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Green Hearts Celebration at Domaine de Chouchene

It takes Green Hearts to celebrate 3rd Green Steps anniversary!!
SUMMARY
Special event at Domaine de Chouchene : Hiking, Planting, Rural lunch and celebration of 3rd Green Steps anniversary

- Date : Sunday 20/05/18
- Timing : from 8h00 am to 6h30 pm
- Meeting point : Zalka
- Activities : Hiking, Planting, Rural lunch, village games and Green Steps 3rd anniversary celebration with prizes
- Contribution: 85’000 LBP/adult, 70'000 LBP/student between 14-17 y.old, 45’000 LBP/child 7 y.-13 y., 25’000 LBP 6 y. and below, covering guides, program, rural lunch and transportation.
- Reservation: Thursday 17/5/2018 is the last day for Reservation. PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR BOOKING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AS PLACES ARE LIMITED.
- Booking must be confirmed by a down payment of 50% of total contribution by OMT or Western Union

For info and reservation:
- Roula : 03- 95 32 97
- Gio : 71-72 37 70




OVERVIEW

Join GREEN STEPS on Sunday 20th of May 2018 to spend a special day in a very special place at Domaine de Chouchene – Kab Elias, starting from a beautiful hiking followed by planting cedars with the green hands of its members, enjoying a rural lunch gathering and celebrating the Third anniversary of GREEN STEPS.

In May 2015, GREEN STEPS saw the light and defined its mission by contributing to serve Lebanon and encourage ecotourism with the ultimate target to help in the reforestation of our country focusing on treeless villages and endangered areas, and raising ecological awareness among people and students.
In three years, GREEN STEPS has organized 100 excursions to 100 regions and villages, and planted around 7200 Cedar trees in addition to oak and pine trees.


WHAT TO EXPECT
Our event this year will be located in Kab Elias village, West Bekaa at a very charming place called Domaine de Chouchene.


Program of the day :

 The journey will start with a breakfast stop on our way.
 Hiking to Wadi el Chouchene through green hills full of grass overlooking Bekaa valley, passing by an old French bridge, spring water till we reach Kab Elias down town; then we’ll continue our walk through the old ZAWAREEB of the village visiting the main landmarks till we reach the roman guard tower that has been used by Fakhreddine; Our final destination will be at Domaine de Chouchene, a nice place set in a lush environment in the heart of Kab Elias in the middle of the nature, offering 8,000 square meters of landscaped gardens , bordering Chouchene spring.
 You’ll have a welcoming drink from Arak Touma; followed by a visit to the Domaine.
 Since we cannot avoid leaving our green fingerprints in this beautiful place, we are going to plant symbolic Cedars trees there.
 A delicious rural lunch with delicious traditional food freshly prepared will be followed, which includes:
Lebanese appetizers (salade chouchene, tabbouli, grilled kebbeh with homos and fig, shanklish, homos, baba ghannouj)
Three main stations of : chicken, siyadiyeh, and roast beef with grilled vegetables and potatoes.
Open wine, arak, beer and soft drinks.
 The lunch is a buffet, self-served, seated on old set-up of wooden chairs and tables with a green nature all around and under a selection of old trees hosted by the loveliest Carole and a glass of Wine or Arak in hand.
 The lunch will be followed by village games
 Celebration of GREEN STEPS third anniversary (many surprises are waiting for you).

The trail is of level 4, easy to moderate.
Circuit length: 8 kms.
Altitude: between 1’200 m and 950 m
Total slope variation: 250 m
Effective hiking time: 3hrs
The hike will be guided by an ecotourism specialist at a moderate rate

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
• General knowledge contest and quiz with a valuable prize for the participants
• Needs for the hike: hiking or walking shoes, windbreaker, hat, backpack, water bottle of 1 liter min, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, meal (dry fruits, energy bars and sandwich), ID card, insurance card, smiley face and full energy.
• The tour will be provided by a comfortable air-conditioned bus, reservation required.
• Contribution: 85’000 LBP/adult, 70'000 LBP/student between 14-17 y.old, 45’000 LBP/child 7 y.-13 y., 25’000 LBP 6 y. and below, covering guides, program, rural lunch and transportation.
• Reservation: Thursday 17/5/2018 is the last day for Reservation. PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR BOOKING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AS PLACES ARE LIMITED.
• Booking must be confirmed by a down payment of 50% of total contribution by OMT or Western Union
• Meeting time and place : at 8h00 am from Zalka near “l’abeilled’or” – PLEASE BE ON TIME
• Return time : around 06h30 pm

N.B.:
- Cancellations without prior notice of 24 hours require a payment of 50% of the full contribution
- Hikers are advised to participate in the hike to their own responsibility
- Hikers are asked to follow hiking ethics provided by Green Steps
- Smoking is not allowed during the hike
- In case of force majeure, some modifications may occur to the program
- A Discount of 25% is provided for our members on hiking items at PRO-SHOP ZOUK.


For info and reservation:
Roula : 03- 95 32 97
Gio : 71-72 37 70


INFORMATION ABOUT THE REGION
Qabb Ilyas also spelled Kab Elias, is a municipality in Zahle District, in eastern Lebanon. Qabb Ilyas is 45 kilometers from the capital Beirut. Its average elevation is 950 meters above sea level.
One of Kab Elias historical landmarks is the famous Nabatean Tomb also known as Haydara or the Temple of the Sun.
Another important historical landmark is the ruined wall, originally a Roman guard-tower. It was rebuilt in Crusader times, taken over by an Emir of Baskinta, and then destroyed by the Sultan of the Bekaa. Around 1625, Emir Fakhir El Dine made it into a Druze palace until it was ruined by Darwiche Pacha of Damas in 1822 during the Ottoman period.

Event of Green Steps by the NGO “Oaks & Cedars”

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