arrival to Beirut airport, meet the assistant, Transfer to the hotel.
Beirut Historical tour (Optional) or choose an activity.
Extreme hike at the Black Peak Mountain highest summit in the Middle east
Breakfast in the Hotel, Get ready to hike the highest peak in Lebanon & the Middle east at around 3080m above sea level, Kornet al Sawda' (Black Peak). From the summit, which is marked by a large metallic tripod, you have a panoramic view of the coast of Lebanon towards the west. It is said that on a clear day the island of Cyprus can be seen. It is pure Lebanese beauty! This is not an easy hike as the location is a challenge to reach! We will be driving towards the North of Lebanon, passing through Chekka until we reach the Cedars and Kornet El Sawda. The hike is of an advanced level (7-8) of 23 Kms, duration is around 3h and a half to reach the panoramic view where we will rest and have a picnic lunch, and another 3h and a half to come back. The amazing scenery that your eyes catch upon reaching these incredible landscapes is worth the journey.
*What to wear: running shoes, comfortable pants, t-shirt, a cap to keep you safe from the sun. You will settle in at the best lodge in the Cedars in a cabana at “L’auberge des Cedres” to enjoy a cheese and wine dinner-
*Black Peak Hiking trip is an extreme hike level of 6 hours
Breakfast in the hotel and then head to visit the Cedars forest among the last survivors of the immense forests that lay across Mount Lebanon in ancient times. The most famous cedar forest is the one located in Bsharreh region, North Lebanon and also known as the Cedars of the Lord. The Cedar forest in Bsharreh contains about 375 trees, some between 1200 and 2000 years old. They stand on slopes 6000 ft. (1950 meters) high in the shadow of the 10000 ft. From Lebanon's cedar forests, King Solomon got the timber to build his temple and palace in Jerusalem, while the Egyptian Pharaohs used the wood to carve their sarcophagi and sun-ships. Also, Phoenicians and Greeks used its wood through the centuries in their homes, temples, sarcophagi, and galleys. Once done from the reserve, you will head to visit the Qadisha Grotto- The 10-million-year-old Qadisha Grotto was first discovered in 1903, but it wasn’t until 1923, at the onset of the Qadisha electric project, that real exploration commenced. At present, 778 meters of cave have been fully surveyed, revealing a dazzling collection of stalactites and stalagmites in wonderful colors. Further study is expected, as are efforts to improve access to it. The cave entrance is just five kilometers from Bcharre. Your final stop will be in 3youn Orghoush to have your mezze and grills lunch in one of the local restaurants overlooking a beautiful lake. Proceed back to Beirut .
*Cedars Reserve hiking trip is an easy level for about 1 hour
*Suitable for families
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