Romantic corners of the Crimea (part third: Demerdzhi)
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of the Photo 1. A view from top
the Picturesque massif decorated with the rock reminding the female head (often it is called “-headed Ekaterina“), guests of the peninsula almost for certain saw from a window of the trolleybus or the privately owned vehicle on the road from Simferopol to Yalta on an entrance to Alushta. It is also Demerdzhi. It is not really difficult to reach on its top on the southern slope, to the village Radiant that lies at the foot of the mountain, buses from alushtinsky bus station regularly go. Before branch of the highway conducting to this village it is possible to drive also by the trolleybus going from Simferopol, Alushta or Yalta. Along this route which rather complete description can be read in the guide “the Crimea. Day off routes“, pass the majority of tourist groups. It is just necessary to pass this road at least once, only to admire the well-known Valley of ghosts. This wild landscape blows the mind. Numerous figures of aeration remind fantastic monsters, fantastic birds and animals, serf bastions... Personal impressions about this campaign are plentifully presented in the RuNet, for example, here. Therefore we will not tell in detail about how to rise from Radiant by the southern top, and we will stop on longer, but not less interesting route on Demerdzhi from the Angarsk pass.This way is convenient to
for those who, having arrived to the Crimea, are ready to plunge into the romantic fairy tale of wanderings at once. At the same time you should not forget about safety. If you are a beginner and not really surely feel in the unfamiliar district, then it is better for you to take in fellow travelers “skilled“, or to join the credible group of travelers. Mountains are very legible also not everyone allow to the treasuries.
So, you got all necessary for a campaign, including food, water, the card - a squared paper and so forth (see part of 1 article). It is possible to start directly from the railway station. Is most practical to get on the trolleybus to Alushta, having acquired the ticket to a stop “The Angarsk pass“. The ticket costs not much, trolleybuses go regularly from the station square and are ready to contain the company of any size at the same time. >
Approximately in an hour you it be p on a roadside near a big banner with the inscription “Pass Angarsk“. Do not forget to pass through the road. If you forget to make it, then instead of Demerdzhi risk to appear on Chatyrdage that too it is very fascinating, but - a subject of the separate narration. Before you a canopy of the bus-stop and a commercial stall in which it is possible to buy in addition missing products and water. If everything goes successfully, by the evening you settle down on the parking near a spring, however it is better to be ready to any adventures and to have with itself enough water on couple of days of a way.
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of the Photo 2. Demerdzhi`s
ridge from the Angarsk pass
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of the Photo 3. Massif
of Northern Demerdzhi
Second direction: on a ridge slope to Northern Demerdzhi`s bottom. On the left side from you there will be a massif slope, and with right - a view of the southern top. The track not for long goes for rise, then smooth descent in forest area. The most optimum route which first half will be remembered by observation platforms with a beautiful mountain landscape, and the second - the pleasant road in the shady wood on the hillside rich with fantastic trees - giants and picturesque streams or rivulets. However, during a drought many springs dry up also with water, as they say, deficiency.
Third direction: through forest area to the Southern Demerdzhi`s bottom. The track goes for descent, crosses the valley with the rivulet flowing on it and conducts in the direction of picturesque rocks. The river of Demerdzhi, 14 km long, originates on Hugo - the western slope of the mountain and flows into the sea at Alushta. It is more or less deep in the spring and the late fall, and in the summer almost dries up. Feed its sources with Hugo - east slope of Chatyrdaga and the western part of the massif Demerdzhi. The wall of the ridge will appear highly at the left, your route as if closes the broken-off half ring of mountain tops, and you the shortest road lay a way to recognizable tops of the southern part of a massif. Figuratively speaking your reference point - Ekaterina`s nape.
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of the Photo 4. Northern Demerdzhi
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of the Photo 5. Top
the Road will be long, but safe and will surely lead you to the purpose. Perfectly equipped spring filled with reviver (a photo 6) will become an award for firmness. And still the road will please you with unforgettable mountain landscapes, as if written off from pages of “Land of the Lost“ Conan of Doyle (a photo 7).
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of the Photo 6. Spring
of of the Photo 7. On Demerdzhi`s slopes
. Leave more time for rest directly at top which is easy to recognizing by the cartographical sign established at it in the form of a huge steel tripod. Tourists have a custom to leave at top a small knot for memory therefore be not surprised to the fact that tripods are tied with multilayered weaving from rags, laces, ribbons, etc.
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of the Photo 8. On a plateau >
of of the Photo 9. From height of bird`s flight
of of the Photo 10. From height of bird`s flight
If you do not hurry, and you are not frightened by strong wind, then it is possible to spend the night in a small lesochk directly on a plateau. If this prospect does not suit you, then it is necessary to decide on a descent route from the mountain. It is possible to go down on the same track that brought us here. But there are also other options: on southern or on a northern slope of Demerdzhi. What to choose from them? About it in the following article.
1 Hereinafter a photo from personal archive of the author