Tempo  6 horas 23 minutos

Coordenadas 1170

Fecha de subida 25 de junio de 2018

Fecha de realización junio 2018

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8,42 km

Vista 1288 veces, descargada 34 veces

preto de As Suwaydah, Mont-Liban (Lebanon)

This hike is one for the books. The most beautiful, exciting, and difficult hike. Our guide for this hike was Kamal Asmar and his wife Matilda from Brummana Hiking Club. The objective of the hike was to reach Haskane grotto (see Haskane grotto story below)
The hike started from the dog farm in Beit Meri (must go through the farm) and descended across a thorny (had to use a machete to clear the path) path to the dried banks of Beirut river (Hike is only recommended during the dru season when the river is dry June - September). Our hike trail was the dried river path conquering small, medium, and huge boulders; most of our navigation was rock hopping. After the river we moved up a very steep slope populated with thick bushes and thorns in order to get to Haskane grotto (very steep climb and the trail is hard to find even with GPS). The grotto is a 50+ meter long cave full with stalactites and stalagmites and home to hundreds of bats (see pictures). We had to use a rope to reach the end of the grotto (need a rope with a minimum 7 meter length). while inside the cave we witnessed the formation of stalactites by drops of water. after the cave visit, we made our way back to the starting point.
The scenery was breath taking of mountains, hills, oak trees, pines trees, Lebanese maple, and others; the only thing that was a downer was the garbage scattered all over the river path coming from the illegal garbage dump of neighboring towns.
It is a difficult hike; those who wants to walk this trail make sure to have:
1- machete
2- 4 liters of water (minimum)
3- hiking shoes
4- powerful headlights
5- gaiters
6- sunscreen protection
7- hat

Haskane Story
the story of Haskane is the sad story of a husband, wife, and baby son who ran from the Ottoman soldiers (19th century) and sought refuge in the cave. The father had to smother the child (his name was Hasan) in order to stop his crying and prevent the soldiers from finding them.
The name Haskane is short for Hasan (Has) was (kan) here (e).
Waypoint

Mule Rest

The path we took was a Ottoman route during the Ottomans rule. path runners used to have stops to rest their mules
Waypoint

Jaamani river - Lamartine Valley Intersection

This is where the Jaamani river and Lamartine valley rain water merge to form Beirut river
Waypoint

Haskane Cave

The cave's location

2 comentarios

  • kyeates 29-oct-2018

    He realizado esta ruta  verificado  ver detalle

    Lovely walk. Path is difficult to find as it is very over grown.
    Please note that the trail start is blocked by the dog training centre and needs to be accessed through the centre.
    We couldn’t access the whole path due to water in the river bed so we would recommend going in the dry season.

  • Foto de zahi.ramadan

    zahi.ramadan 29-oct-2018

    Definitely, the entrance is through the dog training center (there is no other way as our guide professed). This train is a dry season trail. The trail is very bushy as mentioned in the details above.
    anyway, I am glad you enjoyed the scenery :)

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