Latmos Mountains - 8 days

Overview

Self Guided Walking tour on Carian Trail: Latmos Mountains - 8 Days
Take a walk into history with the Carian Trail. The newest and the longest (820 km) of the way marked trails in Turkey, Carian Trail passes through many varied landscapes with its 5 different sections: Bozburun Peninsula, Datça Peninsula, Gulf of Gokova, Carian Hinterland and Mugla Environs. This 8 day program covers some of the best walks along the Carian Hinterland. Starting from Mylasa, the trail goes around the mythical Latmos mountains, stops by Bafa Lake and finishes in Alinda. Intact villages, surreal landscapes, Neolithic wall paintings, hellenistic cities, ancient roads, stone laid paths and much more awaits you. .

Itinerary

Day 1. Transfer.
Upon your arrival at Bodrum/Milas airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in Milas. The files and the details about your trip will be ready for you in the hotel reception. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the chance to see the town which is set up right on top of the ancient Mylasa.
Overnight stay in Siler Hotel, Milas

Day 2. HIKE Labranda - Kargıcak 7 km
30 min drive takes you to the ruins of Labranda. The site was built on terraces to accommodate large numbers of visitors during festival times. After the visit, walk down to Kargıcak village on a mixture of paths and dirt roads. 15 min transfer back to Milas. 
Overnight stay in Siler Hotel, Milas


Day 3. HIKE Kargıcak - Çomakdağ 15.9 km
Transfer back to Kargıcak village to take the ancient path. The route first descends by the stream and goes up to the small hamlets of Gökseki and Sarıkaya. These unspoiled villages have wonderful traditional houses. The stone laid paths through the olive terraces will take you to Ketendere and then to Çomakdağ.
Overnight stay in village house, Çomakdağ (private room in a village house)

Day 4. HIKE Narhisar - Sakarkaya 15.3 km
The day starts with a short transfer to Narhisar village. Today’s route will pass by small villages following old trails and dirt roads. The olive terraces gives way to stone pine trees as you get close to Kayabükü village. The undulating route finishes in Sakarkaya. Transfer to Bağarcık.
Overnight stay in village house, Bağarcık (shared room in a village house on ground beds)

Day 5. HIKE Bağarcık - Kapıkırı 17.4 km
Bağarcık is located on the north side of the Latmos mountains. The path goes up to a pass with amazing views of the endless pine nut trees scattered through the big boulders. From this point on the trail now and then follows an ancient trail that was built by one of the commanders of Alexander the Great. The day finishes as you descend down to the lake side by Kapıkırı village.
Dinner and Overnight in Agora Pension, Kapıkırı


Day 6. HIKE Karahayıt - Gölyaka 7 km
An easy day after the long hike of yesterday. You can explore the ruins of ancient Heracleia scattered all around the Kapıkırı village. A short transfer takes you to Karahayıt village. This is one of the most popular routes along the Carian Trail. The trail passes by neolithic wall paintings and before reaching the Yediler Monastery. After seeing the Byzantine period frescoes, walk down to Gölyaka village with views of Bafa lake in sight. Transfer back to Kapıkırı.
Dinner and Overnight in Agora Pension, Kapıkırı

Day 7. HIKE Bağarcık - Kullar 8 km , Tekeler - Alinda 7 km
Early start to transfer to Bağarcık village. The route follows dirt roads and old trails before reaching the Yörük Pass. Wonderful views expand before your eyes as the route goes down to Kullar Village. Transfer will take you to Tekeler village. The 6 meter wide stone laid path almost all the way to Alinda will definitely amaze you. Alinda was one of the most important cities of ancient Caria set upon a hill. Walk to the best preserved ancient agora and finish in the Karpuzlu town centre. After a refreshing tea, transfer to Milas.
Overnight stay in Siler Hotel, Milas

Day 8. Transfer
Transfer to Bodrum Airport (2 hrs).

Hotel

Siler Hotel, Milas - 3 nights 

Village house, Çomakdağ - 1 night (private room & bathroom)

Village house, Bağarcık - 1 night (quite basic conditions and a real experience! Shared room on ground beds, squat toilet outside the house)

Agora Pension, Kapıkırı - 2 nights (a comfortable stay after the previous night in Bagarcik)

Equipment

TripBook

Trip books are included in all our tours. Our trip books are complete packages of information which will help you to find your way through the itinerary we have created for you. Putting in significant time and effort, we have compiled this book which includes Google Earth maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, pick up and drop off points and easy to follow directions with pictures.
GPS
Although, most of the routes along the tours are very well way-marked, we decided to provide GPS units which are simple to use, easy to read, but nonetheless sophisticated devices. The routes and waypoints (including water sources, pickup points and hotels) described in the trip books are preloaded in the GPS. All you have to do is follow the route shown on the device. 1 GPS is provided for every group.
Mobile Phone
With the experiences we have had, we thought that it is best to provide every group with a mobile phone with a pre-paid Turkish sim-card. This helps a lot in making arrangements during the trip. The phone numbers of the hotels, emergency numbers and the contact details for the company are already listed in the mobile phones.

WHAT TO BRING:

• Hiking boots or strong shoes with good tread and ankle support,
• Shorts and t-shirt (warm weather), fleece, waterproof garments, walking trousers, long sleeved top
• Day pack (35ltr. + -)
• Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sun cream), insect repellant
• Walking poles HIGHLY recommended
• First Aid Kit
• Headlight

BAGGAGE
Main Baggage is transferred on to next nights’ accommodation.

WEATHER

SPRING
In April daytime temps reach the low twenties (centigrade), mostly sunny but still chances of rain. In May the temperature rises to high twenties and there’s less of chance of rain. Evenings can still be quite cool in early April.
AUTUMN
From mid-September through October, days are mostly sunny with temps in the mid-twenties and warm evenings cooling down later in the season.

Prices

640 € per person based on 2 people sharing a room.

INCLUDED:

• All transport during the walking program including the main airport transfers

• Breakfasts, 7 nights dinners, 7 picnic lunches, 

• 3 nights accommodation in standart hotels, 2 nights in village houses, 2 nights in a boutique hotel. 


NOT INCLUDED:
• Lunches & dinners not listed above
• Drinks at hotels or restaurants.
• Personal expenses.
• Flight tickets.
• Travel Insurance

Booking

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