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Lebanon Mountain Trail Hiking

Beirut, Lebanon to Beirut, Lebanon

Lebanon Mountain Trail Hiking
Join MT Sobek on a pioneering hiking adventure! Established in 2007, the 290-mile Lebanon Mountain Trail takes in all the beauty and natural diversity the landscape and culture have to offer, and we hike 23 miles of it! Warm up with Lebanon's revered literary greats along the Baskinta Literary Trail, then revel in a series of moderate mountain hikes exemplary of this incredibly historical, spectacular route. Explore impressive Roman ruins, centuries-old mountain monasteries, vast cedar forests, ancient Phoenician cities, and medieval highlights of Byblos, Tripoli, and Anjar. Our knowledgeable, expert guides help ensure an unparalleled experience of this unique destination.
  • Hike the scenic Lebanon Mountain Trail's holy valleys, vast cedar forests, and ancient ruins
  • Emerge from sweeping cedar nature preserves to explore souks, temples, fortresses, churches, and more
  • Follow the footsteps of ancient Phoenicians and Romans while exploring UNESCO-listed Byblos, Anjar, and Tyre

Minimum Age: 16
Interests
  • Adventure and Active
  • Educational and Learning
9 Nights Starting At
May 01, 2023 through May 10, 2023
Book by:
April 27, 2023 7:00 PM
Itinerary Overview
Day 2
Walk the Baskinta Literary Trail & Transfer to Byblos
Day 3
Tour Medieval Sights in Byblos & Tripoli
Day 5
Hike into Holy Qadicha Valley
Day 6
See the Cedars of Tannourine
Day 7
Head to Baalbek and Taanayel Domaine
Day 8
Visit Ancient Anjar
Day 9
Explore UNESCO-Listed Tyre and ancient Sidon
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Dates & prices
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April 27, 2023 7:00 PM
May 01, 2023
to May 10, 2023
9 Nights from $5,995.00
(USD) Per Person
August 28, 2022 7:00 PM
September 01, 2022
to September 10, 2022
9 Nights from $5,995.00
(USD) Per Person
May 28, 2023 7:00 PM
June 01, 2023
to June 10, 2023
9 Nights from $5,995.00
(USD) Per Person
August 28, 2023 7:00 PM
September 01, 2023
to September 10, 2023
9 Nights from $5,995.00
(USD) Per Person
Accommodations
MT Sobek: Lebanon Mountain Trail Hiking

Day: 1, duration: 1
Le Commodore Hotel

Located in Beirut's Hamra district, this accommodation is an ideal place to spend the first night because of its proximity to the city center. It has an outdoor pool and fitness center which offer a nice place to get acclimated after a long day of travel before beginning the adventure on the following day. The rooms are comfortable and nicely furnished. Guests can also enjoy several dining options with Japanese, French, American options, along with another restaurant offering a fusion of international cuisine.

Day: 2, duration: 1
Byblos Sur Mer

Situated on the edge of the Sea in Byblos harbor, this is a truly spectacular hotel and offers stunning views to complement its luxurious property and rooming accommodations. The hotel offers a several different dining options, and guests can enjoy complimentary beach access. Walking through the lobby, the Byblos Sur Mer also houses a variety of archaeological artifacts. On the edge of the water, this is a comfortable and luxurious place to decompress and reflect on trip's spectacular journey through Roman ruins, Phoenician cities, and the legendary Lebanon Mountain Trail.

Day: 3, duration: 2
Qozhaya Lodge

The Qozhaya Lodge is located within the stone walls of the 17th-century Qozhaya Monastery, also called the Monastery of St. Anthony. The monastery oozes historic charm and you'll learn about the hermits who have inhabited the Qadicha Valley since the 5th century. Enjoy peaceful nights in basic rooms, which come with en-suite bathrooms, and fuel the next leg of your trek in the dining room.

Day: 5, duration: 2
Auberge Hadath el Jebbeh

The charming Auberge Hadath el Jebbeh is a traditional Lebanese home dating from 1928 that was transformed into a hostel and hotel. A warm, relaxed atmosphere can be felt throughout the property, which comprises a spacious common hall and 16 beds (eight double rooms) and a guesthouse (three double rooms and a shared kitchen). The auberge can also arrange meals, activities, and cooking classes.

Day: 7, duration: 1
Taanayel Ecolodge

Enjoy a traditional Lebanese experience at the Taanayel Ecolodge, built in the style of an authentic Beqaa village with mud-brick walls. Bedouin-style shared rooms encircle a lush central courtyard and open terrace, where you can relax with a coffee or game of backgammon. At night you will sleep on a mat on the floor and wake to a hearty breakfast.

Day: 8, duration: 1
Dar Alma Tyre

Dar Alma in Tyre is a bright yellow local hotel set in the ancient alleyways of Tyre. Rooms have warm wood accents, mosaic-tile showers and other boutique touches. Most rooms boast terraces overlooking the Mediterranean. The restaurant boasts both an outdoor terrace as well as indoor seating with stone archways, and serves local Lebanese cuisine. There is a sundeck and Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

Day: 9, duration: 1
Le Commodore Hotel

Located in Beirut's Hamra district, this accommodation is an ideal place to spend the first night because of its proximity to the city center. It has an outdoor pool and fitness center which offer a nice place to get acclimated after a long day of travel before beginning the adventure on the following day. The rooms are comfortable and nicely furnished. Guests can also enjoy several dining options with Japanese, French, American options, along with another restaurant offering a fusion of international cuisine.

Guides
MT Sobek: Lebanon Mountain Trail Hiking

Inclusions/Exclusions
MT Sobek: Lebanon Mountain Trail Hiking

Inclusions
Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
Snacks and water between meals
Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
Baggage transfers and porterage

Exclusions
International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
Travel Protection Program
Personal expenses
What To Expect
MT Sobek: Lebanon Mountain Trail Hiking

Reason #01

This trip blends hiking to hermit cave churches with cultural treasures like Baalbek and Byblos.

Reason #02

Our local guide is one of the founders of the Lebanon Mountain Trail, and is expertly familiar with the route!

Reason #03

We have successfully operated trips throughout the Middle East, including to Iran, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Saudi Arabia.

Activities

Moderately paced hiking up to 7 miles a day on scenic trails, plus cultural touring of Roman ruins, cedar forests, and ancient cities.

Lodging

Charming traditional Lebanese guesthouses and hotels with modern amenities.

Climate

Temperatures in the cities are very warm with scant amounts of rain. In the mountains, temperatures range from the mid 40's to high 60's.

Who will meet me on arrival?

Our MT Sobek representative will meet you at the Beirut Airport.

Do I need a visa to travel to Lebanon?

Yes, American citizens need a visa to travel to Lebanon, but you can get one on arrival at the airport in Beirut.

Do I need to follow a special dress code for Lebanon?

No, there is no special dress code for Lebanon, but out of respect for the local culture, please leave immodest clothing at home.

Is it safe to travel to Lebanon?

Yes, tourism is alive and well in Lebanon and the country is an oasis of calm in a turbulent neighborhood.

How do I get to Beirut?

A number of European airlines (including Lufthansa, Turkish, Air France and British Airways) as well as Emirates and Royal Jordanian Airlines fly to Beirut.

This trip is “Exploratory”. Does that mean nobody has done this trip before?

Yes, and no. MT Sobek has never done this trip. It has been scouted by an MT Sobek Program Director for safety purposes. While certain aspects of this trip have been done before, sections of hiking trails we will explore have not.

Does this trip contribute to any local conservation efforts?

Yes! Each group has the opportunity to plant a tree where you hike to help preserve the beautiful buffer zone of the Ehden Reserve.

About MT Sobek
This is where adventure travel began! Since our first Everest Base Camp trek in 1969, we’ve been connecting adventurers to the world through genuine, active and immersive experiences. We can’t think of anything more fulfilling than being outside and going deep into nature, exploring hidden places and getting to know local people. It’s what we love to do, so let us share it with you.

To feed your spirit of adventure, Mountain Travel Sobek offers a wide range of unique and perfectly paced itineraries led by incredible local guides. We keep groups small, usually fewer than 10 people, and seek out great food and characterful accommodations everywhere we go.

Beyond the seamless logistics and careful attention to detail, our aim is to create a space for truly special moments in unforgettable places.

We are the Adventure Company—come explore with us.

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Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.