Walkopedia.net names Rose Valley in Cappadocia as one of the best hiking trails in the world.
I am so lucky that I had a chance to experience this beauty. After my unbelievable Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Ride at sunrise, we head back to MDC Cave Hotel. I quickly eat a better breakfast than the “small muffin and tea at five in the morning before the balloon ride” breakfast. Just at the end of my second cup of Turkish tea, our tour van comes. And I grin when I see my favorite guide, Fatih Cakaci from HTR Travel. Fatih is so nice to provide me later his pictures of the Gobekli Tepe that I still have not visited.
Although it is April, it feels hot due to the reflection of the sun off the white and pink rock formations. As usual, I forgot my sun glasses. “Squint the eyes” is my solution, but it did not take any level of beauty away from me. This is a challenging hike so make sure you bring lots of water and anything else you may need in a backpack. Many people find the Arkadia Supply bags to be a perfect size.
We walk down for about three hours. It is not hard at all. We are going through tiny valleys, narrow entry ways, climbing into the churches or dwellings, admiring pigeon cotes, while listening to the crickets and the clicks of cameras.
Our walk ends in a little cafe. We rest and get some refreshments. Our driver picks us up and drives a short distance to Cavusin. The guest who left us earlier greets us with hands full of shopping bags. While we were walking for three hours, she enjoyed “husband-free” three-hour souvenir shopping. She guides all of us through the stores where she found really great presents to take to her family in India.
I sit at a table under the shade so I don’t need to squint my eyes. I order a glass of Cappadocian wine. The owners of the café start chatting after realizing I am the only Turk in the group.
What is best is to go back to the MDC hotel, take a hot shower in my cave bathroom, get dressed in dustless clothes and walk to the restaurant to try another great dish on the menu.
Besides the Rose Valley, there are other famous hiking trails on the Red Valley, Love Valley, Zemi Valley, Meskendir Valley, Sword Valley, Pigeon Valley and Honey Valley. You can read the short descriptions of these valleys in www.turkeytravelplanner.com.
I heard that it is best to hike the Rose Valley during sunset. Now, I have another goal to reach. I need to go back to Cappadocia next summer. Any comers?