Hiking in Lebanon is an experience that should not be missed! With its marvelous mountain range, its fascinating valleys, its various nature reserves, and its scenic natural views, Lebanon offers great hiking experiences.
Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve
Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve is located in Kesrouan District, Lebanon, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea to the West. It covers an area of 6500 hectares, at an altitude ranging between 350 and 1,700 meters. Its main villages are: Yahchouch, Qehmez, Jouret el Thermos, Nahr ed Dahab, Ghbale, Aabri, and Chouwan.
Jabal Moussa and surrounding villages became part of the UNESCO Network of Biosphere Reserves under the Man and Biosphere (MAB) program in 2009.
Tannourine Cedars Reserve
The village also shares its name with a cedar forest of some 60,000 trees. Covering an area of 195.5 hectares at an altitude ranging between 1,300 and 1,800 meters.
The Tannourine Cedars Forest Nature Reserve is considered one of the largest and densest cedar forests in Lebanon, with ninety percent of the trees in the forest being cedar trees. Other companion trees like Cupressus, Pinus, Abies, Populus and others constitute a very rich ecosystem in planter species. The fauna ranges from the various types of birds (eagles, owls, robins, etc…) to wild animals (hyenas, boars, squirrels, snakes and bats).
The reserve includes cliffs and caves, and its mountainous landscape is astonishing with cedars growing on extremely vertical slopes.
Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve
Horsh Ehden is a Nature Reserve located in North Lebanon, it contains a particularly diverse and beautiful remnant forest of the cedar of Lebanon, making the reserve a very important part of the country’s cultural and natural heritage.
Located on the northwestern slopes of Mount Lebanon and pampered by mist and relatively high precipitation, a multitude of rare and endemic plants that flourish in it. Stands of cedars are bordered by a mixed forest of juniper, fir, and the country’s last protected community of wild apple trees.
On a peaceful hike through the forest, the lucky visitor might spot an endangered eastern imperial eagle or Bonelli’s eagle, a gray wolf, a wildcat, a Golden Jackal, or a Red Fox.
The reserve’s beautiful valleys and gorges, with their wild orchids, brightly colored salamanders, mushrooms, and other flora and fauna, are sure to soothe even the most harried visitor.
Kadisha Valley, is a gorge that lies within the Bsharri and Zgharta Districts of the North Governorate of Lebanon. Kadisha means “Holy” in Aramaic, and the valley is sometimes called the Holy Valley. It has sheltered Christian monastic communities for many centuries.
The Kadisha Valley is near the Forest of the Cedars of God, survivors of the ancient Cedars of Lebanon, the most highly prized building materials of the ancient world.
Al Shouf Biosphere Reserve
Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve is a nature reserve in the Chouf and Aley districts of Lebanon. It is located on the slopes of Jebel Baruk mountain and has an area of 550 km2 (210 sq mi), nearly 5.3% of the Lebanese territory, making it the largest natural reserve in Lebanon.
The reserve contains the Lebanon cedar forests of Barouk, Maaser el Shouf and Ain Zhalta-Bmohray. It is an Important Bird Area (IBA) and Eco-tourism area. It hosts 32 species of wild mammals, 200 species of birds, and 500 species of plants.
Visit Falougha in Baabda District for an unforgettable experience! (1 hour away from Beirut).
Hike through a wonderful Pine forest and discover the magical natural lakes (also known as Qornayel lakes). Check out the breathtaking views of the hills, valleys, and even the Mediterranean sea! Consider having your hike at sunset for an even more memorable experience!
Qornayel Lakes is one of our 18 breathtaking spots to visit in Lebanon!