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Mokhtara Hike with Vamos Todos

The Chouf region is by far the best in maintaining and preserving forests and nature. There are many villages that are rich in scenic spots and old historical places. We are going to visit El Mokhtara, Amatour and Bater.

El Mokhtara is a historic town where many traditional houses still stand. This town is famous for being the seat of the Jumblatt family, the leaders of the Druze community in the Chouf. The town is also notable for its beautiful houses, old oil presses, churches, and the historical Mokhtara Castle.

In our hike, we will see very old bridges, built by the Mameluks. You will also cross wooden bridges made from logs, also pass next to small waterfalls and old mills. You will walk by the river and witness the rushing waters. The beauty of the scenery is beyond description.

The hike will be divided into two levels:

LEVEL 3 (6 km) will hike along a loop trail in Mokhtara. You will start hiking along a steep descent on a narrow road. Then, entering the woods, you will follow the riverbank enjoying the sound of rushing water. You will have enough time to take pictures by the bridges and waterfall.

LEVEL 6 (12 km) will start together with level 3 and half way, you will take a path that leads to Amatour where you will cross a wooden bridge to get to a narrow crossing just on the side of a natural ‘pool’. Then the trail becomes uphill to Amatour Village where the bus will be waiting.

After the hike, all levels will meet for a well-deserved homemade lunch.

WHERE: El Mokhtara
Mount Lebanon - Chouf
750 m above sea level
56 km from Beirut

WHEN: Sunday, April 26

MEETING PLACE: 7:30 AM in the parking of Sagesse School in Jdeideh, facing the public garden. (See map on: https://www.vamos-todos.com/Pages/ParkingMap.aspx).
There will be a breakfast stop along the way.

PRICE: 90,000 LL per person including transport, guides, insurance and lunch.
60,000 LL without lunch (Please get the exact change to facilitate the registration process).

WHAT TO GET: Light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits, water, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Wear comfortable shoes such as hiking shoes and always keep a windproof jacket in your backpack.

SPECIAL RATES:
- Children with the age of 10 and younger will have a discount of 25’000 LBP
- Children/ Teenagers between the age of 11 and 18 will have a discount of 20’000 LBP
- University students will have a discounts of 15’000 LBP provided that they present their university card
- Groups with 5 to 9 persons, with different criteria than the above, will get a 5’000 LBP discount
- Groups with 10 or more persons, with different criteria than the above, will get a 10’000 LBP discount

PAYMENT TERMS:
- Cancellation with less than 24 hours’ notice will be charged half-price
- Reservations with less than 24 hours’ notice will be charged an extra 5’000 LBP
(e.g. Cancelling or booking for a Sunday’s event on Saturday will be subject to the above terms)

ESSENTIAL ECOTOURISTIC RULES & REGULATIONS
- Smoking is strictly prohibited during the event
- Always follow the guide on the designated trail
- Do not go off road without notifying the guide
- Do not get close to a cliff especially when the guide in charge tells you not to do so
- Although accidents are covered by the insurance but they remain under the responsibility of the member
- Sometimes, due to reasons beyond our control, slight modifications to the program may occur. Ecotourism rules must be followed, otherwise personal accidents will not be accounted for by the insurance.

RESERVATION: Every day from 8am till 5pm on 03-917190 or 79-115001. It is preferable to send an SMS or WhatsApp from your mobile, giving your name, surname, and the event you wish to join.

COLLABORATION:
- “Sports Experts” is the exclusive sports gear and outfit sponsor of Vamos Todos. Members will get a special discount at all “Sports Experts” branches in Lebanon.
- “LIA insurance” is the exclusive insurance company sponsor of Vamos Todos.

Regards,
Vamos Todos





MOKHTARA
Randonnée

La région du Chouf est la plus active en ce qui concerne la protection de l’environnement et notamment la préservation de ses forêts. De nombreux villages sont riches en lieux pittoresques et historiques. Nous allons visiter Mokhtara, Amatour et Bater.

El Mokhtara, village historique aux nombreuses maisons traditionnelles, fief de la famille Joumblat, leader de la communauté druze du Chouf. La ville est aussi célèbre pour ses belles maisons, ses vieux pressoirs à huile d’olive, ses églises et le château de Mokhtara.
Nous découvrirons de très anciens ponts construits par les Mamelouks. Nous traverserons des ponts en bois, nous verrons des chutes d’eau et de vieux moulins. Nous marcherons le long de la rivière en écoutant le bruit de l’eau.
Il n’y a pas de mots pour décrire la beauté de ce lieu.

Deux niveaux de difficultés pour cette randonnée.

Niveau 3: 6 km environ. Nous nous sillonnerons Mokhtara. Puis départ de la randonnée en pente raide sur une route étroite, nous entrerons dans les bois et nous longerons la rivière. Vous serez charmé par le bruit de l’eau. Vous aurez assez de temps pour prendre des photos sur les vieux ponts et près des chutes d’eau.

Niveau 6: 12 km départ avec le niveau 3, puis en cours de route nous prendrons un chemin jusqu’à Amatour. Nous traverserons un pont en bois pour atteindre par un étroit passage un petit plan d’eau, piscine naturelle. Puis nous monterons vers Amatour où nous rejoindrons le bus.

Nous prendrons notre déjeuner avec le niveau 3 à Mokhtara.

OU: El Mokhtara
Mont Liban-Chouf
750m du niveau de la mer
56km de Beyrouth

QUAND: Dimanche 26 Avril

RDV: 7:30 AM Parking de l’Ecole de la Sagesse à Jdeideh, face au jardin public.
(Voir l’itinéraire sur le site : https://www.vamos-todos.com/Pages/ParkingMap.aspx)
Notre petit déjeuner sera pris en route.

PRICE: 90,000 LL per person including transport, guides, insurance and lunch.
60,000 LL without lunch (Please get the exact change to facilitate the registration process).

WHAT TO GET: Light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits, water, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Wear comfortable shoes such as hiking shoes and always keep a windproof jacket in your backpack.

SPECIAL RATES:
- Children with the age of 10 and younger will have a discount of 25’000 LBP
- Children/ Teenagers between the age of 11 and 18 will have a discount of 20’000 LBP
- University students will have a discounts of 15’000 LBP provided that they present their university card
- Groups with 5 to 9 persons, with different criteria than the above, will get a 5’000 LBP discount
- Groups with 10 or more persons, with different criteria than the above, will get a 10’000 LBP discount

PAYMENT TERMS:
- Cancellation with less than 24 hours’ notice will be charged half-price
- Reservations with less than 24 hours’ notice will be charged an extra 5’000 LBP
(e.g. Cancelling or booking for a Sunday’s event on Saturday will be subject to the above terms)

ESSENTIAL ECOTOURISTIC RULES & REGULATIONS
- Smoking is strictly prohibited during the event
- Always follow the guide on the designated trail
- Do not go off road without notifying the guide
- Do not get close to a cliff especially when the guide in charge tells you not to do so
- Although accidents are covered by the insurance but they remain under the responsibility of the member
- Sometimes, due to reasons beyond our control, slight modifications to the program may occur. Ecotourism rules must be followed, otherwise personal accidents will not be accounted for by the insurance.

RESERVATION: Every day from 8am till 5pm on 03-917190 or 79-115001. It is preferable to send an SMS or WhatsApp from your mobile, giving your name, surname, and the event you wish to join.

COLLABORATION:
- “Sports Experts” is the exclusive sports gear and outfit sponsor of Vamos Todos. Members will get a special discount at all “Sports Experts” branches in Lebanon.
- “LIA insurance” is the exclusive insurance company sponsor of Vamos Todos.

Regards,
Vamos Todos