Ehmej - Arz Jej Hike with Dale Corazon - Lebanon Explorers

Ready for a new experience with Dale Corazon? Ready to discover an unspoiled forest, cliffs, and splendid valleys?

HIKE LOCATION : Ehmej – Arz Jej /Jbeil
============= 1200 to 1550 meters above sea level.
Arz Jaj (Forest declared by Minister of Agriculture Decision No 499 of 1996).
WHEN : Sunday, May 23, 2021

ENCOUNTER PLACE : Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM
Driving directions to Mar Maroun

50,000 LL/person including transport (comfortable air-conditioned Pullman), professional guides, 5 minutes warming up, stretching, and pictures.
For the foreigner and expatriate people, it’s optional a 10$ only.
Children 18 years old and younger will have a discount of 20%. (40,000 LL per person)
Optional transportation by your own vehicles 35,000 LL/person
There is a 5.000LL Extra entrance fee to the reserve.


Join us this Sunday for a special hike at Ehmej, Arz jaj.

Ehmej is the perfect destination for your adventure. Stunning views and friendly villagers make Ehmej an ideal destination for escaping the city.

‘’Jaj’’ name’s is originally Phoenician, meaning the top, since Jaj is the most elevated town among all the surrounding villages.
Cedars of Jej may represent the first GROVE to be exploited by the ancients and exported to Egypt 5,000 or more years ago and for the construction of the temple of Jehovah in Jerusalem in the time of King Solomon, about 930 B.C.

Some of the oldest cedar trees are there. They are the remnants of the large forest of cedar trees that once covered the mountains. All the area is full of natural rock formations looking like Statues making it a unique place to hike in and some wonderful sinkholes are there.
Between old and majestic cedars, they hide under their branches a small Chapel, which an Arabic inscription dates to the 1860s. It's dedicated to the resurrection.

HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous
The hike will be two levels:

LEVEL 4 (2, 30 hrs approx., at a slow pace) is intermediate. It is a beautiful uphill, smooth walk that will start at Saint George church of Bkarta, Ehmej, and continue straight to Ram where the group will be divided. Then at ‘’ Saki Rechmaya ‘’ you will take the bus to the majestic cedar of Jaj where we can find some sinkholes in that area. You can take a lot of unforgettable pictures.
LEVEL 6 (3.30 hrs. approx.). We will start with level 4 till we reach ‘’Aarbet Marina’’; it turns right to go East crossing the wooded flanks of the rugged ‘’Jabal al-Mablous’’. In spite of some downhill, the trail is definitely uphill, sometimes quite steep. Arriving at a pass, a small valley opens under your feet, Tarouaaj-Jamal; you will follow it for a while, then to its flat northern ridge where the panoramic view. You are now near the first snow pit of our way, "Houwet al-Biyada", where snow remains late. There will be minimal time for rest and photo sessions.

They are surely well worth the hike, for their majestic stature, their eternal verdure, and, when there is a light breeze, their particular perfume and odors fully recompense the effort of a visit that they truly merit after having held out so long against tragic devastation.

Our lunch will be in a beautiful place in the Cedars forest where the views are remarkable. You just have to be there to believe!

Protect yourself and others around you by knowing the facts and taking appropriate precautions:
Distancing from each other is a must.
Cover your nose and mouth with your face masks. To keep it on, while we are on the bus.
Clean your hands often by using hand gel or other.


Healthy snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits, lunch, water, MEDICAL FACE MASKS, HAND GEL, cap, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Wear comfortable walking shoes (Professional brand is recommended) and don't forget to get a light jacket. DC members get a 20% discount on sports equipment in Sports 4 Ever branches.
==There will be a breakfast stop along the way==


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Thank you for not smoking during the trip and following all the ecotourism rules included safety regulations. And occasionally, due to reasons beyond our control, slight modifications to the event may occur.
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