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  • Saturday Dec 22 2012 from 12:00 pm until 12:00 am
  • Sunday Dec 23 2012 from 08:00 am until 06:00 pm
  • Hermel, Beqaa
  • Sports & Outdoor

Christmas Week End in Hermel with BLUE CARROT ADVENTURES & I-HIKE

Hermel lies at the northernmost edge of the Bekaa Valley, 140 kilometers from Beirut and 700 meters above sea level. The region holds a wealth of ancient monuments, stark landscapes and flowing bodies of water.

The Orontes River, which crosses Hermel, is the only Lebanese river that flows northward. Noteworthy sights include the Hermel Pyramid, built in 175 BC and standing at the highest point of the Bekaa Valley. Made from black granite, the pyramid has hunting scenes carved onto three of its sides. Well preserved and impeccably restored, the monument is 27 meters high and is believed to be the final resting place of a Syrian prince. The Mar Maroun Monastery, carved into rocks above the Orontes river, is believed to have been the temporary refuge of the followers of Saint Maron, the holy man who founded the Maronite Catholic sect during the 4th century BC. An architectural splendor, this monastery has become a pilgrimage site for visitors of all religions. The star of the Hermel region is undoubtedly the Orontes River, with its wild waterfalls and crystalline waters. Along the sides of the river, restaurants serving Lebanese cuisine have been built. Here, diners can sample fine Lebanese dishes while enjoying the cooling breeze that constantly blows in from the river. (

To celebrate Christmas, BLUE CARROT ADVENTURES and I-HIKE are organizing a hiking week end on the 22nd and 23rd in Hermel.

We will leave Beirut on Saturday afternoon, visit Kamou3 El Hermel (the pyramid) on our way and then head to the lodges where we will enjoy a wonderful homemade dinner, have a nice party around the soubya and then spend the night in heated lodges with private bathroom.

In the morning, after breakfast, a snowshoeing/ hiking trip is scheduled. After lunch, we will head back to Beirut.

The price of this excursion is $ 70 per person including:

1. Dinner
2. Overnight in a heated lodge
3. Breakfast
4. Guidance for the hike
5. Lunch
6. Assistance of our representative during the entire stay

The price excludes:

1. Transportation
2. All personal expenses
3. Snowshoeing rental fees (if needed, $10/person)

You are kindly reminded to be equipped with:

1. Backpack
2. Hiking poles
3. Hiking boots
4. Sunglasses
5. Hat
6. Gloves
7. Gaiters (if available)
8. Fleece Jacket
9. Windproof / waterproof Jacket or a ski jacket
10. Sleeping bag (if not available, blankets are available on site)

For reservations, call Bechara on 76-553 007

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