Trail length: 21.8 km Total uphill/downhill: 812 m/977 m Difficulty Level: Moderate

LMT Section 18 Ain Zhalta / Nabeh Safa – Barouk/Fraidiss
This section of the LMT gives you an excellent opportunity to see the extensive cedar forests that form part of the network of protected areas throughout Lebanon. The trail climbs quite steeply through the cedar forests and then follows a ridge line for a long distance, affording views of both the Beqa valley ( )سهل البقاع to the east and the Mediterranean to the west. The main highlights are the cedar forests, the panoramic views all the way to Mount Hermon ( ) جبل حرمون and some very good bird watching. This entire section is bike friendly.
Villages along this section Ain Zhalta – El Barouk
Lodging Houssam el Eid Guest house (Ain Zhalta): Houssam El Eid, Tel: +961 3 217299

MFDCL Ecolodge & Campsite (Ramliye): Sawsan Abo Fakher Eddine Tel: +961 5 280430
Wajdi el Zouer Guesthouse (Ain Zhalta): Wajdi El Zouer Tel: +961 70 235453
El Barouk Palace Hotel (Barouk): Hafez Mahmoud, Tel: +961 5 240251
Boustani Guesthouse (Barouk): Ziad Boustani, Tel: +961 3 633062 +961 5 240036
Akram Guest house (Barouk): Akram Mahmoud, Tel +961 3 829102
Local Guides Call the Shouf Biosphere Reserve Tel: +961 5 350250