This hiking trip concerns of 2 hiking trips in Kannoubine or Kadisha valley with overnight in Haddath el Jebbeh, a village overlooking the valley.

Day 1:

Visit to Saint Lichaa Monastery ( Reachable by car)

Mar Elyshaa is one the most important monasteries in the Holy Valley, comparable to Our Lady of Qannoubine, Our Lady of Howqa and Anthony Qozhayya.It is the scene of one of those uplifting Maronite sagas which make up a long history of holiness, of intellectual life and of heroism, cradled and flourishing in Lebanon but casting its rays over the whole Middle East. Read more

Take the mini bus to the heart of Kannoubine valley or 1:30 hours hiking ( 3 hours hiking both ways, very easy and enjoyable hike)

 

Visit to Kannoubine monastery ( 30 min hike after taking the mini bus)

Deir Qannoubine served as a fortress palace for the Maronite Patriarchs from the 15th to the 19th centuries. The monastery’s church, half built into the rock, is decorated with frescoes from the 18th-19th centuries. The eastern apse has a Deisis (a representation of Christ between the Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist) with St. Stephanus taking the place of St. John the Baptist. Read more

Visit to Saint Marina church ( 30 min hike from Kannoubine Monastery)

There are six well known saints with the name of Marina or Marinos – Marina the Monk (or Marina the Syrian), Marina the Martyr of Antioch, Marina of Spain, Marina of Alexandria, Marina of Sicily and Marina the Cistercian. However, there are most likely two who have truly existed — Marina of Antioch who accepted martyrdom for her faith and Marina the Monk who suffered the consequences of her imposture as a male monk in the Monastery of Qannoubine, Lebanon

According to the most ancient accounts on Saint Marina the Monk, only one place of origin could be hers — Lebanon. The only origin of Saint Marina must be the one known to us according to tradition and since the only tradition about this Saint is found among the Maronites of Lebanon, then Lebanon is to be considered the land of her birth (Clugnet 1904: 565). The Maronites resolutely believe that Marina originated in Lebanon and that as a monk she has lived and died in the Monastery of Qannoubine in the Holy Valley of Qadisha.

Lunch at Abou Joseph resto, Kannoubine ( optional)

A unique restaurant in the heart of Kannoubine valley. Abou Joseph restaurant is a family business serving traditional Lebanese food. The restaurant is located near the old Kannoubine monastery and Saint Marina church.

OVERNIGHT IN HADATH EL JEBBEH GUESTHOUSE

Day 2:

Visit to Mar Antonios Kosahaya, Kannoubine Valley

The Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great (Mar Antonios al-Kabir) is situated at a height of 950 meters above sea level in the celebrated Valley of Qozhaya, ” the Living Treasure “. The pine trees and oak trees cover the great hills surrounding it. Fruit trees of every description grow all along the valley which extends into the Valley of Qannubin to form the great Qadisha Valley, thus bearing witness to the history of eremitic life and the quest for holiness in Lebanon.

Historians and scholars suppose that this Monastery was first built and began to be occupied by hermits at the beginning of the fourth century. It was several times looted, set on fire and razed to the ground,

According to certain sources, it was during the time of Patriarch Sergius ar-Rezzi that in 1584 the first printing press was introduced into the East, and the psalter was printed the first time in 1585. A second printing press was in Qozhaya in 1610, and the library of the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik conserve a copy from the psalter printed in that year. Read More

This Monastery is reachable by car.

 

Visit of Hawka Monastery (Hiking for 2 hours to reach the monasyery and visit the hermit)

The monastery is composed of a sanctuary and a few hermitages. It was built during the 13th century in a voided rock face transformed by the monks into a living space. For a short period during the 17th century, the monastery hosted a seminary for the Maronite order. It was deserted afterwards and annexed to the Monastery of Mar Antonios Qozhaya. Lately, the monastery was rehabilitated, and it now hosts a Colombian hermit who entered the Maronite Order. Read more

Also if we are lucky enough we could meet the only hermit in Kannoubine valley, Father Dario Escobar