A thrilling, yet intimate, view of the 440 km trail that runs through the remote and majestic Lebanese mountains
Hana El-Hibri and her fellow hikers were the first to walk the length of Lebanon from north to south, and her up-close account of the month-long journey is accompanied by Norbert Schiller’s superb photos, capturing the region’s diverse wildlife, its stunning scenery and the colorful characters that live there.
On their journey, they encountered torrential rivers, thunderous storms, and blazing sunshine. They crossed deep gorges, massive snowfields, and idyllic meadows. They came across goats, wild animals, and dozens of colorful local characters who treated them to the hospitality, cuisine, and folklore of the Lebanese mountains.
A Million Steps gives us snapshots of a Lebanon that is rarely seen and of an adventure of discovery, beauty and companionship to be treasured by all who value Lebanon’s rich rural heritage. A fabulous gift book!
Hana El-Hibri began her mountaineering career with a 30-day expedition in Wyoming, and her writing career on a 30-day trek in Lebanon. In the 30 years in between, she had three children, lived in four countries, and hiked in numerous mountain ranges in the US, France, Switzerland, Tanzania, and Lebanon.
Norbert Schiller has been one of the most sought after news photographers in the Middle East for the last three decades. His main work has been with AP, AFP, UPI, Getty Images, Der Spiegel and The New York Times. His books include Arak and Mezze: The Taste of Lebanon, Wines of Lebanon, and Spectacular Egypt. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his Lebanese wife and two children.