Level : Medium
Trekking in Eastern Crimea
Simferopol - Chistopol'e - Zolotoye Bay - Novootradnoe - the Cemmerian Wall - Uzunlar Lake - the Opuk reserve - Yakovenkovo -Zavetnoye - Kerch - Simferopol
There existed several walls on the Kerch Peninsula (Crimea) that inhabitants of the ancient Bosporan Kingdom, with Panticapaeum (today’s city of Kerch) as its capital, had built in order to create a defense line against the nomads. The Greeks had to protect themselves against the raids by Cimmerians, Scythians and Sarmatians. Such walls that were several meters high extended for dozens of kilometers. They were additionally fortified by erecting towers; also passages and gates were created. Cimmerian Wall is survived best of all, it was built from the Kazantip Bay in the north to the Uzunlar Lake in the south.
We shall start our trip at Porosta, one of ancient sites. Proceeding along the shore of the Azov Sea we shall walk across the steppe landscape to the beginning of the Cimmerian Wall. Following the wall we shall cross the Crimea from sea to sea. At the end of the trip we shall return to Kerch.
During the trip we shall see endless expanses of the steppe full of flowers, ancient ruins of Greek cities, beaches of the Azov and the Black Sea; we shall also learn various difficulties of trekking across the arid region of the steppe.
Dates: May, 21-25 2016
Price per person: 21 000 RUR
Minors (under 18 years of age) get a 15% discount only if they take the trip with a parent.
Club discount - 7%
Trek length – 83 km
Group consists of 6-12 people
Initial meeting place: aeroport of Simferopol
We shall meet at the airport of Simferopol and take a ride to the east of the peninsula to arrive in Chistopolie village. From there, we shall begin the walking part of our trip.
Having passed the camp of Artesian Archeological Expedition working in the area of the Porosta site, we shall go towards the Azov Sea where our first camp will be set up.
We shall pass the Zolotoye Bay which used to be the site of the ancient port and arrive at the Novootradnoye village. Then we shall continue to the northern tip if the Cimmerian Wall that was erected over 2 thousand years ago. For the night, we shall set up camp at the shore of a small sweet-water lake.
On this day we shall walk all the way along the wall that used to define the western boundary of the Bosporan Kingdom. During the trek we shall see hills in the endless blooming steppe—these are the sites of ancient towns; we shall also pass ancient burial mounds. Our camp will be set up at the Uzunlar Lake, one of the largest sulfide mud deposits in the ex-USSR states.
Walking along the stony coast of the Black Sea we shall pass along the Opuk Nature Reserve where the pristine wilderness conditions of the Kerch Peninsula still survives. We shall spend the night at the sandy beach close to Yakovenkovo village.
Having walked along the stony coast of the Black Sea we shall arrive at Zavetnoye village and take a ride to Kerch from there. In Kerch we shall go up the Mitridates Mountain on which Panticapaeum, the capital of Bosporan Kingdom, existed in olden times. We shall also take a ride to Tsarskiy Kurgan (Royal Burial Mound) which is one of the largest burial mounds in the ancient world.
Towards the evening we shall return to Simferopol.
* Trek program can be changed due the weather conditions, physical conditions of participants, other reasons
Meals are to be made from food that is provided by the Wolfin Survival School and will be distributed among all participants.
Required equipment: a rucksack (50-60l), a sleeping bag (+10 comfort), a carry mat, suitable clothes and shoes, headwear, a field knife, matches, a spoon, a bowl, insect repellent, a flask or plastic bottle, a personal first aid kit, personal care items, and a poncho.
- all transfers on the route
- instructor’s service
- museums' visits
- rent of common equipment (tents, cooking equipment, GPS, etc.)
Additional expenses: travel expenses to and from initial meeting place, rent of personal equipment, personal expenses
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