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Distance

13.98 mi

Elevation gain

2,894 ft

Technical difficulty

Difficult

Elevation loss

2,894 ft

Max elevation

6,535 ft

Trailrank

77 4.7

Min elevation

4,293 ft

Trail type

Loop

Moving time

6 hours 21 minutes

Time

7 hours 13 minutes

Coordinates

4115

Uploaded

April 23, 2020

Recorded

April 2020
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6,535 ft
4,293 ft
13.98 mi

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near El Aali, Mont-Liban (Lebanon)

Solo hike starting from Mamboukh area and going west to join the Lebanon mountain trail (Baskinta-Mtein section). This section is amazing with beautiful sceneries all around: cliffs, fountains, springs, waterfalls and majestic Sannine behind you. Some parts need caution and chains were installed on rocks for added safety. Take your time to admire the beauty of spring season. After passing OLAC restaurant, you will cross Zaarour road (short stay) before catching the trail again to the south. You will be walking next to the road for a while (not interesting) but soon you will experience another set of beautiful sceneries. At some point, i left the LMT to the left to go up to Marj El Haour. The way from Marj el Haour to Wadi el Amine is a bit tricky: no trails available but easy job for the experienced hiker. From Wadi El Amine, the ascent to Zaarour summit is classical and offers no technical difficulty. My preferred part comes after the summit with the beautiful ridge walk to the west having Sannine on your left and Kneisseh on your right. After reaching Sannine-Tarchich road, take your way down in the valley. No trails are available here and you have to find your way and watch your steps. Again no big difficulty for a skilled hiker. You will soon reach fruit fields to the left and you will be walking on dirt roads till reaching the starting point. Just be careful at the end of the walk to avoid the steep cliffs and go around to the left. I highly recommend this hike at this time of the year. Have at least 3 liters of water. Enjoy!
Parking

Starting point

Panorama

Mount Sannine

Waypoint

Manboukh

River

Nabeh el Manboukh

Intersection

Go right

Intersection

Go left to join LMT trail

Panorama

Panorama

Intersection

Go up left

Bridge

Walking to the left of the bridge then passing under the arch

Waypoint

Follow the pipelines

Information point

Use chains to walk securely

Intersection

Leave the pipe line and go up left

Waypoint

Chouar el Zaarour

Waypoint

Back to pipe lines

Intersection

Go down right then left

Waterfall

Waterfalls

Waypoint

Beautiful passage

Wilderness hut

Natural shelter

Wilderness hut

Another natural shelter

Waypoint

Green ascent

Waypoint

Beautiful plateau

Panorama

Panorama

Ruins

Sarcophages

Ruins

Roman ruins

Tree

Walnut tree

Waterfall

Put your feet in cold water!

Waypoint

Follow LMT signs

Panorama

Walls around artificial lake

Intersection

Go up left next to the wall

Provisioning

OLAC restaurant

Intersection

Leave the road to the left

Waypoint

Follow the canal

Panorama

Panorama

Intersection

Leaving the LMT and going left

Waypoint

Marj el Hawr

Waypoint

Slippery ascent

Watch your steps
Wilderness hut

Shelter

Panorama

Mount Kneisseh

Waypoint

Wadi El Amine

Summit

Zaarour Summit

Panorama

Ligne des crêtes

Waypoint

Going down through the valley

Waypoint

Steep descent

Waypoint

Footpath

Photo

Agriculture

Waypoint

Dirt roads

Waypoint

Use your hands!

Waypoint

Last descent before reaching the road

2 comments

  • Photo of Mohamed Madhoun

    Mohamed Madhoun May 26, 2020

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Just finished this hike today! Great hike!! Thanks for sharing Rami.
    The hike is long and tough as Rami mentioned.
    The last part of it was the toughest as there is no clear path to follow and you are walking in the bed of a river...so you’d better be really careful there.

  • Photo of Rami Rachkidi

    Rami Rachkidi May 27, 2020

    Thank you Moe for reviewing this trail. I fully agree that the last part of the trail is tricky and even dangerous for unexperienced hikers, especially that it comes at the end of a long exhausting hike. Following the trail clockwise must be easier: climbing this part is probably less tricky.

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