I serve as the Manager of the Ecotourism Department at the Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve, where I also work as a local guide and hiking guide within the reserve itself and along section 12 of the LMT (Kfardebian, Kafqa, Chabrouh). Furthermore, I lead hiking expeditions across various regions of Lebanon.
My journey as a guide commenced 11 years ago following training with Jabal Moussa, the LMT, and the Red Cross, where I dedicated four years as a volunteer in the disaster management unit.
My initial career was rooted in the tourism industry, where I spent seven years, notably in Mali. Upon my return to Lebanon in 2011, I became a volunteer at Jabal Moussa. My bond and deep affection for nature, especially within this reserve, have always been profound. The allure of the mountains has forever captivated my spirit.
Today, we are a team of three responsible for ecotourism management at Jabal Moussa. We oversee rangers, local guides, guest house reservations, and group services, catering to school trips and companies seeking unique experiences within the reserve. Our offerings encompass days of hiking, complete with lunches and opportunities to delve into local traditions such as Zajal and Dabkeh.
My hiking experiences are tailored to the participants' skill levels. We traverse natural landscapes and unearth historical sites, as well as explore iconic cities and villages such as Saida, Tyre, and even Tripoli. In addition to Jabal Moussa, I have a profound fondness for destinations like Tannourine, Ehden, and Batroun.
For me, walking in nature is an experience that awakens all the senses. Each step reveals something new, even on a trail we may tread daily. The group dynamic is equally significant; walking together fosters interaction with individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
However, I also cherish solitary walks. Walking in nature is meditative and possesses true therapeutic value, benefiting both the body and the mind.