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
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)