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Romantic corners of the Crimea (part third: Demerdzhi)

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Fantastic beauty of this corner of the Crimea is not fully estimated by domestic film directors and music video directors though many adventure movies of the Soviet era were shot exactly here. And it is correct! Without exaggeration it is possible to claim that such richness of a mountain landscape and unforgettable landscapes of the wild nature it is difficult to find even in the most beautiful corners of the world (a photo of 1 1 ). And all this is rather available and safe. Romantic nature will find full satisfaction here, will be sated with greatness of the nature and infinity of talent of her Creator. Thirsty for adrenaline, will receive the on steep slopes of the Southern Demerdzhi and the gorge Hapkhal. Dreaming of a privacy will find it in a picturesque corner at Northern Demerdzhi`s bottom, and the patience of hardy will be rewarded by swimming in one of the most beautiful falls with a conformable name Dzhur - dzhur. And all this is not advertizing, and the honest story based on own long-term experience of travel on a massif of the Crimea known for the beauty.

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.

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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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At once behind the bus-stop you will find rather wide track conducting in forest area, having stepped into which you plunge into the fantastic world of the wild nature. This feeling will increase as the road begins to be narrowed and crowns to be closed over the head. After you pass the semi-thrown monument to defenders of the peninsula, from the main track the footpaths which are taking away deep into the woods will begin to separate. Choose the most trodden. Pay attention to two color strips on trunks of trees, stones and rocks is a marking of a route. Nevertheless, there is a risk that without conductor you, most likely, will be doomed to move further being guided, own intuition, or collective intelligence of your family. It is not necessary to panic. Sooner or later you will get out to an open site and will be able to orient (a photo 2). Tracks go in three main directions.

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First direction: on the ridge to Northern Demerdzhi. In this case, the track all the time goes for rise, and you will appear highly in mountains, a half ring of people around the picturesque valley. Travel on this ring to northern top, then descent and new ascension to her southern sister is necessary to you. The way difficult, but is rich tremendous beauty with bird`s-eye views (a photo 3).

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 course, is not enough This description to guarantee success of a campaign and an exit to the planned place. Even those who already passed this route often opened for themselves new tracks and unexpected turns of a marching plot. Do not risk in vain. Beforehand decide on the place for spending the night. Best of all for this purpose forest area at Northern Demerdzhi`s bottom approaches (a photo 4). The magnificent place rich with springs and convenient glades for statement of tent and cooking. Skilled tourists always left earlier on such places to the unknown fellows a little firewood, matches, salt...

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the Following and most fascinating part of travel - rise on the southern top. Height small - about 1300 meters, but beauty surprising. Tremendous view of the sea and picturesque rocks (photo 5). For the sake of it it is worth sweating a little, a way not difficult, but tiresome - all the time up. It is rather simple to find it. Shirokaya Highway, so-called “white road“, will inevitably occur in your path as soon as you leave cozy glades at the bottom of northern top and will go along the rocky massif in the southern direction

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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rise without excess stops and halts is the best of all to overcome

. 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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Having been small at top, you will feel delight at the sight of a huge plateau overgrown with a high, gentle grass and rare sosenka. The first impression that you found out where paradise on Earth hides. Travel on top where each meter of a footpath gives a new unforgettable landscape, undoubtedly, will give strong pleasure even to sceptics and whiners (to a photo 8). In good weather the Black Sea, emerald mountains, the Alushtinsky amphitheater with gardens, vineyards, the white city on the sea coast is perfectly visible from here. At Demerdzhi`s bottom the village Radiant, more to the right - the settlement the Lavender lies. Near the highway Simferopol - Alushta, running from the Angarsk pass, villages the Top and Lower Kutuzovka are located. On slopes of Chatyrdaga lodges of the village Rich are seen (a photo 9 and 10). Mighty and beautiful mountains frame the Alushtinsky amphitheater: in the West the massif Babugang, in the north - Chatyrdag rises. Beyond Alushta by the sea the mountain Kastel, behind it - the Bear - the mountain lies. The green top of Chamna - the Breaker is seen near naked “skull“ of Babugang. Between Babugang - yayly and Chatyrdagom the ridge Agys - Hyr with the pass Kebit - Bogaz extends. Behind it a blue edge of mountains - Black, Chuchel, Basman. From Demerdzhi - a yayla to Chatyrdagu the acquaintance was stretched to all the Angarsk pass. From the North Demerdzhi is adjoined by Tyrke`s mountain. In the east far in the sea the cape of Meganumber creeps out, is closer to us the rock cone the Falcon with the settlement the Pike perch at the bottom rises. Mysteriously - blue Karabi - to a yayl is crowned by tops Kara - Tau. By the sea tiny lodges of villages Solnechnogorsk and Malorechensky were sheltered. Directly under legs - a wild landscape of Demerdzhi.

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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