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Carian Trail

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Carian Trail

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Dmitriy M wrote a review Sep 2018
Moscow19 contributions2 helpful votes
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The trail is well marked (red or red/white dots) and you have to follow it very attentively as there are some branches taking you the wrong way. I made it with my wife (not fit at all) and my 3+ yo daughter in rucksack type harness system in mid August. The thing I'd happy to repeat (not my wife)) but in a cooler period. But I must say it was not oven or we were lucky: first 2/3 of the trail you walk (crawl) in the shade of the pines, and at 200+ meters it was quite cooler then downhill and very ventilated. We carried 3.5 litter of water and finished almost all of it. The descent to Turnunc seemed possible a steppier path through a cemetery but we followed the signes and finished making the road down (hot one). You'd need good strong shoes to walk, total is ~7km and almost 600m gain and 600m lose. We made it with long pauses in 5 hours. At certain point you climb some stones that make me doubt a donkey would have ever made it. Some good part of the path has trees branches and spiny vines low across it, I had to make it on my four, that was probably my main issue.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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MichaelandLizKent wrote a review Nov 2017
Kent18 contributions20 helpful votes
We have just returned from our walk, completing the trail from Akyaka to Bodrum. The trail is well marked, but has suffered in places from bulldozers destroying waymarkers. If you use the latest GPS and the book, then the path is usually navigable, albeit somewhat overgrown in places. We met no other walkers, but were received walmly by all the Turks we met. We managed to stay in comfortable accommodation every night, and completed the trail in 6 days. It's a beautiful walk, very remote in places and, unlike the Lycian Way, practically unknown, even to the locals. If anyone needs information about the walk, please get in touch.
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Date of experience: October 2017
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Sammijane1 wrote a review Oct 2017
Gold Coast, Australia13 contributions8 helpful votes
Firstly if you are planning to walk the trails I would not recommend attempting any of them without first downloading the gps points to a devise which you will be taking with you. In September 2017 my dad and I went to Turkey with the view to walk from Mugla to Milas. We didn't book accommodation or take a tent as we researched which towns had places to stay. We also read other reviews about how the locals can be happy to put walkers up for the night. Our first day walking was from Yenikoy (just south of Mugla) to Akyaka. This was more than the recommended days walking from the guide book, but both myself and my dad are fit and experienced walkers. We usually find that we are much faster than the recommended time frame for walks. This was our first mistake. The path in this area is so overgrown that our pace was unexpectedly slow. We fought through vines and were crawling on our hands and knees in some places. The track in this part of the trail is not well marked. Markers are barely visible and we now believe that the path may have been re-routed and we were following the old route in parts. Our guidebook was bough in the same year we traveled, I would recommend checking that a new one hasn't superseded your own when you travel. Our second mistake was that I was using my uk simcard in my phone to check the gps points (using data roaming) which I knew would be very expensive so I was cautious to use it. Turkish Sim cards are available at the airport (expensive) or major cities (Mugla, Oren, Bodrum). We managed to pick one up in Akyaka in a tiny, hard to find store. Note that the simcard can take up to a day to be registered. To cut a long story short we got very lost, spent a lot of time in the forest but eventually made it to Akyaka that night. Due to ill health we changed our plans for the rest of the trip. We took buses from town to town and walked the Carian Trail out and back each day. We found the tracks on the Bodrum peninsular better kept but often had to track back to find way-markers. The guidebook finishes some days in places which have no accommodation. Very few people we met spoke any English, so unless your Turkish is fluent it is difficult to communicate. I learnt some basic Turkish which was incredibly helpful. The guide book is handy however it doesn't reference distances. So 'turn left at the bend' could be in 500 meters or 2km. Also the book, the gps and the way-markers don't match up sometimes so common sense and a sense of direction are vital. The weather in September was HOT, we tried to finish the days walking before 2pm to ensure we weren't exposed to the baking sun. We took a water bottle with a filter in it which we found very useful. Also we were able to get cold bottled water at frequent intervals. A good level of fitness is required for this walk, there are some steep hills!! If you are carrying your own gear it is tough. Take notice of the suggested route times, we found them very accurate as the pace is slow due to overgrown sections and time spend finding way-markers. We came across brand new tracks and way-markers which varied from the gps point and lead us to believe the track is constantly being re-routed. This can be very confusing when all the information doesn't marry up. Ensure you have the very latest information to give you the best chance and be aware that if a marker is so old it's barely there, it may be part of an old route (especially if you have been following freshly painted way-markers). Please feel free to contact for more information.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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Ebru A wrote a review May 2017
Ankara, Turkey1,015 contributions181 helpful votes
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The Carian Trail offers a medium hard trekking activity. The Carian Era is in between 11th and 4th century BC. The Carians were initially mariner. The later on they moved up to the mountainous regions by the invasions of ancient Greek colonies. The remnants of the Carian Civilization are found in Mugla/TURKEY. The Carian Trail Trekking is very popular among outdoor sports-lovers. If you enjoy the outdoor sports and natural beauties, I strongly recommend the Carian Trail Trekking. You can easily combine with your holidays in Marmaris or Bodrum. While you will enjoy the trekking during the day time, you can be the beneficiary of diving to the sea in the late afternoon. I do not recommend the summer time due to the very hot weather. The optimum seasons are springs and autumns.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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Swa V wrote a review Oct 2016
Boechout, Belgium16 contributions2 helpful votes
in spite of the very detailed information on the site, this walk in the coastal mountains revealed an eye-, mind- and heart-easing experience : the combination of open spaces and dence pineforests, challenged our fysical condition under more than late summer temperatures - all the booked services were perfectly arranged, together with the fenomenal Turkish hopitality they left unforgettable memories in our minds and an urge to make plans ... for a next visit !
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Date of experience: October 2016
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