LMTA staff and hikers gather for a photo in front of the LMTA office in Hamzieh before the start of the journey on Friday, March 30, 2018. (The Daily Star/LMTA, HO)
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Fifty-five hikers from around the world embarked on a 470-kilometer journey along the Lebanon Mountain Trail Friday afternoon, kicking off the LMT Association's new "#hikeitprotectit" campaign.Split into two teams, each group will begin at opposite ends of the trail and make their way across in 30 days time.With "sister" trails around the globe, the LMT is listed as a member of the World Trail Network, attracting many hikers to Lebanon solely for this unique experience. This year, half of the walk-thru participants are Lebanese, with the other half being foreigners.The LMT has also proven to be a point of attraction for the Lebanese diaspora, LMT ambassador in Canada Wafaa al-Osta explained. Osta, who is originally from Lebanon, spreads awareness about the trail to the Lebanese-Canadian community.
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