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Dale Corazon Hiking program for April 2017:

Hiking Trip to ASSIA with DALE CORAZON - LEBANON EXPLORERS on: Monday, April 17, 2017
HIKE LOCATION : Assia / Batroun / North 
800 meters above sea level.
20 km from Batroun

ENCOUNTER PLACE : Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM
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.

WHAT TO GET : Get some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Pack your backpacks with lunch, water, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Don't forget to get a jacket. 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, mentioned your name, surname and the event you wish to join us.

DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT: 
This hike in Assia is diversified. You will walk the mountain cliff overlooking the valley of Assia, and along the river bank in the valley. It’s so beautiful.
Assia is a village in the middle of Batroun known for its handcrafted pottery. It is rich in remains of ancient civilizations; you can see sarcophagi, old historical churches and old grape and olive presses. Assia has many springs and water ponds like Saidet el Qalaa Pond. 
At the village you will visit one of the pottery artisans who will show you how this traditional craft is done. You can help them by buying handmade products.
HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous
LEVEL 4 The hike will start from the upper mountain of the village’s center. You will visit the important landmarks and the historical monastery of St. Assia and get a clear explanation about them. 
LEVEL 5 Will start from the crossroads and head up to Ain Blatt at the rocky tile, is a must to see which is situated in a deep valley with three connected channels. From there you will walk uphill to the village’s center and meet the other group and continue the trail together, where the site offering many scenic spots and adventure. 
For both levels the trail leads you to Saidet el Qalaa Pond or The Lady of the Fortress Pond and the waterfall; the most beautiful sight you will encounter where the lake maintains same level of water during the year. 
The place there is so peaceful; you will feel it in your hearts. After a rest period beside the waterfall, you will head to a historical church The Lady of the Fortress; it is built in the rocks overlooking great views. Nearby you will see Canaanite sarcophagi and old grape presses. There are many huge and beautiful oak trees. Lunch will be under one of these trees.
Mar Touma Monastery It is a great place to end the hike. It is a beautiful place in the midst of breathtaking oak trees. 
Assia’s hike is not just a hike in a very beautiful nature, along streams, ponds, huge trees, and breathtaking views. It is a cultural tour as well.

New trail from Hadath at Annoubine Valley with DALE CORAZON - LEB. EXPLORERS on: Sunday, April 23, 2017

HIKE LOCATION : Qadicha Valley – Wadi Annoubine/ Becharre and Zgharta Districts
In the north, 1200 meters above sea level, 25 km from Chekka.

ENCOUNTER PLACE : Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM 
FEES : 35,000 LL per person including transport, professional guides, insurance, 5 minutes warming up, stretching and pictures.
WHAT TO GET : Get some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Pack your backpacks with lunch, water, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Don't forget to get a jacket. Wear comfortable walking shoes, preferably hiking shoes (Professional brand is recommended). 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 by sending SMS, mention your name, surname and the event you wish to join us.

Where
In The Kadisha Valley (also known as Qadisha Valley, Ouadi Qadisha, or وادي قاديشا in Arabic) lies within the Becharre and Zgharta Districts of the North Governorate of Lebanon. The valley is a deep gorge carved by the Kadisha River, also known as the Nahr Abu Ali when it reaches Tripoli. Kadisha means "Holy" in Aramaic, and the valley, sometimes called the Holy Valley, has sheltered Christian monastic communities for many centuries. The Valley which harbors the most ancient Christian monasteries in the world is on the verge of being radiated from the World Heritage list because of serious plagues that are destroying it.

History
Annoubine’s history dates back to the 7th century. It has monasteries and sanctuaries spread all over the gorge, in the form of caves or churches.
Since the early centuries of Christianity the Holy Valley has served as a refuge for those in search of solitude. Historians believe that the Kadisha Valley has had monastic communities continuously since the earliest years of Christianity. It was also at times a destination for Muslim mystics, or Sufis, who also visited it for meditation and solitude.

Geography
The long, deep Qadisha Valley is located at the foot of Mount al-Makmal in northern Lebanon. Through it the Holy River, Nahr Qadisha, runs for 35km from its source in a cave (grotto) a little way below the Forest of the Cedars of God. The sides of the valley are steep cliffs that contain many caves, often at more than 1000m and all difficult of access. The most scenic section of the valley stretches for approximately twenty kilometers between Bsharri (بشري), the hometown of Kahlil Gibran, and Tourza (طورزا).
The view you get to see from the valley is beyond imagination. Once there, you get the feeling of peace and tranquility. The spiritual atmosphere reigns over the entire valley. 
A Colombian hermit lives in this holy valley.

HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous
DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT: 
Level 4, will start from Hawka, visit the hermit, St. Marina and Deir Saidet Annoubine. It is a wonderful place to visit and you will have enough time to contemplate scenery and take pictures. The lunch will be by the river. It is a lovely place, a breathtaking setting. After lunch, you will continue to Mar Licha parking.
Level 6 (13 km) have about 600 meters downhill and 300 meters uphill. The hike will start from Hadath El-Jebbe. The track cuts through a bushy forest, all downhill until you reach the old village of Annoubine, where you cross Qadicha River, from there we will continue uphill to meet with level 4 at Annoubine Monastery and continue together as one group. Then the trail becomes minor ascents and descents all the way to Mar Licha parking, where the bus is and the hike ends. 

Saidet Hawka:
There you can see a tiny chapel in a huddle of caves and grottos with the barest remnants of fresco paintings. The Aassi Hawka (cave) in particular, has yielded archaeological items indicating Palaeolithic, Roman, and medieval periods of use. A Colombian hermit now resides there. We will have the chance to visit him?

Deir Saidet Annoubine:
This is one of the oldest Monasteries in Lebanon. The monastery was built in a rocky pit, most probably by Byzantine emperor Theodos the Great in 379 – 395. Deir Annoubine monastery was to become the seat of the Maronite Patriarch in the 15th century and to remain so for 500 years. The monastery was rehabilitated in 1990 and is now used by the Antonine Sisters who welcome pilgrims to spend the night. 

St. Marina:
The chapel of St. Marina now holds the tombs of eighteen patriarchs. The chapel of St. Marina stands in the memory of a girl named Marina who entered Annoubine monastery disguised as a monk. (The whole story will be told during the hike).

Deir Mar Licha:
Deir Mar Licha is the birthplace of the Bergen Maria Orders of Monks. It has a church in the cliff, and four small chapels built inside a natural cave, together with monk cells (place of Antonios Tarabay monk).
Hiking Trip to NAHR EL-JAWZ with DALE CORAZON-LEBANON EXPLORERS on Sunday, April 30, 2017

HIKE LOCATION : Rashkida – Ajdaabrine- Kfarhay/ Batroun Districts/North 
500 meters above sea level, 11 km from Batroun.

ENCOUNTER PLACE : Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM
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.
WHAT TO GET : Get some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Pack your backpacks with lunch, water, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Don't forget to get a jacket. Wear comfortable walking shoes, preferably hiking shoes (Professional brand is recommended). 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 by sending SMS, mention your name, surname and the event you wish to join us.


DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT: 

The pleasure of hiking in the majestic nature Dale Lebanon!!!

Nahr El Jawz located in North of Lebanon is one of the most beautiful Lebanese trails; it was listed as a National and Historic Heritage Site on February 24th, 1998 by the Environment Minister. 
The river serves the water mills, irrigated fields, power generators, cafés and restaurants and a part of the water is pumped for domestic use in Batroun and the region. But you will be charmed above all by the various types of trees along the river banks, especially the walnut trees that grow in preference close to water and which have given the river their name. There we will have our lunch.
Historically, Nahr El Jawz valley was the only possible way through which armies could reach Batroun and for that reason fortress of Msaylha was built to protect Batroun from enemy attacks.
The valley offers a varied landscape and it’s considered one of the most enchanting for hiking in Batroun Caza.

HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous.

Due to the topography of the ground and walking beside the river, you are bound to descend and ascendant minor slopes, so the hike will be a Level 4 (9.5 Km), it will be easy. 
First we will visit the tomb of Patriarch Elias Hoayek in Sainte Famille Convent. The trail offers many scenic spots and adventure. You will start walking from the village of Rashkida and head towards the river bank until you reach the bridge of Boxmaya village. The bus will then take you to Kfarhay to visit St. Maroun Monastery.

LEVEL 5 (13Km) will start with level 4, a descent to the river and a wonderful walk along its bank will include some adventurous passages along the border of the water canal. Will continue along a trail leading to old mills and old stone bridges, than you will head up to reach St. Maroun Monastery at Kfarhay village.

Mar Youhanna Maroun (St. John Maron) was the first Maronite Patriarch (702-710). During his mandate, Maronites moved from Syria to Lebanon and made Kfarhay the Patriarchal Seat until 938 when it moved to Yanouh. The skull of Mar Maroun is safeguarded there, you will see it, and visit the precious museum of old books dated back to the 15th century.

In our return to Beirut, our stop can be in Batroun to drink fresh Lemonade.
It will be a nice experience!

Note: Ecotourism Rules should be followed like 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.

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