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Best Hiking Trails in Lebanon

Overview

There is fantastic hiking through mountains, cedar groves, steep cliffs, gorges and waterfalls in the Middle Eastern country of Lebanon.  A big draw for hikers is the Lebanon Mountain Trail, which takes you through the whole country. Some of the main hiking areas include the Qadisha Valley, Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve, Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve, Bentael Nature Reserve, and Mount Hermon. The best months to hike in Lebanon are April to October.  Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking in Lebanon. 

Capital: Beirut

When To Hike in Lebanon?

April – October: June – August is hot on the coast and lower altitudes but perfect for higher altitudes
March; November
December – February: Rainy, cool; too cold and snowy in higher altitudes
Climate: Typical Mediterranean climate (long, hot, dry summer and cool, rainy winter); the only Arab nation that has four seasons and no desert. 

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: While some of the Lebanon Mountain Trail (LMT) is well marked, a lot of the country’s hiking trails are not and requires a guide.  Base yourself in a town and find a local guide who can take you into the mountains.  You can do sections of the LMT. The apps will be helpful, but there aren’t really hiking guide books.

Transportation required: Public transit to some trailheads; vehicle required for others

Where to stay in Lebanon for hiking:

  • Jezzine
  • Bsharri

Top Places to Hike in Lebanon

Mountains run through the length of this country; the two main mountain ranges are the Mount Lebanon Range, which is higher and on the western side of Lebanon, and the Anti-Lebanon Range which is lower in altitude and on the eastern side of Lebanon. Highest Mountain: Qurnat as Swada (Black Horn) 3087 m.

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Mount Hermon – Lebanon

  • Shared with Syria

Jezzine

  • Popular tourist destination, surrounded by mountains, lots of activities 

Shouf Biosphere Reserve

Mount Sannine

Adonis Valley

Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve

Bentael Nature Reserve

Qadisha Valley

  • Aka Kadisha Valley
  • Popular area in the north of the country
  • Bsharri/Bcharre is a town in this area that is the last remaining Cedars of God
  • Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve
  • Tannourine Cedars Forest Reserve
  • Baatara Gorge
  • Qurnat as Swada – peak, best in summer months

Lebanon's Long Distance Trails

Lebanon's Walking & Hiking Resources

Lebanon Hiking Books:

  • Bradt Lebanon Guide, by Paul Doyle, 2016, Bradt Travel Guides
  • A Million Steps: Discovering the Lebanon Mountain Trail, by Hana El-Hibri, 2011, Interlink Publishing Group

 

Lebanon Hiking Associations/Clubs:

 

Best Hiking Trails in Lebanon:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices:

  • Lebanon Mountain Trail
  • Mount Hermon
  • Qurnat as Swada
  • Mount Sannine
  • Qadisha Valley trails
  • Annoubine Valley
  • Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve

Easy Hiking Trails in Lebanon:

  • Chowen Lake – Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve
  • Qornayel Lakes
  • Baatara Gorge

 

Lebanon Hiking Websites:

 

Lebanon Official Tourism Site:  

 

Lebanon Hiking Apps: 

 

Lebanon Hiking Maps: 

What Else To Do

  • Visit Byblos (Jbail)
  • Roman ruins (ie. Baalbeck)
  • Beirut is a great city to visit and explore
  • Jeita Grotto
  • Cedars
  • Visit vineyards (Lebanon has some of the oldest wine production areas in the world)

Other Important Points

  • Names can be different especially if you’re looking for English translation