Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve

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What is there to see?

Natural Heritage
Horsh Ehden forest is a unique assemblage of conifers, deciduous and evergreen broadleaf trees in an isolated phyto-climatic region with a highly varied topography. The exceptional biodiversity of Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve is illustrated by: 3 of the 9 bio-geographic zones recognized in Lebanon are represented in Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve, thus contributing to its nationally important biodiversity. 1058 species of plants of which 39 species are trees, 26 species of mammals, 156 species of birds, 300 species of fungi and 23 amphibians.

How do I get there, and practical arrangements?
From Beirut take the highway north to Chikka, which is approximately 20km south of Tripoli. Upon reaching Chikka, take the highway east to Amioun. You will pass by the villages of Kousba (about 3-4km from Amioun) and then Tourza (15-20km from Kousba). It takes about 25 minutes (40-45km) to reach Ehden from Chikka. The reserve is approximately 5km from the village of Ehden.

From Tripoli, take the highway southeast to Zgharta. From Zgharta continue going southeast for approximately 25 minutes (26km) to the village of Ehden. The reserve is approximately 5km from the village of Ehden.

Both entrances to the reserve (Naba’a Jouit and Asin Al can be reached from the village of Ehden).

When is the reserve open?

Information center

  • There is an information center located at the Ain Al- Bayada entrance to the reserve. It is open from 08:00 to 18:00.
  • There is a kiosk located at the Nabeh Jouit entrance to the reserve. It is also open from 08:00 to 18:00.
  • There is an office located at the Municipal house in Ehden. Maps, brochures and awareness materials are distributed at the office and at each forest entrance. In addition, Visitors may get all assistance they require and purchase souvenir items at these locations.

Rest area: There is a rest area at Ain Al-Naasa.

Best season to visit: For hikers, autumn and spring are the most enjoyable seasons. For visitors who love soaking up nature’s many colors, October to see autumnal colors and April-May to see in bloom.

What is there to do?
The 'wilderness' qualities of parts of Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve and of the adjacent mountain areas, offer a special recreational opportunity for various activities.

Long walks, climbing, hiking, van tours, star gazing, (year round), mountain biking (year round except in the snow season), archery, snow shoeing (snow season), bird watching (spring through fall, April-September) using the hidden observation spot, awareness activities (discovery walks, presentation and film about the reserve for students and children, year round and especially during the school year).

Camping (the camp offers outdoor educational activities for children during the week and for adults on the weekend), horse - riding, photography.

What is the Cost?
The entrance fee is 3000 LL per person or 5000 LL per person with a guide. The prices of activities vary depending on what is chosen.

Are there special activities for educational visits?

Same as above.

Who do I contact for more information or bookings?

For groups, schools… and if you need a guide it is best to book:

Sandra Saba
Site Manager
03 844190

Jihad Mouawad
03 328832

How can I find out more?