Once again, we venture together to explore nature as well as historical sites.
Anjar Umayyad Ruins and Kfar Zabad Hima are our destination. We would first like to thank the municipality of Anjar and the youth of Anjar for their immense contribution to ecotourism and its development in the area.
Anjar Umayyad Ruins:
Anjar is a relative newcomer, going back to the early 8th Century AD, the Umayyad period. The Umayyads were the first of the two great dynasties of the Arab Moslem Empire.
Unlike Tyre and Byblos, which claim continuous habitation since the day they were founded, Anjar flourished for only a few decades.
At other historical sites in the country, different epochs and civilization are superimposed one on top of the other. Anjar is exclusively one period, the Umayyad.
The walls of the Great Palace are still largely intact, with clues to the former presence of forty towers.
Kfar Zabad Nature Reserve:
Kfar Zabad wetland is a small marshland on the level plain of the Bekaa Valley which is on the main migration route for African-Eurasian water birds. Kfar Zabad Marshlands were declared as “Hima”(community based protected area). Wetlands being a rarity in this country, Kfar Zabad Hima is of great importance.
Our hike will be divided into three levels: 2, 3 and 5.
Our first stop will be in Anjar. We will visit the ruins and learn about the Umayyad period.
Then we will start the hike together towards Anjar Reserve, passing by the river source. It will be an easy hike in fields, meadows and small farms. We will see farmers harvesting their crops. It is a new sight to the eye since the laborers differ in culture, dress code and dialect.
Level 2 & 3 will take an easy trail while level 5 will go uphill to the hills overlooking the area.
When we get to the summit, we will see a reserve and two caves. The 2nd and 3rd level will only see the bottom one, while the 5th level will see both caves.
Once at the top, both levels will see beautiful panorama views of the wonderful Bekaa valley, spanning all around us.
We will also pass by an old water mill in the area, and pass by some beautiful woods before meeting at the end in a wonderful restaurant by the lakes, to have a traditional Armenian lunch prepared by the locals of Anjar.
After lunch, there will be an optional hard level hike to the neighboring Kfarzabad reserve
The total length of the trail is around 4 for level 2, 7km for level 3 and 12 km for level 5.
If time permits, on our way back, we will visit the ‘Makam’ of ‘Nabi Azer’. It is a place of worship, situated at the top of a hill overlooking the Hima.
WHERE: Anjar – Kfar Zabad Hima
58 km from Beirut
870 m above sea level
WHEN: Nov 27
MEETING PLACE: 7:30 AM in the parking of Sagesse School in Jdeideh, facing the public garden.
There will be a breakfast stop along the way.
PRICE: 85 000LL per person including transport, guides, insurance, lunch, reserve Kfarzabad and entrance to Anjar (Please get the exact change to facilitate and speed up the registration process). 55 000 without lunch
WHAT TO GET: Get some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Pack your backpacks with water, lunch, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Don’t forget a light jacket because it gets cold in the shade. Wear hiking shoes or comfortable walking shoes.
RESERVATION: For reservation call 79-115001 or 03-917190. It is preferable to send an SMS from your mobile, giving your name, surname, and the event you wish to join in.
NB: Sometimes, due to reasons beyond our control, slight modifications to the program may occur. Ecotourism rules must be followed, otherwise personal accidents will not be accounted for by the insurance.