A mythical place, a real emblem of the Lebanese forest heritage, Horch Ehden is one of the most beautiful nature reserves in Lebanon. In collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and the UNDP (United Nations Development Program), this place enhances the value of the environment and the biodiversity. The Lebanese writer Jabbour Douaihy won the Saint-Exupéry Prize in May 2000 thanks to the book he wrote about this famous nature reserve: “The Soul of Horch Ehden Forest” (L’âme de la forêt Horch Ehden).
The reserve is 3.5 km away from the North of Ehden: a calm and prosperous village of the Middle-Ages that is famous for its Souk.
Covered in snow, or touched by sun rays, the forest mountain mass is exceptionally rich. It is certainly the ideal place to stroll during any season of the year.
This reserve boasts an incredible variety of flora and fauna, with an abundance of rare species. There are 23 different kinds of reptiles and amphibians, as well as a diverse range of birds such as falcons, pelicans, and eagles, including 57 rare species such as the wood pigeon. In addition, the reserve is home to an astonishing 1,030 species of plants and flowers, and 39 tree species such as pine, fir, and cedar.
Horch Ehden Reserve plays a very important role in Lebanese tourism. It welcomes numerous tourists and visitors during the year. Many touristic and sports activities are available for all ages and tastes, including excursions, mountain climbing, and more. Exciting tours and guided visits are also available.