Moving time  7 hours 14 minutes

Time  9 hours 10 minutes

Coordinates 4359

Uploaded October 7, 2018

Recorded October 2018

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5,077 ft
2,441 ft
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15.29 mi

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near El Mtaïn, Mont-Liban (Lebanon)

We started our hike near Mtein municipality. Our objective was to reach Falougha "lakes" following the LMT section 16 and then come back to Mtein by another route via Jouar el Houz. Long stairs and a trail will lead you to the valley where you cross an old bridge before starting your ascent to Bzebdine through a pine forest. You will reach first "Natureland", a beautiful camping and outdoor activities site. Follow the LMT signs to continue your walk in Bzebdine. The hike here is unpleasant because you will encounter lot of new constructions and you will be walking on some asphalt roads. At some point, you will be walking through pine forests. Lot of hunters are encoutered at this time of the year shooting at birds of any kind :( When we arrived to Falougha lakes, we were disappointed because most of them were dry at the end of summer and we couldn't take any beautiful pictures there. We left the LMT trail to the left (the normal section 16 continues up to Sohat water factory).

After a lunch break at the lakes, we made a turn around the lakes and we found our way down where we reached a cave(?). (THIS PART OF STEEP DESCENT IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR BEGINNERS).
It you want to stay on the trail, just leave the LMT to the left before arriving to the waypoint where we left the LMT (There is a trail leading you to Jouar el Houz).
After the steep descent, we reached a trail (See waypoint). To avoid entering the town of Jouar el houz, we turned to the left and we crossed the road to follow a dry riverbed. The trail here is unclear but you will find a footpath. At some point, we found "fresh" markings of LMT and we knew that this will be soon the new LMT section 16 trail. This newly marked trail is one of the most beautiful trails passing through beautiful forests and offering magnificient views. After reaching the valley, we continued on the new LMT till we reached the point of intersection of the old and new sections. From there, nearly the same route to the starting point.
I highly recommend the new trail from Falougha to Mtein in both ways.
Monument

Municipality

Intersection

Go right on LMT trail

Waypoint

Stairs

Intersection

Go left

Waypoint

Road short part

Intersection

Leave the road to the right

Follow LMT signs
Bridge

Old bridge

Intersection

Leave the road to the right

Bridge

Old bridge

Dry riverbed (Beirut river)
Waypoint

Ascent to Bzebdine

Archaeological site

Ruins

Camping

Natureland

Bungalows and campsite + activities
Intersection

On the road

Panorama

Viewpoint

Intersection

Go right next to the wall

Information point

Go under the ropes

Intersection

Go left next to the house

Intersection

Continue straight then go right

Information point

Go to the right of this rock

Intersection

Follow street 103

Intersection

Qornayel town

Go left
Intersection

Going off-trail up to the right

Intersection

Back on trail

Waypoint

Daher abou jamil

Intersection

Leaving the LMT

The LMT continues towards Soha Village resort
Panorama

Sannine, Zaarour and Kfarselwane

Waypoint

Steep descent

Watch your steps
Cave

Cave?

Intersection

Trail found

Intersection

Go right

Waypoint

Dahr el Qattara

Panorama

Jouar el houz village

Waypoint

Following a dry riverbed

No clear trail
Waypoint

Footpath

Waypoint

New LMT markings

Waypoint

New LMT trail

Amazing trail!
Waypoint

Telecom station

Intersection

Turn right

Waypoint

Cows farm

Waypoint

Forest trail

Way down to the valley
Waypoint

Narrow path

Watch your steps
Intersection

Go to right after the bridge

Wilderness hut

Old house

Waypoint

Beautiful trail to Mchikha

Intersection

Intersection between Old and New LMT section 16

Waypoint

Mcheikha village

Waypoint

Long Stairs to Mtein

Ruins

Roman ruins

4 comments

  • Photo of radwan.bachir

    radwan.bachir May 30, 2020

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Thank you for sharing Rami.
    I agree the old section is not very pleasant and the last stretch "the forest section" on Jwar el Hoz to Bzebddine bridge is super beautiful.

  • Photo of ehajj

    ehajj Sep 24, 2020

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Did it in reverse. The new LMT 16 is epic. The trail is well marked and was able to follow it without the gps. Saw 2 snakes on the hike: A long black one and the other small grey/white.

  • Bechara Maalouf Apr 21, 2021

    Bravo!

  • Photo of Rami Rachkidi

    Rami Rachkidi Apr 24, 2021

    👍👍

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