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Distance

28.11 mi

Elevation gain

8,015 ft

Technical difficulty

Very difficult

Elevation loss

7,592 ft

Max elevation

8,260 ft

Trailrank

72 5

Min elevation

4,907 ft

Trail type

One Way

Moving time

11 hours 32 minutes

Time

15 hours 7 minutes

Coordinates

7852

Uploaded

June 10, 2021

Recorded

June 2021
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8,260 ft
4,907 ft
28.11 mi

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near Aïn es Sihha, Mont-Liban (Lebanon)

A record breaking, a beautiful experience and an incredibly challenging hike combining three mountains and including four peaks starting with Kneisseh, followed by Zaarour, then Sannine and finally Mzaar.
We were a group of three who decided to accomplish this adventurous amazing hike during daylight and we succeeded. We started at 5:15 am at the first glimpse of light and finished our last descent at Faqra ligne de cretes on sunset, then made our last steps to the car on twilight. Our only stop was at Zaarour summit. We had our coffee break there.
Rated it very difficult obviously due to the bulk amounts of distance length and altitude gain and loss, the steep descents were as difficult as the ascents. But other than that, all roads were clear.
The beauty of each of the three mountains is exquisite !! So imagine combining them in 1 day!! 360 degree panoramas to exceptional sceneries all day long. U have 4 lines of ridges to follow:
1 after Kneisseh summit, another after Zaarour summit, a third one when mounting up towards St. Marie cross on Sannine Mt. and last one after Mzaar summit , when heading down towards Faqra.
When reaching St. Marie cross on Mt. Sannine do not attempt to make shortcuts or cross outside the 4X4 trail due to possible mines in the area ( from St. Marie cross at Sannine summit till Mzaar summit)
Our mistake was that we didnt bring jackets, we ddnt expect to face a gust of cold wind. So make sure u dont do the same.
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Photos of the trail

Lake

Qaysamani dam

Panorama

Panorama Dahr El Baydar, Houmana, Falougha, Qornayel... till the sea

Lake

Kfar Selwan Ponds

Panorama

Lovely Kneisseh mountain

Panorama

Panorama

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Lovely Gouffres

Summit

Kneisseh summit/ Bombed channel 11

Panorama

Bekaa valley and Mt. Hermont with Barouk view

Panorama

Panorama Mediterranean Sea, Beirut till Mt. Zaarour and Sannine

Panorama

A Dog a bear? Turtle?!

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Ligne de cretes descent

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Antenna

Lake

Ponds

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Beautiful orchards

Panorama

Zaarour peak from far

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Lovely rocks

Archaeological site

Fouar Dara

Archaeological site

Archaeological site

Panorama

Panorama

Lake

Ponds

Photo

Nabeh El Naybaa

Religious site

Religious site

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Frozen cherry, keep pushing to z summit

Summit

Zaarour summit, Panorma of our next mighty target

Panorama

Ligne de cretes

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Bunker

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Sannine south ridge

Panorama

Zaarour and Kneisseh peaks lonng far

Panorama

St. Marie cross behind z clouds / our target

Panorama

Wadi el deleb / Baskinta... Beirut... the sea

Panorama

Ridge walk to Mighty Sannine

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Top of Berland route

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Grueling ascent to the summit

Religious site

Church

Summit

St. Marie cross / Sannine summit

But not true summit
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Snow crossing with terrifying Gouffres beneath

Be cautious
Religious site

St. Georges cross

Religious site

La colline des 3 croix

Panorama

Chabrouh dam panorama

Religious site

Mzaar

Panorama

Ligne de cretes on sunset

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Ski lift

2 comments

  • Photo of Rami Rachkidi

    Rami Rachkidi Jun 20, 2021

    Amazing trail Ray! Combining all 4 peaks needs lot physical and mental preparation! Thank you for posting it. Hope to see you on the trail soon!

  • Photo of Ray Kodsieh

    Ray Kodsieh Jun 20, 2021

    Hey Rami! Thank u man and yes indeed!
    Imagine starting mounting up the mighty Sannine in an afternoon after spending the whole day (since 5am) traveling and summiting Mt. Kneisseh and Zaarour. I think the essential trick in such grueling hikes is to pick the right partners, u need to trust them and make sure they share the same expectations and whose fitness level matches ur own of course. It was a great memorable experience:
    Looking forward seeing u on trail;)

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