"An unexpected stay in Narince" Narince by maykal
Narince Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 3 photos
On a whim, my Turkish friend and I decided to attempt to get to the summit of Nemrut Dagi, the famous mountain in Eastern Turkey with the Roman statues. We took a bus to Adiyaman, and looked around for transport to Kuhta. The bus drivers had extended conversations with my friend, and she was being minimal in her translation. Once in Kuhta, we tried to find transport onwards and upwards to somewhere closer the mountain. Eventually we hitched a lift with a family of Kurds who agreed to drop us off at the turnoff for Narince, a small village on the mountain slopes. Again, everyone got very animated when my friend announced our intentions to climb the mountain, and once again, I felt her translation to be not exactly accurate. Arriving in Narince at dusk, it became clear we were not going to get any further that night, so we entered the first shop we came to (the only building with a light in it, it seemed!), and asked for a hotel. Of course, there wasn't one, so we were invited to spend the night with the shopkeeper's family in their house upstairs.
They were Kurds, and only one man and a few of the younger children knew Turkish well enough to converse in...so now at last, my friend knew what it felt like not to know anything...whereas I felt even more left out, unable to use even what little Turkish I had picked up!
The family were extremely hospitable even though they were quite obviously poor. The house was basic, consisting of two rooms...one for the men, the other for the women. At times, my friend was taken off to the women's section, and after much raucous laughter, she was brought back in...the women knew no Turkish, and she didn't know any Kurdish, so hand signals had led to some interesting misunderstandings!
The following morning, she asked about climbing the mountain, and this time I pressed her to translate everything...it turned out that everyone had warned us against attempting to climb, as the snow was too thick, we would get lost, we weren't prepared, etc...but my friend was persistent, and eventually someone agreed to show us the way to the start of the path.
I had a bad feeling right from the outset...I mean, here we were in a remote part of Turkey, no one knew we were there, we had no water, and for food our hosts had given us some Bayram bread, a nice gesture, but not really the food of mountaineers. Our clothes were unsuitable, we had no walking boots, and we had no idea how deep the snow actually was. But anyway, we set off....
After an hour, it became clear we would never get to the summit, but we wanted to get somewhere for a good view of the mountain. We ran into some local hunters who offered us some bread and pointed us in the right direction. I have no idea what they were hunting, but they had sacks full of something!
Falling into deep snow up to my chest, I said "that's it, I'm not going any further"...my friend muttered something about me being pathetic, until moments later to my great satisfaction, she too fell into a deep patch, and from the sound of it, was none too pleased herself! We agreed to go down a different route, one which provided many photo opportunities with the tips of road signs peeping out the the snow.
We were in high spirits when we finally got back to Narince, and even though we hadn't completed the climb, we'd had a fun day. Our hosts from the previous night were relieved to see us, and invited us to stay another night, but we were running out of time (and I think my friend wanted to use a proper bathroom...the women's toilet in the house was apparently "open plan!"), so we said our goodbyes. Wondering how to repay the family for looking after us, we decided the best way was giving money to the children, using Bayram as the perfect excuse. While reluctant at first, the family relented and we left with a whole troupe of happy Kurds following us to the road junction.
I have a few photos lying around somewhere, and if I dig them out, I will put them on here...don't hold your breath though ;@P
It might be an idea to listen to the locals before setting out to climb Nemrut Dagi...if they say it is impossible, if... more travel advice
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