Tijd in beweging  3 uren 40 minuten

Tijd  6 uren 19 minuten

Coördinaten 2013

Geüpload 27 december 2020

Uitgevoerd december 2020

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1.850 m
1.271 m
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11,3 km

631 maal bekeken, 20 maal gedownload

in de buurt Jbâa ech Choûf, Mont-Liban (Lebanon)

Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve, accounting for a quarter of the remaining cedar forest in Lebanon, was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in July 2005. This reserve covers approximately 5% of the total area of Lebanon. Some trees are estimated to be 2,000 years old. In addition to the main 3 entrances (Ain Zhalta, Barouk and Maasser), there are other less-known entrances (Mresti, Jbaa and Niha).
Our hike started from the relatively new Jbaa entrance (2019). Starting with fresh water from "Ain el Chaachouaa" near the entrance. Soon after the start, we reached a dirt car road that goes up slowly but steadily. Prepare for around 500 m of continuous ascent. After 1.5 km, we left the dirt road and took a beautiful footpath offering amazing views of Niha. When you reach again a dirt road, know that most of the ascent is done and you will soon deserve the most amazing views of Qaraoun lake and Mount Hermon. After crossing a plateau, go right and you will find a viewpoint where you can enjoy the view of majestic Mount Hermon. Follow the valley down then go north at some point. Prepare for another off-trail 300 m ascent before reaching the highest point in Jbaa highlands where you will find an army geodesic point (8FCH, around 1850 m). From this point continue north to reach the dirt road leading you to another amazing viewpoint. After a lunch break in the area, we went back down to our starting point following a beautiful forest trail. If you are on time, a beautiful sunset will be your perfect reward. Keep hiking, keep it clean and stay safe :)
Waypoint

Jbaa entrance

Waypoint

Follow the trail

Waypoint

Easy ascent

Uitkijkpunt

Chouf

Kruispunt

Leave the trail

Go straight
Uitkijkpunt

Niha

Waypoint

Beautiful trail

Waypoint

Crossing 4×4 trail

Waypoint

Start of descent

Waypoint

Best for camping

Uitkijkpunt

Mount Hermon and Qaraoun lake

Waypoint

Going down

Off-trail
Uitkijkpunt

Amazing view

Waypoint

Beautiful rock formations

Waypoint

Watch your steps

Uitkijkpunt

Mount Hermon

Another angle
Uitkijkpunt

Amazing view

Meer

Natural small lake

Top

Geodesic point 8FCH

Kruispunt

On 4x4 trail again

Uitkijkpunt

Viewpoint

Waypoint

Man-made couloir to the viewpoint

Waypoint

Nice footpath

Waypoint

On trail

Uitkijkpunt

Chouf villages

Waypoint

Nice footpath

Boom

Go under the tree

Waypoint

Forest trail

Zigzaging
Waypoint

Go under the rock

Waypoint

Rocky stairs

Waypoint

4x4 trail

Kruispunt

Go down right

Fontein

Ain el Cha2chou2a

11 opmerkingen

  • Foto van John Saad aka Hikerwanabe!

    John Saad aka Hikerwanabe! 28 dec. 2020

    Amazing Coverage as always! Pleasure doing this hike with you ..
    Cheers,

  • Foto van Rami Rachkidi

    Rami Rachkidi 28 dec. 2020

    Thank you John! Looking forward for more hikes together 😎

  • Foto van rana lonnen

    rana lonnen 29 dec. 2020

    Hey Rami - sounds like an awesome trail. Hope you can take us there on our next trip to Lebanon!

  • Foto van Rami Rachkidi

    Rami Rachkidi 29 dec. 2020

    @ rana: lot of trails are waiting for you :)

  • Foto van mitri.nada

    mitri.nada 31 dec. 2020

    Thank you for all the info will try it on the beginning of 2021 happy new year 🎈

  • Foto van Rami Rachkidi

    Rami Rachkidi 31 dec. 2020

    @mitri.nada You will like this trail. Happy new year 🥳

  • Foto van Wadih Homsi

    Wadih Homsi 31 dec. 2020

    Easy to follow and great as usual!!

  • Foto van Rami Rachkidi

    Rami Rachkidi 31 dec. 2020

    @wadih I'm glad you liked it! Happy new year

  • Foto van Wadih Homsi

    Wadih Homsi 31 dec. 2020

    Thanks Rami. Happy to year to you too.

  • Foto van manwel_batlouni

    manwel_batlouni 5 jan. 2021

    You're welcome dear rami hope to see you again 🙏 manwel batlouni (coordinator entrance of jbaa) best regards

  • Foto van Rami Rachkidi

    Rami Rachkidi 5 jan. 2021

    Thank you Manwel! Ya3tik l 3afyeh! Will come again soon hopefully 🙏