Hiking at ‘Baakline’ on Sunday, Nov 20, 2016 with DALE Corazon

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HIKE LOCATION : Baakline/Chouf/ In Mount Lebano
1220 meters above sea level.
52 km from Beirut.
WHEN : Sunday, November 20, 2016
ENCOUNTER PLACE : Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM.
FEES : 40,000 LL per person including transport, professional guides, insurance, 5 minutes warming up, stretching, pictures and Entrance fees.
WHAT TO GET : Get some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Pack your backpacks with lunch, water, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Don’t forget to get a jacket. Wear comfortable walking shoes, preferably hiking shoes (Professional brand is recommended). DC members get a 20% discount on sports equipment in Sports 4 Ever branches.
There will be a breakfast stop along the way.
FOR RESERVATION AND INFO: Please Call 00961-70-986118 / 00961-70-997062 and by sending SMS, mentioned your name, surname and the event you wish to join us.


Founded in the 12th century by the Maan emirs, Baakline served as their capital until the early 17th century when its most famous Emir Fakhreddin II, moved to Deir el Qamar. Today Baakline is an important Druze town and seat of the sect’s religious leader. The beautiful grand Serail, the main administrative building of Baakline before World War II, has been restored and transformed into a public library. In the center of the village stands the palace of Sheikh Hussein Hamadeh, built in stages starting in 1591.

The roots of Lebanon as we know it today go back to Baakleen. Around the year 1120 A.D., Amir Maan Ibn Rabeaah, the great grandfather of Amir Fakher Eddine Al Maani the second who established “Lubnan Al Kabeer”, settled in Baakleen with his tribe. He was supported by his in-laws, the Tanoukhyeen. Amir Maan was married to the daughter of Amir Noaaman Al Tanoukhy. Historians agree that Baakleen was the capital of the Maani Emirate.
All info and description of the reserve will be described by a local Guide.
HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous
Baakline is a wonderful place for hiking; our hike will be divided into 2 levels:
LEVEL 4 (7 km) We will start from Baakline by a visit to the National Library that used to be a prison long time ago, the Hamadeh Castle, Old Church Conserved By el Cheikh, Old tombs and then we will head to the beautiful forest and hike among trees. We will have the chance to admire breathtaking colored scenery and take memorable photos. At some point we will stop by the Atoun and afterwards we will take the bus to Baakline and wait for the other group to have lunch by the waterfall “Challalat El Zarkaa” and the tall trees.

LEVEL 6 (11 Km) will start walking the same trail of level 4 and will split at some point to reach the river of Baakline at “Challalat El Zarkaa” for lunch.
We will all see “Houwwet Raidan” a great natural hole for 70 m depth so be careful!
After lunch both levels will continue in a stretch pine beautiful trail to Daraya Bridge
On our way back to Beirut, we may stop in Deir El Qamar Castle; we will walk the old souk, discover the great landmarks and take a lot of pictures.
Note: Ecotourism Rules should be followed like Safety regulations. Otherwise all accidents will not be recognized by the insurance. And occasionally, due to reasons beyond our control, slight modifications to the event may occur.
You can Join our group on Facebook: Dale Corazonيلّا يا قلب (group) and https://www.facebook.com/dalecorazonleb (Page)

For more information Kindly visit our website: http://www.dalecorazon.com/
Best Regards,

Dale Corazon – Lebanon Explorers


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