Tijd in beweging  3 uren 49 minuten

Tijd  7 uren 23 minuten

Coördinaten 1850

Geüpload 28 februari 2021

Uitgevoerd februari 2021

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2.638 m
1.664 m
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10,02 km

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in de buurt Sannîne, Mont-Liban (Lebanon)

Sannine is beautiful in all seasons. Winter ascent is tough and requires lot of endurance. Totally different from summer time, it's a unique experience. It was our first time reaching the true summit in winter. The route is different: no visible trails and steep slopes in snow. We started from Nabeh Sannine and took Berland route. Physically demanding, i found it technically easier in snow especially when snowshoes are in uphill mode. After a deserved short rest at top of Berland, we continued our way towards the "true" summit. We found our way taking the less risky trajectories. Before reaching the summit, we took off our snowshoes, the way to the top was not fully covered by snow. The view from the top is stunning in clear weather: Makmel, Tannourine, Akoura, Laklouk and Ehmej to the north, Bekaa and anti-Lebanon to the east and Kneisseh, Barouk and Hermon to the south. In summertime, we usually take the 4x4 trail to reach the cross because it's not safe to go off-trail due to possible mines in the area. In winter, the dirt road is totally covered and the "higher" passage is made possible by snow covering the terrain. DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS PART FROM SUMMIT TO CROSS IN SUMMER! The way to the Cross is not easy at all. We searched for the best route to avoid risky parts. We had our lunch at the Cross before starting our descent via the famous "Grande coulée" (Bahsa). Years ago, we used to ride the pebbles of this beautiful slope in summer. Since someone found a mine to the left of this route (?), we stopped taking this route down. For this reason, i do not recommend taking down this route in summer. In winter, the descent is more difficult especially at the start of the descent where snow is usually icy making the downhill function of the snowshoes not very useful. When the snow becomes more fluffy, the downhill mode makes things easier with much better grip. I strongly recommend snowshoes with downhill mode for steep descents (Grande coulée or Berland). Even if you have to stay fully focused during the descent, you can still enjoy amazing sceneries of Zaarour, Bakish, Baskinta, Wadi el deleb and the sea! After the long descent, we turned left to catch Sannine roads leading to our starting point. Moving time is around 6 hours. This loop is amazing but reserved for the experienced hikers. Enjoy Lebanon’s beauty and stay safe!
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Start of Berland

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Bergpas

Top of Berland

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Tough ascent

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Panorama

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Mount Hermon in the background

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Final push to the true summit

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Sannine true summit

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Heading to Sannine Cross

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Amazing rock

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Find your way

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Don't continue from here

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Chambre française

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Sannine Cross

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Start of grande coulee

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Grande coulee

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Kruispunt

Turn left around the hill

Rivier

River crossing

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Fields in snow

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Road part

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  • Foto van Ray Kodsieh

    Ray Kodsieh 16-apr-2021

    Ik heb deze route gevolgd  geverifieerd  Bekijk in detail

    Impressive and unique experience indeed!
    Our plan was to watch the sunset from Bakish cedars, a small promenade in the afternoon. But when on the road from Zaarour to Bakish, we observed from below the mighty Sannine fully covered in white! It ignited our excitement and said to ourselves Screw it! Lets do it!
    We did it with a remarkable time frame! Almost 4.5hrs! Enjoyed it to the max!!
    Sunset was at St. Marie cross. Sat there and benefited till the last moment. When sunset is over, we start descending the “Grande coulée” at Twilight.
    Lovelyyyy trail !! Thank u for sharing

  • Foto van Rami Rachkidi

    Rami Rachkidi 17-apr-2021

    Thanks Ray for reviewing! Amazing 4.5 hours time frame 💪💪💪! I imagine you were running chasing the sunset and avoiding the darkness 😀