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Çamlıhemşin

At 300 m, 20 I'm off the coast road, Çamlıhemşin can be described as transition point, or kicking off point. As the mist and drizzle should tell you, you've already left the ambiance of the coastal zone, but you are still not really in the Kackars until you start adding a bit of attitude on the road up to Ayder.

As you head along the valley towards the village, you' pass several ancient humpback bridges across the Fırtına Çayı (Storm stream), some of which were restored for the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Turkish Republic in 1998. There are a couple of camping spots and rafting outfit along the road between here and the coast.

Çamlıhemşin itself is essentially a functional village with the only ATM in the Kackars, a place to stock up on provisions or grab a bite in the handful of cheap eateries

Getting  there and  away

 

Just beyond Çamlıhemşin the road forks and you will have to decide whether to go straight ahead (signposted 'Zil Kale & Çat ') for Şenyuva or left (signposted ' Ayder Kaplıcaları')  for Ayder (17 km)