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Hiking Mayfouk - Deir El-Qattara
The village of Mayfouq is located in a lovely mountain area with verdant scenery. It is famous by its Honey Production since the ottoman empire.
Our day will start by a visit to Deir Saidet Mayfouk (1746 AD) to see the oldest Maronite icon in Lebanon (Our Lady of Elige) then we will start the hike and cross beside a traditional water source which will enable us to refill our water supply along the trail.
Then we will visit Saint Charbel cave where he used to pray and continue to Mar Saba abandoned church. The amazing scenery that your eyes catch upon reaching these amazing landscapes is really awesome.
From there the hike will be divided in 2 Levels: 4 and 5.
HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous
Level 4 (8 km) is a moderate hike. We will walk an easy path and pass by Deir Mar Geryes, a beautiful place where we can see a TANNOUR made from clay. Views are fantastic from there; Batroun and Jbeil are easily observed. Our lunch will be nearby, and then we will start and head towards the upper part of Osbeh village.
Later on we will take the bus from the village to the old monastery of our Lady of ILIGE (1120 AD); an ancient church located in Mayfouk -Jbeil, it was the Maronite patriarchal seat for hundreds of years and nowadays it is turn to a national archeological site. It is one of the corners of the holy triangle of Saint Charbel and Sainte Rafka and Saint Hardini.
LEVEL 5 (12 km) is a harder hike with lots of uphill at the beginning. You will meet level 4 at Deir Mar Geryes, then you will go on foot to Ram, and from there you will continue further along a picturesque trail and cross a water source to Qattara to visit Deir Mar Challita (1848 AD). From there the path is downhill and will lead you to the monastery of Our Lady of Elige to meet level 4 once again. It is a great place to end the hike!

Being there is like going back to our grandparents’ roots, experiencing the true rural life!
HIKE LOCATION: Mayfouk/In Byblos district / Mount Lebanon
800 / 1100 meters above sea level.
66 km from Beirut.
WHEN: Sunday, February 23, 2014
ENCOUNTER PLACE: Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM
OUR PRICE: 30,000 LL per person including transport, guides and insurance. 25,000 LL for group of 5 persons or young under 18.
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 in Sports 4 Ever branches.
There will be a breakfast stop along the way.
FOR RESERVATION AND INFO: Please Call 00961-70-986118 or by sending SMS,
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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Dale Corazon.

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