The Destination Edge
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|Tafline Laylin||June 4th 2012|
Nobody offers up adrenalin and nature bliss quite like Adventures in Lebanon. Their first whitewater rafting trip of the season on Nahr El Assi – an animated river roaring with springtime snowmelt – commences at 8.30am on Sunday at Futuroscope in Beirut and ends twelve hours later in the same spot. A scenic three hour drive (that includes a breakfast pitstop in Ksara) winds 150km away from the concrete jungle and toxic fire tires to the verdant Hermel Bekaa, where the real fun begins.
Extreme adventure for everyone
Anybody but the super unfit should feel comfortable joining Adventures in Lebanon, whose tour leaders will brief rafters about appropriate postures and techniques to be used during an exhilarating 2.5 hour trip down the Assi River. This promises to be an extreme adventure complete with 7 km of unrivaled natural splendor and no fewer than five waterfalls!
The same company that offers skiing adventures during the winter pledge to participants that experience will be both physically and psychologically challenging, which anyone knows is exactly the recipe for heart-pumping adrenalin that keeps us going back for more. Exerting energy in the sun and water is bound to rev up a healthy appetite, which the company has arranged to satisfy with a delicious lunch at a nearby club before part two of the day begins.
$55 gets participants transportation, lunch, and the ride, along with a tour of St. Maron Grotto and a visit to the Assi River’s source. This is an absolutely steal in any part of the world, and definitely worth the trip away from the smog and noise of Lebanon’s capital.
Participants are asked to bring a bathing suit and towel, along with sandals, tennis shoes and a change of clothes. There’s no way you’re getting out of this trip dry, nor would you want to. Also, advance reservations are necessary. So book your space now. And here’s how: Confirming your attendance by calling + 961 71- 44 33 23. They’ll tell you what to do.
The tour includes a ride home, of course, which may or may not also entail another evening pitstop. Breathe clear and raft on!
Tafline Laylin writes for GreenProphet, from where this article is adapted.