1 622 m
Megtekintve 1956 alkalommal, letöltve 44 alkalommal
közel Ech Châghoûr, Mont-Liban (Lebanon)
Another autumn hike to add to your bucket list. This hike took place from Falougha to Mtein passing by the towns of Kfar Selwan, Jouar El Haouz, Al Salam (peace) village, and Mchikha. it is the Lebanese Mountain Trail (LMT) sections 16 & 17.
The hike started from the bottom of the Flag Hill (the hill where the first current Lebanese flag was hoisted in 1945) and went up to the top of the hill where the flag mast is. The hike went above the Sohat village water bottling company, the up hill to Ma3boor (crossing of) Al Ghazal, where we came across the famous Kfar Selwan man-made ponds (used to irrigate crops during the summer months). The hike descended to Ayn (water spring) El Rejm then walked by the ponds and down a sandy road through a pine forest. The hike went down again through an oak forest that lies in a valley with the Salam Village located above it on the edge of a cliff. We passed by Jouar Al Haouz and went downhill to the Rmeili (sandy river; called sandy because the water is sandy colored because the sand flowing from the surrounding area). After that, the hike crossed the Mchikha bridge and went up through a steep uphill to Mchikha and then took the Mchikha-Mtein stairs to go to Mtein Square where the hike ended.
It is an easy to moderate hike and nice to take during the fall where the weather is a bit on the cool side with temperatures between 10 - 19 degrees Celsius.
Falougha is a quiet village in Mount Lebanon. It's where the first Lebanese flag was raised. Falougha is Syriac for "divide"; It symbolizes the two winter Rivers that divide the village.
Mtein is "Mother of the Metn district towns "; it is one of the oldest villages in Lebanon.
This is the place where the first current Lebanese flag was hoisted by the then General Jameel Lahoud.
The Lamartine valley is named after the poet/politician/author Lamartine who took residence in Lebanon for three years and used to travel this valley for meditation and writings.
This is the place where the drinking water Sohat is bottled from natural spring water. The spring is located at 1700+ meters above Sea Level and by law no buildings can be build above that spring in order to prevent contamination to the spring.
Maaboor (path) Alghazal is named (as the legend goes) after one of the last Lamaa (princes of Lebanon) dynasty (his name was Ghazal) escaped the Ottomans who were going to behead him along the remaining 11 Lamaa. Ghazal was able to escape through this passage and it was named after him.
Ayn (water spring) Rejm is called Rejm in relation to it coming out from a pile of rocks (Rejmi). It is a drinkable water and a stop for hikers to drink and replenish their water supply.
Sandy road leading to the pine forest
You can find starting from this point: apple, quince, and Persimmon orchards.
One of the few oak forests I encountered during my hikes in Lebanon.
Salam (peace) Village is a small subdivision of houses built by a Qatari real-estate developer on a rocky cliff overlooking the oak tree forest.
Take left at the communication tower
This river is called Sandy river because the water running through it carries sand from the top of the mountains down with it. the water is sandy in color.
one of the many grape presses that existed in this region. They were used to make wine and then (after the Islamic conquest) molasses.
Mchikha is a small town that had no store to serve its inhabitants; they built these stairs (600 steps) so they have a short cut and access to the stores of the Mtein village.
Before China silk, Lebanon was famous for its silk. This is one of many silk factory that fanned all over mount Lebanon in the 17th and 18th centuries.