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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 2,072 meters (about 1,870-6797.9 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 generally 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 responsible 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.

 

The Association started to install information panels and directional signs from section 11 to section 3 at the start/end of each section; you will find the LMT blazing (marks/signs - see further below) along the trail and in the villages.

 

The official and only LMT mark - blaze color code is white and purple, they are installed to facilitate the navigation along the trail, exception for sections 18 and 19 no blazing where the trail crosses the Shouf Biosphere Reserve).

 

78 % of the LMT is marked and tested by hikers who do not have previous knowledge of the path. To ensure a comfortable hike along the marked sections you have to be used to walk on marked trails and have a minimum of orientation knowledge, therefore there should be no problem to navigate along the trail. 

 

Most of these blazes are placed on rocks, trees, wooden and electrical poles , walls and other surfaces. In some locations where no trees and rocks are available, you won't find markings, we only put marks on private surfaces after requesting permission from owners. 

 

Due to new road opening or excavations, some marks can removed or disappear, we would appreciate if you contact us and send us the location (if available) and photos where maintenance is requested. 

 

Side trails (trails that connect in a loop certain villages below the LMT main track) and the BLT (Baskinta Literary Trail) are marked with hard yellow (Marigold) and purple blazes.

 

Connecting trails between the LMT and some villages (trails that just link the LMT main track to a village/accommodation) are marked with double purple blazes. 

 

On sections 6, 7 and 9, you will find other blazes in red and white, yellow and white, blue and white, these marks belongs to a network of trails you should not follow if you are walking on the LMT.

 

 

Sections 3,4, 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, 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  

 

 

If you wish to walk section 22 (both directions) it is essential to contact the following number: +961 3 676267

 

For non-Lebanese hikers, walking sections 24-25-26 needs a special permission from the Lebanese Army barrack in Saida, you must attend to the barrack with your passport prior to your hiking dates to get the permission, most of the time permissions are granted in the same day, you will get a number that you might be asked for on army check points. 

 

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

 

Marking of the entire 24km 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, once you pass the spring you have to leave exactly from there, following the paved road, toward Tashea village. This section is not blazed. 

 

- Section 2: if you start from el Qobayat direction you will notice some damage along the trail because of construction. This section is partly blazed. 

 

- Section 3: hiking from el Qemmamine to Kfar Bnine and arriving to the paved road before Kfar Bnine village, you will not find any more blazes, you must continue on the paved road 1,6km toward the village and link again to section 4 toward Bqaa Sefrine. 

 

- 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, please follow the dirt road upward and continue upward toward the 2 concrete water reservoir. 

 

- Section 5: to leave this section from Bqaa Sefrine direction and after reaching Ain el Naasa in Horsh Ehden, walk about 300m and turn right downwards for about 1km  toward the lower reserve entrance.To continue on section 6, you have to retrace your steps upward to walk toward Ain el Biyada (the upper reserve entrance) 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 to Bazaoun, you must walk down 2,2km to the village for accommodation (connecting the LMT to the villages are always marked in double purple). To continue on section 9, you need to retrace your steps or take transfer by car to the same location and continue towards Tannourine. 

 

- Section 11: this part of the trail has seen lot of damage, the path has been diverted and 80% of the diverted part has been marked, there are still 1.6km that has not been marked on the top of the mountain near the Our lady of Sehta church. 

 

- Section 12: accommodation by Ordres of Maltes is not always available. For an overnight  at the end of this section, you must walk down near the Ascension Monastery toward the village of Faraya or take the main road towards Nabaa el Aasal and then to the village of Faraya.

 

- Section 16: there are many private projects on this section; please be advised. Part of this section will be deviated via Jouar el Haouz village and Ouadi el Rmeil. 

 

- 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). No blazing along those two sections. 

 

 

 

The Maps:

 

There are 20 maps for 26 sections (maps for sections 8-13-14-15 are not available). The maps 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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