KAÇKAR: A GLO­RI­OUS PAL­ETTE OF FLUFFY CLOUDS, SNOWCAPPED MOUN­TAINS

OVER THE CLOUDS, ON TOP OF THE WORLD

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page -

Have you ever stood over the clouds, feel­ing like you can fly and leave all the things that worry you be­hind? The Kaçkar Moun­tains will make you be­lieve in the magic of na­ture while grant­ing a refuge for ur­ban dwellers

THE KAÇKAR Moun­tains Na­tional Park, lo­cated mostly within the boundaries of Çam­lıhemşin, Rize, is a pho­tog­ra­pher’s par­adise thanks to its nat­u­ral beauty and mes­mer­iz­ing scenery.

The moun­tain, at an al­ti­tude of 3,937 me­ters, is Turkey’s fourth high­est peak and among the 200 eco­log­i­cal re­gions put un­der pro­tec­tion by the Na­ture Con­ser­va­tion Foun­da­tion.

Ris­ing above the east­ern Black Sea coast and shar­ing boundaries with Rize’s Çam­lıhemşin dis­trict and Artvin’s Yusufeli dis­trict, Kaçkars are among the re­gions pre­ferred by ad­ven­ture and pho­tog­ra­phy en­thu­si­asts. It fas­ci­nates vis­i­tors with its high­lands that reach an al­ti­tude of 2,500 me­ters.

Vis­i­tors gen­er­ally pre­fer the Pokut, Sal and Huser high­lands in Çam­lıhemşin. Pho­tog­ra­phy en­thu­si­asts can watch the high­lands for hours to cap­ture es­pe­cially the fog cloud and the sun­set. Peo­ple of­ten set up camps and spend the night in the high­lands just to cap­ture the per­fect shot.

The fog com­ing down the val­ley on the skirts of Kaçkars of­fers some un­for­get­table mo­ments to the vis­i­tors. Slowly pro­gress­ing to­wards the top of the val­ley, the fog cre­ates dif­fer­ent im­ages in each seg­ment. Em­body­ing dif­fer­ent col­ors with the sun­set, the Kaçkars are im­mor­tal­ized by the mag­nif­i­cent mo­ment for which pho­tog­ra­phers can wait for hours. Some­times pho­tog­ra­phers have to leave early from the peak due to sud­den rain.

The Kaçkar Moun­tains Na­tional Park of­fers dif­fer­ent beau­ties to the al­ter­na­tive hol­i­day seek­ers with its rare plan­ta­tion, forests, wildlife and glacial lakes. It moves away from the shades of green with the ar­rival of au­tumn, em­brac­ing a whole dif­fer­ent view.

Elif Yıl­maz, one of the vis­i­tors, said she came to the re­gion from Is­tan­bul to take pho­tos and en­joy the view. “I sur­ren­dered my­self while com­ing here. I thought about giv­ing up be­cause the roads were very tough, but when I reached the sum­mit I de­cided it was worth it. When you reach the peak, you want to come one more time,” Yıl­maz said, adding that she could see very lit­tle of the fog cloud at the sum­mit. “I could see the sea of clouds for two or three min­utes. I think I am lucky. I am wait­ing, and I still have hope. We will keep wait­ing to see more.”

Ali Gezen, who lives and works in Nor­way, said he was vis­it­ing with his fam­ily. He said that he saw pho­tos of this place on so­cial me­dia and al­ways wanted to visit it in per­son.

“We have been to the Gito, Sal and Pokut High­lands. We have come across so many great im­ages,” Gezen noted.

“Nor­way’s moun­tains are also fa­mous but the beauty here can­not be found any­where else,” he said.

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