on top of mount Emler
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September 15th, 2008 – by: Auditarchi
After a 5-hour ascending walk we finally reached the summit and had magnificent views over other high peaks, a large valley and a lake. At this altitude there was still some fresh snow to be seen. This was the highest mountain I had ever been on and I was glad I had been able to do it. Some sort of appreciation for myself because I had been up the mountain, the others felt the same way. There appears to be snow here all year round but off course not in equal amounts. I really had the impression this part of Turkey is hardly visited by tourists and I think it should be left that way. It's really a place that would be enjoyed by every backpacker and be hated by any usual tourist because the lack of luxury and the sea, the draught and the physical favors it asks of you to see the landscapes.
Then we started the descent and followed the same path we took to go up. I have good news because descending is not that hard as ascending. Sometimes we felt like skiing on little stones and there was an occasional slippery by somebody's feet. our guide Pelin must have thought Belgians are sick in the head, lol. Some hours later we reached camp again and I was glad my feet had undergone the challenge, they didn't hurt that much thanks to the tea and cookies we got once we were down again.
Some other fellow travellers didn't go to Emler and went to a nearby valley and guess what: they saw capricorns! Apparently i'm in favour of dogs in Turkey but Capricorns truely seem to hate me. AFter our about 9-hour walk I decided to do a nap on my teddybear-matras.
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