05 Dec 2021

Hiking Trip - Faraya Hike - Keserwan District

  • Hello friends,

    Hiking through natural springs is a unique experience in Faraya, which means “springs overflow” in Phoenician. Home to more than 7 natural springs in addition to wells, Faraya is not only a winter destination for snow sports but also for summer vacation. The village has a very fertile soil and is well-known for its apples harvest.

    Faraya is abundant with maple trees that lose its leaves in winter and cedar trees that maintain their green leaves all year long especially underneath the Chabrouh limestone cliff.

    Chabrouh Dam, inaugurated in 2007 became a landmark in the area especially that it is one of the highest reservoirs in the Middle East region.

    Faraya is also a main pilgrimage destination with the largest statue of Saint Charbel, the Mountain of the Cross, 2 monasteries and more than 8 churches.

    Our journey in Faraya will start from Chabrouh, where we will stop by the Chabrouh Dam for a quick visit passing through ‘Nabaa’ al aasal’ spring among others and getting a glimpse of ‘Chir en nsour’ (meaning cliff of the Eagles) another cliff in the area where occasionally eagles may appear, hence the name.

    We will walk right underneath the Chabrouh cliff at 1550 m, on a trail just recently prepared by the Lebanese Mountain Trail association in collaboration with Faraya’s Municipality, crossing through a little artificial bridge over a beautiful natural waterfall that offers a bird’s-eye view of the village and which becomes more abundant when snow melts. The road will lead us south before we start descending to the center of the village. We will walk a few meters on asphalt, pass across an old bridge and catch our 2-km riverside refreshing hike between the falling leaves of the maple trees, prepared by Faraya’s Municipality, passing by an old mill and a couple of bridges. We will cross the last bridge and start our final ascent of few meters long that will lead us back to the bus to head towards a traditional lunch place.

    The hike is a moderate one, Level 4: 9 km long.

    Bring your smile and keep in mind the following instructions to enjoy together beautiful gems of Lebanon.

    WHERE: Faraya
    Keserwan District
    46 Km from Beirut
    1290-2000 meters above sea level.

    WHEN: Sunday, December 05

    MEETING PLACE: 7:00 AM in the parking of Sagesse School in Jdeideh, facing the public garden. (See map on: https://www.vamos-todos.com/Pages/ParkingMap.aspx)
    There will be a breakfast stop along the way.

    PRICE: 410,000 LL per person including transport, guides, insurance and lunch.
    280,000 LL without lunch
    Kindly get the exact change to avoid transmitting germs.
    You can register now at all branches of Antoine Library or on the following link:
    https://www.antoineticketing.com/?event_group_id=26
    Looking forward to see you! Until then stay safe.

    DO NOT FORGET TO:
    • Get your own light snack that will boost your stamina and keep you energetic.
    • Equip yourself with your own water bottles a cap and sunscreen.
    • Distancing from each other is a must, offering or sharing snacks are not encouraged. Keep a windproof jacket in your backpack.

    WHAT TO GET: Medical face masks, Handgel, lunch, light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits, water, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Wear comfortable shoes such as hiking shoes and always keep a windproof jacket in your backpack.

    SPECIAL RATES:
    - Children with the age of 10 and younger will have a discount of 20’000 LBP
    - Children/ Teenagers between the age of 11 and 18 will have a discount of 15’000 LBP
    - University students will have a discount of 10’000 LBP provided that they present their university card
    - Groups with 5 to 9 persons, with different criteria than the above, will get a 5’000 LBP discount
    - Groups with 10 or more persons, with different criteria than the above, will get a 10’000 LBP discount

    PAYMENT TERMS:
    - Cancellation with less than 24 hours’ notice will be charged half-price
    - Reservations with less than 24 hours’ notice will be charged an extra 5’000 LBP
    (e.g. Cancelling or booking for a Sunday’s event on Saturday will be subject to the above terms)

    ESSENTIAL ECOTOURISTIC RULES & REGULATIONS
    - Smoking is strictly prohibited during the event
    - Always follow the guide on the designated trail
    - Do not go off road without notifying the guide
    - Do not get close to a cliff especially when the guide in charge tells you not to do so
    - Although accidents are covered by the insurance but they remain under the responsibility of the member
    - 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.

    RESERVATION: Every day from 8am till 5pm on 03-917190 or 79-115001. It is preferable to send an SMS or WhatsApp from your mobile, giving your name, surname, and the event you wish to join.

    COLLABORATION:
    - “Sports Experts” is the exclusive sports gear and outfit sponsor of Vamos Todos. Members will get a special discount at all “Sports Experts” branches in Lebanon
    - “LIA insurance” is the exclusive insurance company sponsor of Vamos Todos.

    Regards,
    Vamos Todos
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