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Hiking in 'Assia' with Dale Corazon

This hike in Assia is diversified. You will walk the mountain cliff overlooking the valley of Assia, and along the river bank in the valley. It’s so beautiful.
Assia is a village in the middle of Batroun known for its handcrafted pottery. It is rich in remains of ancient civilizations; you can see sarcophagi, old historical churches and old grape and olive presses. Assia has many springs and water ponds like Saidet el Qalaa Pond.
At the village you will visit one of the pottery artisans who will show you how this traditional craft is done. You can help them by buying handmade products.
HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous
LEVEL 4 The hike will start from the upper mountain of the village’s center. You will visit the important landmarks and the historical monastery of St. Assia and get a clear explanation about them.
LEVEL 5 Will start from the crossroads and head up to Ain Blatt at the rocky tile, is a must to see which is situated in a deep valley with three connected channels. From there you will walk uphill to the village’s center and meet the other group and continue the trail together, where the site offering many scenic spots and adventure.
For both levels the trail leads you to Saidet el Qalaa Pond or The Lady of the Fortress Pond and the waterfall; the most beautiful sight you will encounter where the lake maintains same level of water during the year.
The place there is so peaceful; you will feel it in your hearts. After a rest period beside the waterfall, you will head to a historical church The Lady of the Fortress; it is built in the rocks overlooking great views. Nearby you will see Canaanite sarcophagi and old grape presses. There are many huge and beautiful oak trees. Lunch will be under one of these trees.
Mar Touma Monastery It is a great place to end the hike. It is a beautiful place in the midst of breathtaking oak trees.
Assia’s hike is not just a hike in a very beautiful nature, along streams, ponds, huge trees, and breathtaking views. It is a cultural tour as well.
WHERE THE HIKE : Assia / Batroun / North
800 meters above sea level.
20 km from Batroun
WHEN: Sunday, May 03, 2015
ENCOUNTER PLACE: Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM
OUR PRICE: 35,000 LL per person including transport, insurance and guides. Special price 30,000 LL for young under 18 years old or group of 5 persons.
WHAT TO GET: Get some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Pack your backpacks with lunch, water, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Don't forget to get a jacket. Wear comfortable walking shoes, preferably hiking shoes (Professional brand is recommended). DC members get a 20% discount on sports equipment from Sports 4 Ever branches.
There will be a breakfast stop along the way.

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Note: Ecotourism Rules should be followed like Safety regulations. Otherwise all accidents will not be recognized by the insurance. And occasionally, due to reasons beyond our control, slight modifications to the event may occur.

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