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A Day of Hiking in Akroum
Rich in forests, plateaus, heritage, and archaeological sites, Akroum offers hiking enthusiasts a complete experience. This hike caters to all levels of difficulty. It starts off relatively easy and gradually increases to a moderate difficulty level, becoming more challenging as you approach Al-Nir in Wadi Es-Sabaa. Along the way, the captivating nature and breathtaking landscapes will captivate your attention, ensuring an unforgettable hiking experience.
Steps & Interest Points
Start of the Hike
The hike begins in the village of Akroum (Akroum ed-day'a) at the police station. From there, it ascends to the village's water tower, gradually becoming narrower and more rugged.
The Three Roman Temples (Al Hsein)
The trail takes you to a viewpoint that offers a magnificent panorama of Akroum, Wadi Es-Sabaa, and the neighboring region of Homs (Syria). There, you will be able to see the remains of an olive oil press carved into the rock, as well as the ruins of three Roman temples.
Arrival at Nir
Once you have passed the temples, the trail ascends slightly. Then begins a challenging descent towards Al-Nir (an olive grove plateau) and Wadi Es-Sabaa (the Valley of Lions). We will make a stop at the Al-Nir cave, which offers a magnificent view of Wadi Es-Sabaa.
Descent to Wadi Es-Sabaa
Once you have reached the bottom of this impressive valley, we continue along the trail amidst pink laurel trees. On the left, you will notice a stele dating back to Nebuchadnezzar (550 BCE) depicting a Babylonian warrior fighting a lion (Sabaa), which gave its name to the valley. There is another stele above the first one, to the left. You can easily spot it as it is engraved with a sun and a crescent moon.
Final stage: Arrival at the bridge
After passing the steles, the hike continues on a flat trail. The long and wide valley is still not left behind. Due to its dimensions, this valley was once the best route for the military forces of Mesopotamia to reach the Mediterranean Sea, and vice versa. Finally, the hike concludes at the bridge and a refreshing water source.
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Trailhead Location
Akroum +
Akkar District, Akkar Governorate
Trail caracteristics
Difficulty level:
Total Distance:
8.17 Km
Elevation Gain:
249.936 m
Elevation Loss:
324 m
Elevation Maximum:
1055.21 m
Elevation Minimum:
780.288 m
Trail Type:
One Way
4 hours 51 minutes
Moving Time:
One hour 48 minutes
Take a hat or a cap
Take a water bottle
Wear comfortable shoes
Wear comfortable clothes
Clothing appropriate for the season
Walking shoes