Trail length: 16 km Total uphill / downhill: 837 m/814 m Difficulty Level: moderate
This section of the LMT starts in Jezzine and follows a long foot path through a valley and then over the main range of mountains into the Bekaa valley ( )سهل البقاع. There are occasional forests along the way, as well as panoramic views toward Niha, Mount Hermon (جبل حرمون), and Lake Qaraoun (بحيرة القرعون). The trail also passes interesting geological formations, and an oak forest with some very old trees.
To reach Jezzine ( )جزين , take the coastal highway southbound from Beirut to Saida ( )صيدا . In Saida, use the by-pass road to avoid the congested downtown area, and follow the signpost(s) for a left turn to Jezzine after the third traffic circle. The road passes through the villages of Abra ( )عبرا , Kfar Falous ( )كفرفالوس and Rom ( )روم as you climb to Jezzine. To reach Aitanit ( )عيتنيت , take the Damascus highway into the Beqa valley ( )سهل البقاع . At Chtaura ( )شتورة , turn right to Aitanit, passing Kefraya ( )كفريا , and Saghbine ( )صغبين . All roads are paved and public transportation is available to both places. Estimated distances: Beirut to Jezzine: 71 km; Beirut to Aitanit: 79 km. Lodging Chafik Merchad Guesthouse (Niha): Iris Flower Hotel (Jezzine): Tel: +961 70 449305 Rizk Plaza Motel (Jezzine): Tel: +961 7 781066 La maison de la forêt (Bkessine): Tel: +961 3 911984 Faysal el Halabi (Aana ): Tel: +961 8 566578 – +961 3 330413
Local Guides Selim Karam (Jezzine) Tel: +961 3 364987 Habib El Helou (Jezzine Tel: +961 3 720774 Chafik Merchad (Niha): Tel: +961 5 330755, +961 76 703168