We got some great feedback today from Lycian Way hiker Manoel Morgado who just finished the amazingly beautiful 3-day section from Myra to Finike. This 38.6 km portion of the Lycian Way involves climbing and descending more than 2,280m, some of it very steep and/or rugged. It’s an exhilarating portion of the trail. At this time of the year, it is particularly challenging as there can still be significant snow at the higher elevations.
Manoel had some great comments about both the trail and our TrekRight app:
We are back from the 3 days in the mountains (Myra to Finike) and once more we have to thank you because if it was not for TrekRight we would still be there in the woods looking for the way. From above 1600 meters there was quite a lot of snow and it was almost impossible to find our way. Then we used the app’s directional compass telling us where to go and eventually we found, over and over, one of the marks. Camping at Alakilise was wonderful. It is not everyday that one camps at a 1700 year old Roman church… It took 5 hours from Myra to Alakilise, very hard 8 hours from there to Belos ruins and 3 from there to Finike.
I wouldn’t recommend anybody to do this 3 day trip without your app since there is still quite a lot of snow covering most of the marks. But even before that on the way up it is very easy to get lost and getting lost there can be quite dangerous… We put a few dozen cairns on the way but even then it is not easy.
The weirdest part until now happened on the descent from Belos. You are following the road down and in the app says that the road turns to the left and you should follow to the left. But we were coming on the road and saw signs very clear on the road in front. We went straight and there were more signs so we walked for around 400 meters until we found a house and no more signs. So I looked at the compass and it indicated that we had to go back to the intersection. We were confused since the marks were very clear and very frequent. So, we went back to the road, which was the correct way after all, and then the compass was happy…
Regarding the new ‘official’ section going into Finike: This way is not just very well marked (the best so far with new signs at each 3 meters or so) but very beautiful and different. For quite a while it follows a canyon on a dry river bed that is spectacular!
Manoel is a veteran trekker and mountain climber, leading tours and expeditions around the world. He’s been generously providing us with helpful feedback on his hike of the Lycian Way.
Note: there is nothing technically difficult about the Myra – Finike section other than a lot of ascending and descending. However, if you aren’t experienced with mountain hiking you should definitely wait until closer to summer when the snow has largely cleared before doing this portion of the Lycian Way. It is easy to bypass this portion and continue on from Finike (or from Myra if you are walking westbound).
Here are a few more photos taken in 2013 to give you a nice sense of the trail through the mountains: