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The Roman Stairs

Trail A: The Roman Stairs
Level: Easy
Distance: 1.9 km
Duration: 1h hike
Start point: Qehmez entrance
End point: Mchati entrance (Roman stairs)

Itinerary:

  • Start at Baydar-el-shawk/ Qehmez main entrance (1400m).
  • Easy downhill hike from Baydar-el-shawk- Roman Stairs trail- reaching the Mchati reserve entrance.
  • Arrival to the Mchati hamlet- Roman Stairs Trail (1050m).

Description:
Integrated in the reserve as a peripheral circuit connecting the two main entrances of Mchati and Qehmez through an attractive landscape, this trail, better known as the Roman Stairs, is part of the local and regional heritage of Jabal Moussa. The stairs that climb up Jabal Moussa represent the best preserved part in Lebanon. Along the way a large Latin inscription of Emperor Hadrian is engraved on an upright rock, clearly visible, contributing to the “Roman flavor” of this trail.

The Cisterns wander

Trail B: The Cisterns wander
Level: Easy
Distance: 2 km
Duration: 1h30min hike
Start point: Qehmez entrance
End point: Qehmez entrance

Itinerary:

  • Start at Baydar-el-shawk/ Qehmez main entrance (1400m).
  • Easy to moderate uphill hike from Baydar el-shawk reaching Bir el Masbek: the old cistern found in the mountain.
  • Back on the same trail: easy downhill hike reaching the start point: Baydar el-shawk/ Qehmez.

Description:
A perfect walk for school students, this trail wanders through a thin forest that becomes denser with every step. The trail ends at the site called “Bir el Masbek”, an old water reservoir carved in the karstic rocks that characterize the mountain summits. A large oak (Quercus pseudocerris) stands tall next to the cistern.

The Shepherd’s encounter

Trail C: The Shepherd’s encounter
Level: Easy
Distance: 2.5 km
Duration: 2h hike
Start point: Yahchouch entrance (Mar Geryes)
End point: Nahr ed Dahab

Itinerary:

  • Start at Mar Geryes- Yahchouch entrance.
  • Easy stroll East along a trail that goes around Jabal Moussa (with mild ups and downs) and reaches Nahr ed Dahab (Golden River).
  • Cross Nahr ed Dahab over a wooden bridge.
  • Arrival to Nahr ed Dahab end point.

Description:
An easy trail that starts at Mar Geryes monastery, an abandoned convent built on Roman remains, and turns round Jabal Moussa, overlooking the “Golden River” (Nahr ed Dahab). In autumn, the tall sycamore trees surrounding the river lose their golden yellow leaves, coloring the river in gold. While hiking, you will discover the origin of the trail name, the Shepherd’s encounter and you will get the chance to bravely cross the river.

Qehmez - Mchati trail

Trail A: Qehmez - Mchati trail
Level: Moderate
Distance: 7.5 km
Duration: 3h30min hike
Start point: Qehmez entrance
End point: Yahchouch entrance (Mar Geryes convent)

Itinerary:

  • Start at Baydar el-shawk/ Qehmez main entrance (1400 m).
  • Moderate hike along the “El-byut stroll”: from Baydar el-shawk passing by Bir el Masbek and arriving to three old houses known as Al Byut (Byut/ Old houses site- 1350m).
  • Optional: After the Byut, walk up to the Cross of Yahchouch where the historical Adonis Valley can be admired, then back to the Byut site on the same track. An additional 30 min should be foreseen for this detour.
  • Moderate hike downhill along the Hadrian’s incline until you reach Emperor Hadrian's inscriptions.
  • Back to Mar Gerye convent .

Description:
This walk represents a true journey in time; learn how our grandfathers managed to survive on isolated land, and discover the marks our ancestors left on the mountain’s steep slopes. Walk through open and dense mixed forests, admire the karstic landscapes of the mountain summit and stroll around easily in the open spaces the trail offers!

Qehmez - Cross - Yahchouch trail

Trail B: Qehmez - Cross - Yahchouch trail
Level: Moderate
Distance: 8 km
Duration: 4h hike
Start point: Qehmez entrance
End point:Yahchouch entrance (Mar Geryes convent)

Itinerary:

  • Start at Baydar el-shawk/ Qehmez main entrance (1400 m).
  • Moderate hike along the “El-byut stroll”: from Baydar el-shawk passing by Bir el Masbek and reaching the three old houses known as Al Byut (Byut/ Old houses site- 1350m).
  • Walk up to the Cross of Yahchouch from where the historical Adonis Valley can be admired.
  • Moderate to difficult walk downhill along the Charme houblon trail.
  • Back to Mar Geryes convent - Yahchouch entrance.

Description:
With this walk, you’ll get the chance to cross the mountain from side to side. Start your hike on open mixed forests and continue within humid, dense forests of the Northern side. Hike through distance and time: learn how our grandfathers managed to survive on isolated land, and discover the marks our ancestors left on the mountain’s steep slopes, and discover the cross erected by Yahchouch youths on the summit of Jabal Moussa, overlooking the amazing Adonis valley, then finish your hike at Mar Geryes monastery, an abandoned convent built on Roman remains.

Lake Trail (Chouwan)

Trail C: Lake Trail (Chouwan)
Level: Moderate
Distance: 3.6 km
Duration: 2h hike
Start point: Chouwan entrance
End point: Chouwan entrance

Itinerary:

  • Start at Chouwan entrance.
  • Easy hike reaching Chouwan lake.
  • Return along the same trail (moderate to difficult).
  • Back to Chouwan entrance.

Description:
Discover Jabal Moussa in green and blue with this chill trail! You will start your walk under the shade of the tall pine trees, then meander through the uphill and downhill slopes, uncovering beautiful spots for shooting pictures. The trail leads you to the charming Chouwan lake at the depths of the historical Adonis Valley. The way back is not easy, for the easy downhill slopes on your way down become uphill on your way back!

Al Jawzé Spring Trail (Chouwan)

Trail E: Al Jawzé Spring Trail (Chouwan)
Level: Moderate
Distance: 3 km
Duration: 2h hike
Start point: Chouwan entrance
End point: Chouwan entrance

Itinerary:

  • Start in Chouwan at the spring called “Al Jawzé”.
  • Moderate hike reaching the intersection with Atlab trail.
  • Return on the adjacent Atlab trail.
  • Back to Chouwan entrance.

Description:
The trail starts next to a vast ancient spring, Al Jawzé spring. It continues on a road taken by our grandfathers in the past to reach Al iibré village. It unveils a forest filled with laurel scent and interesting flora species. An adventurous yet quick journey for nature lovers!

Adonis Gorge trail

Trail F: Adonis Gorge trail
Level: Moderate
Distance: 2.2 km
Duration: 1h30min hike
Start point: Broqta
End point: Al iibre

Itinerary:

  • Start at Broqta side entrance (1240 m).
  • Moderate uphill hike passing by Quercus Cerris trees, Three-lobed apple trees.
  • Severe downhill walk passing by charcoaling spots.
  • Arrival to Al iibre end point (900m).

Description:
This old way was used by the local population as a shortcut from the village of Qehmez to Al iibre and back and it helped develop strong social and economic relations between the two villages. Start your hike from the agricultural plains of Broqta, Hike between diverse tree species, discover how the locals used to charcoal and witness a panoramic view of the majestic Adonis Valley and the Caza of Jbeil.

Mchati to Mchati loop

Trail A: Mchati to Mchati loop
Level: Difficult (mainly because of the length)
Distance: 9 km
Duration: 5h hike
Start point: Mchati entrance (Roman stairs)
End point: Mchati entrance (Mar Elias)

Itinerary:

  • Start at Mchati main entrance, Roman stairs side (1050 m).
  • Walk up the Roman stairs and reach the Qehmez entrance (Baydar el-shawk).
  • Moderate hike along the “El-byut stroll”: from Baydar el-shawk passing by Bir el Masbek and arriving to three old houses known as Al Byut (Byut/ Old houses site- 1350m).
  • Optional: After the Byut, walk up to the Cross of Yahchouch where the historical Adonis Valley can be admired, then back to the Byut site on the same track. An additional 30 min should be foreseen for this detour.
  • Walk downhill along the Hadrian’s incline until you reach Emperor Hadrian's inscriptions.
  • Back to Mchati hamlet- next to St Elias church (1050 m).

Description:
Start your day climbing up the Roman stairs that are part of the network of roads built by the Roman Empire. Then continue your journey by learning how our grandfathers managed to survive on isolated land. Walk through open and dense mixed forests, admire the karstic landscapes of the mountain summit and stroll around easily in the open spaces the trail offers!

Charme Houblon

Trail B: Charme Houblon
Level: Difficult
Distance: 6 km
Duration: 3h hike
Start point: Yahchouch entrance (Mar Geryes)
End point: Yahchouch entrance (Mar Geryes convent)

Itinerary:

  • Start at Yahchouch entrance, Mar Geryes.
  • Difficult uphill hike to Yahchouch Cross site along the Charme Houblon.
  • Easy stroll after the cross arriving to three old houses known as Al Byut (Byut/ Old houses site- 1350m.
  • Back to Yahchouch entrance/Mar Geryes.

Description:
Start your hike with history: at the beginning of the Charme Houblon trail lies “Mar Geryes monastery”, an abandoned convent built on Roman remains. Then defy the mountain’s steepness and climb along the Northern side of the mountain, humid and green. You won’t get any rest before you reach the Cross site at the mountain summit: once there, you’ll get rewarded by a remarkable panoramic view on the villages below you and the amazing Adonis Valley. Then continue your journey by learning how our grandfathers managed to survive on isolated land at the Byut site.

Hadrian’s incline

Trail C: Hadrian’s incline
Level: Difficult
Distance: 4 km
Duration: 2h hike
Start point: Mchati entrance (Mar Elias)
End point: Mchati entrance (Mar Elias)

Itinerary:

  • Start at Mchati main entrance, next to Mar Elias church (1050 m).
  • Advanced hike (uphill) from Mchati along the Hadrian’s incline passing by the Emperor Hadrian Inscriptions and reaching the Byut site (1350 m).
  • Optional: After the Byut, walk up to the Cross of Yahchouch where the historical Adonis Valley can be admired, then back to the Byut site on the same track. An additional 30 min should be foreseen for this detour.
  • Walk back to the starting point: Mchati (next to St Elias church) (1050 m).

Description:
The steep slope on Mar Elias church let you climb up away from civilization and gradually enter the wild forest of Jabal Moussa, where you observe Roman inscriptions amid the mixed evergreen and deciduous forest. These inscriptions are better known as “Hadrian’s inscriptions” as they were ordered by Hadrian, a Roman Emperor from 117 A.C known to have been one of the first to engage in Forest management. The byut site is not to be missed, where an abandoned small village stands still, relic of our forefather’s traditional lifestyle and vernacular architecture.

Chouwan - Al iibré loop

Trail D: Chouwan - Al iibré loop
Level: Difficult
Distance: 6 km
Duration: 3.5h hike
Start point: Chouwan entrance
End point: Chouwan entrance

Itinerary:

  • Start at Chouwan entrance.
  • Advanced hike (uphill) from Chouwan along the Atlab trail.
  • Turn before reaching Al iibré village.
  • Moderate downhill walk toward the Lake trail.
  • Optional: Visit of Chouwan Lake (an additional 30 minutes should be foreseen for this detour).
  • Moderate to difficult return along the lake trail.
  • Back to Chouwan entrance.

Description:
A perfect trail for any passionate about nature and adventure. This trail meanders through the bushy humid forest of Chouwan, overlooking the majestic canyon of Adonis river (Nahr Ibrahim), passing through the laurel-scented forest of Al iibré, crossing the Chouwen water source right before reaching the lake (optional), and then coming back to the start point through a different path. It features quality scenic views, a wild setting, a dramatic canyon view, as well as rich biodiversity and flora endemism.


Qornet el Deir Cultural trail

Trail D: Qornet el Deir Cultural trail
Level: Easy
Distance: 1.9 km
Duration: 1h30 hike
Start point: Qehmez entrance
End point: Qehmez entrance

Itinerary:

  • Start at Baydar el-shawk/ Qehmez entrance (1400m).
  • Easy downhill hike from Baydar el-shawk reaching the cultural site of Qornet el Deir passing by several cultural monuments (Roman wall, Lime Kiln, Roman Well/Basin).
  • Moderate uphill hike towards the newly discovered inscription of the Roman Emperor Hadrian known to have been one of the first to engage in Forest management.
  • Back to the start point: Baydar el-shawk/ Qehmez entrance.

Description:
The Qornet el Deir site is on the top of a hill, overlooking the roman road and it presents itself as an almost circular flat space within a natural compound enclosed on all sides by rocks some over 4 to 5m high protecting it from any outside incursion.