Hiking from BALOU3 BAATARA to DOUMA on Sunday, June 16, 2019 with DALE CORAZON – LEBANON EXPLORERS
June 16 @ 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Hike at Balaa – Douma with DALE CORAZON-LEBANON EXPLORERS
Balaa Pit or Baatara gorge waterfall is very famous; it is one of the 10 most beautiful waterfalls of the world. It is a triple natural bridge located by the tiny village of Balaa in the Tannourine area, on the slopes of Mount Lebanon.
HIKE LOCATION : Balaa- Douma/ Batroun Districts/ In the north,
============ 1500 – 1000 meters above sea level, 30 km from Jbeil.
WHEN : Sunday, June 16, 2019
ENCOUNTER PLACE : Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM
Driving directions to Mar Maroun https://dalecorazon.com/contact/
40,000 LL/person including transport (comfortable air-conditioned Pullman), professional guides, insurance, 5 minutes warming up, stretching and pictures.
Children 18 years old and younger will have a discount of 12.5%. (35,000 LL per person)
Every 5 coupons can be exchanged for a free hiking trip or
Groups of 4 and plus get a discount of 25%/pers. (30,000 LL per person)
There is 4.000L.L. Extra Entrance fees to Baatara Sinkhole.
DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT:
During millions of years the waterfall had eroded a three leveled large dizzying sinkhole.
The waterfall drops into the Baatara Pothole, a cave of Jurassic limestone formed and discovered in 1952 by French bio-speleologist Henri Coiffait. The cave is also known as the “Cave of the Three Bridges“, the three natural bridges rising one above the other – the middle one is the most spectacular, it has an estimated span of 32 meters.
The name Douma is of Greek origin meaning “house”, “palace” or “castle”. Douma is also derived from the Latin word “Doman” used to designate a Queen (Julia Domna ) famous for her beauty and intelligence. Douma’s pronunciation derives as well from the Hebrew language word of “doumah” meaning calm and rest. Almost all its houses are made of red brick which make Douma a famous place.
We will start the hike in Balaa by visiting the sinkhole, and then we will go up to the top: it’s between Jabal Douma and Jabal Tartej. The view from up there is breathtaking, not to be missed!
Afterwards we will go ahead to Douma, crossing ‘AL Ouadi; the trail passes through “Sikket Al Sham”, ancient road that was used to join the coast to the Bekaa Valley and then to Damascus where we will visit different Roman wells. Then we will continue to Douma in a pedestrian trail and breathtaking views to be remembered forever.
Along the way, we will take a break for a picnic lunch while admiring a panoramic view of the area.
At the end we will walk in the old souk of Douma, discover the great landmarks and take a lot of pictures.
HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous.
Our hike will be divided into 2 levels.
Level 5: The track is uphill at the beginning and requires some physical ability, then downhill. Hikers should be able to walk long distances to take this level.
WHAT TO TAKE:
Healthy snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits, lunch, water, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Wear comfortable walking shoes (Professional brand is recommended) and don’t forget to get a light jacket. DC members get a 20% discount on sports equipment in Sports 4 Ever branches.
==There will be a breakfast stop along the way==
FOR RESERVATION AND INFO:
Please Call 00961-70-986118 / 00961-70-997062 and by sending SMS, or WhatsApp mention your name, surname and the event you wish to join us on.
Thank you for not smoking during the trip and following all the ecotourism rules included safety regulations. Otherwise all accidents will not be recognized by the insurance. And occasionally, due to reasons beyond our control, slight modifications to the event may occur.
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