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Yes, the LMT Association has within it a department that can help you plan your entire hike and all its logistics for a supporting fee of $7 per section for groups. You may also contact the LMT on info@lebanontrail.org

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Yes, only during special events. We can put you in contact with tour operators who organize trips on the LMT. You can also register on our site and receive access to a calendar that has a complete list of inbound tour operators and their events. Supporting tour operators are listed under professional members on our website.

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The LMT Association started blazing the trail in the beginning of 2011, so far 77km have been marked with the LMT logo, purple and white, on rocks trees etc.. The association holds periodic trail maintenance events and will continue to blaze the remaining sections.

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For convenience, the LMT is divided into 27 sections including section 0 (Andqet-Qobayat). Trained walkers can therefore cross the entire trail, from north to south in 27 days or less (about 470 km). Hikers with less experience, or hikers who plan to spend more time visiting natural and cultural attractions on or near the trail, are advised to spend an extra week or two to complete the Through-Walk.

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Local guides will typically charge between $50 for half day and $75 for a full day, all per group. Prices are negotiable for longer stays (multiple days) and groups.

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The LMT is generally a safe place and the Lebanese people are renowned for their hospitality. However, it is recommended that you walk with a group or a local guide. Not only does this make your trail experience more enjoyable, but it will also spare you the risks that may arise from hiking alone.

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Foreigners who wish to hike the southern part of the trail (especially sections 25 and 26) need to obtain security clearance from the Lebanese Ministry of Defense. Here, more than anywhere else on the trail, you should walk with a local guide.

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Water quality in rural areas can vary from one location to another. You always drink bottled water but most of the Lebanese hikers drink from the springs along the LMT (nearly 90), here and a foreigner first time drink from a spring, it can sometime make stomach problems.

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There are very few formal campgrounds in Lebanon that offer camping accommodation as well as toilet and shower facilities. The most famous campsite on the LMT is called La Reserve and it is located in Afqa. Other facilities are being established including a campsite in Ain Dara and a picnic area in Jbaa). You may also choose a place to put your tent or "a la belle etoile", but it has always to be away from private lands.

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There are no restrooms available directly on the trail, except in areas where the LMT traverses nature reserves. However, in every village, you can use the restrooms at small restaurants and municipality buildings.

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Lebanon is known to offer four distinct seasons. On the LMT, you will enjoy the specific characteristics that each season has to offer. Spectacular color blends in spring and autumn, snow in winter, and clear blue skies in summer. Heavy fog and torrential rain can be a problem for hikers in winter (December through March) while a blazing sun can be tiring for long-distance hikers in the summer (July-August). Sun bloc is essential during summer.

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You can start walking any section on the LMT (a total of 27 sections) plus section 0 far north. Every section starts and ends in a village. Within any given section, it is recommended that you walk from North to South if you plan to use the LMT guidebook which describes the trail from North to South.

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Not really. The longest distance between any two villages on or near the trail is about 10 km. Our detailed maps are full of helpful details including contour lines, major points of interest and intersecting roads. (You can order these maps online) or buy them at our local office in Baabda. Cell phone network coverage is available on most of the trail.

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