Ras El Metn Highlights – Hiking at Lamartine Valley on Sunday, April 07, 2019 with DALE CORAZON – LEBANON EXPLORERS
April 7 @ 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
New Trail by Dale Corazon – L.E.
Hiking at Ras El Metn in Lamartine valley with DALE CORAZON – LEBANON EXPLORERS!!!
HIKE LOCATION : Ras El Metn -Lamartine Valley , 20 Km from Beirut.
800 m above sea level
WHEN : Sunday, April 07, 2019
ENCOUNTER PLACE : Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM
Driving directions to Mar Maroun https://dalecorazon.com/contact/
OUR 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.
Make your group of 4 persons (& more) and get a 25% discount/person. (30,000 LL per person)
WHAT TO TAKE : Take some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Pack your backpacks with lunch, water, cap and sunglasses. Don’t forget to bring a jacket as it may get cold. Wear comfortable walking shoes, preferably hiking shoes (Professional brand is recommended). DC members get a 20% discount on sports equipment from 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, mention your name, surname and the event you wish to join us on.
DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT:
Come and experience the adventure of hiking along the iconic Lamartine Valley. This area rich in pine trees is one of the most preserved and panoramic areas of Mount Lebanon. It has many sections for hiking, and we will start our trek in Ras El Metn.
This valley takes its name from Alphonse de Lamartine (1790-1869), the French poet and politician who travelled and spend time in Lebanon, Syria and the Holy Land. Enamored by the landscape of Lebanon he wrote about it extensively in his literature. This area we will see was described in his book “Voyage en Orient”. Ras El Metn is known for its pine trees, which are rich in valuable pine nuts. Olives, grapes, figs, apricots and other fruits are also grown there as well.
Around Ras El Metn we will see a number of interesting sights: Nabah Ain El Marj (a spring dating back 1472), ancient tombs carved into rocky cliffs, a large serial (1755), and grottos. We will also see Deir Mar Youhana, an ancient abandoned monastery on a hilltop offering sweeping views of Bhamdoun to Ktaleh.
As usual, the hike will be divided into two levels. LEVEL 6 and LEVEL 4.
HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous/advanced
Level 4 (8 km, approx. 2:30Hr)
This hike will be mostly a mix of flat and downhill with some uphill stretch. We will walk among pine trees and see old heritage homes and bridges. We will also see the water source of Nabeh el Delbi, which supplies Beirut with water. We will continue uphill to Deir Mar Youhana in Shehlen. We will continue along the riverbank and end the hike at Ain Sheikh Hassan Halawi, another fresh water source.
Level 6 (13 km. approx. 3:30Hr) The track offers a panoramic breathtaking view in both directions, starts from the village of Qortada with downhill and uphill stretches until the water source of Ras El Metn. From there another uphill stretch will take us to the trail of level 4, and we will continue together until Ain Sheikh Hassan Halawi spring.
We will rest and eat lunch at the riverbank. At the end of the hike we will go to the village to see the Serail (Government House) and the municipality of Ras El Metn. Perched on a hill, the Serail was built by the Lamayeen Princes in 1775. We can admire the elegant courtyard and the bell tower.
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)
Dale Corazon – Lebanon Explorers