I thought I knew everything about Lebanon’s stunning landscape until I walked this beautiful valley by the unusual name of Wadi Jhanam, Valley of Hell in English. The name doesn’t do this valley justice! Tucked in the mountainous area of Dinniyeh in the Miniyeh-Danniyeh District in the North Governorate of Lebanon, it is rich in water resources, and full of forests, groves and orchards.
Our hike trail with Vamos Todos, an ecotourism hiking club, was mostly in the shade of the dense mixed Forest El Kaies and by the riverbank of Mousa River. Lush greenery of deciduous and conifer trees, with sound of water throughout the valley are the right medicine for the soul. We didn’t feel much of the heat, especially when we crossed the river and drank from the very clean and refreshing water of the Nabeh el Tine source. After our strenuous, yet enjoyable hike we reached the village of Qmamine where we had traditional food served by villagers in their home. I failed to take good photos in the poorly lit living room, and as I was one of the last hikers reaching final destination…half of the excellent food was already consumed not allowing a presentable photo!
Enjoy a few photos of the hike in my incredibly beautiful country.