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Hiking at Smar Jbeil-Sghar on Sunday, January 06, 2019 with DALE CORAZON – LEBANON EXPLORERS

January 6, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 4:30 pm



HIKE LOCATION                            : Smar Jbeil – Jrebta – Sghar/ Batroun / In the North                

                                                       300-450 meters above sea level, 3 km from Kfifan

WHEN                                           :  Sunday, January  06, 2019

ENCOUNTER PLACE                     :  Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM

FEES                                              : 40,000 LL per person including transport, professional guides, insurance, 5 minutes warming up, stretching and pictures. Special price 35,000 LL for young under 18 years old or group of 5 persons.

WHAT TO TAKE:  Take some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Pack your backpacks with lunch, water, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen.  Don’t forget to get a jacket. Wear comfortable walking shoes, preferably hiking shoes (Professional brand is recommended). 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, mentioned your name, surname and the event you wish to join us on.




This hike is wonderful. First, we will visit a historical church and the citadel of Smar Jbeil, and then we will hike in Jrabta village, visit LBC’s premises where ‘El Wadi’ was filmed, the Monastery and the Museum of St. Rafqa and the ancient Al Qattine Monastery. The hidden treasures and beauty of Lebanon are yet to be unveiled.

HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous

Our journey will start in Smar Jbeil. This name is the derivate of the Phoenician language, which means “the guardian of Jbeil”.

We will see the historical church “Al Sayde” (Ste Mary) built in the 6th Century, and then we will head to the Citadel (Crusader Caste) built in the 12Th century. It has around 367 wells carved into the rocks and deep tunnels connecting the castle to the neighboring valleys. The citadel dates back to the Phoenician era, it was then occupied by the Romans. Also first Patriarch Saint John Maron (685 A.C.) lived in Smar Jbeil castle before moving to Kfarhay. After the Crusades, the village entered under the Mamluks rule in the 13th century, followed by the Ottomans in 1516 AC. The Castle had a main tower showing the entire Mediterranean coast from Jounieh to Tripoli.

After the visit will take the bus to St. Rafqa Monastery, visit the museum.

Now arrived to St Rafqa in Jrabta, everyone will hike in the forest to reach a small church in the middle of the mountain surrounded by trees; we will cross an old spring.

After lunch, will continue walking together in stretch way to Deir el Qattine in Sghar. It is an old and historical Byzantine Church, atop a hill overlooking beautiful views, also known as Saydet el Bzaz, stand inside three caves, with an altar, arcades, arches, and ruins.  

“Sghar” means small in Phoenician language. Sghar is home to some Phoenician stone sarcophagi, as well as many historical churches and monasteries.

We promise you very good & joyful hike; don’t hesitate to book yourself for this event. You will fell in love with these sites.


Note: All Ecotourism Rules should be followed 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.

You can join our group on Facebook: Dale Corazon – Lebanon Explorers يلّا يا قلب   (group) and https://www.facebook.com/dalecorazonleb   (Page)

For more information, kindly visit our websitehttp://www.dalecorazon.com/


Best Regards,


Dale Corazon – Lebanon Explorers

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The Castle (citadel) was built in the center of the village (Samar Jbeil), on a hill showing the entire neighborhood. Most of the historians recognize that the castle was built by the Phoenicians, and was under the Persian Empire control in 555 B.C.

It passed to the hands of Alexander of Macedon’s (the Great) in 331 B.C. In the Middle Ages, the Maronites and their army the Maradaites took the castle as a refuge and it was the Seat of the First Maronite Catholic Patriarch Saint John Maron before he moved to Kfarhay.



January 6, 2019
7:30 am - 4:30 pm


Smar Jbeil


Dale Corazon – Lebanon Explorers
70/986118 - 70/997062
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