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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 result from both your knowledge and preparations 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 harming it. 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 trail and harm biodiversity

  that you can't notice and 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 a safe place, the LMT, like all the trails in the world, is not without a 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 tips:

 

As you may know, the trail is divided into 26 sections plus the trail of Andqet-El Qobayat, each section connect from a village to another from the start till the end, from South to North and North to South directions, until now there are no information panels and sign posts at the start/end of these sections, you will find the marks at the villages square or at the entrance/exit of these villages (blazes are made with white and purple paint both directions, an exception for section 18 and 19 where the trail crosses the Shouf Biosphere Reserve).

 

The sections are well marked and tested by hikers who do not know the path, the blazes should lead you if you are used to walk on marked trails and have orientation skills, 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 marking.

 

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 location.Side trails (trails that connect villages from the LMT) and the BLT are marked with hard yellow (Marigold) and purple paint, connecting trails between the LMT and the villages are marked with double purple. 

 

 

On sections 6 & 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 and 26 are completely blazed with white and purple marks,

 

Sections 1,2,23,24,25, (18 and part of 19 inside the Shouf Biosphere reserve) are still not blazed, section 3 is partially blazed. 

 

If you wish to walk on section 18 to 21 please coordinate with el Shouf Biosphere Reserve:

(+961 5 350250) or info@shoufcedar.org 

 

For non-Lebanese hikers, walking section 24-26 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 BLT meets, marking of the BLT is not yet complete. 

 

 

Trail changes, diversions and caution:

 

 

- Section 1: This section ends near Nabaa el Beddawi and you must leave toward Tasheaa village for accomodation. 

 

- Section 5, to leave this section and after reaching Ain el Naasa in Horsh Ehden, walk nearly 300m and turn right downward toward the lower Reserve entry, you still need 1000m to reach this point to finish section 5, next day you have to retrace your steps upward to continue toward Ain el Biyada, Ehden town and Qozhaya.

 

- Section 8, walking from Gibran museum toward el Arz, after crossing the stairs you will reach a steep and sliding path, caution is recommended. To end this section coming from Bcharre, you must walk down toward Bazaoun village for accommodation, once you reach a small metal door near a hill lake, take a double purple blazed path toward Bazaoun, you need 45minutes steep decent to reach the village. Next morning you need to retrace your steps or take a car ride to the same location and continue toward Tannourine. 

 

- Section 10, if you start your walk in front of the guest house in El Aqoura village to Tannourine and after crossing 1,2km of distance you will not find any more marks showing your way to Saydet el Qarn pass toward Tannourine, the path has been washed by a hill lake after being damaged. you should find your way upward and continue on the road again, if you are coming down to el Aqoura you will reach a dead end on the dirt road, at this point you need to go back around 200m and find your way down behind the 2 hill lakes.

 

- Section 11, from el Aqoura to Afqa, once you reach the main Afqa - el Mnaitra road you will not find marks anymore to reach Afqa cave, ongoing road enlarging, you have to turn left downward to the reach the cave. 

 

- Section 12, to overnight at the end of this section in Faraya you must walk down near the Assumption monastery toward Faray village or take the main road toward Nabaa el Aasal and then to Faraya.

 

- Section 13, After leaving Kfardebian and reaching the paved road toward Faqra temple, once you arrive on the bridge at the main Kfardebian - Bqaatouta road, road opening has been noticed on this location. 

 

- 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 toward Faqra.  

 

- Section 16, this part of the LMT is under heavy constructions: under Nature Land Resort, and just over Bzebdine - Qornayel main road a huge construction site is noted, also another road opening over Bzebdine village (after crossing the white concrete water reservoir) toward Qorbayel, once you reach those construction sites take your time to find the marks.

 

 - Section 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 village, there is no accommodation location on these two main sections.

 

 

 

The Maps:

 

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

LMT maps can be bought at 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".

 

 

The Accomodation:

 

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

 

You may find the list in the segment "hike the LMT", they are formed of family houses, monasteries, hostels, gites and other forms of lodging. Booking in advance is essential. Average B&B cost + dinner USD 40/50. 

 

No Accomodation in:

 

- Kfar Bnine

- Kaoukaba Bou Arab

- Afqa

 

The GPS:

 

You can find the interactive map of the trail on this main page, BUT, we are working on a new GPS reading for all the trail, this complate path is not yet ready to replace it with the older version but you can request it for better navigation on the trail: info@lebanontrail.org 

 

 

 LMT Blazing Codes: