Trail length: 24.5 Km

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Total ascent: 1020 m. Total descent: 1516 m. Rachaya to Hasbaiya Level of difficulty: Difficult
Total ascent: 1516m Total descent: 1020 m. Hasbaiya to Rachaya Level of difficulty: Difficult

Getting there: 
To reach Rachaiya and Hasbaiya, take the Damascus highway from Beirut into the Bekaa Valley .  Continue on the main highway across the valley to Majdel Aanjar (مجدل عنجر) .  Before reaching the border post at Masnaa, turn right, passing the villages of Sultan Yacoub (سلطان يعقوب)  and Dahr el Ahmar (ضهر الأحمر) . Here, turn left to go to Rachaiya and right to continue on southward towards Hasbaiya. Estimated distances: Beirut to Rachaiya: 85 km; Beirut to Hasbaiya: 114 km.

Trail Description:

This section of the LMT starts in Rachaiya and boasts the most beautiful footpath in the southern section of the LMT. The towns of Rachaiya & Hasbaiya are both major hubs in the south, and offer ample opportunities for exploration. The trail flanks Mount Hermon (جبل حرمون) , passes interesting rock formations and an oak forest, the shrine at Nabi She’et (مقام النبي شئت) , and a cave at Ain Tinta (عين تنتا)  before reaching Hasbaiya. Few springs are on this section and a 3-km footpath from Ain Atta to Khalwat el Kfair is suitable for biking.
Map of section (incl. elevation profile) (as picture)
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Villages on this section

  1. Rachaiya el Ouadi
  2. Ain Aata
  3. Khaloue
  4. Ain Tinta
  5. Ain Qenia
  6. Hasbaiya

Lodging in Rachaiya el Ouadi

  • Kamal El Sahili Guesthoue (Rachaiya el Ouadi)
    Tel: +961 3 615 702
  • Mahdi Fayek Guesthouse (Rachaiya el Ouadi)
    Tel: +961 3 963378
  • Roula Said Guesthouse (Rachaiya el Ouadi)
    Tel: +961 8 595476
  • Esber Esber Guesthouse (Rachaiya el Foukhar)
    Tel: +961 3 643859
  • Kassem Kaadan Guesthouse (Chebaa)
    Tel: +961 3 832702

Lodging in Hasbaiya

  • SOIL (NGO) Guesthouse (Hasbaiya)
    Tel: +961 3 471269
  • Wael Chmeiss Guesthouse (Hasbaiya)
    Tel: +961 3 909 596

Local Guides

  • Mehdi El Fayik (Rachaiya)
    Tel: +961 3 963378
  • Wael Chmeiss (Hasbaiya)
    Tel: +961 3 909 596