Lebanon Mountain Trail
|Lebanon Mountain Trail|
|Length||440 km (273 mi)|
|Trail difficulty||Easy to moderate|
|Season||All year round|
The Lebanon Mountain Trail (LMT) is a long-distance hiking trail in Lebanon. It extends from Qbaiyat in the north of Lebanon to Marjaayoun in the south, a 440 km (270 mi) path that transects more than 75 towns and villages at altitudes ranging from 600 to 2,000 meters (about 3,000-5,600 feet) above sea level. The LMT aims to showcase the natural beauty and cultural wealth of Lebanon’s mountains and to demonstrate the determination of the people of Lebanon to conserve their heritage. The trail brings communities closer together and expands economic opportunities in rural areas through environmentally and socially responsible tourism.
ECODIT, a company providing environmental and development consulting services, conceived, designed and implemented the LMT project with grant funding from the American People, under a two-year (2005-2007) Cooperative Agreement with USAID Lebanon. As part of the LMT project, ECODIT helped establish the Lebanon Mountain Trail Association to ensure the long-term sustainability of the trail for generations to come. The following partners helped implement various activities under the LMT project:
Subcontractors • ECODIT Liban sarl • The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) • University Saint-Esprit de Kaslik (USEK)
• Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) • US Forest Service (USFS) • Club des Vieux Sentiers (CVS)
• About 50 municipalities • Government Agencies (Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Environment, Directorate of Geographic Affairs, Directorate General of Urban Planning, Litani River Authority) • Lebanese Scout Organizations • Tour Operators (Biladi, Cyclamen, Esprit Nomade, Lebanon Roots, Liban Trek, Lebanon Roots, Vamos Todos, Blue Carrot Adventure Club, Club Des Vieux Sentiers, Friends of Nature With No Boundaries, Gravity Trek, Ibex Ecotourism, La Réserve Afqa, Lebanese Adventure, The Club of Hidden Roads of Lebanon, Responsible Mobilities) • NGOs (Ansar El Bi’a Sir Ed Dinniyeh, Friends of Bcharre Cedar Committee, Environment Council of Qobaiyat, SOIL Hasbaya, Friends of Tannourine Cedar Forest, Friends of Horsh Ehden, Wadi Al Zouhour Qmamine, Friends of Green Environment Association Al Barouk, Al Shouf Cedar Society, Al Beit Al Loubnani Lal Bi’a (Kfarhim), Al Khraibi Club, The Cultural and Social League of Niha, Social Development NGO Boqaatat Kanaan, Active Club Kfardebian, Social Cultural and Sporting Club of Aqoura)
The LMT is divided into 26 sections, each of which is 12–20 km long and can be hiked in one day:
- Qemmamine–Kfar Bnine
- Kfar Bnine–Sir Dinniyeh
- Sir Ed Dinnieh–Ehden
- Tannourine El Faouqa–Aaqoura
- Hrajel–Kfar Aaqab
- Kfar Aaqab–Baskinta
- Falougha–Aain Zhalta
- Aain Zhalta–Barouk
- Aaytanit-Kawkaba Bou Aarab
- Kawkaba Bou Aarab–Rashaya
Lodging is available in many of the villages along the trail. Several bed and breakfast operate in villages that are at the ends of the trail sections. The LMT Association maintains a list of available lodging along the trail on its website (see External links below).
LMT Association encourages hikers to hire local guides when hiking the trail. The local guides know the trails and can add local color to the hike. The association's web site lists the local guides.