Andaket Guesthouse Authentic Dinner Experience. Lebanon Mountain Trail 2023 Start. LMT
The autumn tour started today from Andeket. Today, it's May 5th, January 1st, 2023. We have a month to reach Marj Ayoun, we want to pass in 76 villages.
At the same time, we have the second tour which starts in spring, it starts in 28 Qadar, March 28th, and ends in April 28th, which means 28 Nisan, 2024. In this month, you can come and walk all of it, and you can come and walk for a day, or 2 days, or 3, or 1 week, or 2 weeks. Every day, you pay to Darb El Jabal association which is organizing this project, or with the tour operators which we are cooperating with.
We will be covering the insurance, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, tour leader, assistant tour leader with him, local guide, in a way that you won't be able to find out about any other expense in every day that you are walking with us. Join us, you will be very happy. ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ Have you heard of LMT, Lebanese Mountain Trail, or LMTA, Lebanese Mountain Trail Association? I met them a long time ago, and I've been wanting to film with them for a long time to show you this greatness. Can you imagine that there is a road that goes to the north of Lebanon, to the borders, to the south of Lebanon, to the borders, a road that needs more than 30 days of walking, and Lebanon would have crossed it from top to bottom, and you are touring in all its villages. They tour, they walk, they live, they discover villages, they sleep in guest houses, they eat traditional Lebanese food. LMT did something great.
Today, we drove for 2 hours and a bit to Ankit, to meet them, and celebrate together the beginning of this season, which takes a month, from the far north of Lebanon to the far south of Lebanon. We will meet them in this month, where will they be, how will they walk, what will they do, and how many people walk and accept to take this challenge. Some people walk for a day, 2 days, 5, 10, 15, or all of them, 30 days of walking. Welcome, welcome, my love. Welcome, Anthony. My name is Nazat Faza, Mahfoud.
This is the guest house, we made it again, with the presence of the nice guy, Charbel. He is the one who guided us on the road. We are receiving very nice people, and you are nice as well, and the one who guided us to be more delicious.
Today, their cooking, what can I tell you? I made a lot of things, I will count all of them. All of them, all of them, all of them. Kebbeh with tahini. Kebbeh with tarragon. Kebbeh with pomegranate. Pay attention to this kebbeh, kebbeh, kebbeh, kebbeh.
Especially you, you made me work for you today, without onions, without anything. We made hummus with tahini. We made mtashash.
We made tabbouleh. God willing, I will memorize all of them a lot. A piece of arish paper. Lubyeh with garlic, and lubyeh with oil. Lubyeh with garlic for you. Not with garlic, without garlic.
Lubyeh with oil, and what else? I made a kislik for you. You should have told me that I stopped. We met in an episode, how many episodes do I have left? 6 months, a year? A year. A year. Do you remember that I told you that I loved you a year ago and I will come back? And you came back.
I was waiting for you. Since when? I will come back to your house. I was waiting for you. And I knew that you loved me. If you didn't, I wouldn't have come to you.
I am a good cook. We disagreed. Yes, I knew.
We disagreed. First, the food is tasty. I make tasty jam. Right, your jams were great. Yes, I make a lot of things.
My name is Charbel Sattouf. I am a local guide in Andeket. I am with Darb El Jabal Lebanese. Today, we are starting the fall through hike of Darb El Jabal.
We are starting from Andeket because it is section A1 of LMT. The hike starts from here. It will pass through Wadi Odeen which is the largest pine forest in Lebanon. We are seeing a very big biological diversity. It is also an animal diversity.
All these people will experience this thing. They will see it with their own eyes starting from tomorrow. Darb El Jabal Lebanese is divided into 27 sections.
Each section passes through a village. For example, today they started in Andeket. Tomorrow, they will sleep in Al Qabayat. They will return to Tasha.
They will go to Akkar Al Ateeqa to continue to Al Dunieh and Ehden. They are passing through all these cultures. Each village has its own special food that is distinguished.
That's why they are sleeping in the guest house. They are tasting the food that the people of the village are preparing. Darb El Jabal Lebanese allows you to enter each house and get to know the culture of the villages.
It helps that these villages have a single connection which is this trail which is Darb El Jabal Lebanese. Darb El Jabal Lebanese Darb El Jabal Lebanese Darb El Jabal Lebanese Darb El Jabal Lebanese Darb El Jabal Lebanese Darb El Jabal Lebanese Darb El Jabal Lebanese Darb El Jabal Lebanese We start with thyme before they come. These are not onions, these are pomegranates. Very amazing. I told you I don't want to do something stupid.
I don't want them to be late and get stuck on the road. I am kidding. Tell me about yourself. This is also thyme. And hummus with tahini. All without garlic.
All for you. Really? Yes. Something very delicious. She came and took the pomegranate to give it some flavor inside. Minced meat.
And the kebbeh on the outside. The taste of the house. The taste of the letters. Wow.
Did you like them? Yes. It's amazing. It's amazing. It's amazing. It's amazing. It's amazing.
It's amazing. It's amazing. It's amazing. It's amazing. It's amazing.
It's amazing. Thank you. I love it. I love it. I love it.
I love it. I love it. I love it. I love it. I love it.
I love it. I love it. We are making a very good coffee.
I am from the south of Marj Uyun. I should say where I am from. I am from the eye of Farsh jibe, the mountains of Wadi. My late father. He got married in Marj Uyun. We moved to Marj Uyun.
and we learned a lot of things of course my mom taught us a lot of nice things especially cooking and work she was very hardworking and smart God have mercy on her and what else can I tell you, we got Kebbeh with pomegranate and we got Znaikel and Mansouf and we got a lot of things we went to El Bissi and cooked Rissas and Zrayen and we got a lot of things but thank God we got to live a lot of nice things I am thinking how nice it is you are walking alone 30 days in the nature from one side to the other you are not only seeing trees and discovering villages you are also discovering the people in the villages just like Najat and others, you will change 30 guest houses in 30 days and not only that, what caught my attention today are the dishes, the food, north and south we will start here in Aqsa Chmiel with a specific dish and we will end up in Rashaya, Kaab, Akher Jnoub with a specific dish and specific culture in Lebanon there are more than 1000 villages each one cooks something, each one has a custom, each one has its own words and the names of its dishes so you can imagine that in a day, in 30 days, a month, one can do it I hope one day I will have 30 days to be able to walk and maybe I will be a new person even newer than being renewed in this time today, we saw that there are 10 people 6, 10, 15 and this program is supported by more and more people this video is to introduce you to the MTA more and you see that there are people, most of them are foreigners they come from all over the world because they appreciate this topic and they come and walk for a month and we in Lebanon, maybe we don't know about them or haven't heard about them or we say that it is our territory, we don't walk tomorrow time passes and you reach 40 or 50 and you say I wish I walked so God willing, maybe one day in my life when I have more time I walk, I tour more than visit them for a day or two or three, and if your day or life is a bit empty and you want to live a different kind of experience, come with us to these mountains. You eat, you enjoy, you get to know each other, you get educated, you go back to yourself, and of course, a person finishes the next day as a new person. Welcome. This is the first cup. I got the whole cup.
And this one. It's better for you as well. Yes, it's better for you. Where is the better one? I am Gilbert Mkhaibir, founder of the Three North, an adventure tour operator. I am also one of the founders of Darb El Jabal Lebnane. Today, I am taking care of the first 11 days of the fall trek, which is the autumn walk on Darb El Jabal Lebnane, to let people get to know these beautiful places and the beautiful nature, and stay with the nice people.
Darb El Jabal Lebnane is a national footpath that passes through 75 villages, starting from the far north to the far south. When this path was established, the idea was about the walking path, for people to get to know the nature of Lebanon, all of Lebanon, to test the people, the guests, and stay with them, and at the same time, bring the economic benefits to the areas. Today, you can go for a walk on the path, or you can go for a tour in the area, and the path will be beneficial. Today, we have Darb El Jabal Lebnane, and we have Darb El Jabal Lebnane Association. The difference between them is that Darb El Jabal Lebnane is a national footpath. Darb El Jabal Lebnane Association is an association that is involved in developing the path, and promoting the path, and the people who work on this path.
...than one in April. The purpose behind it is to promote the trail, and the activities on the trail, and the stakeholders, the people living around, and those that are benefiting from the tourism. What I would like you to know is that this is an experience by itself, because Lebanon is a small country, despite all of this, it's super rich in culture, nature, and the human factor. As you have seen, the families that are receiving us tonight for dinner. And this is one of the main experiences on the LMT, that from each day, you're going to be discovering a different type of accommodation. Let's say tomorrow, we're sleeping in a monastery.
The day after tomorrow, it's in a guest house. The one after it, it's in a guest house. The one in like three days from now, it's in a hotel.
And this is going to be continuing like this for the whole month. So some areas, there are guest houses, monasteries, hotels, cabins, wooden cabins. So depending on the infrastructure and the services that are available in that area. ♪♪♪ I'm very excited. The table is set, and there's a special food that is recommended for it, so that it's good for walking tomorrow.
We're going to walk on the bed at night. The food is mostly without onions and garlic on this side. So the kebbeh looks special, and the kebbeh is well done. Traditional, exciting food. So everything is ready, and there's definitely hunger. I have to eat very well so that tomorrow, I'll be full of energy.
What are we cooking tonight? We're cooking tonight, tabbouleh. Pomegranate kebbeh. This is pomegranate kebbeh without onions.
And this is taifa kebbeh with beans. And this is loubia, also from the garden, loubia with oil. Hummus with tahini. Eggplant with pickles.
Arish Qata leaves. Olives. And this is wild thyme. Thin thyme.
This is the meat kebbeh in the pan. This is the eggplant kebbeh, with the Qata as well. Almonds and lentils. This is mtashash, a fake tabbouleh. It's bulgur. Yes, they say it's tabbouleh, but it has bulgur.
And this is lentil soup. This is tomato, of course. And this is pomegranate kebbeh, for everyone. This is loubia, without garlic, onions, or anything else. Also, the pan kebbeh, we came back here.
There's Shanklish. And olives. Omar Saqr, Executive Director, Lebanon Mountain Trail Association. He's the Executive Director of the Lebanese Mountain Trail Association.
In 2005, Joseph Karam, in America, studied, and he's originally from Baskinta. He saw the Appalachian Trail, and he walked on it. He said, this is an excellent idea. Why don't we come to Lebanon, and make a trail that reaches north and south, and we have a country, and we have amazing mountains. So he came, and as a company, Ecodit, he took a fund from USAID, and in this fund, for 3 years, he created a work team.
This work team, what did it do? It discovered where there are traces of our ancestors, and connected them together. They didn't split the traces, on the contrary. No, we came, and we revived these old traces, and we connected them together, in a way that passes in 76 villages.
It starts in Andet, and ends in Marjanoun, in southern Lebanon. This yogurt is my work. I got it, and all this food is made by me. I'll tell you about the Arakat.
The Arakat is amazing. But it's the last one. Now we are waiting for the new season. We put the first cup. And this is the second cup.
4 cups of water? Yes. 2 cups in 4. Anthony, what do you call this? Beans. But do you think that this is the kind of beans we eat? Look at the beans. You haven't seen anything like this. No, I haven't.
Look, I planted them here. In the end, all the beans are the same plant. It's called Fasouliya. But there are many kinds.
They have different tastes. This is Raffia. It's very good for cooking. I see it in many villages, especially in the north. You can eat this plant almost every year in Lebanon. Because it grows wherever you want.
We consider it as a weed. But it's good for your health. It's called Amaranthus. You take this plant with onions. It's a lentil plant.
You put it and it's very easy to eat. You can eat it with tomatoes. Some people think that it's from the Maloch family. But it's not. Tabbouleh. Enjoy.
What a great taste! What a great passion! You liked it. Don't cheat me. Because the most important thing for me is to make the food.
There is a great passion. Enjoy. I don't know who will taste something like this in his life. I don't know.
We are coming from Beirut and from big cities. We are tasting something amazing. Enjoy. For those who don't want to sleep at your place or for those who are not coming and want to eat these foods, do you book 5-10 people and feed them food? It's the same. What is the phone number? It's 03 460 254. It's a guest house.
As you know, Chef El Chater makes the best Tabbouleh without onions. Or the same thing for Sleek. You ordered it without onions. What can we do? It's as if you really liked me. Really? He wants to cheat me. Why? Don't cheat me.
Let's eat. It melts like butter. Enjoy. I will eat the food and drink Arak and you will drive me back.
I want to drink Arak. He will drink a glass of milk with cornflakes. I will make him milk. The Lebanese Mountain Road Association is responsible to preserve this road. It is responsible to develop and create new ideas so that people can discover new things every year to find something new every time.
It is responsible to preserve the cultural heritage and the natural heritage on the road. When we say cultural heritage, it can be touched or not. It is related to food it is related to the dialect between a village and another it is related to the customs between a village and another it is related to the architecture that we see and that differs between a village and another.
There are many things related to the local culture that we are working on. more visible to this person who is coming to walk. And here, when foreigners come from outside and see this cultural richness between a village and another, in a short distance.
And the same thing, the richness in the scenes that they see. They can't believe that every 5 minutes, they see something that they didn't see before. While if they are walking in Europe or America, they stay for 2 or 3 hours, they are still seeing almost the same thing. In the field of natural heritage, here, we are talking about our mountains, we are talking about animals, plants, trees, all these things that we highlight, while we are walking to this tourist or this person who is walking, also to see how much richness is present on the road. Today, we are the first night in Andet.
We will walk for 30 days, and it ends in Marjaayoun on the first of May. For those who would like to join us, they go to LebanonTrail.org and see there our walking program. Also, there, they can know where to book to join us. A person can come and walk for a day, 2 days, 3 days, 1 week, 2 weeks, a whole month.
We invite you to join us because walking in the fall is something with colors and nature, and walking in the spring, which will be between 28th of Adar and 28th of April. March 28th, April 28th, 2024. For those who want to walk and come from outside Lebanon or in Lebanon, because when you come and walk on the mountain path, you will discover our heritage and your heritage, and the heritage of each one of us, culture, nature, history, and our geography. You will be engrossed in Lebanon, and you will say, I want to come and walk again, and I want to bring my friends, I want to bring my family, and we will walk again on the mountain path. For more UN videos visit www.un.org