A must see in Lebanon is the discovery of the Holy Valley of the Kadicha.
Kadisha means "Holy" in Aramic, and the valley, sometimes called the Holy Valley, has sheltered Christian monastic communities for many centuries. The Kadisha Holy Valley harbors the most ancient Christian monasteries of the Middle East : The Qannubin Monastery used to be the seat of the Maronite Patriarch, The Monastery of Mar Lishaa and The Monastery of St Anthony of Qozhaya.
A day spending with the everlasting echoes of bells sounds over the centuries-old cliffs Valley. We will spent this daye under the sign of inner peace and relaxation.
It is on section 6 of the LMT that we will walk 13 Km beginning from the village of Hawka following the famous stairs which lead to the bottom of the Valley and without forgetting to visit the last Hermite of the Kadisha: Father Dario.
A small path will lead us to Saint Marina before reaching the famous Qannoubine monastery.
then we will head towards Saint Anthony of Qozhaya convent, this rock-cut monastery has been in continuous use since the Middle Ages.
It is also famous for housing the first printing press in the Middle East.
The hermitage is the largest in the valley and has a museum.
For those who want to stop on the 9th Kilometer, the bus will be waiting for us in Fraidis before picking us up in Mar Antonios Qoshaya monastery
This event is one in a series of events organized by Lebanese Adventure in partnership with the Lebanon Mountain Trail Association.
Difficulty : medium (Till Freidis) to advanced Hike (Till Mar Antonios Qoshaya)
Length of trail : 13 km
Duration: 4h – 4h30
What to bring:
Hiking shoes, back pack,water,light meal (sandwich, dried fruits,..),sunglasses, sun screen, cap, fleece, wind breaker.
Cost: 33$ (50.000LL) covering guides, transportation, and insurance. (Kindly bring the exact change).
Meeting: at 7:30 am at the parking next to the Emergency Entrance of the Sacré Cœur hospital Hazmieh. To reach it, turn right towards Pain d'Or. The Parking is the 1st one on you left. Please, be on time!
For reservations: please call Elie 03-081620, Serge 03-214989 or by sms.