Qadisha Valley Private Hike

Tour Number

Activity Level

444751


Categories

Religious Heritage, Nature and Wildlife, Hiking and Walking, Day Trip / Out of Town

Details

Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 4

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent), Arabic (fluent), French (fluent)

A walk through the Christian heritage of North Lebanon


Qadisha valley is one of the UNESCO Heritage Sites that Lebanon has but unlike all the others, it is unique, it has no equivalent in the world.

Mainly 2 reasons make this site a must-see if you are visiting Lebanon: first, it is a witness of the early Christian communities and their "experimental" cults and beliefs. Second, the number of monasteries, hermitages and churches is simply exceptional for such a small area, unreached in any other part of the Christian world.

The trail that makes my heart beat (and it's not related to the difficulty of the hike) is the one going from the valley bottom to Deir El Salib, a 10th century monastery that is normally closed to the public. It is closed to protect some of the oldest mural paintings in Qadisha, but it will be open for you!

Itinerary

As soon as we reach Bcharre village in North Lebanon, we will drive down the valley to reach Mar Lishaa (Saint Elisha), the monastery were the Maronite order was founded.

We will then start our hike, going towards Hadchit village along the main path of the valley bottom. We will start climbing towards this village and visit Saint Anthony of Padua, the Monastery Of The Cross (normally closed for the public), Saint Sergius and Saint Bahnam. We will then walk down to the exact spot where we started our hike.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will pick you up from your hotel

End location: I will drop you off at your hotel

Duration: 9 hours

Transportation

You will be picked up with my car, a Toyota Yaris 2016.

What’s Included

Pick up from your hotel in Beirut
Guiding through the hike and in the monasteries and shrines.
Drop off at your hotel in Beirut

Estimated Local Cash Needed

10 USD - 2 USD per person for water
8 USD per person for snacks along the way.

What’s Extra

Personal expenses
Food and drinks
Insurance

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