tiv­i­ties in the area in­clud­ing hik­ing, archery, paraglid­ing and ab­seil­ing.

Ain Al-naasa, Nabaa Jouit Ain Al-ba­iada.

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