Lebanon’s rugged mountain terrain, soft hills, and valleys, and its spectacular natural landscapes dipped in ancient history make for truly unique mountain biking opportunities. Cyclists can ride up Qornet Es-Saouda (Lebanon’s highest peak) with views of the Bekaa Valley to the east, Syria to the north, and the Mediterranean Sea to the west. You can also ride through rugged mountain terrain and cedar groves in the Horsh Ehden and Chouf Biosphere Reserve. The high plateaus of the Mount Lebanon Range are covered with extensive trail networks, offering technically challenging terrain for seasoned cyclists.
For those looking for more relaxed cycling, the Bekaa Valley and the coastal regions have many opportunities both on and off-road. Many small villages have shops that rent bikes for independent on-road biking.
Most mountain biking is done with a guided tour, as many mountain trails are not well marked. Several tour operators run guided cycling tours catering to all levels, and include bicycle rental, lodging, food, insurance, an experienced guide, and transportation to and from the trailhead. Some clubs also organize Beirut Bike Tours.