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Dear friends,

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Since the 9th of February is an official day off (St. Maroun's day), here's the best way for you to spend a positive inspiring day: hiking in Wadi Qadisha (Ouadi Qannoubine).

Our hike will start in Haouqa, which is situated in the valley of Qozhaya, the northern branch of the Valley of Qadisha. We will pass by an old house, a convent, a river...accompanied all the way by breathtaking scenes of greenery.

The Qadisha valley (the Holy valley) is one of the most important early Christian monastic settlements in the world. Its monasteries, many of which are of a great age, stand in dramatic positions in a rugged landscape. Nearby are the remains of the great forest of cedars of Lebanon, highly prized in antiquity for the construction of great religious buildings.

The Qadisha Valley is located North of Mount-Lebanon chain, at the foot of Mount al-Makmel and West of the Forest of the Cedars of God. The Holy River Qadisha, celebrated in the Scriptures, runs through the Valley.

The rocky cliffs of the Qadisha Valley have served over centuries as a place for meditation and refuge. The Valley comprises the largest number of monasteries and hermitages dating back to the very first spread of Christianism. The main monasteries are those of St Anthony of Quzhayya, Our Lady of Hauqqa, Qannubin and Mar Lichaa. This Valley bears unique witness to the very centre of Maronite eremitism. Its natural caves, carved into the hillsides - almost inaccessible - and decorated with frescoes testifying to an architecture specifically conceived for the spiritual and vital needs of an austere life. There exist numerous terraces for growing grain by the monks, hermits and peasants who lived in the region; several of these terraces are still under cultivation today.

HIKE DETAILS:

Distance: ~ 12 Km
Level: Moderate
Moving hours: 4 - 5 hrs

TRANSPORTATION DETAILS:

Meeting point: Sports Experts Dbayeh
Meeting time: 07:45 a.m.
Departure: 08:00 a.m. SHARP (sorry for not waiting for anyone arriving late)
Return time: around 06:00 p.m.

We can pick up hikers who live on our way.

We will have a breakfast stop on the way.

COST:

35,000 L.L. per participant to include transportation, guiding and portion of fruit.
30,000 L.L. for groups of 4 and more.

In case of cancellation after Thursday 08:00 a.m., 15,000L.L. are to be sent by OMT. Anyone not showing up on the day of the event has to send 35,000L.L. or 30,000L.L. by OMT.


MATERIAL NEEDED:

- Hiking shoes.
- Fleece or sweatshirt.
- Windproof / waterproof light jacket.
- Hat or cap.
- Hiking poles (optional).
- Sunglasses.
- Backpack containing small lunch for lunch break, 1.5 L of water, energy boosting snacks such as healthy nuts and dried fruits.

SMOKING IS NOT ALLOWED DURING OUR HIKES.


FOR RESERVATION: (by calling or by sending a whatsapp message)


Oliver: 76 131 651
Mariella: 70 97 97 01

See you all 💚

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