The Bkassine side trail is U-shaped. Both ends start at Bkassine main square, one segment heading towards Jezzine village and the second towards Niha fort. To go from Mar Takla church in Bkassine square to Niha fort, head east following the footpaths and dirt roads to reach the abandoned village of Kfar Taala. Continue towards the river bed, crossing the old bridge next to the water mill, then climb towards Aaray village. Follow the blazes to reach el Moukhalles Convent in Bhannine, then go uphill to the paved road between Bater and Jezzine and further up past Ain el Malayke until you reach Niha fort entrance at the Shouf Biosphere Reserve.
Important to know
- There are no difficult passages along this section; the trail consists of dirt roads, footpaths and goat trails.
- This section is completely marked.
- If you plan to walk alone, please inform the LMTA about the dates of your trip at [email protected] and ask for the GPS track.
- For your stay and hike, contact the guesthouse or the guide few days before you start your trip.