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Cherry Blossom Hike with Petals and Flutter

Cherry Blossom hike
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Dear cherry blossom lovers:

Lebanon is blessed with a very rich flora, and spring is the season where trees come alive & flowers bloom! Fruit blossoms also happen to flourish in spring, of course. When people think of cherry blossom they think Japan… “Hanami” (the enjoyment of the beauty of flowers) is a Japanese tradition. And people usually plan trips to Japan to view the beautiful cherry blossom flowers.
Well guess what! Lebanon has a beautiful cherry blossom trail, and we are going to enjoy it together!
There are several varieties of cherry blossom trees, and while most of them produce flowering branches full of small pinkish-hued flowers, some of them produce actual cherries.

On the 7th of April, Vinca Libanotica, in coordination with Petals and Flutter floral designers, and Salim Batlouni, hiker and nature photographer, will take you to 3 destinations: Niha fortress, hiking in Niha between the pinky cherry blossom trees, as well as lunch at Country Gate in Deir el Qamar.

We will start our day by visiting Niha fortress or Tyron cave, a famous monument in Niha.

We will then ride the bus to the starting position at an altitude of 1100m. The actual hike starts on a cliff overlooking Jezzine and Bkassine valleys. These pine forests are considered the largest in Lebanon and the Middle East. After enjoying this magnificent view, we will hike on a dirt road between dense cherry blossom trees to enjoy the beauty of pink cherry blossoms, and arrive to another cherry tree orchard bordering an artificial lake. Then our walk will overlook the largest Cedar reserve of the Barouk Mountain.
After this amazing hike, we will head directly to “Country Gate” restaurant located in Deir El Qamar for a Lebanese lunch.
PLEASE NOTE:
- Places are limited. Kindly confirm your attendance by calling Daniel on 70-196750 (Whatsapp/Viber/SMS/Messenger) or by visiting our website www.vincalibanotica.weebly.com and also the Facebook page and group of VINCA LIBANOTICA.
- you need to bring your ID and Insurance card.

Elevations: starting from 1100m - 1260m

Cumulative descent : -70 m
Cumulative ascent: + 150 m

Meeting point: behind DHL - Jal el dib facing the Canadian Embassy (we can pick up the hikers that live on that road, on our way)

Breakfast stop on the road

Departure: 8:00 am from meeting point

Hiking distance: 7 Kms (easy to moderate)

Total hiking duration: 3 hrs

Moving time: 2 hrs

Required materials: jacket to keep warm, hiking boots, backpack, hat, 2L of water, raincoat, sunglasses, sunscreen, healthy snacks, hat, your insurance card.

Fees: 80,000 LBP (including transportation, guidance, reserve entrance to Niha castle, lunch, 5 mns warming up, stretching, and first aid kit but does not include medical insurance. The organisers are not responsible for your medical insurance)

Group of 6 or more will benefit from 1 free Hiking invitation

Date of the event may be modified depending on the blossoming of cherries, event may be cancelled if a minimum number of 12 is not achieved, or for force majeure reasons such as bad weather.

For info and reservation call:
Daniel Salameh: 70 196 750
Petals and Flutter SARL 78 802845
Salim Batlouni: 03 923363

Looking forward to seeing you between the cherry blossoms!

KEEP HIKING, STAY HEALTHY, AND THANK YOU FOR NOT SMOKING ON OUR TRIPS

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