The Municipality of Bkassine and the Lebanon Mountain Trail Association (LMTA) came together to celebrate the launch of the Bkassine Side Trail, in the District of Jezzine.
The Bkassine side trail, which becomes now part of the Lebanon Mountain Trail was developed by the Lebanon Mountain Trail Association (LMTA) in partnership with the Municipality of Bkassine, under the Lebanon Industry Value Chain Development project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The Bkassine side trail, approximately 22.3 km long, is one of many side trails developed by the LMTA in collaboration with local communities and municipalities. These side trails link the main LMT to new villages and towns in order to promote rural and responsible tourism through hiking activities, and celebrate the beauty of Lebanon’s mountains and villages.
Attended by local guides, groups of hikers, participants from the local community and tour operators walked the new side trail for the first time on Saturday. Two groups departed; one from Nabaa Jezzine (Jezzine Spring) in the town of Jezzine and one from Niha Fort in the town of Niha to Bkassine Main Square, each with different levels of difficulty, before meeting in Bkassine Square at the end of the hiking trip to celebrate the launch. Short notes were delivered by Mr. Habib Fares, Mayor of Bkassine, Ms. Martine Btaich, president of the LMTA, Mr. Khalil Harfouche, president of the Union of Municipalities of Jezzine and Mr. Frank O’Brien, LIVCD Chief of Party.
About the Lebanon Mountain Trail (LMT):
Member of the World Trail Network, the LMT is the first long distance hiking trail in Lebanon. It extends from Andqet in the North of Lebanon to Jdeidet Marjaayoun in the South, a 470-km long path that transects more than 75 towns and villages at an altitude ranging from 570 meters to 2,011 meters above sea level. The trail celebrates the natural beauty and cultural wealth of Lebanon’s mountains and promotes responsible tourism that brings economic benefits to local communities.
The Lebanon Mountain Trail Association (LMTA) was established on the 31st October 2007, with objectives to develop, maintain and conserve the LMT, establish side trails, protect the natural, cultural and architectural heritage and landmarks near the trail and enhance economic opportunities by promoting responsible tourism.