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Weekend Getaway to Kawkaba with Green Steps : Edition 2019

SUMMARY
Weekend getaway to Kawkaba : Edition 2019

- Date : Saturday & Sunday 24 - 25 August 2019
- Timing : from Saturday 24/8/19 at 1h00 pm till Sunday 25/8/19 at 07h30 pm
- Meeting point : Zalka
- Activities: Sunset hike in Kawkaba with dinner by the river, overnight in Kawkaba and Rashaya el Fekhar, plantation of symbolic cedar trees, a tour to the frontier villages and lunch stop in Hasbaya.
- Contribution covering guides, the program, transportation for 2 days, accommodation in a Bungalow or Guest House with breakfast and Saturday dinner :
o 130’000 LBP/person in a bungalow for 3 persons (Kev village – Kawkaba or in a guesthouse at Rashaya El Fekhar).
o 120’000 LBP/person in a bungalow for 4 persons (Kev village – Kawkaba).
- The contribution does not include food and/or drinks of Sunday lunch, neither food nor drinks not mentioned in the event.
- A 50% down payment is requested to confirm the booking through OMT or BoB.
- The barbecue dinner on Saturday 24/8 will include (grilled meat, kebab & chicken), hommos, fattoush, grilled potatoes, soft drink and water (alcoholic/additional drinks will be invoiced separately). For any special order for food, please advise the day of the booking.
- Reservation: Thursday 22/8/2019 is the last day for Reservation. PLACES ARE LIMITED. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

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

Overview
Do you want to spend a special weekend in a unique way in the South of Lebanon as every year ?
Join us for an unforgettable weekend in Kawkaba starting Saturday 24th of August 2019 afternoon to enjoy a sunset hike in its nature, sip a cup of wine and have some bites while admiring the sunset beauty, and continue our evening with an outdoor barbecue dinner by the river, and stay overnight in Kawkaba bungalows and in a guesthouse at Rashaya El Fakhar! It’s not all, the following day after breakfast time, we’ll be planting 3 symbolic cedar trees in Kev village, followed by a visit ti a part of the frontier (blue line) villages and having lunch at a local restaurant in Hasbaya at the bank of Hasbani river.
The program is in collaboration with Kawkaba Municipality who is organizing Kawkaba sunset event.

What to Expect

 Schedule of the 1st day – Saturday 24/08/2019 :
Leaving Zalka at 1h00 pm, heading to Kawkaba.
Check-in at Kawkaba Kev village and Rashaya El Fekhar Guesthouse.
Sunset hike will start at 5h00 pm in Kawkaba village until we reach the most beautiful cape of sunset in the village. There, the municipality is offering some delicious bites with some wine for the hikers. You’ll enjoy fantastic scenery and take beautiful photos from there while sipping your wine.
Then we’ll take the bus to the river side for an outdoor barbecue night.
Our journey will end with an overnight in Kawkaba & Rashaya el Fekhar!

Information about the Sunset Hike :
• The hike is of level 4+, for adults and children:
Circuit length: 6 km.
Altitude: between 850 m and 650 m
Total slope variation: 200 m
Effective hiking time: 2 hrs
The hike will be guided by an ecotourism specialist at a moderate rate.

 Schedule of the 2nd Day – Sunday 25/08/2019 :
The day will start with a traditional Lebanese breakfast at Kev village and the Guest House.
Plantation of three symbolic cedar trees at Kev Village.
Check-out from Kev village and the Guest House and heading to the frontier (blue line) villages for a tour.
At the end of the tour, we’ll have a stop in Hasbaya, at a local restaurant for a lunch (lunch cost is not included in the package), “a la carte”.
It will be by then the end of our program and we’ll head back to Zalka holding with us beautiful memories and pictures!

Important Information
• Contribution covering guides, the program, transportation for 2 days, accommodation in a Bungalow or Guest House with breakfast and Saturday dinner :
- 130’000 LBP/person in a bungalow for 3 persons (Kev village – Kawkaba or in a guesthouse at Rashaya El Fekhar).
- 120’000 LBP/person in a bungalow for 4 persons (Kev village – Kawkaba).
• The contribution does not include food and/or drinks of Sunday lunch, neither food nor drinks not mentioned in the event.
• A 50% down payment is requested to confirm the booking through OMT or BoB.
• The barbecue dinner on Saturday 24/8 will include (grilled meat, kebab & chicken), hommos, fattoush, grilled potatoes, soft drink and water (alcoholic/additional drinks will be invoiced separately). For any special order for food, please advice the day of the booking.
• Reservation: Thursday 22/8/2019 is the last day for Reservation. PLACES ARE LIMITED. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.
• Please book your places as soon as possible.
• General knowledge contest and quiz with a valuable prize for the participants
• Needs for the hike: hiking or walking shoes, windbreaker, hiking stick, backpack, water bottle of 1.5 liter min, camera, meal (dry fruits, energy bars, and sandwich), ID card, insurance card, smiley face and full energy.
• The tour will be provided by a comfortable air-conditioned bus, reservation required.
• Meeting time and place : Saturday 24/08/19 at 1h00 pm from Zalka - PLEASE BE ON TIME
• Return time to Zalka: Sunday 25/08/19 around 7h30 pm


N.B.:
- Cancellations without prior notice of 24 hours require a payment of 50% of the full contribution
- Hikers are requested to book their places as soon as possible as they are limited
- 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
Kawkaba is a village in the Caza of Hasbaya, South Lebanon, situated at an altitude of about 550 to 850 meters above sea level, and around 105 kms away from Beirut. Kawkaba is one among the most ancient towns of the Hermon region. To its east is the river Hasbani, and it faces the region of Arcoub. It is a marvelous place, with thousand-year-old olive trees, the oldest in the region, in addition to fruit trees and vines.
Rachaya Al Foukhar is a Lebanese village in the district of Hasbaya in the Nabatiye Governorate in southern Lebanon. It is located on the western slopes of Mount Hermon at an altitude starting at 750 m with the highest summit being at 1,250 m. The village is famous for its pottery handcrafts.

Event organized by the NGO "Oaks and Cedars".

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