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Distance

6.19 mi

Elevation gain

1,198 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

1,198 ft

Max elevation

2,348 ft

Trailrank

66 5

Min elevation

1,245 ft

Trail type

Loop

Moving time

2 hours 12 minutes

Time

3 hours 42 minutes

Coordinates

1490

Uploaded

February 10, 2021

Recorded

February 2021
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2,348 ft
1,245 ft
6.19 mi

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near Sâqiet el Khaït, Mont-Liban (Lebanon)

Lovely sacred hike in my mother’s hometown, in the valley of Sakiet El Khait. Impressive mountainous landscape in a steep vertical slopes, with beautiful sceneries.
U’ll get to explore where 2 hermits saint Semaan and saint Antonios dwelt in an ancient caves aged for more than 1000 years old.
To enter Mar Antonios cave-church, u have to crawl inside a rocky hole, and u can check the 4 level rooms carved in the rocks if u chose to continue walking VERY CAUTIOUSLY on the tiny edge after the church.
To enter Mar Semaan cave-church, encrusted in the cliff, uhave to climb the 20m high steel stairs, which used to be wooden before. Check the residue of paintings on the inner walls. It would be nice to have a candle wz u and light it there.
Easy trail with clear paths, except a small section when u start mounting from the river in a gently ascending forest path, where ur direction is clear but u have to venture in some bushes to find ur path.
The walk in the silent river of Jaj is not to be missed. U reach a wonderful spot called “Ghabbit El Blata” one of the most exquisite place to visit. U HAVE TO CHECK IT. Back in the days, this river was ghastly rapid, and it is believed that Phoenicians made a good use of Jaj cedars and were sending its wood through this river to build their ships.
Religious site

St. Paul

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Ruin

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Beautiful descent

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Mar Antonios from above

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Tunnel of trees

Cave

Mar Antonios

Religious site

Mar Antonios

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Steep assisted descent

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Shelters in the river

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Silent river

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Mar Antonios, view from the river

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Astonishing path

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Amazing pool

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Beautiful rocks

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Panorama

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Beautiful path

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Path on rocks

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Path on rocks

Cave

Mar Semaan

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Aabaydet

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Sekiet El Khet

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3 comments

  • Photo of Ronald Zirka

    Ronald Zirka Mar 20, 2021

    Loved this trail. Thanks Ray!

  • Photo of Ray Kodsieh

    Ray Kodsieh Mar 20, 2021

    Hi Ronald!
    Im really glad u like it 😎 Even though i see that u skipped the river part! There’s an exquisite spot at the end of it. Was there any water running in the river?!
    Thanks for sharing and rating.
    Stay safe and keep hiking:)

  • Photo of Ronald Zirka

    Ronald Zirka Mar 20, 2021

    Loved this trail. Thanks Ray!

    I thought you went there by mistake !!! Next time I will not miss it. Thanks a lot

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