LMT in April
Replies: 1 - Last Post: Feb 1, 2013 1:28 AM Last Post By: SPDL
Jan 31, 2013 3:10 PM
LMT in AprilAny helpful input always appeciated,
I am thinking about hiking the LMT in mid April from north to south. Would anybody have info on lodgings along the way? I saw on the LMT website that there are some guesthouses, but they seem to be pretty small, does one need to make reseverations weeks in advance or are there more options then are listed? ( I always heisitate with reservations as I like to be flexible) I also saw that there are lots of monesteries, are they easy to get into?
It says that April is one of the best months to hike so I am wondering if it gets a bit crowded at at that time of year when it comes to finding sleeping places, not looking for anything fancy.
Thanks for any input,
Feb 1, 2013 1:28 AM
1I've never done the LMT, but I don't think it's ever particularly crowded at all. Hiking is still a bit of a niche thing amongst Lebanese - on a walk around the Qadisha once, every third car stopped to offer me a lift, and absolutely nobody could get their heads around the fact that I just wanted to go for a hike. Plus tourism to Lebanon has pretty much collapsed since the Syrian uprising. You should have the trail more or less to yourself.
I'm not sure if the whole trail will be fully open by April; I think there might be some parts that still might be covered by snow.
As for accomodation, I'd try and book some of it before you start. Rather than the places being full, you might find the opposite - some of the places might not be open at all, or not yet ready to receive visitors. I would have thought that you'd be able to be pretty flexible on dates though, ie, just give them a three-day window for when you expect to arrive. Perhaps sling the LMT an email, and they'll be able to put you in contact with someone who can sort things out for you.
Bear in mind that a guide and clearance is necessary for the the final few parts of the trail before Marjayoun. You'd need to get the clearance/permit from the army base in Sidon before you started your hike (a relatively straightforward process by all accounts).
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