Lebanon Mountain Trail
Lebanon's longest distance hiking trail
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 670 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.
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 LMTA organizes only two hiking trips per year (Thru Walk in April and Fall Trek in October).
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 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.
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, till 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).These 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 white 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 and 22 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 and 26 are partially blazed.
If you wish to walk on section 18 to 21 please coordinate with el Shouf Biosphere Reserve:
(+961 5 350250)
The Baskinta Literary Trail (BLT) path is marked with information panels and directional signs, some parts are marked with yellow (Marigold) and purple as well as white and purple where the LMT and BLT meets.
There are 20 maps for 26 sections that are still not updated since 2008.
LMT maps can be bought at the lodging facilities on the trail and at the LMTA office in Baabda
For more information and assistance or help, please send us to email@example.com / WhatsApp +961 3 349537,
If you wish to plan your own hike (including booking lodging, hiring local guide …), click on "Hike the LMT".
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