Four main entrances: Qehmez, Mchati, Chouwan and Yahchouch.
APJM organizes hikes all along the week in Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve and after which you can gather for a Traditional homemade lunch at a local house (optional).
Distance: 7.5 km
Duration: 3h30 (including stops)
Starting point: Qehmez entrance
End point: Mchati entrance
We propose you start your hike from the Qehmez entrance (known as Baydar el-Shawk), where you will be walking up the El Byut Stroll trail (Trails map attached).
This trail passes by Bir el Masbek, an old well found in the mountain, the three old houses known as El Byut and an old cistern of water used by the people who lived there.
Optional: After the Byut, you can 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 minutes should be foreseen for this detour.
When done, you will start walking downhill along the Hadrian' incline, stopping to see the inscription of the Roman Emperor Hadrian known to have been one of the first to engage in Forest management.
(This walk represents a true journey in time; you'll learn how our grandfathers managed to survive on isolated land, and discover the marks our ancestors left on the mountain's steep slopes... A walk through open and dense mixed forest, where karstic landscapes of the mountain summit can be admired).
The hike will bring you to Mchati village (next to St Elias church), which is the second entrance of the reserve and where the bus shall meet you back.
Note: if you're going to the reserve by cars, you'll have to rent a car (for 4 persons 20 000LBP) a mini bus (between 4 to 10 persons 50 000LBP) a bus (between 11 to 26 persons 75 000 LBP) that can drive you back from Mchati to Qehmez (where your cars are already parked). In this case, APJM can take care of the booking but kindly let us know ahead of time.
And if you prefer not to rent a bus, you can hike for 1 more hour (the Roman stairs trail/ uphill hike) until you reach the Qehmez entrance again.
Trail: The Roman Stairs
Distance: 1.9 km
Duration: 1h hike
Starting point: Qehmez entrance (Roman stairs)
End point: Mchati entrance (Roman stairs)
Start at Baydar el Shawk/ Qehmez main entrance (1400m)
Easy downhill hike from Baydar el Shawk- Roman Stairs trail- reaching the Mchati reserve entrance
(Between 64 BC and 249 AD, the Roman Empire built a network of roads that crossed the mountains from the coast to the hinterland,
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 and these roman stairs are part of what remains in our region)
Back to Mchati hamlet- Roman Stairs Trail (1050m) where the bus shall meet the group back
Trail: Mchati to Mchati Loop
Level: Advanced (Hard for children below 12 years old)
Distance: 9 km
Duration: 4h30 hike
Entrance: Mchati entrance (Roman Stairs)
End point: Mchati entrance (St Elias Church)
Start at Mchati main entrance, Roman stairs side (1050 m)
Walking up the Roman stairs till reaching the Qehmez entrance (Baydar esh-Shok).
These stairs are part of the network of roads built by the Roman Empire and that crossed the mountains from the coast to the hinterland)--> Moderate hike from Baydar esh-Shok to Bir el Masbek, an old well found in the mountain, and arriving to three old houses isolated in the mountain (Byut/Old Houses site stop (1350 m) with explanations about the biodiversity and cultural heritage of the mountain.
After visiting the old houses, walk up to the Cross of Yahchouch from where the historical Adonis Valley can be admired
After the cross visit, you will walk downhill until you reach Emperor Hadrian's Inscriptions
Hike downhill to Mchati entrance (next to St Elias church)
Late lunch prepared by the local community at Mchati (Optional and should be booked ahead of time)
Trail : The Cisterns wander
Distance: 2 km
Duration: 1h30 hike
Start point: Qehmez entrance
End point: Qehmez entrance
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.
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.
Snowshoeing activities are foreseen in winter from the entrance of Qehmez
Trail : The Shepherd’s encounter
Distance: 2.5 km
Duration: 2h hike
Start point: Yahchouch entrance (Mar Geryes)
End point: Nahr ed Dahab
Start at Mar Geryes - Yahchouch entrance
Easy stroll East along a trail that goes round Jabal Moussa (with mild ups and downs) and reaches Nahr ed Dahab (River of Gold)
Cross Nahr ed Dahab over a wooden bridge
Arrival to Nahr ed Dahab end point
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 riverin 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.
Trail : Lake Trail (Chouwan)
Distance: 3.6 km
Duration: 2h hike
Start point: Chouwan entrance
End point: Chouwan entrance
Start at Chouwan entrance
Easy hike reaching Chouwan lake
Optional: plunge into the chilly waters of Adonis river
Return along the same trail (moderate to difficult)
Back to Chouwan entrance
Discover Jabal Moussa in green and blue with this chilly 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, with a nice setting perfect for cooling off on the hot days of summer. If you’re up to the challenge, you’re free to plunge into the chilly waters (only in summer!). But do not waste all your strengths in the water: the way back is not easy, for the easy downhill slopes on your way down become uphill on your way back!
Trail: Chouwan Cultural
Distance: 2 km
Duration: 1h30 hike
Start Point: Chouwan entrance
End Point: Chouwan entrance
Start at the Chouwan entrance where an APJM kiosk and its facilities will be available for all hikers. Easy walk downhill along a trail that crosses over Chouwan river, then over Adonis river through an ancient stone bridge, and reaches the Ottoman site of Chouwan.
Back on the same trail to Chouwan entrance.
Description:The trail is a true remote hike into wilderness, and yet is peppered with several cultural landmarks including two abandoned farms of the Ottoman Period surrounded by agricultural terraces. Next to the first abandoned farm is an olive press. Further down towards the lake, one can observe two water mills where the ancestral mechanisms of wheat grinding are still visible. A partly reconstructed stone bridge linking between the cazas of Jbeil and Kesserwan, will allow the visitors to cross the historic Adonis River (Nahr Ibrahim). This trail offers an overview of the economic infrastructure and typology of the Lebanese farmers in the 19th century.
When it comes to your contribution:
Entry fees (Contribution):
Above 16 years old: 8,000 LBP/person
Below 16 years old: 4,000 LBP/person
NGOs and Scout groups are granted a price deduction.
Tour Operators are granted a 10% discount on the total number of visitors.
Guiding fees: (Optional but recommended- To be booked in advance)
50.000 L.L/ group of 30 (APJM's Trained Guide handles all the explanation part while hiking)
Lunch fees (Optional- To be booked in advance):
Local Guesthouses: Menus vary from a guesthouse to another depending on the village
- Option 1: 35.000 L.L/person
Menu- Hoda Nader Mchati GuestHouse:
Fatouch/Tabbouleh, Hummos, Labneh, Baked potatoes, Beid bi Awarma, Vegetables and Olives, Cheese, Loubieh bi zet, Rezz 3a Lahme/Djej OR Ablama (Eggplant and Zucchini stuffed in rice, meat and oignions) + Fruits+ Jus + Soft Drinks and Local Arak
Menu- Saydeh Khalaf Mchati GuestHouse:
Fatouch/Tabbouleh, Hummos, Labneh, Baked potatoes, Beid bi Awarma, Vegetables and Olives, Cheese, Loubieh bi zet, Rezz 3a Lahme/Djej OR Syadye (Fish, Rice and Oignions and Dried nuts)+ Fruits+ Jus+ Soft Drinks and Local Arak
Menu- Katia Khalil Qehmez GuestHouse:
Fatouch/Tabbouleh, Hummos, Labneh, Baked potatoes, Beid bi Awarma, Vegetables and Olives, Cheese, Loubieh bi zet, Rezz 3a Lahme/Djej OR Fasoulia bi lahmeh (Meat + Fasoulia + Rice)+ Fruits+ Jus+ Soft Drinks and Local Arak
Menu- Kounayna Kallassy Qehmez GuestHouse:
Fatouch/Tabbouleh, Hummos, Labneh, Baked potatoes, Beid bi Awarma, Vegetables and Olives, Cheese, Loubieh bi zet, Rezz 3a Lahme/Djej OR Daoud Bacha (Meat + Oignions + Rice)+ Fruits+ Jus+ Soft Drinks and Local Arak
Menu- Rita Keyrouz Al iibre GuestHouse:
Fatouch/Tabbouleh, Hummos, Labneh, Baked potatoes, Beid bi Awarma, Vegetables and Olives, Cheese, Loubieh bi zet, Rezz 3a Lahme/Djej OR Kebbeh bel saynyeh with Cucumber and Yogurt+ Fruits+ Jus+ Soft Drinks and Local Arak
- Option 2: 20.000 L.L/person
Menu: Fattouch+ Rezz 3a Lahmeh or Djej + Fruits+ Jus
- Option 3:.8.000 L.L/person (Only for schools and scout groups)
Menu: Sandwiches (Tawouk or Cheese and Ham) + Fruit+ Jus
Bed and Breakfast: (Optional- To be booked in advance)
- Available in Ghbeleh village: "Dimitriades GuestHouse":
This Guesthouse is located in Ghbaleh village (Ftouh Kesrouan), 1000m above sea level, 8 Km away from Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve, a guest house opens its doors to open-air, nature and silence lovers. Olive trees and fruit trees gardens, terraces and barbecue are the guests' disposal.(Pets are allowed)
Please note that the capacity of the Dimitriades GuestHouse is 6 beds in a loft with a kitchen and a big WC + 1 double bed room and a twin bedroom with large glass windows.
- Available in Al iibreh village :"Rita Keyrouz GuestHouse":
This GuestHouse is located in the calm village of Al iibreh, close to Chouwan Lake and from where you will enjoy a breathtaking scenery surrounding the house.(No pets allowed- No Wi Fi)
The house includes one bedroom with four beds and two foldable sofas in the living room.
Price: 30$/person including breakfast.
The group should gear up with some good hiking shoes, hiking sticks (optional but recommended), back pack, snacks, 1,5L of water/p, sun screen, camera and Full Energy :) !
To book your hike, your guide and the lunch option, please call us from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm at the 71-944 405 or our office at 09-643464 or write us: firstname.lastname@example.org
A place not to be missed !
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Trails Map and Trails distances