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Olympos

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** Thessaloniki is the first city to climb to the Olympos Mountains.  ** There are plenty of alternatives to reach Thessaloniki from Istanbul. Every day from Istanbul, Varan, Ulusoy and Metro bus companies organize to Thessaloniki. ** The price between Istanbul and Thessaloniki is 145 TL. Metro Europa Phone: 0212 658 10 50-51-53 ** 10 hours by bus from Istanbul to Thessaloniki. 1.5 hours by plane. The bus arrives at the Ipsala border gate in 4 hours. ** After two hours of customs processing, the bus arrives at Komotini and… Read More

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Mount Kenya, Lenena

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After ten negative stories we heard about the Kenyans and Nairobi, the tension we experienced at the border crossing was further enhanced by the attitude of the officials. The border police who learned we were Turkish kept us waiting for half an hour. Our passports are on the table table. The files come out of the three-door gates and we are finally convinced that we are climbers, not agents, and we can barely pass from the border. Nairobi After 3 hours, we reach Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi. Kenya is an… Read More

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Elbrus

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** Elbrus Mountain climbing was realized by a two-person team consisting of Cenk Ertekin and Utku Ayrılmaz.  ** Dates of climbing; September 20 – September 30, 2002. ** On climbing, apart from the Turkish team, the Belgian, Ukrainian, and Japanese teams struggled to climb the tough mountain. ** Mount Elbrus lies within the territory of the Russian Federation. It is located in a region affiliated to the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic. ** Russian visa is sufficient to enter the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria. ** At the end of a 2-hour flight from Istanbul,… Read More