INSPIRATION / MY BEIRUT

Lebanon Mountain Trail inspires youth

Lebanon Mountain Trail (LMT) is a 440km long hiking trail connecting Lebanon’s northern villages by its most southern ones. The idea was born many years ago, and thousands of people have already marked their steps on that enchanting trail.

To maintain a clean and attractive trail, the LMT organizes punctual events where people, young and old, gather and clean up part of the trail.

Few weeks ago, a Lebanese school called Melkart participated with one of their classes in cleaning up part of the trail in Baskinta area (part 15 on the map) from its thousand empty gun shells, gathering no less than 50 bags of shells in only two hours! Indeed a wonderful achievement, making young people aware of the disastrous state of neglect in some places, and the continuous effort that it entitles to sustain their country with a minimum of cleanness.

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Educating kids, creating awareness around the need in their country to act for the environment, making them interested in Lebanese villages, mountains and valleys can only be motivating and positive for them. I hope more of those initiatives will be included in school programs in Lebanon. We desperately need to shape the mind of the youth, who are still open minded and eager to learn and participate.

If you wish to read more about the LMT, why don’t you click HERE  or be a fan of their Facebook Page or  Facebook Group, where you can find info regarding the different trails, how to be a member, a sponsor, a volunteer or just to connect with other hike lovers!

All Pictures in this post are taken by the LMT.

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