The Big Beirut Relief Challenge: Virtual Lebanon Mountain Trail

Walk 59.2km in 8 days

In response to the explosion, the Lebanese Red Cross is providing emergency shelter for 1,000 families and anticipates providing shelter for as many as 10,000 families in the coming months. Food, water, hygiene kits, masks, gloves and other essentials are being distributed to vulnerable families in need. To meet emotional support needs, trained team members are providing crisis counseling to the community. For family members that have been separated by this event, the Red Cross Restoring Family Links program is reconnecting families. Your donation will support this initiative.

Join this virtual trekking challenge along the Lebanon Mountain Trail to fundraise for emergency relief for children and families impacted by the tragic Beirut explosion. In support of the Lebanese Red Cross, hike 59.2kms in 8 days from wherever you are and donate towards the cause. Check out the daily itinerary for details of the incredible Lebanon Mountain Trail or read more about the LMT here.

Here’s how it works:

  1. We ask for a minimum donation of AED 100 to register through YallaGive.
  2. You will then receive an email providing all the information and instructions you need to take part.
  3. Download Zoom to your device and join us at the virtual start line for the warm-up, then off you go!

You will have 8 days to complete the virtual Lebanon Mountain Trail challenge. There will be pictures and videos shared with you as you progress so you can get a feel for what the real Lebanon Mountain Trail trek is like.

We are delighted to announce that this event is being supported by Gulf Multi-Sport and Inphota who will track your progress if you wish to compete on time. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors Runderwear, who are donating a prize for the favourite 'Photograph of the Virtual Trek' and every participant is eligible to use a discount code on their website www.runderwear.ae, shared upon registration.

Ahead of our Virtual Lebanon Mountain Trail Charity Challenge, here are a few things to note:
- We will advise the Zoom link the day before the challenge so you can join the welcome and introduction!
- We highly recommend that you download Strava onto your device and register at Inphota (where you link the event to your Strava account), so our wonderful friends at Gulf Multi-Sport can log you onto the leaderboard for the challenge.
- Don’t forget to tag us on your Social Media channels before, during, and after the event:

@GulfForGood
@Lebanontrail
@LebaneseRedCross
@RunderwearUAE
@gulfmultisport
@Inphota
#GulfForGood #LebanonTrail #LebaneseRedCross #SupportLRC 

If you are based in Dubai, you are invited to join the G4G team to walk along the Jumeirah beach walk together (5km each way) every evening from 5.30pm - 7.30pm, Saturday 19th - Saturday 26th September inclusive. We will be walking in groups of 5 and adhering to social distancing guidelines while completing this challenge. 

MEET AT 
The start of the running track halfway along the beach next to Jumeirah Beach Hotel. It starts where Al Thanya Street (Street 325) meets street 2C, opposite the start of Umm Suqeim Park.
Google pin: https://goo.gl/maps/3gFnKFXNoR82

GOOD LUCK!

This event approved by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department license no 3245.

Check out more details about the Lebanon Mountain Trail here.

Day1

Saturday 19th September 2020: Zoom welcome 12pm Dubai, 9am GMT, 11am Beirut

Section 3 of Lebanon Mountain Trail
10.1 km rating: very difficult Gememine to Kfarbnine

The trail in this section of the LMT is mostly made of footpaths along forested hillsides. It is accessible all year long, but you might not meet many people along the way, except in el Qemmamine at the start and Kfar Bnine at the end of the section, this area being remote; it is very likely though that you find some shepherds on the way. The dramatic Jehannem valleys (وادي جهنم) with its deep gorges and high peaks, oak, juniper and brutia pine forests are the main highlights. There's one permanent spring at the middle of the trail.

Walk from Ain el Qemmamine spring along the dirt road towards the pine forest and then start the climb on the footpath until you reach the cliff which overlooks you. From there, take the footpath to the right towards the dirt road. Pass by a concrete water reservoir before you start climbing towards a juniper forest. After the forest, continue until you reach a dirt road and walk along it for a short distance before leaving it on your left as you go towards Tell Chima plain. Continue on the cleared footpath toward Ouadi Sirri until you reach Nabaa Ras el Ain spring. Then walk along the water canal and start your climb towards Tallet Hankoufa hill with its abandoned ruined site. From this point, walk downhill along a cleared footpath until you reach the paved road to Kfar Bnine village. At the info panel, you can either leave or continue on towards Bqaa Sefrine.

Day2

Sunday 20th September 2020

Section 6 of Lebanon Mountain Trail
10.4 km rating: challenging - Ehden to Gozhaya

From the Jouit entrance of Horsh Ehden Reserve, start your climb on the footpath through Horsh Ehden. Once you reach the info panel, take the right track towards the upper Horsh Ehden Reserve entrance and continue along the dirt road until you reach a point which overlooks it among the baby cedar trees. Walk along the edge of Sinn Ehden until you reach the main square (el Midan) of Ehden town. Continue through the streets until you find a paved road which goes past Mart Moura church. Continue a short distance before descending onto a footpath and walk along it until you reach a water canal after passing by Ain Tourine spring. Follow the stairs which pass a paved road and the water mill and continue until you reach the main village square. Then take the tiny street that runs down towards Saint Anthony of Qozhaya monastery where section 6 ends. It is a steep and slippery descent which is secured with chains.

Day3

Monday 21st September 2020

Section 13 of Lebanon Mountain Trail
12.5 km rating: challenging - Faraya to Kfardebian

This trail starts near the Ordre of Maltes building not far from Kfardebian village and goes by the Nabaa el Aasal spring and the water pipe which crosses over the stream from the Nabaa el Laban spring. When you arrive at the top of the “Jisr el Hajar” of Kfardebian (natural bridge), the trail continues towards a hill lake and joins a concrete water canal to reach the Faqra ruins and temple. From there, a footpath runs towards a dirt road which passes by a quarry before reaching an umbrella pine forest. Follow a new path downhill towards the orchards by the stream, passing a concrete bridge. Continue over another bridge onto the main paved road which leads you to some orchards beside the stream. Cross it by a ruined watermill and start climbing towards Kfardebian village. You can either continue towards section 14 or finish next to the Mar Ephrem church in the village by using the connecting trail.

Day4

Tuesday 22nd September 2020

Section 13 of Lebanon Mountain Trail
12.5 km rating: challenging - Faraya to Kfardebian

This trail starts near the Ordre of Maltes building not far from Kfardebian village and goes by the Nabaa el Aasal spring and the water pipe which crosses over the stream from the Nabaa el Laban spring. When you arrive at the top of the “Jisr el Hajar” of Kfardebian (natural bridge), the trail continues towards a hill lake and joins a concrete water canal to reach the Faqra ruins and temple. From there, a footpath runs towards a dirt road which passes by a quarry before reaching an umbrella pine forest. Follow a new path downhill towards the orchards by the stream, passing a concrete bridge. Continue over another bridge onto the main paved road which leads you to some orchards beside the stream. Cross it by a ruined watermill and start climbing towards Kfardebian village. You can either continue towards section 14 or finish next to the Mar Ephrem church in the village by using the connecting trail.

Day5

Wednesday 23rd September 2020

Section 19 of Lebanon Mountain Trail
14km rating: very difficult
El barouk to Maaser El Chouf

Return from el Barouk village to the main reserve entry point and go through the gate. You can either walk on the paved road or take the narrow track single-file below it on the right-hand side of the road. Follow this steep track to reach the main paved road near the cut-off track and continue on, keeping the paved road to the right. When you enter Masyaf el Mir forest, head straight to the square before taking a narrow track from near the trash bins. Start your ascent and follow the track up to the Maaser el Chouf reserve entry point where you can either take a car to the village or follow another narrow track to the right (just before the entrance gate) and walk downhill to arrive at el Chouf cedar park.

Day6

Thursday 24th September 2020

Section 19 of Lebanon Mountain Trail
14km rating: very difficult
El barouk to Maaser El Chouf

Return from el Barouk village to the main reserve entry point and go through the gate. You can either walk on the paved road or take the narrow track single-file below it on the right-hand side of the road. Follow this steep track to reach the main paved road near the cut-off track and continue on, keeping the paved road to the right. When you enter Masyaf el Mir forest, head straight to the square before taking a narrow track from near the trash bins. Start your ascent and follow the track up to the Maaser el Chouf reserve entry point where you can either take a car to the village or follow another narrow track to the right (just before the entrance gate) and walk downhill to arrive at el Chouf cedar park.

Day7

Friday 25th September

Section 23 of Lebanon Mountain Trail
12.2 km rating: difficult
Aitanit to Majdel Balhis

At the Aitanit spring, take the small, winding road from opposite the spring to the paved road and then go down to the dirt road to the shore of Qaraoun Lake. Walk over the dam to the other side and then cross the road before following the dirt road to the east and climb the hill for about an hour. Take an unclear foot path downhill to reach a grape field, cross it than climb a small hill and down again to reach a dirt road . Continue along the dirt road which leads to a paved road in order to reach Majdel Balhis village. This section ends inside the village. 

Day8

Saturday 26th September 2020

Section 23 of Lebanon Mountain Trail
12.2 km rating: difficult
Aitanit to Majdel Balhis

At the Aitanit spring, take the small, winding road from opposite the spring to the paved road and then go down to the dirt road to the shore of Qaraoun Lake. Walk over the dam to the other side and then cross the road before following the dirt road to the east and climb the hill for about an hour. Take an unclear foot path downhill to reach a grape field, cross it than climb a small hill and down again to reach a dirt road . Continue along the dirt road which leads to a paved road in order to reach Majdel Balhis village. This section ends inside the village. 

Lebanese Red Cross

In response to the explosion, Lebanese Red Cross is providing emergency shelter for 1,000 families and anticipates providing shelter for as many as 10,000 families in the coming months. Food, water, hygiene kits, masks, gloves and other essentials are being distributed to vulnerable families in need. To meet emotional support needs, trained team members are providing crisis counselling to the community. For family members that have been separated by this event, the Red Cross Restoring Family Links program is reconnecting families.

The Lebanese Red Cross (LRC) was recognised by the State as a public non profit organisation and as an auxiliary team to the medical personnel of the Lebanese Army in 1946.

In 1947, the Lebanese Red Cross joined the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.  Furthermore, it is a founding member of the Secretariat General of the Organisation of the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Societies.

The Lebanese Red Cross Society is led by volunteers, whose mission is to provide relief to victims of natural and human disasters, and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies, and to mitigate the suffering of the most vulnerable.

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