Temps  5 hores 13 minuts

Coordenades 1219

Data de pujada 4 / de novembre / 2018

Data de realització de novembre 2018

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Vista 383 vegades, descarregada 15 vegades

a prop de Râs el Metn, Mont-Liban (Lebanon)

The St. Veronica Hike took us from Ras El-Metn to Brummana via the village of Qosaybi. The trail started from the Ras El Metn square next to great literary Anees Freiha landmark. We made a stop at the Friends School and the Ras El Metn Grand Serail (see description of both below). At 1000 meter elevation, we made our way down slope to wards the Qosaybi village (passing by the Pine forest of Ras El Metn where villagers were picking the pine nuts crop) home to St. George church and St. Veronica convent all the way to the Jaamani river (a.k.a. Beirut river). We crossed a roman bridge onto the other side. The hike then started an uphill winding climb of around 1.4 km followed by a 3 km flat trail to finish the hike next to Pierre Ashkar villa in Brummana.
Part of the trail was on pavement. the way down was easy and straight forward until the hike exited the pine forest where we had to use machetes, pruners, and sickles to make our path to the river.

The weather was a typical fall weather with temperatures in the mid to upper teens and cloudy damp with the sun making an appearance every now and then and no rain.

The landscape and views were typical of Lebanese landscapes populated by evergreen trees including: pine, oak, Ottoman oak, and olive trees to name a few.

The hike is easy to moderate and I recommend it around October-November.

The Ras El Metn Grand Serail (and the Friends school) was built by the Lamaa dynasty (a.k.a. Fares Abi Lamaa serail a prince from Lebanon) on a hill overlooking the town of Ras El Metn. The serail was sold in 1910 to orientalist Daniel Oliver (a Quaker) who converted it to a school naming it the Friends school. During WWII, Daniel converted it to an orphanage housing orphans, lost, and left behind children. The 1956 earthquake damaged the buildings rendering them unsafe which forced the school to shut down. The school was then bought by Najeeb Salha, a former student.
The Ras El Metn Grand Serail (and the Friends school) was built by the Lamaa dynasty (a.k.a. Fares Abi Lamaa serail a prince from Lebanon) on a hill overlooking the town of Ras El Metn. The serail was sold in 1910 to orientalist Daniel Oliver (a Quaker) who converted it to a school naming it the Friends school. During WWII, Daniel converted it to an orphanage housing orphans, lost, and left behind children. The 1956 earthquake damaged the buildings rendering them unsafe which forced the school to shut down. The school was then bought by Najeeb Salha, a former student.
The kiln is a 4-5 meters deep hole with the walls built out of shard stones. The natives used to build fires (fires kept on burning for 7 days) in the kiln to convert stones into plaster. The kiln was used to produce plaster powder to be used to seal cracks between the stones used to build houses. plaster was also used as a painting of the inner homes to make the inner homes more lit. Also, plaster was used as a sterilizer and insect repellent.
The village of Qosaybi is home to St. George church and St. Veronica convent.
The bridge is located over the Jaamani river connecting the town of Qosaybi with Brummana
This cliff overlooks the Lamartine valley with access view to the Mediterranean. It is also close to Yousef Almalak throne (three olive trees with a rock in the middle serving as the throne).
The end of the hike

3 comentaris

  • wbutterf 14/04/2019

    He fet aquesta ruta  verificat  veure detalls

    Great hike! But... you can’t cross the river in April, it’s too deep and rapid. The river must have been dry in Sept? The Roman bridge is long before the river, so I don’t understand how they crossed the river. We had to turn around and go back up the hill to the Quosaibi village. Yes, the brush on the trail is pretty bad going down to the river but manageable without a machete, but you’ll need long pants and sleeves else you’ll be cut up pretty bad. Hike through the pine forest is amazing. Just stick to the first part of the hike.

  • Foto de zahi.ramadan

    zahi.ramadan 14/04/2019

    Yes this hike is doable only when the riverbed is dry; you will not be able to do it until late June depending on the rain season.

  • wbutterf 15/04/2019

    Thanks Zahi. Great hike overall.

Si vols, pots o aquesta ruta.