a walk by Mehmet Koçdemir and Altuğ Şenel

Likya Yolu Web Link

1 Jun 2011

On 19:00 by altug
PATH DETAILS:

Start: 08:40 am

Finish: 20:40 pm (all rests and stops are included)

Total distance: 32 km.


Water: We recommend you to carry sufficient amount of water during your walk as the path is so long and you would need some supply with you. No worries!! There are water supplies but being a long path you may need more than you drink. You’ll not be running into settlements/villages (especially after Gokceoren) regularly. For example, first settlement after Gokceoren is Cukurbag, end of this 32 km. trail. So, at the begining you need to fill up your bottles in Saribelen as there’s no water supply till Gokceoren. However, on your way to Gokceoren, there are some cisterns and wells but doesn’t seem to be drinkable so we do not prefer to drink this kind of water to avoid and stomach ache etc. In any case, if you need water too much, while approaching to Gokceoren you will be passing by a farm, if there’s someone in, you may possibly request water and food. Gokceoren is a moderate upland village. Here, you’ll meet one of the oldest pension on the Lycian Way, managed by Huseyin Yilmaz (+90-537-810 59 83). You have a chance to refresh your supplies here, however there’s drinking fountain across the pension, quite close to mosque. After leaving Gokceoren, tarmac road is 8km long, first goes as asphalt then turns into a real tarmac road. Tarmac road followed by a stream which is named as Hacioglan Stream. You'll be able to find few fountains and passing the stream itself at the end of the road. While ascending to Phellos, you’ll first pass the Hacioglan stream then climb to a steep hill. There’ll be no water while ascending. It's a quite long and hard way to walk but you’ll find water after you pass to the other side of the ridge. An abondoned cottage and wooden platform (cedar) will welcome you. Right there, under a big planet tree will be your single chance to refresh your water bottles until you arrive Cukurbag. No water supply available at Phellos. Briefly, you need to climb up a hill which is 1000 meters, you need energy more than you need and have to carry your water with you. Remember to give short breaks at the moment you feel tired or find a water supply

Food: There’s only one settlement (Gokceoren) on the trail at where you can supply food. Huseyin Yilmaz would be insisting for a meal because of his good intentions, however he does not claim too much money for the food service. But worth to ask the cost before you sit & start. Before you leave Saribelen you may have tomatoes, lavas bread and some cheese from Neset (+90-539-331 54 85).  To summarise, no settlement between Gokceoren to Cukurbag and you have to carry a few amount of food with you. If you plan a camp around Hacioglan Stream you’ll need to carry your food with you, water supply will not be an issue around.


Accommodation: Camping with a tent is good choice in anywhere cause there are many camping places. You may put your tents around Gokceoren or Hacioglan Stream. However, there’re are a few places to camp during your walk from Hacioglan to Phellos. Phellos is not good choice for camping because of thorny bush and rugged terrain. Between Hacioglan and Phellos place where you'll see the wooden platform (cedar) and big planet tree camping is possible. There’s water available under the plane tree and you'll be able to build your tent on the platform. There’s no accomodation problem in Cukurbag, you may find plenty pensions and suitable places to camp.

Path Difficulty: The route difficulty is moderate. You have be patient and careful between Hacioglan and Cukurbag cause you have a long way to walk and climb. Keep in mind that it will take a long time to complete this stage. Saribelen to Gokceoren, have marvellous sea and nature views where you pass on top of famous Kaputas Beach (not able to see). Descending to Gokceoren, need to be careful because of steep paths. Keep your eyes on R&W signs while passing the cultivated fields. Losing the marks can be frustrating. You have to be careful while descending from Phellos to Cukurbag as the path is so rocky and bushes are thorny.

Path Elevation Graphs and Photos: Please refer to our sister site www.likyayolu.org.

For this path, you can find some detailed information on this LINK. Although site is in Turkish, photos will give you a direction how the paths look like.

Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions. We'll be happy to help.