Back­pack­ing

We got the low­down on back­pack­ing around the coun­try with a cou­ple of Le­banon Trav­el­ers!

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Le­banon is known for its un­du­lat­ing moun­tains, lush val­leys and glis­ten­ing coast­line, mak­ing it a great des­ti­na­tion for back­pack­ers. We spoke to two en­thu­si­asts about the best way to back­pack around the coun­try by draw­ing on their own ex­pe­ri­ences.

JOEY HARB - GO WITH THE FLOW

“Back­pack­ing is a form of low-cost trav­el­ing,” says Joey Harb, an avid back­packer who de­cided to film his four­day trip around Le­banon and post it on Youtube. “We de­cided to film our trip to show back­pack­ers around the world the beauty of our coun­try and to en­cour­age them to come here.”

Harb and his friends man­aged to cover around 70 per­cent of Le­banon dur­ing their ad­ven­ture by hitch­hik­ing from one place to the next and sleep­ing in tents. “The first driver was a farmer who took us from Tan­nourine to Bcharre. The sec­ond was a truck driver who then took us to the Bekaa Val­ley.”

JOEY’S ITIN­ER­ARY

Day 1: By­b­los - Ba­troun - Tan­nourine Day 2: Tan­nourine - Ha­dath El Jebbeh - Bcharre - Deir El Ah­mar - Baal­beck - Zahle - Ch­toura

Day 3: Ch­toura - Qab Elias - Ke­fraya - Maasser El Chouf - Al Mukhtarah - Baak­line

Day 4: Baak­line - Al Mukhtarah - Bater - Jezzine - Mar­jay­oun - Bent Jbail - Ain Ebel - Yarine - Naqoura - Tyre - Saida - Beirut - By­b­los - Ba­troun

MARIO AL ALAM - PLAN A LIT­TLE

“Over­all, the ex­pe­ri­ence was in­sane,” says Mario Al Alam, who spent seven days back­pack­ing around Le­banon. “You chal­lenge your body and mind. You need to be phys­i­cally and men­tally pre­pared for the ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Al Alam and his group pre­pared for their trip by study­ing maps of the Le­banon Moun­tain Trail (LMT) and draw­ing out their route.

MARIO’S ITIN­ER­ARY

Eh­den - Qan­noubine - Bcharre - El Arz - Ba­zoun - Has­roun - Harissa - Arz Tan­nourine - Tan­nourine el Fawka - Au­tostop to Ba­troun

WHO TO CON­TACT

The Le­banon Moun­tain Trail As­so­ci­a­tion (LMTA) is a great ref­er­ence for ev­ery­thing re­lated to the LMT. Maps can be pur­chased from their of­fice (Ghaleb Cen­ter, Sacré Coeur Hospi­tal St., Baabda, 05 955302).

DON’T FOR­GET TO PACK

1. Map and com­pass 2. Sun­glasses and sun­screen 3. Ex­tra cloth­ing 4. Flash­light 5. First aid 6. Wa­ter­proof matches/lighter/can­dles 7. Re­pair kit

8. Dry food 9. Water and fil­tra­tion bot­tle 10. Emer­gency shel­ter 11. Cam­era 12. Por­ta­ble phone charger (or just dis­con­nect!)

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