MOKHTARA Highlights with DALE CORAZON

Hike at El Mokhtara - Bater with DALE CORAZON-LEBANON EXPLORERS

We choose this time to hike in Mokhtara Valley in Chouf Region.
The greenery of this area is highly remarkable. Villages are ornamented with brick roof houses and castles, old traditional souks, old mills and presses. The most famous sites of Chouf are Beit El Dine Castle, Moussa Castle, Jumblat Castle.

HIKE LOCATION : El Mokhtara / Mount Lebanon /Chouf
============= 750 meters above sea level.
54 km from Beirut.

WHEN : Sun, April 18, 2021
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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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50,000 LL/person including transport (comfortable air-conditioned Pullman), professional guides, 5 minutes warming up, stretching, and pictures.
For the foreigner and expatriate people, it’s optional a 10$ only.
Children 18 years old and younger will have a discount of 20%. (40,000 LL per person)
Optional transportation by your own vehicles 35,000 LL/person
There is a 5.000 LL Extra entrance fee to the reserve.


DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT:
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Mokhtara - seat of Jumblat Family, the leader of Druze Community in Lebanon, will definitely mark your minds and souls with its colorful, fresh and beautiful nature all day long.

We will walk a splendid trail beside the river; our sky will be even green. We will cross many bridges; the most famous one is the The Birket El Arous Bridge. It was built at the end of the Mamluk era, as indicates the Arabic inscription engraved on one of its stones “Month of Safar, year 913 Hijri, 1507 AD”. It is a part of a complex network of bridges and trails built in the valley of Barouk by the Mamluks and later the Ottomans.
HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous

LEVEL 3 (4 km) will walk a loop trail in Mokhtara and will start from Our Lady Church. You 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. You will have enough time for meditation, photo shooting and fun. You will have lunch at the Bride bridge and then you will go to visit Jumblat Castle and maybe meet Mr. Walid Jumblat.

Level 5 (11 km) is a bit tough. The view you get to see from the valley is beyond imagination. You will start with level 3 and split at some point to take a trail that leads to Amatour. You will pass by many mills and cross many bridges; the last one is a wooden one beside a natural ‘pool’. You will have lunch somewhere beside the river, rest a bit and then continue to Bater.

Level 6 (15 km) This part of the trail is uphill at the end and requires good physical strength.
Don’t let any adventure go by untried. Live your life to the fullest!

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.
Diversified? Yes! You will enjoy it!

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.

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