15th November, 2019
- Day 6: Çavdır to wildcamp near Delikkemer
- Distance: 21.1km
- Ascent / Descent: 560m / 450m
- Weather: sunny, 23 degrees C
- Accommodation: wildcamp near Delikkemer
- Total cost for one (Turkish Lira ₺): water 2, snacks at market in Üzümlü 14, snacks at in Akbel 19 = ₺35 (~£4 / €5 / US$6)
After a wonderful night’s sleep, we have breakfast just before 8am. Today’s home-made condiments include (but are not limited to), honey, grape/molasses syrup, tahini paste, Nutella, white chocolate spread, grape jam, strawberry jam, fig jam, olive oil etc. Our tastebuds are sent on an exotic tour as we devour each one on the fresh bread.
We’re dropped back off where we were picked up yesterday at 9:15am. The temperature is cool and perfect for walking and thankfully the rain has stopped.
We spend most of the day walking along an ancient Roman aqueduct and after yesterday’s storm there’s quite a bit of water to navigate around. The path is often overgrown, very stony underfoot and now slippery and wet. It’s beautiful but each step takes concentration. I’m so glad we didn’t attempt this yesterday in the rain, especially as I can take photos today.
We reach Üzümlü around 1pm and stop for a quick break. There’s a mosque near the trailhead (water and WC) and a market so we buy some snacks, refill water and continue on. We cross a stream then climb back up through the valley along a narrow and very thorny trail.
We refill water again in Akbel – this is our last guaranteed water source until we reach Gelemiş (Patara village) tomorrow, roughly 13km away. I drink 1L here, then carry 4L and notice every ounce of it on my back! The trail is even narrower and more thorny than before.
At 5:30pm we stop at what looks like a potential camp site. It’s rocky but the view is worth it, so we set up.
We’re using Komoot* for navigation and to record our own tracks. Prior to departing the UK we uploaded the GPX tracks to Komoot so we can now use them for navigation (with voice commands). We’re also using Komoot to record our own daily tracks which gives us the above maps, elevation profiles, distance, speed etc. You can find our collection of tracks on the Komoot App by searching ToughGirl for Sarah and followingthearrows for me. Or click the link in the caption on the above map to go straight to the track.
*Komoot premium was gifted and we also received sponsorship for this hike.
If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I’ll add a FAQ post at the end of the trip.