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Hiking in the Land of Beautiful Horses, Turkey

In the centre of Turkey’s Anatolia is a unique place known as the ‘Land of Beautiful Horses’ or Cappadocia. The area is rich in history and each of the many valleys have their own rock-hewn churches and geological abnormalities, while quaint rural villages, which make up the region, have their own stories to tell. Cappadocia tours take visitors to many points of interest in the magical Lunar Landscape but the best way to really discover Cappadocia is on foot.

Hiking in the Land of Beautiful Horses, Turkey

Start with an Easy One

Goreme is the main transport hub of central Cappadocia and is therefore the most popular place to stay while visiting the region. Fortunately many hiking trails begin from the outskirts of this Anatolian village and a fairly easy one runs from Goreme, along a 4 km trail at the base of the steep slopes of Pigeons Valley to the village of Uchisar. The route passes by hundreds of man-made dovecotes, many of which are still inhabited by nesting pigeons, and interesting rock formations before entering a tunnel to the base of Uchisar castle. The hike should only take 1 to 2 hours therefore you should still have energy to climb to the top of the castle for a stunning panoramic view and enough time to grab a bite to eat in a local cafe restaurant.

Hike Between Fairy Chimneys

Love Valley has by far the most and the biggest ‘Fairy Chimneys’ in Cappadocia. The interesting mushroom like formations have taken their unusual shape from thousands of years of wind and water erosion on the soft volcanic tuff, however locals prefer to give them a more romantic name as stories say that below the Cappadocian moonscape live a community of fairies who of course need chimneys to release the smoke from their underground homes. Whichever story you believe, a 2 hour hike with your camera through Love Valley will give you plenty of opportunities to take photos with these odd shapes and fascinating landscape. This trail also runs between Goreme and Uchisar and can be combined with Pigeon Valley to make an 8 km circuit.

Hiking in the Land of Beautiful Horses, Turkey

Discover Cave Homes

10 km from Goreme is one of the most historically interesting of Cappadocia’s Valleys, home to the Zelve Open Air Museum. Marked trails pass through Zelve valley and you can hike from 1.5 km to 8 km into what was once one of the largest cave communities in the area. Walking through you can still find stone age dwelling and early Christian rock churches. The trails continue into the neighbouring Monk’s Valley, which is also filled with Fairy Chimneys. Monk’s valley also had religious significance and it is where many hermit monks chose to built their homes. As you walk, take a moment to glance inside some of the stone pillars and you can find steep staircases leading into conical rock bedrooms where monks used to live in almost complete solitude. Some of these elevated homes are as much as 15 metres above the ground.

An Old Greek Town & Selime Monastery

It is said that Ihlara Valley once hosted 100 rock-cut churches and over 4,000 cave dwellings. The first part of the trail is quite popular, descending 360 stone steps from the village of Ihlara and following the Melendiz River to Belisirma where the old Greek village clings to the slopes of the valley above a handful of colourful riverside restaurants. Most organised day tours stop here so the remaining 7 km through Ihlara Valley to Selime Village  and Monastery will be both peaceful and pleasant. The trail passed under pistachios trees and between vineyards along the river, eventually arriving at the rock-hewn monastery which once served as a caravanserai to travelling tradesmen on the Silk Road.

Hiking in the Land of Beautiful Horses, Turkey

Detour to the Open Air Museum

Most visitors to Cappadocia head directly to the Goreme Open Air Museum on a North Cappadocia tour and even if you prefer independent travel this UNESCO site certainly shouldn’t be missed. This museum is not like your standard ‘four walls and glass displays’. Instead the site extends over a vast space between green slopes, rock formations and colossal boulders. The area contains 11 refectories with the best preserved rock-hewn churches of the entire Cappadocia region, complete with stone tables and benches and original frescos from the times when early Christians took refuge here. The museum is only 1.5 km from the village of Goreme and sits between the entrances to various valleys therefore taking a detour to the unique museum will still leave you plenty of time for hiking in the Land of Beautiful Horses.

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Lying over Tanzania, East Africa and as the tallest freestanding mountain in the World, Mount Kilimanjaro attracts lot of visitors each year. With beautiful landscapes and sceneries around, you will have an excellent experience in your trek to Mount Kilimanjaro if you travel with more organized and more planned trekking team. If your dream is climbing the Mount Kilimanjaro, here we’d like to introduce ‘Kilimanjaro Tours’ as your travel planner.

To climb Mountain Kilimanjaro, there are different routes available including Lemosho Route, Machame Route, Marangu Route, Rongai Route, Shira Route and Umbwe Route. So, it is up to you to select your favorite route depending on your choices and experience on hiking and trekking. However, when you book your Mountain Kilimanjaro trek with Kilimanjaro Tours, they will guide you to select the best itinerary which suites your style.

The Marangu route

Why choose Kilimanjaro Tours

Kilimanjaro Tours is a reputed and established company which organizes trips to Kilimanjaro tours for affordable rates. You can easily select your preferred itinerary or perfect package which suits your style among different available choices.

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With their experience in organizing Kilimanjaro tours, you can assure to have a better and quality service when you travel with them.

Services offered by Kilimanjaro Tours

With Kilimanjaro Tours, you can easily select a tour package according to the price, no of people in your group and according to the route you prefer to reach the Mountain Kilimanjaro. They arrange treks and safaris with different tour packages.

The Marangu route

When you book with Kilimanjaro Tours, your package will include the below facilities and services.

Your Kilimanjaro tour package will include transfers from Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi, Base Hotel. These packages come with 2 nights’ accommodation at Mountain inn with half board meals. Kilimanjaro Park fees are included and meals on mountains are included for the packages. All other relevant facilities like guides, porters and tents are included when you book your Kilimanjaro tour with them.

Please have a look into http://www.kilimanjarotours.co.uk/ you will see more details about tour packages which they have to offer including tips on selecting your Kilimanjaro tour package.

Marangu route is the easiest route available for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. With gradual and steady profile this Marangu route allows trekkers to climb the Mount Kilimanjaro with less pain. However, it is common that due to popularity of this route, there are many inexperienced climbers choose this route and popular as a touristy route. If you hear someone say ‘Coca-Cola route’ then they are referring to this Marangu route.

Why Marangu Route is called as Coca Cola route?

Have you ever wonder why Marangu Route is called as Coca Cola route? Actually Marangu Trail is popular as Coca-Cola trail. However, this doesn’t mean that climbing Mount Kilimanjaro through the Marangu Route is so much easier and it only needs walking through the paths.

It is popular as ‘Coca Cola trail’ (referring a soft drink) because it is much easier to reach Mount Kilimanjaro via this route than Machame Route.(which is called as Whisky route)

The Marangu route

Is Marangu route overcrowded and should avoid?

May be you heard it right. Marangu route can be crowded because most of the travellers like to take this route for reaching Mount Kilimanjaro. On this route you will find huts for accommodation. There are facilities of 60 bunk beds at Mandara and Kibo huts. You will also find 120 bunk beds at Horombo hut.

However, you should not avoid this route if you plan climbing mountain Kilimanjaro. Instead book in advance to have a better experience.

How to Book Kilimanjaro Tour?(Via Marangu Route)

The Marangu route

With a tour operator, you are safe on your trek. They know the route very well .With available different itinerary; you can easily select the perfect itinerary to reach the Mount Kilimanjaro. Anyway, remember to book your Kilimanjaro tour through Marangu route with a reputed Kilimanjaro tour operator. We’d like to suggest Kilimanjaro Tours for your trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. They offer different itinerary and you can simply select the perfect package which fits your style. Please check http://www.kilimanjarotours.co.uk/ for more details.

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Manage Your Trip

Hiking is always fun and adventurous. If you are an outdoor lover and at the same time if you like adventures, then I am sure hiking is on top of your favorite activities. However, in order to have a safe and enjoyable hiking experience, it is advisable to plan properly. With safe guidance and proper hike directions, you can always have a pleasant and safe hiking experience.

Tips for Safe Hiking in the Mountains

I listed below some of the safe tips for a better hiking experience. Hope these tips are helpful for you.

Select the right clothing and accessories

tips for safe hiking in the mountains

This is important if you plan a safe hiking adventure. Always choose lightweight clothing and accessories that protect you from wind and rain. Although your clothing is lightweight, they also should be able to protect you all the time.

Bring a map and a compass with you

You need to know about your directions well. Having an updated map is essential and a compass is always useful to find your directions. Before you start your hiking trip, plan ahead and find the map of the route you want to hike.

Carry an Emergency Kit

An emergency kit is really important if you face any incident during your trip. Simple first aid stuff like bandages, antibiotic ointment and pain killers are must have. At the same time keep some trash bags in your emergency kit.

Get advice from others and collect as much as possible information

tips for safe hiking in the mountains

There are plenty of experienced mountaineers around. Most of them are ready to share safety tips and even hiking directions with you. Get in touch with them and collect information about the mountain you are planning to hike. There are also local committees around the mountains which they are willing to share information and hike directions with others. So ask about hike directions, routes and maps before you plan your trip. You can also check https://hikingguy.com/ for hike directions and safety tips.

Get a weather report and plan accordingly

It is common that weather is changing in most of the time in mountainous places. So, get a weather report and plan your trip accordingly. Local weather forecast can be helpful. Be informative and get ready on tips and ways on how to face for bad weather conditions during your itinerary

Do you have any more hiking safety tips to add to this list? If so, please share.

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