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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.