Date: Spring and Autumn
Maximum 9 people
IDENTIFICATION OF SPECIES
The main habitats of the brown bear are Turkey, Cyprus, the Balkans, Northern Africa, North America and Siberia. The species is hunted very frequently and thus only survives in a small area in Western Europe. The brown bear is physically very imposing with a height of up to 2.8 metres and weighing up to 300 kg – one of the largest living carnivores. The male species can be 10% larger than the female. The brown bear is an extremely strong animal and can run as fast as horses. They are also very good swimmers. Their fur is usually dark brown but the tone of the colour can show regional differences – the light coloured brown bear in Turkey is the best example for this fact.
We meet at the designated time at Kars Harakani Airport and begin our drive to Sarıkamış where we check into our hotel. After a short briefing from our guide we take a 30 minute drive to our observation location. Here we are given all the necessary information on wildlife and then start walking. Our guide sets wildlife cameras en-route while informing us on how they work and what data they collect. We need to take the exact GPS location of each camera. We continue our walk and reach our minibus. After a short break at the hotel we have an evening seminar. If weather permits we take a night observation tour.
After breakfast we depart from the hotel and follow the same trail that we did yesterday. We pick up each and every camera and on site we pop the SD cards into our laptops and see what we caught. It all depends on luck whether we catch a moment on camera or not, but it is all an experience. After dismantling all cameras we return to our minibus and have a packed lunch. We then continue our day doing trekking. Weather permitting we get to see different locations. The Keklik Valley is only one of these. We will spend the afternoon chatting about our experiences.
After breakfast we depart from our hotel and drive to Ani – the magnificent capital of the Medieval Armenian Bagratid Kingdom. Ani, known as the city of 1001 churches is located on the Turkey-Armenia border. It is an experience on its own to walk around in this breath taking 10th century city. We have lunch in Kars city centre and take a short walk around this interesting city that hosts a Russian architecture due to the 40 year Russian occupation from 1878 until 1918. We then drive to the airport and say farewell.
BRING WITH YOU
Wearing layers is always an advantage and provides comfort in the outdoors. If you have the suitable clothing and equipment according to the weather you will be able to enjoy every moment of the day, whether it rains or shines. If you avoid bringing unnecessary stuff you will not have to carry it with you all the time. Being in harmony with the nature will make your holiday more enjoyable.
Have a great trip and see you at see you at other Alternative Routes 🙂
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