YAMMOUNEH – SAYDET BECHWAT Highlights on Sat, April 17, 2021 with DALE CORAZON – LEBANON EXPLORERS
April 17 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Hiking Trip to Yammouneh – Saydet Bechwat (Saydet El Me3aze) with DALE CORAZON – LEBANON EXPLORERS
This time we will enjoy a hike with a special combination: Yammouneh Reserve – Saydet Bechwat, perfect weather conditions and beautiful peaceful scenery.
HIKE LOCATION : Yammouneh – Saydet Bechwat/Bekaa
============= 1370 meters above sea level.
66 km from Chtoura.
WHEN : Saturday, April 17, 2021
ENCOUNTER PLACE : Mar Abda Church parking facing the New bridge, Jal El
=============== Dib, @ 7:30 AM.
50,000 LL/person including transport (comfortable air-conditioned Pullman), professional guides, 5 minutes warming up, stretching, and pictures.
For the foreigner and expatriate people, it’s optional a 10$ only.
Children 18 years old and younger will have a discount of 20%. (40,000 LL per person)
Optional transportation by your own vehicles 35,000 LL/person
DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT:
Yammouneh Nature Reserve, it’s the site of an ancient sacred lake and Roman temple, and rich in water at this time of year.
As for the name Yammouneh, it might come from the Semitic word ‘Yam’ (sea in Akkadian) and so mean “Little Sea”.
Countless streams run down from abundant springs on the heights, one of them known as “Nabaa al-Arba’een”, the Spring of the Forty (!). They then pour into a lake lying at an altitude of 1375m with no other exit than a large sluice at the end of the valley so enclosed, where one sees another small lake with clear limpid waters lying just 3km south of the other and known as “Zeineiyyeh”.
The Yammouneh valley represents a geologic fracture between the two continents of Asia and Africa along the eastern Mediterranean. The fresh water at this elevation and location constitutes a special ecosystem for animals (fish, reptiles, birds), and plants (junipers, abies, Cupressus, and cedars).
HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous
LEVEL 4 (approx. 3,00Hr); will start from the end of Yammouneh, walking along the cliff overlooking the entire plain of Yammouneh. You will see a beautifully built tree-house. On our trail you can take a lot of unforgettable pictures. Then they will head down to the water source; a wonderful waterfall indeed.
Our lunch will be in the village in a beautiful garden facing the waterfall.
On our return to Beirut, our visit will be in Deir el Ahmar to “Saydet Bechwat”.
Diversified..? Yes! You will encounter a lot of things in this hike!
Protect yourself and others around you by knowing the facts and taking appropriate precautions:
Distancing from each other is a must.
Cover your nose and mouth with your face masks. To keep it on, while we are on the bus.
Clean your hands often by using hand gel or other.
WHAT TO TAKE:
Healthy snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits, lunch, water, MEDICAL FACE MASKS, HAND GEL, 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. And occasionally, due to reasons beyond our control, slight modifications to the event may occur.
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At the edge of the lake there are the ruins of a Roman temple whose solid enclosing wall extends over a length of 90m and a width of 65m and encloses a raised foundation for the sanctuary. The local inhabitants will also show the visitor the battered remains of ancient statues. According to Phoenician mythology, Astarte (Ishtar, named Venus by the Romans), was fleeing from Typhon, the evil brother of Adonis, god of darkness and sterility, and turned herself into a golden fish in the lake.
A few hundred people live in a village near the lake on the produce of the soil, with market gardening for potatoes, onions, chickpeas and lentils, vineyards and orchards of apple trees, mulberry trees and fig trees.
Of Semitic origins, the word Bechwat means “initiation” or “facilitator.” The town is famous for its church, Saydet Bechwat (“Our Lady of Bechwat”), which was built over the ruins of a Roman pagan temple by the inhabitants who came to Bechwat from Bcharri at the beginning of the 17th.