Well since Kaimaktsalan's Ski Center (at Voras Mountains) is one of my all-time favorite destinations as soon as everything gets white and chilly outside, I was very curious for a long time to see these ice cold landscapes only with their summer clothes on. All this familiar frozen & illusive beauty being so green and roaring, well that's quite a surprise.
We started hiking from the mountain's foot and till the 1600m we were surrounded by oak and other deciduous trees. Green foliage roofs on the top shadowing the sea of ferns down, on their foot. If you were totally careless, you would trample a carpet of teeny tiny strawberries just above the ground. Little vaults of nectar, that what these strawberries were all about.
After the bright, saturated greens, the color pallet changed a little bit. From the 1600m (and till the 1700m. ) we entered the conifer zone. Majestic pines and firs were dueling for a place in the sky, while down below them, on the ground, another small world is thriving. The blueberries and the mushrooms are gabbling with little cute butterflies dancers.
And finally, the alpine tundra zone. Above 1700m and till the mountain's peak, which is the Kaimaktsalan* located at 2.524m., there are only low grasses. There was nothing to resemble the white enchanting slopes. And oh gosh, the ski lifts (at 2.016m.) are so odd standing there between noisy cicadas and gurgling water springs. Nevertheless, the view was amazing as always.
*Kaimaktsalan is a word with Turkish origin and means White (=Kaimak)- peak (=tsalan)
For more hiking adventures. check our wandering at Kare Dere's Virgin Forest.