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WADI QOZHAYA St Valley (New Trail) on Sun, Sept 17, 2023 with DALE CORAZON – LEBANON EXPLORERS
September 17 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
The magic Qozhaya Valley, trail from Hawqa with DALE CORAZON – L. E.
The view you get to see from the top of the valley at Ehden village is beyond imagination. Once there, you get the feeling of peace and tranquility. The spiritual atmosphere reigns over the entire valley.
New Trail by Dale Corazon
HIKE LOCATION : Qadicha Valley – Wadi Qozhaya/Bane – Mazraet el Nahr
============= / Becharre and Zgharta Districts, in the north
, 1200 meters above sea level, 18 km from Tripoli.
WHEN : Sunday, September 17, 2023
ENCOUNTER PLACE : Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM
Driving directions to Mar Maroun https://dalecorazon.com/contact/
Or Martyrs Square at Al-Nahar Bldg., Beirut Downtown @ 7:10 AM
15 $ /person or equivalent including transport (comfortable air-conditioned Pullman), professional guides, 5 minutes of warming up, stretching, and pictures.
Children 18 years old and younger will have a discount of 10%. (13.5 $/person)
Make your group of 5 persons (& more) and get a 10% discount (13.5$ per person).
DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT:
Qadisha, one of the deepest and most beautiful valleys in Lebanon, is indeed a world apart. “Qozhaya” is of Syriac origin and means “the treasure of Life“.
The Monastery of Qozhaya (Deir Mar Antonios Qozhaya – دير مارانطﻮنيوﺱ ﻗﺰحيا) sits on the opposite flank of the Qadisha from Qannoubin Monastery; it was first built at the beginning of the fourth century. It was several times looted, set on fire and razed to the ground, but there still remain vestiges dating back to the seventh century.
The Monastery is truly a national center of prayer, pilgrimage and tourism. It comprises a corridor, meeting room, museum and chapel, with a mill and a number of hermitages cut into the rock nearby. The story of the Monastery is the story of the Christians in Lebanon and in the Middle East, the story of cultural, economical, social and political development in the Lebanese society and in the region.
It must be mentioned here that the Monastery of Qozhaya possesses a library containing archives, scholarly compendia and Syriac manuscripts. The first printing press in the Middle East (1584) was placed in this Monastery which still has the Scepter of St Louis, the King of France (1226-1270).
All the above-mentioned wealth, whether natural or cultural, pushed the UNESCO to register Monastery of St. Anthony Qozhaya on the list of International Patrimony under the number 850.
HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous.
LEVEL 4 (around 7 km) will start from Bane village. After the visit, you will take a downhill easy trail for about 300 m. From there, we will continue our path of 3 km downhill the valley, the track cuts through a bushy forest, crossing waterfalls and many ruins of old houses and hermitages till we arrive to the Monastery of Qozhaya where you will take your lunch break. From there you will take the bus to join level 6 at Fraydis village.
LEVEL 5 (around12 km) After the visit to the Monastery, you will have a long downhill hike for about 200 meters, seeing old cave churches. The trail will continue to Fraydis where you meet the other group at the village and continue together. The trail goes a bit further downhill, then it becomes straight all the way to Mazraet El-Nahr, seeing the water dam, Qadisha river, some old shacks and wonderful views.
From there you will take the bus to visit the historical “St. Michael’s Church”. There shrine the mortal remains of the parish priest Yousef Abi Maroun Maatouq (1847-1929), a Godly priest whose remains are still whole, knowing no decay until now.
WHAT TO TAKE:
Healthy snacks that will boost your energy include dried fruits, lunch, water, cap, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Wear comfortable walking shoes (A 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 send an SMS or WhatsApp to 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 including safety regulations (hikers are advised to join our events to their own responsibility). And occasionally, due to reasons beyond our control, slight modifications to the event may occur.
You can join our group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/dalecorazon/ (group) and https://www.facebook.com/dalecorazonleb (Page)
Dale Corazon – Lebanon Explorers