2-3 Week Hike Recommendations
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Dec 6, 2012 1:48 AM Last Post By: stairclimber
Nov 2, 2012 11:47 AM
2-3 Week Hike RecommendationsHi all!
I'm a young person who is moving to Istanbul for a few months next year. After I'm finished my stay there, I am hoping to do some WWOOFing or similar work in France, and also take two to three weeks to do a longish hike. I had originally planned to do the Camino de Santiago, but after a little research here and elsewhere, I'm not sure this is the best idea, given the season and popularity of the paths. I would be hiking in late June or July, which I gather is a very popular time and quite hot.
While I'm still considering the Camino de Santiago, I would be interested in hearing if anyone has other recommendations for similar journeys. I'm looking for something that will take me through interesting rural landscapes, with accessible accommodations on the way. I'm open to all suggestions, especially those in Eastern Europe, but also in central or western parts as well.
Nov 2, 2012 2:20 PM
Nov 2, 2012 7:53 PM
2Hi! Thanks for your quick reply.
I'd be looking for a hike, although a cycling trip or horseback trek (does anyone do that anymore?) would also interest me- something that involves me being active outside! As for transportation within Europe, I'd be doing a mix of train, plane, and bus, trying for something low-budget.
Nov 3, 2012 1:29 AM
Nov 3, 2012 2:18 PM
4To add to my earlier post:
Since you will be based in France (if I did not misread your post) you might also want to check out the GR route system of France:
GR 65 is actually the traditional french part of the route to Santiago. In my day - before everything was online and retrievable from the web - I walked parts of the GR 65 "by accident".
Nov 3, 2012 7:51 PM
Nov 5, 2012 1:25 AM
Nov 6, 2012 12:43 PM
Nov 7, 2012 5:53 AM
8The main trek areas in Georgia are
Svaneti, where you can trek up to 7 or 8 days stying in homestays
Kazbegi, mostly the dayhike towards Mt Kazbek, but possible trek Juta - Rochka
Borjomi NP: 2 -3 days, there are mountain huts
and Tusheti, up to 4 or 5 days staying in homestays.
I guess you'd need to buy the LP Georgia guidebook. For Svaneti, you can look on the svanetitrekking.ge site.
If you can read French, I posted musch more information on Voyageforum:
Dec 4, 2012 10:59 PM
9Regarding the Georgia hikes, I plan on going early June and noted that you were there then. I checked your link, my French is so-so, but I got the impression that there were issues being there so early in the season. Roads/trails closed, guesthouses not open yet, weather not so great? Can you clarify whether early June is really too early? What would you suggest? I'll have about a week in the mountains there, but maybe longer if really worthwhile. I am wondering about the trails - is it mainly climbing rocks like the Japanese Alps? I recently returned from Yarigatake and Kitahotake, etc. How does it compare, if you happened to have been to those places as well? Also, is there a good map of the area I can get before heading over there?
Thanks for any advice!
Dec 4, 2012 11:29 PM
Dec 6, 2012 1:48 AM
11So maybe too early for Tusheti? Yet that seems to be the least frequented and most scenic of the 3 areas. Do you have an estimate of when Tusheti would not be problematic?
By the way, Fiddler, I'll be coming from Turkey too. If you do head that way, a bit earlier in June, stay in touch!
Edited by: stairclimber
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