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Hiking from Deir El Haref to Chbanieh with GREEN STEPS

Overview
Join Green Steps on Sunday 21.1.2018 for a beautiful hike from Deir el Haref to Chbanieh, Baabda Caza, enjoying a variety of green landscapes and inhaling a fresh air, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
THIS EVENT WILL BE REPLACED BY A SNOWSHOEING EVENT FROM “QANAT BAKISH TO SANNINE” IF THERE IS ENOUGH SNOW; AND IT WILL BE REPORTED TO ANOTHER DATE.

What to Expect
Our day will start with a breakfast stop on our way.
The hike will start from Deir el Haref village at an altitude of around 800 M from where we will take natural trails crossing a pine forest, reaching another village called Btebyet. From there, we’ll continue our hike through agricultural trails and another forest of trees and orchards in the beautiful village of Chbanieh. The hike will end in this village, at Mar Ifram convent, where we are going to have our lunch break.
It’s a beautiful trail with plenty of wonderful landscapes to enjoy.

The hike is of level 4+, suitable for adults and children:
• Total Circuit length: 10 kms
• Altitude: 800 – 950 m
• Slope variation: 150 m
• Effective hiking time: 3.5 hrs

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, sponsored by Cozmo City and SOHAT mineral water.
• Needs for the hike: hiking or walking shoes, windbreaker, hiking stick, backpack, water bottle of 1.5 liter min, 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: 35’000 LBP/adult – 30’000 LBP/student 13 to 17 y.old - 25’000 LBP/child from 6 to 12 years old, covering guides and transportation (Please bring the exact amount).
Meeting time and place : at 8h00 am from Zalka near “l’abeilled’or” – PLEASE BE ON TIME
• Return time : around 05h30 pm


N.B.
- Cancellations without prior notice of 24 hours require a payment of 50% of the full contribution
- A minimum of 15 persons is required for the trip to be feasible
- Hikers are requested to book their places, the latest Friday
- 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


Information about the region
Like most villages in the Lebanese mountains, Chbaniye is covered by trees and orchards. It is located amidst a beautiful vast valley which dazzled the French poet Lamartine, so the valley became known under the name of “Lamartine Valley”. It is located 1000 meters above sea level, and 30 kilometers east the Capital, Beirut.

Deir El-Harf is 66 kilometers away from Beirut. Its elevations is of 1120 meters above sea level. It features a very nice pine forest that covers a big part of the village.


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

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