Hiking Trip to Rashkida- Boxmaya with DALE CORAZON-LEBANON EXPLORERS
HIKE LOCATION : Rashkida – Boxmaya- Kfarhay/ Batroun Districts/North
500 meters above sea level, 11 km from Batroun.
WHEN : Sunday, November 27, 2016
ENCOUNTER PLACE : Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM
OUR FEES : 40,000 LL per person including transport, professional guides, insurance, 5 minutes warming up, stretching and pictures. Special price 35,000 LL for young under 18 years old or group of 5 persons.
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.
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DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT:
Nahr El Jawz located in North of Lebanon is one of the most beautiful Lebanese trails; it was listed as a National and Historic Heritage Site on February 24th, 1998 by the Environment Minister.
The river serves the water mills, irrigated fields, power generators, cafés and restaurants and a part of the water is pumped for domestic use in Batroun and the region. But you will be charmed above all by the various types of trees along the river banks, especially the walnut trees that grow in preference close to water and which have given the river their name. There we will have our lunch.
Historically, Nahr El Jawz valley was the only possible way through which armies could reach Batroun and for that reason fortress of Msaylha was built to protect Batroun from enemy attacks.
HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous.
Due to the topography of the ground and walking beside the river, you are bound to descend minor slopes, so the hike will be a Level 3 (8Km), it will be easy.
First we will visit the tomb of Patriarch Elias Hoayek in Sainte Famille Convent and
Deir Mar Geryes (St. Georges) built in the 3th century. The trail offers many scenic spots and adventure. You will start walking from the village of Rashkida and head towards the river bank until you reach the bridge of Boxmaya village. The bus will then take you to Kfarhay to visit St. Maroun Monastery.
LEVEL 5 (12Km) will start from St Famille convent in Ibrine, you will pass through a dense pine forest called “El Sheikh forest” heading to Rashkida. A descent to the river and a wonderful walk along its bank will include some adventurous passages along the border of the water canal. Will continue along a trail leading to old mills and old stone bridges, than you will head to the bridge of Boxmaya village to meet level 3 and go to Kfarhay.
Mar Youhanna Maroun (St. John Maron) was the first Maronite Patriarch (702-710). During his mandate, Maronites moved from Syria to Lebanon and made Kfarhay the Patriarchal Seat until 938 when it moved to Yanouh. The skull of Mar Maroun is safeguarded there, you will see it, and visit the precious museum of old books dated back to the 15th century.
In our return to Beirut, our stop can be in Batroun to drink fresh Lemonade.
It will be a nice experience!
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.
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