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Hiking at Mazraat El Chouf – El Marej with DALE CORAZON-LEBANON EXPLORERS

JESUS Trail

New trail by DALE CORAZON – L.E.

This week, we choose to hike in a magic valley at Kherbet Bisri, Chouf Region.
The greenery of this area is highly remarkable. The most famous landmarks are the Roman Stairway and the temple.

HIKE LOCATION : Mazraat El Chouf - Bisri / Mount Lebanon /Chouf
============= 920 to 405 meters above sea level.
54 km from Beirut.

WHEN : Sunday, October 18, 2020
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ENCOUNTER PLACE : Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM
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Driving directions to Mar Maroun https://dalecorazon.com/contact/


FEES:
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35,000 LL/person including transport (comfortable air-conditioned Pullman), professional guides, 5 minutes warming up, stretching and pictures.
Optional transportation by your own vehicles. (20,000 LL per person).
Children 18 years old and younger will have a discount of 12.5%. (30,000 LL per person)


DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT:
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Come and experience the pleasant moments of hiking along the bank of “Awwali River”. The magnificent green forest mixed with oak, pine and many other plant species makes the valley one of the best in the world.

Awwali River is located between Mount Lebanon and the South; Bisri River is a part of it. Our walk beside it is just amazing. The scenery will definitely mark our minds and souls with its colorful, fresh and beautiful nature all day long.

We will walk a splendid trail beside the river; we will see very old olive trees. We will cross many bridges; the most famous one is the Roman Stairway and will go across a Roman passage of striking beauty inside the cliff and then we will go to Marej Bisri, the magic valley.
HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous
El Marej is a wonderful place for hiking; our hike will be divided into 2 levels:

LEVEL 4 (approx.9km) it is a downhill and straight beautiful trail. Will start from Roman Stairway at 620 meters elevation. We will experience the fascinating Lebanese wild nature with its colorful trees and herbs, chirping birds, fresh breeze and rushing water. The scenery is really beyond description. We will have enough time for meditation, photo shooting and fun. We will have lunch at the bridge above Al Barouk River and then we will continue to Marj Bisri.
Level 5 (approx.13 km) is a bit tough. The view you get to see from the valley is beyond imagination. You will start from Mazraat El Chouf village at 825 meters elevation and take a trail between the old olives trees that leads to Roman Stairway. We will pass by many springs, wells and cross many bridges. We will have lunch together beside the river, rest a bit and then continue to Bisri village.

Level 6 (approx.16 km) The extra part of that trail is Downhill at the beginning and at 920 meters elevation, requires good physical strength.
On our way back to Beirut, will stop in Joun at Deir al Mokhales Monastery. It is an old and historical monastery atop a hill overlooking beautiful views. It was built in 1711, and stands on an even older site. There is a beautiful church and a collection of icons, manuscripts and religious objects with tomb of the monk Bchara Abou Mrad 1853-1930.
Diversified? Yes! We will encounter a lot of things in this hike!

Protect yourself and others around you by knowing the facts and taking appropriate precautions:
Distancing from each other is a must.
Cover your nose and mouth with your face masks. To keep it on, while we are in the bus.
Clean your hands often by using hand gel or other.


WHAT TO TAKE:
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Healthy snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits, lunch, water, MEDICAL FACE MASKS, HAND GEL, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Wear comfortable walking shoes (Professional brand is recommended) and don't forget to get a light jacket. 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:
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Please Call 00961-70-986118 / 00961-70-997062 and by sending SMS, or WhatsApp mention your name, surname and the event you wish to join us on.

NOTE:
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Thank you for not smoking during the trip and following all the ecotourism rules included safety regulations. And occasionally, due to reasons beyond our control, slight modifications to the event may occur.