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(1200-2000m - 35km from Tripoli)


Horsh Ehden is a mountainous ecosystem on the Northern Mount Lebanon chain. It ranges from 1300m to 1950m in altitude and is located 3.5km north of Ehden and 100km from the capital Beirut.

After much lobbying by the Friends of Horsh Ehden the forest was declared a Nature Reserve by the Lebanese government in March, 1992 (decree# 121). The area set aside for the reserve comprises 1000 hectares of public land of which 350 are forested. Horsh Ehden is internationally acknowledged to be the southernmost limit for the growth of the species of Cilician Fir Abies cilicica.

This unique forest is a mixture of trees. More than 35 different species notably conifers, such as the Cedars, the High Juniper broadleaves such as the maple and the endemic wild apple.

Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve

A number of water sources can be found in Horsh Ehden, the most important of which are Ain Al-Baq, Nabaa Jou´t and Ain Al-Baiada.

The wilderness qualities of parts of Horsh Ehden and of the adjacent mountain areas provide the ideal setting for walks, cross country skiing and other related activities.  The summer resort of
Ehden lies at an altitude of 1500m, surrounded by breathtaking mountains overlooking the timeless Kadisha valley.


The main "Midan" or square in EhdenA trip to Ehden is not complete without a visit to the "Midan", a historic public square surrounded by typical Lebanese architecture filled with cafes, patisseries and restaurants.

Whether it is lunch or dinner you are seeking, "Mar Sarkis" is one of many quaint outdoor restaurants specializing in Lebanese cuisine. If your taste seeks something different, Ehden boosts a wealth of
hotels, small restaurants, bistros and night-clubs.

And for a lasting memory of your trip, catch the sunset at Sa´dit El Hosn from which you can see the whole of the north of Lebanon, stretching from the Syrian coast to Chekka .

- Related Links: Hike the Ehden Reserve

Getting There ...
From the northern coastal highway at Chekka, head east towards Amyoun.  Continue your way passing through Kousba, until you get to Toursa where you should access the road that will take you to Jbaa.  Then head east until you reach Ehden (
See North Map).





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