10 Hik­ing ideas

You don't need to be a pro­fes­sional hiker to en­joy Le­banon's nu­mer­ous trails. Jad Abou Ar­rage, a ru­ral tourism spe­cial­ist, rounds up a se­lec­tion of hikes to chal­lenge you this sea­son

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Ex­hil­a­rat­ing out­door ad­ven­tures

THE IRON OAK FOR­EST, AKKAR DISTRICT

Level: Easy Length: 5km Low­est point: 1,345m High­est point: 1,528m This trail takes you to one of the most beau­ti­ful forests in Le­banon, char­ac­ter­ized by iron oak trees which rise to a height of 30m. A warm pal­ette of col­ors per­me­ates the for­est, pro­vid­ing na­ture pho­tog­ra­phy en­thu­si­asts with a mes­mer­iz­ing vista from which to draw in­spi­ra­tion. End your hike at sun­set to ex­pe­ri­ence the mag­nif­i­cent glow of golden leaves as they rus­tle gen­tly in the breeze.

Those wish­ing to ex­tend their hike in the re­gion can com­plete Sec­tion 2 on the Le­banon Moun­tain Trail be­tween Tashea and Qemmamine, tak­ing in the diver­sity of Akkar’s ju­niper, cedar, oak and fir forests, and the as­ton­ish­ing views of Mount Mak­mel and Ja­bal Aarouba. Visit lebanon­trail.org for more in­for­ma­tion.

WHERE TO SLEEP (QEMMAMINE)

Abou Draa Guest­house (03 817312) Ali Issa Guest­house ( 70 422453) Abou Moustapha Guest­house (03 148668)

WHERE TO SLEEP (TASHEA)

Abou Mar­wan Guest­house ( 06 895661) Deir Mar Jer­jes (03 810355)

LO­CAL GUIDES (QEMMAMINE)

Hus­sein Abu Draa ( 03 817312) Mo­hamed Taleb (70 937284)

LO­CAL GUIDES (FNAIDEQ)

Mo­hamad El Kik (03 526110) Ahmed El Kik (70 413681)

Photo: Raed Far­ran

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