Coordinates 1680

Uploaded November 26, 2016

Recorded November 2016

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9,850 ft
2,994 ft
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77.16 mi

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near Gömbe, Antalya (Türkiye)

Akdag in Turkish language means White Mountain, and it was as such that I noted it while cycling away from the Kekova-Simena region on the Mediterranean. I immediately decided to reach it, which thing was accomplished by crossing the nice Karaova Beli, a pass of approx 1500 metres.
The present track combines cycling and walking. All the cycling is on unpaved roads.
From Gömbe I ascended to Uçarsu - Yesilgöl, a known place because of the combination of lake plus waterfall. Higher up the mountain becomes pretty much unexplored, and at Subaziyaylasi, which is by far the most lovely place inside the massif, you are definitely alone with some sheep and shepherds.
Here starts the climb to the highest summit, namely, Uyluk Tepe, a climb which I performed with no path, by mere trial and error, although a nice hidden valley allowed me a very direct ascent. For the descent I chose the gentle northern slopes, which led me to two consecutive shepherd settlements, which I named Camp 2500 and Camp 2400 respectively. They are reached by a branch of the dirt road, in no bad condition. This Is why, one back at Subaziyaylasi, I grabbed the bicycle and I went up again to the camps with it.
After a further night at the Uçarsu restaurant, I descended to Gömbe, by which my Akdag trip was supposed to finish. But I was attracted by the idea of reaching Girdev Gölü, a big depression which sometimes is a lake and sometimes a marsh.
At Girdev I pushed on northwards, reaching a pass on the watershed, right north or the Erendag. From there it was easy to reach the summit. I slept not far from the pass, under the stars, which allowed me to have the surprise to observe a partial lunar eclypse.
At this time I had run out of provisions, although I had been luckily helped by two Turkish mountaineers from Fethiye who had come up with their camper to observe the eclypse in the clear mountain sky. I cycled all the way back in direction Gömbe, but at a certain point I had the impulse to start a further exploration. So, I turned right in direction Yumru Dag and, after climbing the mountain, I headed down its northern slopes, covered by a superb cedar forest. I slept outside the mosque in the little village of Dereköy, waking up at four in order to be early at the port of Fethiye, where I wanted to take the hydrofoil to Rhodos.

A description in Italian can be found on:
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http://www.trentobike.org/Countries/Europe/Tour_Reports/mediterraneo.html

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Gömbe

Starting of the unpaved road to Yesilgol.
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Switchbacks below Uçarsu

Intersection

Fork to restaurant

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Uçarsu Restaurant

I am also hosted here for the night, on some mattresses with a wonderful sight on the valley.
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Fork to Yesilgöl

Below the Yumru Dag, not far from the restaurant.
Lake

Yesilgöl

The most known lake of the Akdag.
Waterfall

Uçarsu waterfall

Very celebrated, also for its vicinity to Yesilgöl. Also a panoramic spot - otherwise, the waterfall in itself would not be so special.
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Switchbacks below Subazi

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Subaziyaylasi

The most enchanting spot of the Akdag.
Shelter

Shepherd huts at Subazi

Here I was also offered some food.
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Kuruova Yaylasi

Here you enter a hidden valley, giving a rather direct access to Uyuluk Tepe. The main summit in not yet in sight.
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Hidden valley below Uyluk

Summit

Uyluk Tepe

At 3014 m it is the highest summit of the Akdag. Interesting discoveries in the summit book: this is an international destination!
Shelter

Camp 2500

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Camp 2400

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Switchback above Subazi

In the vicinity there is also a little, marshy lake.
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Yesilbarak

Last village on the way to Girdev. I found a wedding here.
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Pasture below the pass

Hosts some summer settlements.
Mountain pass

Pass to Girdev

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Girdev Yaylasi

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North end of Girdev

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Access road to Erendag

Mountain pass

High pass north of Erendag

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Meadows below Erendag

Here I observed a partial lunar eclypse (16-08-2008)
Shelter

Huts below Erendag

Summit

Erendag

A summit of 2677 metres.
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Fork to Yumru

Mountain pass

First Yumru saddle

Separated from a twin saddle by a little depression.
Summit

Yumru Dag

Very bulky summit dominating Subaziyaylasi much more than Uyluk Tepe.
panorama

Yumru viewpoint

Here one has an aerial view above Subaziyaylasi. Also Yesilgöl is well in sight.
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Depression between saddles

Shelter

Huts after second saddle

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Cedar forest

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Descent to Dereköy

Intersection

Fork to Dereköy

Sacred architecture

Dereköy mosque

I slept outside this lonely mosque. There was nobody around in the village.

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