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Hiking at Annoubine Valley with DALE CORAZON - LEBANON EXPLORERS

The view you get to see from the valley is beyond imagination. Once there, you get the feeling of peace and tranquility. The spiritual atmosphere reigns over the entire valley.
A Colombian hermit lives in this holy valley.

HIKE LOCATION : Qadicha Valley – Wadi Annoubine/ Becharre and Zgharta Districts
In the north, 1200 meters above sea level, 25 km from Chekka.

WHEN : Sunday, March 01, 2020
ENCOUNTER PLACE : Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM
Driving directions to Mar Maroun

35,000 LL/person including transport (comfortable air-conditioned Pullman), professional guides, 5 minutes warming up, stretching and pictures.
Children 18 years old and younger will have a discount of 12.5%. (30,000 LL per person)
Every 5 coupons can be exchanged for a free hiking trip or
Groups of 4 and plus get a discount of 25%/person (25,000 LL per person)


Annoubine’s history dates back to the 7th century. It has monasteries and sanctuaries spread all over the gorge, in the form of caves or churches.
Since the early centuries of Christianity the Holy Valley has served as a refuge for those in search of solitude. Historians believe that the Kadisha Valley has had monastic communities continuously since the earliest years of Christianity. It was also at times a destination for Muslim mystics, or Sufis, who also visited it for meditation and solitude.

HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous

Level 4, will start from Hawka, visit the hermit, St. Marina and Deir Saidet Annoubine. It is a wonderful place to visit and you will have enough time to contemplate scenery and take pictures. The lunch will be by the river. It is a lovely place, a breathtaking setting. After lunch, you will continue to Mar Licha.

Level 6 (11 km) have about 600 meters downhill and 300 meters uphill. The hike will start from Diman. The track cuts through a bushy forest, all downhill until you reach the old village of Annoubine, where you cross Qadicha River, from there we will continue uphill to meet with level 4 at Annoubine Monastery and continue together as one group. Then the trail becomes minor ascents and descents all the way to power station parking, where the hike ends.
Description of the destination

Saidet Hawka:
There you can see a tiny chapel in a huddle of caves and grottos with the barest remnants of fresco paintings. The Aassi Hawka (cave) in particular, has yielded archaeological items indicating Palaeolithic, Roman, and medieval periods of use. A Colombian hermit now resides there. We will have the chance to visit him.

Deir Saidet Annoubine:
This is one of the oldest Monasteries in Lebanon. The monastery was built in a rocky pit, most probably by Byzantine emperor Theodos the Great in 379 – 395. Deir Annoubine monastery was to become the seat of the Maronite Patriarch in the 15th century and to remain so for 500 years. The monastery was rehabilitated in 1990 and is now used by the Antonine Sisters who welcome pilgrims to spend the night.

St. Marina:
The chapel of St. Marina now holds the tombs of eighteen patriarchs. The chapel of St. Marina stands in the memory of a girl named Marina who entered Annoubine monastery disguised as a monk. (The whole story will be told during the hike).

Healthy snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits, lunch, water, 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==

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