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Ain Zhalta Village

Source Mike Karam

Ain Zhalta is a traditional mountain village located in a region rich with history and natural wonders. The village is a full service touristic destination. While there, be sure to visit the churches as most of them are historical buildings.

Hiking, biking, bird watching, camping, eating, relaxing, sleeping... Have a break and visit Ain Zhalta:)

Cedar Reserve

The following description is an excerpt from the cedar reserve guide that you can download from the Docs page.

The largest of Lebanon’s nature reserves, the Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve stretches from Dahr Al-Baidar in the north to Niha Mountain in the south. Blanketed with oak forests on its northeastern slopes and juniper and oak forests on its southeastern slopes, the reserve’s most famous attractions are its three magnificent cedar forests of MaasserEch-Chouf, Barouk and Aain Zhalta-Bmahray.

These cedar forests account for a quarter of the remaining cedar forest in Lebanon, and some trees are estimated to be 2,000 years old. The size of the reserve makes it a good location for the conservation of medium size mammals, such as the wolf and the Lebanese jungle cat, as well as various species of mountain birds and plants.

The Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve is a popular destination for hiking and trekking, with trails catering to all levels of fitness. Bird watching, mountain biking and snowshoeing are also popular. From the summit of the rugged mountains, visitors will find a panoramic view of the country side, eastward to the Beqa’a Valley and Qaraoun Lake and westward toward the Mediterranean.

Mazar El Sit Cha'wane Shrine

Located in the lower part of the eastern slope of the Barouk mountain facing Ammiq. It can be accessed from Ain Zhalta or via the Beka'a Valley.
Source Mike Karam
Source Mike Karam

El Sit Cha’wane is a famous figure in the Druze religion. She was a model of devotion and virtue. When she was 10, her father was asked to join the monks. Because of her love for god, she insisted on going with him and therefore had to disguise herself as a man.

She was unfairly sentenced with a crime she could not have committed. Revealing her real identity would have set her free, but she did not want to betray the trust the monks had in her and her father.

She lived her life full of sorrow and pain, but with the same devotion towards God. It was only when she died that the truth was discovered.

A shrine was built in her memory and many people visit it to obtain blessings and make vows.