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Hiking to Birket El Arous bridge & Visit to Dar Al Moukhtara with Green Steps

SUMMARY
- Date : Monday 29.04.2019
- Timing: from 08h00 am to 05h30 pm
- Meeting point : Zalka – near l’Abeille d’Or
- Activities: Explore Dar Al Moukhtara and Hike to Birket el Arous bridge – Stop at Deir El Qamar
- Medium level – 8.5 kms - from 650 m to 550 m – 3 hrs
- Contribution: 35’000 LBP/adult, 30'000 LBP/student between 12-17 y.old, 25’000 LBP/child below 11 y., covering program, guides and transportation, excluding food and drinks (Please bring the exact amount).
- Reservation: Saturday 27.04.2019 is the last day for Reservation.
- Cancellations without prior notice of 24 hours require a payment of 50% of the full contribution

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


OVERVIEW
Join us to discover a nice and authentic village Al Moukhatara, in the Shouf area, to visit Dar Al Moukhtara and hike in a picturesque nature that reflects the old Mamluk era with its old bridges and mills, along a fresh riverbank till we reach Birket El Aarous; ending our day with a stop at Deir El Qamar.

WHAT TO EXPECT
Our day will start with a breakfast on our way.
Once arrived to Al Moukhtara, we’ll visit the Joumblatt Family Palace, commonly known as the Dar al Moukhtara, where you can enjoy the unique beauty and architecture of the palace site. It is also reputed to have unique stone works, engraved on many fronts.

Then we’ll start our hiking trail from the village, going down into the woods of Wadi Al Moukhtara, along the Barouk riverbank supplied from Nabeh Morshed spring, crossing on our way old stone bridges, small waterfalls and old mills.

The Nabeh Morshed spring feeds the barouk river which passes under the village and where you can find old bridges built by stone and particularly the Birket el Arous bridge built in 1507 (from the Mamluk era), one of the oldest bridges that still exists in Mount Lebanon.

Level : Medium – Level 5
Circuit length: around 8.5 kms
Altitude: 650 m - 550 m
Total ascent : 100 m
Total descent : 100 m
Effective hiking time: 3 hrs
The hike will be guided by an ecotourism specialist at a moderate rate.
We’ll have our lunch in nature.
At the end of our day, we’ll have a coffee break in Deir el Qamar before going back to Beirut.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
• General knowledge contest and quiz with a valuable prize for the participants
• Needs for the hike: HIKING shoes, Hiking stick, backpack, water bottle of 1 liter min, wind breaker, camera, 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 between 12-17 y.old, 25’000 LBP/child below 11 y., covering program, guides and transportation, excluding food and drinks (Please bring the exact amount).
• Meeting time and place: at 8h00 am – Zalka, near L’Abeille d’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 Saturday
- 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
- No pets are allowed
- For GREEN STEPS card holders, you can benefit from 20% discount on hiking and outdoor equipment from PRO SHOP – SALEWA.

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


INFORMATION ABOUT THE REGION
Moukhtara is a nice and authentic village on the Barouk River Valley Trail and well known for being the seat of the Joumblatt family. The Joumblatt’s palace was built in the 17th century and rebuilt in the mid 19th century.
The town is also famous for its traditional old houses, its old oil presses, and two El Saydeh (Our Lady) churches. The early 16th century, Baddeh bridge used to link Moukhtara with the villages of the Barouk valley.
The valley near Moukhtara contains many water mills dating to the 16th century and before- such as the Baddeh water mill.

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