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Vamos Todos Hiking for March 2017

Sat 04 - Laqlouq East Side
Sun 05 - Machmouche Qattine   hike
Sat  11 - Wine Tour / Wadi Salib   hike
Sun 12 - Qalaat El Shkif   hike
Sat 18 - Kfardebian Warde
Sun 19 - Baalbek   hike
Sat 25 - Kfarshlayman  hike
Sun 26 - Turbul hike

Sat 04 - Laqlouq East Side  SS VT

Laqlouq is a winter and summer resort, situated on a plateau at an altitude between 1750m and 2000m. 
Laqlouk has many water reservoirs that look like ice ponds in winter. It gives the snowshoeing trail a unique touch.

Discover the east side of Laqlouk.
There will be two levels of difficulty.
We will take a new track this time. The eastern side has more snow, and is richer in scenic views and cedar trees.
Although both levels will be walking the same area, the harder level will take the steeper hills and the longer path. The harder level will reach the top to the cross, where views of the whole region can be seen.

Both levels will meet for lunch at a very picturesque spot. 

On the way back, we will stop in Annaya to visit the monastery of St. Charbel. You will also have a short rest for coffee or tea.

WHERE: Laqlouq
In the region of Jurd Jbeil
40 km from Beirut 
1750 m above sea level

WHEN: Saturday, March 4

WHAT TO GET: Wear a snowsuit or anything waterproof to prevent your clothes from getting wet. Wear waterproof boots (preferably after-ski boots), or get thick nylon bags to cover your walking shoes. Don’t forget the woolen hat and gloves. Get an extra pair of socks. Pack your backpack with water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and lunch. Energy snacks will be a good idea too!

MEETING PLACE: 7:30 AM in the parking of Sagesse School in Jdeideh, facing the public garden.
There will be a breakfast stop along the way.

PRICE: 65,000 LL per person including transport, guides, insurance, and snowshoe rental. (Please get the exact change to facilitate and speed up the registration process).

RESERVATION: For reservation call 79-115001 or 03-917190 from 9 00 am till 5 pm. It is preferable to send an SMS from your mobile, giving your name, surname, and the event you wish to join in.

Sun 05 - Machmouche Qattine hike VT

Jezzine District consists of many villages which are considered summer resorts. Located at an average altitude of 950m, nature endowed them with beautiful pine forests and fruit tree orchards. 
In the village of Mashmoushi, which was the first seat of the Maronite bishopric in the area, you can visit the beautiful 18th century monastery. 

There is an old Byzantine settlement, famous for its artificial lake, fed by the Litani River through a 16 km long tunnel.
Our trail this Sunday will be from Mashmoushi to Qattine.; an trail rich in interesting things to see.
The day will start with a visit to Deir Mashmoushi. 

LEVEL 6 (14 km) will start from Deir Mashmoushi, passing through Bteddine then to Azour. From there, you will continue to Aytoule and end in Qattine where you will visit a heritage monastery. On your trail, you will pass through pine forests, water canals and the pond of Ain el Zarka.

LEVEL 3 (7 km) will take the bus from Deir Mashmoushi to Azour. The hike will start from Azour and follow the same trail as the one taken by level 6, passing through Aytoule to reach Qattine.

On the way back, we will stop to visit B. Balady, whose members are committed landmine survivors, involved in poultry, beekeeping and herb cultivation. 

WHERE: Mashmoushi - Qattine
In the region of Jezzine
80 Km from Beirut
1100 meters above sea level.

WHEN: Sunday, March 05

MEETING PLACE: 7:30 AM in the parking of Sagesse School in Jdeideh, facing the public garden.
There will be a breakfast stop along the way.

PRICE: 50,000 LL per person including transport, guides, insurance. (Please get the exact change to facilitate and speed up the registration process).

WHAT TO GET: Get some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Pack your backpacks with water, lunch, a cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Don’t forget to get a jacket. 

RESERVATION: For reservation call 79-115001 or 03-917190 from 9 00 am till 5 pm. It is preferable to send an SMS from your mobile, giving your name, surname, and the event you wish to join in.

Sat 11 - Wine Tour VT

“Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used.” 
William Shakespeare

Lebanon is among the oldest sites of wine production in the world. The Phoenicians were instrumental in spreading wine throughout the Mediterranean in ancient times. Despite the many conflicts of the region, Lebanon has an annual production of about 600,000 cases of wine. Recently the sector has been witnessing an unprecedented growth. The number of wineries went from 5 in 1998 to over 30 nowadays.

"The Bekaa-Valley" invites you to the heart of the most beautiful vine growing areas in the world. In our wine tour, we’ll visit Chateau Khoury, Ksara and Nakad 

Our tour will start by a visit to Chateau Khoury. Chateau Khoury enjoys a privileged location on the eastern foothills of Mount Lebanon at an altitude ranging between 1200 and 1300 m. The first vinifications were in 2004. The estate is quite recent, however, the first results are particularly promising.

Ksara will be our next visit. The name comes from ksar (or fortress) because the current winery was the site of a fortress during the Crusader era. The winery is the oldest one in Lebanon, dating back to 1857. The natural caves and underground network (2 km) that lie directly under Chateau Ksara estate serve as the place's wine cellar. 
You will watch a documentary, visit the caves, and taste the wine! 

We will end our wine tour with a visit to Nakad. The story of Château Nakad is first and foremost that of a family of three generations of winemakers from the Bekaa Valley, whose blood runs with passion for soil, wine, and grapes. More importantly, the winery is built on the remains of wine cellars dating back to the Bronze Age. We will have a quick tour of the winery, and then get introduced to the proper method of tasting guided by Mr. Jalal Nakad, an expert in this domain. At Nakad, we will get to taste their different wines, as well as their own brand of arak called Arak Al Samir. This family run winery is surely not to be missed.

After such a delightful experience in our prestigious wineries, it will be time for lunch. We will go to Hotel Massabki in Chtaura. With vast gardens and a nearby stream, this 4 Star hotel will be the best way to end our tour. There, Lunch will be served with soft drinks.

WHERE: Bekaa Valley
WHEN: Saturday, March 11
MEETING PLACE: 7:30 AM in the parking of Sagesse School in Jdeideh, facing the public garden.
PRICE: 90 000 LL per person including transport, winery visits, insurance, lunch. (Please get the exact change to facilitate and speed up the registration process).

RESERVATION: For reservation call 79-115001 or 03-917190. It is preferable to send an SMS from your mobile, giving your name and the event you wish to join in.

Sat 11 - Wadi Salib - hike VT

Wadi El Salib is known for its old deserted town. At the bottom of the valley, there is a forgotten town. Many houses, mills and churches have been abandoned since the end of World War I. 

The hike to this town will be one level. It will be quite easy, a level 4 hike.
You will start from Kfardebiane and start descending the valley along a track that offers wonderful views. You will have enough time to take pictures and enjoy the area. Very old olive trees and great scenery awaits you there.
You will also pass by a river, which at this time of year is flowing steadily. 
Our lunch break will be close to the river, where you will enjoy cool moments under the shade of the trees. 

Once you’re done with the valley, a farmer’s road will lead you to Daraya, where the bus will be waiting. 

WHERE: Wadi El Salib
Keserwan
1200 m above sea level

WHEN: Saturday, March 11

MEETING PLACE: 7:30 AM in the parking of Sagesse School in Jdeideh, facing the public garden.

PRICE: 50,000 LL per person including transport, guides, insurance. (Please get the exact change to facilitate and speed up the registration process).

WHAT TO GET: Get some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Pack your backpacks with water, lunch, a cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Don’t forget to get a jacket.

RESERVATION: For reservation call 79-115001 or 03-917190 every day between 9AM and 5 PM. It is preferable to send an SMS from your mobile, giving your name, surname, and the event you wish to attend.

Sun 12 - Qalaat El Shkif - hike VT

Arnoun…Beaufort Castle or Qalaat el Shkif.
Beaufort Castle stands on a rocky crest amidst enchanting countryside, not far from Mount Hebron and overlooking the Litani River in South Lebanon. Beaufort Castle, in Arabic Qalaat el-Shkif, is a mighty fortress standing on a strategic site on the roads of Tyre and the South.

The view all around is panoramic and enough to take anyone's breathe away. You will have a clear view all the way across the border of the country.

The Crusaders took possession of it in 1139, and there are traces there of earlier Arab construction. 

You will enjoy hiking to it along a nice and safe path. Getting to the castle is worth every step you take!
Before starting the hike, we will visit Zaatar Zawtar. It is a thyme plantation run by a villager. Zaatar Zawtar is organic, certified by LibanCert. You will see how thyme is planted, dried, grounded, and mixed to become ready for mankish. You will also see how thyme can be distilled, and how its oil is extracted. There you can buy homemade organic products.

LEVEL 3: You will start the hike from Zaatar Zawtar. The path is safe and not too hard, enabling each one you to venture through it with ease. There will be enough stops along the way to rest and take pictures. The hike will end at the castle, where you will have enough time to visit it thoroughly. 

LEVEL 6: You will start the hike from Khardaleh just by Litani River. The beginning of the track is quite a steep uphill, but then it becomes much easier. You will climb all the way up to the castle. This track demands physical competence. Once in the castle, you will have sufficient time to visit it thoroughly.

After visiting the citadel, we will all have lunch together in Kalaa Rest House. Located at the foot of the citadel, it overlooks the views of the whole region. The food will be homemade Lebanese dishes, typical of the southern region.

WHERE: Arnoun, Beaufort Castle
In the south
100km from Beirut
650 m above sea level.

WHEN: Sunday, March 12

MEETING PLACE: 7:30 AM in the parking of Sagesse School in Jdeideh, facing the public garden.

PRICE: 80,000 LL per person including transport, guides, insurance, and lunch. (Please get the exact change to facilitate and speed up the registration process). VT members get a 25% discount on sports equipment and apparel found in all branches of Maison du Ski!

WHAT TO GET: Get some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Pack your backpacks with, water, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Don’t forget a jacket because it gets cold in the shade. Wear hiking shoes or comfortable walking shoes. 

RESERVATION: For reservation call 79-115001 or 03-917190 from 9 00 am till 5 pm. It is preferable to send an SMS from your mobile, giving your name, surname, and the event you wish to join in.

Sat 18 - Kfardebian Warde / SS VT

Discover nature in white. It is a totally different experience. Enjoy the fresh air and clean surroundings.

At an altitude of 2000m and 46 km from Beirut, Ouyoun El-Siman Kfardebian offers you fresh air, clean nature, spectacular views, and great exercise. Escape from the city and treat yourself to a memorable day among nature and friends.

We will walk in Kfardebiane, Warde.
The group will be divided into 2 levels.

Those of you who prefer to contemplate nature and take photos will join the easy level, consisting of some ascents (not too many).

Those who prefer a tougher workout will prefer joining the harder level, where stops are minimal and the route is mainly uphill. 

Both levels will meet for lunch.
On the way back, we will visit the ruins in Faqra. Also, there will be a nice cozy stop for tea somewhere along the way!

WHERE: Warde Kfardebian
2000 m above sea level
46 km from Beirut

WHEN: Saturday, March 18
WHAT TO GET: Wear a snowsuit or anything waterproof to prevent your clothes from getting wet. Wear waterproof boots (preferably after-ski boots), or get thick nylon bags to cover your walking shoes. Don’t forget the woolen hat and gloves. Pack your backpack with water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and lunch. Energy snacks will be a good idea too!

MEETING PLACE: 7:30 AM in the parking of Sagesse School in Jdeideh, facing the public garden.
There will be a breakfast stop along the way.

PRICE: 65,000LL per person including transport, guides, insurance, and snowshoes. (Please get the exact change to facilitate and speed up the registration process).

RESERVATION: For reservation call 79-115001 or 03-917190. It is preferable to send an SMS from your mobile, giving your name, surname, and the event you wish to join in

Sun 19 - Baalbek / hike VT

Baalbek
Our journey takes us today to one of the most important cities in Lebanese and Roman History, the city of the sun; Baalbek. In Greek and Roman antiquity, it was known as Heliopolis (Which translates to the city of light). It still possesses some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in Lebanon, including one of the largest temples of the empire. The gods that were worshiped there were mainly Jupiter, Venus, and Bacchus.
Most old roman trails that we walk in Lebanon, were trails that lead to routes to Baalbek in the olden ages. In the roman days, people used to go on pilgrimage every once in a while from all over Lebanon. Nowadays, this city still has never lost its sense of history and its importance.
Mostly known for its still relatively well preserved temples. It has the Temple of Jupiter, which is one of the most well-known temples, The Round Temple also known as the Temple of Venus, and the Little Temple also known as the Temple of Bacchus, among others.
Our hike will be divided into two levels mainly, a harder and easier level:

Level 3 (8 Km) will walk along a beautiful trail around the village to reach the temples and ruins of the old city, where we will meet the harder level. This will be an easier hike with not much uphill.
Level 6 (12 Km) will hike a trail in the outskirts of Baalbek, mainly consisting of uphill and downhill to reach the temples and old city and meet up with the Level 3. 

After visiting the temples and the ruins of Baalbek, we will head down to a traditional Lebanese restaurant in the area called “Palmira”. There we will enjoy a much needed break in the shade, and have a delicious traditional Lebanese lunch. We will get to meet Mrs. Rima Fawaz, who is a friend of Vamos Todos, and the owner of this beautiful hotel and restaurant.
When we are done with lunch, we will had back to the bus and go back to Beirut.

WHERE: Baalbek 
1100 m above sea level
40 km from Beirut

WHEN: Sunday, March 19

MEETING PLACE: 7:30 AM in the parking of Sagesse School in Jdeideh, facing the public garden.

PRICE: 90,000 LL per person including transport, lunch, entrance to the temples, guides, local guides and insurance. (Please get the exact change to facilitate and speed up the registration process).

WHAT TO GET: Get some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Pack your backpacks with water, lunch, a cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Don’t forget to get a jacket.

RESERVATION: For reservation call 79-115001 or 03-917190 every day between 9AM and 5 PM. It is preferable to send an SMS from your mobile, giving your name, surname, and the event you wish to attend.

Sat 25 - Kfarshlayman / hike VT

This time, we will walk from Kfar Shleimen to Zein. This is yet another new track, fully coordinated and prepared by Vamos Todos. It is definitely one of the best hikes, comprising wonderful trails, panoramic sceneries and cultural sites. On our way, we will stop at very important ruins and namely see a Roman city engraved in stones, visit Saydet Naya Church, considered as one of the four oldest churches in Lebanon and see presses engraved in the rocks.

The hike will be divided to three levels:
Level 6 (12 KMs) will start their walk with a steep ascent in Assia, continue to Kfar Shleiman, then head to Zein. Afterwards, they will walk uphill on a trail that has some thorns along the way, before reaching a very beautiful location, which oversees the whole region and comprises ruins, presses and wells.

Level 4 (8 KMs) will start their walk at the top of Kfar Shleimen and walk along with level 6 on the same trail. 
Level 2 (6 KMs) will start in Kfar Shleimen, visit ruins, then go straight to the square of Zein village and see old houses along the way. From there, the group will take the bus and join the other hikers for lunch.

There will be two options for lunch. You can bring your own lunch, or join us for a traditional Lebanese meal with food prepared by villagers, who will offer us typical Lebanese dishes!

WHERE: Kfar Shleimen – Zein
North, Batroun area. 800 meters above sea level. 
WHEN: Saturday, March 25

MEETING PLACE: Jdeideh Public Garden, facing Sagesse School @ 7:30 AM There will be a breakfast stop along the way.

PRICE: With lunch: 80000 LBP per person Without lunch: 50000 LBP per person The prices include transport, guides and insurance. (Please get the exact change to facilitate and speed up the registration process). 

WHAT TO GET: Get some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Pack your backpacks with water, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Wear any comfortable clothes and shoes that would make you feel comfortable and that will be suitable to work in a field, in the countryside.

RESERVATION: For reservation call 03-917190 or 79-115001 between 9am & 5pm. It is preferable to send an SMS from your mobile, giving your name and the event you wish to join in.

Sun 26 - Turbul / hike VT

Jabal Turbul, a round-topped peak, stands 10 km of Al Mina. It is 681 m high and is an excellent landmark in clear weather.

The views from Jabal Turbul cover Tripoli, the coastline, Palm Island, Syria, Ouyoun el Samak… 
The hike is along the ridge of the mountain, enabling you to see all these breathtaking views. 
Jabal Turbul is a barren landscape. Spring is the ideal time for hiking there, since the weather is still cool, and spring flowers are in bloom.

The hike will be divided into three levels:
LEVEL 2 (3 1/2 km)will start from the residence of Jean Obeid and walk along a flat trail to get to the church of Turbul overlooking views from Tripoli to Syria. Then you will take the bus to the woods of Turbul.

LEVEL 4 (8 km) will start from the residence of Jean Obeid and walk along the same path as level 2, but instead of taking the bus from the church, you will continue on foot along a downward trail to get to the woods.

LEVEL 6 (12 km) will start from Alma and hike upwards until the residence of Jean Obeid. It is quite steep, with an ascent of 400 meters. From there, the trail joins with level 4 all the way until you reach the woods.

All levels will meet for lunch at Turbol Church. 
On the way back, we will stop in Nabi Youchaa to visit an important religious sanctuary: Makam el Nabi Youchaa. It is 40 m high.

WHERE: Turbul
North Lebanon
600 meters above sea level

WHEN: Sunday, March 26

PRICE: 50,000 LL per person including transport, guides, insurance. (Please get the exact change to facilitate and speed up the registration process).

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 a jacket because it gets cold in the shade. Wear hiking shoes or comfortable walking shoes. VT members get a 25% discount on sports equipment and apparel found in all branches of Maison du Ski!

MEETING PLACE: 7:30 AM in the parking of Sagesse School in Jdeideh, facing the public garden.

RESERVATION: For reservation call 79-115001 or 03-917190 from 9 00am till 5 00 pm. It is preferable to send an SMS from your mobile, giving your name, surname, and the event you wish to join in.

NB: Sometimes, due to reasons beyond our control, slight modifications to the program may occur. Ecotourism rules must be followed, otherwise personal accidents will not be accounted for by the insurance. 

Regards, 
Vamos Todos


 
 
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