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March 5, 2017

Biking Package

This 35 km biking tour of locals villages is on paved roads and begins in Ain Zhalta/ Bmohray, then passes through Barouk, Maasser, Khraibeh, Baadarane, Mrosti and Jebaa and ends at Niha. A biking station is well equipped in the Park House in Maasser el Shouf. For more professional mountain bikers there are designated trails and dirt roads in the Reserve such as Sections 17, 18 and 20 of the Lebanon Mountain Trail.
In the Bekaa valley there is a well known biking trail on the asphalt road starting from Ammiq wetland to the Quaroun lake.

School Packages Audio-visual introduction to the Reserve Hiking in the Reserve Environmental games Lunch box

February 27, 2017

LMT Section 17

Trail length: 19.9 km Total uphill/downhill: 563 m/664 m Difficulty Level: Moderate

LMT Section 17 Falougha – Ain Dara – Bmohrai – Ain Zhalta/Nabe‘ Safa
This section of the LMT crosses the main Beirut-Damascus highway before passing the Mghiti plain and parallels the high peaks of the Lebanon mountain range above the relatively large towns of Ain Dara and Ain Zhalta. The hiker will see cedar trees near Falougha and Bmohray ( )بمهريه . The main highlights of this section are the scenic views of the Lamartine valley, the village square in Bmohray and the water spring and pine forest at Nabeh Safa ( )نبع الصفا There is plenty of snow in the winter but for the most part, the area remains accessible. This entire section is suitable for biking.
Lodging Soha Village (Falougha): Tarek Halabi, Tel:+961 3 345 008 +961 3 136 298

E-mail : info@sohavillage.com
Hotel el Rami (Falougha): Luis Rami, Cell: +961 3 215937 Tel: +961 5 531690 Website: www.ramihotel.com E-mail: info@ramihotel.com
Hussam el Eid Guest house (Ain Zhalta): Hussam El Eid, Tel: +961 3 217299
Wajdi el Zoor Guesthouse (Ain Zhalta): Wajdi El Zoor, Tel: +961 70 235453
MFDCL Ecolodge & Campsite (Ramliye): Sawsan Abo Fakher Eddine Tel: +961 5 280430
Local Guides Call the Shouf Biosphere Reserve Tel: +961 5 350 250

February 27, 2017

LMT Section 18

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
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