on top of mount Emler

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me at the top of mount Emler
This 3rd day started very early. I had to get up at 5 a.m. and it would be a long walk to the summit of Mount Emler which is at an altitude of 3700m. After a breakfast of cold french fries ( that are Belgian btw, haah) we started going up.  In the meantime I heard the howling of a wolf and I didn't see any capricorns or what would you have expected? Maybe the wolf has something to do with it. It was important that we stopped now and then and that we set off early, otherwise it could get quite hot but the more higher we got the more the temperature was low so it was a pleasant walk without sweating too much. Another thing:  drink a sufficiently amount of water and don't take too much with you but enough. Along the way there are some sources to fill up your bottle with clean mountain water.
The mountains were breathtaking with all kinds of red and brown shades and we were a group of 6 that had the opportunity to admire this.

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.
fellow traveler Ann


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.
I was truely neckered but the next day wouldn't be that hard anymore and would be a descent all the way. In my quest to see capricorns I decided to spent the night under the stars.  What I did see were a few horses and a monkey fooling all the others. Our turkish cook Jamale really was a master in disguise but he didn't fool me as I was still sharp after 2 cups of coffee. Great to see all those stars in the mountains. Oh and about those capricorns, I only heard some veeeery distant rocks falling and that was it.
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me at the top of mount Emler
me at the top of mount Emler
fellow traveler Ann
fellow traveler Ann
path up
path up
little wall of sun
little wall of sun
Ala Daglar or red mountains
Ala Daglar or red mountains
the big shadow cat attacking from …
the big shadow cat attacking from…
group picture half way!
group picture half way!
our guide Pelin
our guide Pelin
moon landscape
moon landscape
mighty mountains with even some sn…
mighty mountains with even some s…
a game of light
a game of light
horses
horses
the eventual summit of mount Emler
the eventual summit of mount Emler
we made it!
we made it!
at an altitude of 3700 meters.
at an altitude of 3700 meters.
high in the sky!
high in the sky!
exhausted after mount Emler and sl…
exhausted after mount Emler and s…
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photo by: Auditarchi