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Lebanon Mountain Trail

    Lebanon's longest distance hiking trail

The LMT Association is not a Tour Operator that organizes daily or weekly hikes on the LMT.

The LMTA is a development association.

In order to promote the LMT, the association organizes only two hiking trips per year, the Thru Walk in April and the Fall Trek in October.

 

The Lebanon Mountain Trail (LMT) is the first long-distance hiking trail in Lebanon. It extends from Andqet in the north of Lebanon to Marjaayoun in the south, a 470-km (293 miles) path that transects more than 75 towns and villages at altitude ranging from 570 meters to 2,011 meters (about 1,840-6,000 feet) above sea level. The LMT showcases the natural beauty and cultural wealth of Lebanon's mountains and demonstrates the determination of the people of Lebanon to conserve this unique heritage. The trail brings communities closer together and expands economic opportunities in rural areas through environmentally- and socially-responsible tourism.

 

                   

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Hikers essential info

 

 

Ensuring a memorable trail experience for yourself and others results from your knowledge and your preparation before hiking, as well as your behavior on the trail. When you hike in nature, including on the LMT, you should enjoy the wilderness without causing any harm.

It is important to understand and put into practice the following principles:

 

- Do not hike alone

- Be prepared for emergencies (fog, injuries, insect bites, torrential rain, heat stroke)

- Stay on the trail (straying from the trail may form additional trails and harm biodiversity

  which you can't notice; it will also cause erosion)

- Do not trespass on private property

- Leave what you find but do not abandon your trash

- Respect wildlife, do not feed or harm insects and animals

- Respect local communities and their traditions, ask permission for photos

 

 

Although it is generaly safe, the LMT, like all other trail in the world, is not without any risk. We always advice you to hire a local guide, the LMT Association is not responsable for any accident that occurs on the LMT.

 

 

 

The Trail:

 

If you decide to walk on the LMT, you should know the following:

 

As you may know, the trail is divided into 26 sections, in addition to the trail of Andqet-El Qobayat (Section 0). Each section connects a village to another, from the start of the LMT till the end, whether from South to North or North to South.

Till now, there are no information panels and sign posts at the start/end of these sections; you will find the LMT blazing (driectional marks/signs - see further below) at the villages squares or at the entrance/exit of these villages (blazes are made with white and purple paint both directions, except for sections 18 and 19, where the trail crosses the Shouf Biosphere Reserve).

 

The sections are well marked and tested by hikers who do not have previous knowledge of the path. If you're used to walk on marked trails and have orientation skills, the blazes should lead you.

Most of these blazes are placed on rocks, wooden poles or metal, walls and other surfaces. In some locations where no trees and rocks are available, you won't find markings.

 

Due to new road opening or excavations, some marks could have been lost, we would appreciate if you contact us and send us the location (if available) and photos of the designated spot.

 

Side trails (trails that connect certain villages to the LMT) and the BLT (Baskinta Literary Trail) are marked with hard yellow (Marigold) and purple paint. Connecting trails, between the LMT and some villages, are marked with double purple sign. 

 

 

On sections 6, 7 and 9, you will find other blazes in red and white, yellow and white, blue and white which you should ignore if you are walking on the LMT.

 

 

Sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 25 and 26 are completely blazed with white and purple marks.

 

Sections 0,2 (18 and part of 19 inside the Shouf Biosphere reserve) are not blazed; section 1,3, 23 and 24 are partially blazed. 

 

If you wish to walk on sections 18 to 21 (and 22 from Jezzine to Niha) from all directions please coordinate with el Shouf Biosphere Reserve:(+961 5 350250) or info@shoufcedar.org  

 

For non-Lebanese hikers, walking sections 24-25-26 needs a special permission from the Lebanese Army barrack in Saida.

 

The Baskinta Literary Trail (BLT) path is marked with information panels and directional signs. Some parts of the trail are marked with yellow (Marigold) and purple as well as white and purple where the LMT and the BLT meet.

Marking of the BLT is not complete yet. 

 

 

Trail changes, diversions and caution:

 

 

- Section 1: this section ends near Nabaa el Beddawi (the spring on the paved road). For accommodation, you should leave exactly from there, following the paved road, toward Tasheaa village. 

 

- Section 3: once you finish the steep ascent from el Qemmamine village toward Kfar Bnine, you will not find any more blazes, until you pass after the quarries and hit the dirt road for few minutes. 

 

- Section 4: at kilometer 3.8 starting from Kfar Bnine village toward Beqaa Sefrine and at the dirt road junction after the apple orchards, there are no more markings. You must then continue upward and avoid going left.  

 

- Section 5: to leave this section and after reaching Ain el Naasa in Horsh Ehden, walk about 300m and turn right downwards toward the lower reserve entrance; you would still need 850m to reach the end of section 5.

To continue on section 6, you have to retrace your steps upward to continue toward Ain el Biyada, Ehden town, Ain Tourine and Qozhaya monastery.

 

- Section 8: walking from Khalil Gibran museum toward El Arz, after crossing the stairs, you will reach a steep and slippery path, caution is recommended. To end this section coming from Bcharre, you must walk down towards Bazaoun village for accommodation. Once you reach a small metal door near a hill lake, take a double purple blazed path (connecting trail) towards Bazaoun. It's a 1-hour steep descent to reach the village.

To continue on section 9, you need to retrace your steps or take a car ride to the same location and continue towards Tannourine. 

 

- Section 10: if you start your walk in front of the guesthouse in El Aaqoura village to Tannourine and after crossing 1,2 km of distance, you won't find any more marks showing your way to Saydet el Qarn pass towards Tannourine. The path has been washed out by a hill lake that was heavily damaged. you should find your way upward and continue on the road again, if you are coming down to El Aaqoura, you will reach a dead end on the dirt road, at this point you need to go back for 200m and find your way down behind the 2 hill lakes. A new path is under prospection. 

 

- Section 11: after you start walking from Afqa cave to El Aaqoura and you cross the main paved road between Afqa el Mnaitra and the Beqaa valley, you need to be aware of road works, road enlarging and construction of a private resort. After you pass this road toward El Aaqoura, you will walk several kilometers before you will find regular marks again, after the small church on the top.

 

- Section 12: to stay overnight at the end of this section in Faraya, you must walk down near the Ascension Monastery towards the Faraya village or take the main road towards Nabaa el Aasal and then to the village of Faraya.

 

- Section 14: walking from Kfardebian to Baskinta, after crossing the paved road between Baskinta and Qanat Bakich at the level of the BLT info panel toward Chakhroub, be advised because the dirt road will be paved.

 

- At the level of Kferdebian/Bqaatouta bridge (on the main paved road) road excavation has been noticed from Kfardebian towards Faqra.  

 

- Section 16: too much private projects on this section, please be advised. 

 

- Sections 17 and 18: to stay overnight on these two sections (end of 17 at Ain Zhalta reserve entrance and end of 18 at El Barouk reserve entrance) you must leave the main LMT trail (at those entrances) and walk down or transfer to Ain Zhalta and/or El Barouk villages, there is no accommodation location on these two main sections. (Always inform the Shouf Biosphere Reserve about your activities in and around the reserve)

 

 

 

The Maps:

 

There are 20 maps for 26 sections (maps for sections 13-14-15 are not available). These are still not updated since 2008. If you are using the maps and you notice differences between the maps and the marks, please make sure to follow the marks.

LMT maps can be bought at some of the lodging facilities on the trail and at the LMTA office in Baabda, Sacre Coeur hospital street, Ghaleb center, 1st floor.

 

For more information about the trail please call the office: +961 5 955302, and info@lebanontrail.org.

 

For emergency on the trail or help: Call / WhatsApp +961 3 349537

 

If you wish to plan your own hike (including booking lodging, hiring local guide …), click on "Hike the LMT".

 

 

Accommodation:

 

Affordable accommodation is available at the start and end of most sections along the LMT.

 

You may find the list in the section "Hike the LMT" of the website. They consiste mainly of family houses, monasteries, hostels, cottages and other forms of lodging.

Booking in advance is essential.

Average B&B cost + dinner: USD 40 to 55.  

 

Accommodation not available in:

 

- Kfar Bnine

- Kaoukaba Bou Arab

- Afqa

- Tannourine el Faouqa, please contact Eco Dalida

 

 

GPS:

 

You can find the interactive map of the trail on this main page at the bottom of the left menu, BUT we are working on a new GPS reading for the entire trail. This complete path is not ready yet, but you can request it for better navigation on the trail by writing to info@lebanontrail.org 

 

 

The Office:

 

Opening hours are from 9h00 to 16h00, Monday to Friday. Office is closed Saturdays and Sundays and on public holidays. The office can assist you in any information you need about the trail and other events. However, it is not the staff job to assist you in organizing your own hike on the LMT. You can refer to the above information and organize your own trip with a tour operator or local guides for every section (please refer to "Hike the LMT" for contact details).

 

 

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