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Distance

9.31 mi

Elevation gain

3,304 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

3,304 ft

Max elevation

5,169 ft

Trailrank

66 5

Min elevation

2,910 ft

Trail type

Loop

Moving time

5 hours 35 minutes

Time

7 hours 25 minutes

Coordinates

2715

Uploaded

July 21, 2019

Recorded

July 2019
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5,169 ft
2,910 ft
9.31 mi

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near Ouata el Hrâjlîyé, Mont-Liban (Lebanon)

Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve (JMBR) is located in Kesrouan District, Lebanon, on the shoulders of the western slopes of Mount Lebanon Chain, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea to the West. It covers an area of 6500 hectares, at an altitude ranging between 350 meters in the North-West and 1,700 meters to the South-East. Its main villages are: Yahchouch, Qehmez, Jouret el Thermos, Nahr ed Dahab, Ghbale, Aabri, and Chouwan. Jabal Moussa and surrounding villages became part of the UNESCO Network of Biosphere Reserves under the Man and Biosphere (MAB) program in 2009. As part of the MAB program, JMBR addresses human livelihood improvement and nature conservation through combining natural sciences with social sciences, economics and education. (Check www.jabalmoussa.org for more info)

This time we started from Qehmez entrance (Baydar el shawk) and we went up to the highest point of jabal moussa: Qornet el Mzaar (Trail 2). After that we made the old houses loop (part of trail 3). The Charme Houblon (Trail 9) took us to Yahchouch Cross where you can have a magnificient view. After a long descent, we reached Mar Geryes church in Yahchouch. By following "El Jalseh Trail", we reached a point above Ibri village and we continued up to Broqta (Trail 15/ Trail of the violets, very beautiful wild section). We finally exited the reserve and continued on the road to the starting point (a 15 min walk). If you want to avoid the last road part, continue on the "peony trail" to exit at Baydar el Chawk .
Waypoint

Qehmez entrance

Waypoint

El byout stroll

Intersection

Continue straight

Information point

Tabsoun info

Photo

El masbak well 1495 m

Intersection

Right to Qornet el mzaar

Intersection

Go right up to qornet el mzaar

Summit

Qornet el Mzaar

Photo

Sacrificial well

Photo

Trail

Intersection

Left to byout, Right to cross

Monument

Old houses

Waypoint

Old houses loop

Waypoint

El byout cistern

Waypoint

Charme houblon trail

Leading to the cross
Religious site

Yahchouch Cross

Waypoint

Rocky stairs

Religious site

Wooden cross

Waypoint

Amazing passage

Fountain

Drinking water

Religious site

Mar Geryes church

Waypoint

Asphalt part

Intersection

Continue straight on the trail

Waypoint

Cross the obstacle

Panorama

Panorama

Intersection

Climb the stairs

Wilderness hut

Shelter

Waypoint

Farm

Panorama

Panorama

Waypoint

Nice trail

Panorama

Panorama

Panorama

Panorama

Panorama

Viewpoint

Fountain

Nabe3 el afa3i

Religious site

Metal Cross

Intersection

Up to Broqta

Down to Ebri
Waypoint

Beautiful trail

Waypoint

Adonis and Astarte

Turn left
Waypoint

Al ibre gorge

Waypoint

Wild trail

Intersection

Turn left

Intersection

Turn right towards baydar el chok

Left to broqta entrance
Photo

Photo

Waypoint

Hadrian's inscriptions

Waypoint

Hadrian's inscriptions

Information point

Western rock nuthatch

Waypoint

Charcoaling

Intersection

Go right

(Go left if you want to exit to the road)
Intersection

Peony trail to the left

Waypoint

Last part on asphalt

1 comment

  • Photo of Wadih Homsi

    Wadih Homsi Jun 18, 2020

    I have followed this trail  verified  View more

    This is a fairly demanding trail but the beauty and the scenery are worth it. The waypoints on section 9 were very helpful since the official signage of that section was not as good as the other ones. Thanks!

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