Snow shoeing in Zaarour

Things to Do — By inkaquishotte on January 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Beirut and the Lebanon have the advantage of being an attractive holiday destination in summer and in winter.  All kinds of water sports or just lazing on the beaches along the Mediterranean coastline are summer activities, but the proximity of the snow covered  Lebanese mountains beckons with skiing, snow boarding and hiking during the winter months.

On 19th January, vamos todos, a company specializing in year around out   doors activities in the Lebanon offers a snow shoeing walk to Zaarour.


Photograph courtesy of vamos todos

Located at a distance of only 43 km from Beirut, Zaarour is a mountain resort at 1650m above sea level, overlooking the Sannine mountains and the Valley of the Skulls. The tour on offer includes two different levels of walk, a less strenuous one which allows for rest and  picture taking and another one which is dedicated to serious exercise.

Both groups reunite on the way back which leads past the Monastery of Khenchara which contains the oldest print press in the Middle East and is also famous for its winery. Lunch and wine tastings are included.

For information about further tours, prices and meeting points, please consult:

Tags: hiking, snow activities, winter sports


  • Adam says:

    I honestly don’t know a ton about Lebanon, but I never thought of it as a mountainous winter destination. Looks like a great tour. Thanks for sharing!

  • jamie - cloud people adventures says:

    i too never pictured lebanon as a winter playground. looks like a good time in a beautiful place!

  • adventureswithben says:

    I’m surprised that Lebanon has snow. Cool!

  • eat-laugh-love-anon says:

    This tour looks like a fabulous mix of some of my favourite things – hiking, wine and eating. And it’s in the snow – so exotic. I really does look like a fabulous way to spend a day. I bet hiking in shoe shoes is a good workout too.

  • Jeremy B says:

    Wow! I love seeing snow. It’s so peaceful looking and beautiful! But snow in Beirut? I had no idea!


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