- This article is an itinerary.
Lebanon Mountain Trail (LMT) is the first long-distance hiking trail in Lebanon! The LMT extends from Qbaiyat in the north of Lebanon to Marjaayoun in the south, a 440-km (275 miles) path that transects more than 75 towns and villages at altitude ranging from 1,000 meters to 1,800 meters (about 3,000-5,400 feet) above sea level. The LMT showcases the natural beauty and cultural wealth of Lebanon’s mountains and demonstrates the determination of the people of Lebanon to conserve this unique heritage. The trail brings communities closer together and expands economic opportunities in rural areas through environmentally- and socially-responsible tourism.
The LMT demonstrates the determination of Lebanon's mountain communities to conserve their unique natural and cultural heritage. Through environmentally and socially responsible rural ecotourism, the trail also helps to expand economic opportunities in rural areas; mobilize volunteers, youth and community groups for a worthwhile cause; and promote governance at all levels.
A journey on the trail will bring the Lebanese, and those of Lebanese descent, closer to this land, to our history, and to each other. Foreign visitors of the LMT will have the opportunity to discover Lebanon’s natural beauty, connect with her warm and friendly people, and experience age-old culture and culinary delights. Chances are you will want to return! On the LMT, expect to see and discover:
- Towering snow-capped mountains and deep lush valleys
- Magnificent vistas overlooking the Mediterranean
- Three nature reserves with cedar and pine forests
- Medieval and Ottoman castles
- Roman roads/temples and Byzantine churches
- Rock inscriptions by order of Roman Emperor Hadrian
- Old red-tiled roof villages
- Fascinating legends
- Palaces of the Emirs
- Birthplaces of literary giants
- Hermitages, rock-cut monasteries, and heritage museums
The Lebanese climate permits hiking all year round.
The trail is on public land and free for all to hike.