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Ayder is a resort town in Eastern Karadeniz region of Turkey, up in the lush Kaçkar Mountains, surrounded by waterfalls.

Get in[edit]

Getting in is easy(ish): Take a bus from either Trabzon, Rize or Hopa to Pazar and take a dolmush from there (though the last departure is at about 6 pm during summertime)

Get around[edit]

Walk till your heart's content or take a Dolmush back to Chamlihemshin (to get cash or get into another valley) or Pazar.

It's a nice trek upto Yukarı Kavron, mountain pastures higher in the valley, towards the Kackar peak. However, there are far too many vehicles duing the summer. It'a better idea to take the Dolmush, from the center of Ayder, and start your trek from Kavron.

See[edit][add listing]

Beautiful mountain scenery and maybe Hemshin people dancing and playing a peculiar sounding bagpipe.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Walk through the beautiful mountain scenery; it the Kackars... Head up mount Kackar or to the three lakes or... well enough to see and do. It is adviseable to hire a guide though.
  • Take a dip in the hot spring pool at the local hamam—hot and wonderful after a day's hike.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Yilmaz Cafeterya, 0.464.657 21 43. A really sweet family-run restaurant with fantastic soups and Turkish fondue. It's a little more than halfway up the hill on the main street in Ayder (on the left side if you are going up the hill). They speak a little bit of English, and they're friendly as can be. 5-8 TL mains.  edit

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

You could do a lot worse than stay at Zirve Ahsap pansiyon. A Chalet-type pension catering largely for families but also quite suitable for others. It's behind the buildings north of the Dolmush stop in Ayder; Head up the mountainside left from the baker's, Take the path parallel to the main road. It's behind a gaudy concrete building and a water trough.

The cost ran at about 20 YTL per person per night (aug 2007) The telephone number is 0464 6572177


Get out[edit]

Take the dolmush to Pazar and from there a bus to Trabzon or Rize

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