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Lebanon. A tiny country, about the size of Belgium, wedged between Syria, Israel and the Mediterranean Sea. More than 80% of its landmass is considered mountainous. During most winters the high peaks receive a dump of snow, making it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. The highest peak of the country is Qornet as Sawda (3088m). Essentially a huge plateau that drops down steeply on all sides. In its shadow runs an exhilarating long-distance hiking trail called the Lebanon Mountain Trail, or LMT. It crosses the entire country through the Lebanese mountains from the Syrian border in the north to the Israeli border in the south. The LMT is one of the best kept outdoor adventure secrets in the Middle East, receiving less than a hundred thru-hikers a year.

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