08 Aug 2020

Perseid Meteor Shower & Hiking - Al Jurd Hermel Week-End - Hermel District

  • This time we are heading to a wonderful new place that very little people know. It is, by far, one of the most beautiful areas in Lebanon! We are heading to Jurd al Hermel! Nothing can beat an overnight there, except the Perseid Meteor Shower fall coinciding on the same date of our overnight event!

    Our target is an amazing eco-friendly campsite located in “Al Jurd” reserve, a trilateral junction of Akkar, Hermel and Donniyeh districts.

    This campsite is managed by Mr. Hussein Allaw, a loyal friend of Vamos Todos and a role model of eco-tourism in the area of Hermel. He is making a beautiful work in maintaining the site in a good condition while maintaining the ecosystem of the surrounding area.

    The site, including fully equipped tents entirely built with natural resources such as juniper wood, stones and other, is among the best in Lebanon. Tents include toilets and shower rooms equipped with solar heating systems

    Overall, it is an amazing, high level, camping experience where you can get a comfort natural setting

    Saturday:
    We will leave the parking at 1 pm heading to al Hermel. Once we arrive to the Jurd part, we will segregate into our tents and settle down while enjoying the surrounding.

    We will then have a traditional homemade dinner prepared by locals.

    After dinner, we will sit all together for a wonderful stargazing experience where millions of stars will light up the sky as meteor showers occur every now and then.

    Should you have any instrument that you master, please bring it with you to add some art to this unforgettable night.

    Please note that this event fits all age ranges from families, to teenagers and adults.

    Sunday:
    For those who wish, we will wake up very early for a sunrise hike to witness the sun rising behind the exceptional hills of Hermel.

    The sunrise hike will be a Level 6 hard hike, starting on a steep track down to Wadi Jhannam where wonderful scenery can be seen as well as a huge natural variety. We will then reach an amazing cedar forest called “Al Qelle Forest”. After witnessing this amazing hidden gem, we will take a steep uphill trail that will lead us back to the campsite. Once we reach the site, we will enjoy a well-deserved homemade breakfast

    Another option would be a Level 4 hike that will start at 10am after breakfast for those who do not wish to wake up early for the sunrise hike

    It will be a moderate hike heading to see the beautiful plain of Marjhin. We will witness a beautiful view of the area while the sun lights the plain. We will then head through an abundance of juniper trees to reach the campsite from al Hermel side

    After the hike, we will all meet in the campsite for a delicious traditional lunch before going back to Beirut

    WHERE: Al Jurd
    Hermel District
    180 km from Beirut
    2500 m above sea level

    WHEN: Saturday, August 08 & Sunday, August 09 / last day for reservation is Tuesday August 4th.

    MEETING PLACE: 1PM on Saturday and 7:30 AM on Sunday in the parking of Sagesse School in Jdeideh, facing the public garden. (See map on: https://www.vamos-todos.com/Pages/ParkingMap.aspx)

    PRICE:
    - For weekend 190 000 LL per person including transport, guides, insurance, accommodation & three meals.
    - For Sunday only 90 000 LL per person including transport, guides, insurance & lunch
    (Please get the exact change to facilitate the registration process)


    WHAT TO GET: Usual overnight stuff, light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits, water, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Wear comfortable shoes such as hiking shoes and always keep a windproof jacket in your backpack

    SPECIAL RATES:
    - Children with the age of 10 and younger will have a discount of 45’000 LBP
    - Children/ Teenagers between the age of 11 and 18 will have a discount of 30’000 LBP
    - University students will have a discounts of 30’000 LBP provided that they present their university card
    - Groups with 5 to 9 persons, with different criteria than the above, will get a 5’000 LBP discount
    - Groups with 10 or more persons, with different criteria than the above, will get a 10’000 LBP discount

    PAYMENT TERMS:
    - Cancellation within 3 days’ notice or less will be charged half-price
    - Reservations within 3 days’ notice or less will be charge and extra 10$
    (eg. Cancelling or booking for a weekend’s event on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday will be subject to the above terms

    ESSENTIAL ECOTOURISTIC RULES & REGULATIONS
    - Smoking is strictly prohibited during the event
    - Always follow the guide on the designated trail
    - Do not go off road without notifying the guide
    - Do not get close to a cliff especially when the guide in charge tells you not to do so
    - Although accidents are covered by the insurance but they remain under the responsibility of the member
    - Sometimes, due to reasons beyond our control, slight modifications to the program may occur. Ecotourism rules must be followed, otherwise personal accidents will not be accounted for by the insurance.

    RESERVATION: Every day from 8am till 5pm on 03-917190 or 79-115001. It is preferable to send an SMS or WhatsApp from your mobile, giving your name, surname, and the event you wish to join. Deadline for reservation is 17 of September.

    COLLABORATION:
    - “Sports Experts” is the exclusive sports gear and outfit sponsor of Vamos Todos. Members will get a special discount at all “Sports Experts” branches in Lebanon
    - “Antaki Group” is the exclusive “Fujifilm” cameras & devices sponsor of Vamos Todos.

    Regards,
    Vamos Todos
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