Hiking Packages

Feel like hiking in Jabal Moussa?

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).


Package 1:

Level: Moderate
Duration:1-day (3.5 hours hike)
Entrance: Qehmez entrance to Mchati entrance

Itinerary:       
            
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> Start at Baydar esh-Shok/ Qehmez main entrance (1400 m)                                 

--> Moderate hike (trail 1) from Baydar esh-Shok reaching Bir el Masbek (the old well found in the mountain) and arriving to three old houses known as Al Byut (Byut/ Old houses site- 1350m).          
 
--> After visiting the old houses, walk up to the Cross of Yahchouch where the historical Adonis Valley can be admired

--> After the cross visit, walk downhill until you reach Emperor Hadrian's inscriptions

--> Back to Mchati hamlet- next to St Elias church (1050 m)

--> Late lunch prepared by the local community at Mchati (Optional and should be booked ahead of time)

--> Bed and Breakfast Guesthouse available in Ghbeleh Village: "Dimitriades Guesthouse" (Optional and should be booked ahead of time)





Package 2:


Level: Moderate to Advanced
Duration: 1-day (3 hours hike)
Entrance: Mchati entrance

Itinerary:   
   
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> Start at Mchati main entrance, next to St elias church (1050 m)     
                           
--> Advanced hike (uphill) from Mchati to Emperor Hadrian Inscriptions with some explanations about these Insciptions (Hadrian is a Roman Emperor from 117 A.C known to have been one of the first to engage in Forest management)   

--> From the Hadrian Inscriptions stop, hike till you reach the three old houses (Byut site stop- 1350 m) with explanations about the story of the old houses, the biodiversity and the cultural heritage of the Jabal Moussa mountain


--> After visiting the houses, walk up to the Cross of Yahchouch from where the historical Adonis Valley can be admired

--> Walk back to the starting point: Mchati (next to St Elias church) (1050 m)

--> Late lunch prepared by the local community at Mchati (Optional and should be booked ahead of time)

--> Bed and Breakfast Guesthouse available in Ghbeleh Village: "Dimitriades Guesthouse" (Optional and should be booked ahead of time)




Package 3:


Level: Moderate to Advanced
Duration: 1-day (4.5 hours hike)
Entrance: Mchati entrance 

Itinerary:   
    
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> 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)

--> Bed and Brekfast guesthouse available in Ghbeleh "Dimitirades GuestHouse" (Optional and should be booked ahead of time)

Package 4:

Trail: The Cisterns wander

Level: Easy
Duration: 1h30 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.


Package 5:

Trail: The Shepherd’s encounter

Level: Easy
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 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

 

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 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.

 

Package 6:

Trail: Lake Trail (Chouwan)

Level: Moderate(4km)

Duration: 2h hike

Start point: Chouwan entrance

End point: Chouwan entrance

 

Itinerary:

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

 

Description:

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!


 

Entry Fees:

Adults above 16 years old – 8,000 LBP          Children under 16 years old – 4,000 LBP    

Local Guide:

50,000 LBP/group (Optional but recommended- To be booked in advance)


Lunch menu at a local house:
(Optional but recommended- To be booked in advance)

Option 1:
Mezze: Fattoush- Tabbouleh- Baked Potatoes- Hommos- Cheese- Labneh- Bayd be Kawarma or Summak- Olives and Vegetables
Main dish: Loubieh bi zet and Rice with meat or chicken
Fruits: Seasonal
Drinks: Homemade Sharab, local Arak, soft drinks

Lunch fee: 35,000 LBP/person

Option 2:

Menu: Tabboule or Fattouch + Main Platter + Fruits + Homemade Sharab 

Lunch fee: 20,000 LBP/person

Option 3: (For Schools)
Menu: Sandwich (Chicken or Cheese and Ham or Cheese) + Fruit + Jus 

Lunch fee: 8,000 LBP/person

P.S: Pets are not allowed 
 

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: info@jabalmoussa.org 

A place not to be missed !

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 Trails Map and Trails Distances.pdf