While crossing the Nomad Way Turkey, hikers/trekkers will make the journey easy and enjoyable with the equipment and professional accessories that they will bring with them. Different from the other hiking/trekking paths around the Mediterranean area, the Nomad Way – Turkey is a north-south oriented path. One important detail is that the road is crossed generally from south to north in order to leave the modernity and the unnatural environment of the cities and to reach beautiful pastures and untouched nature of the Western Taurus Mountains. So as the altitude will raise up the climate will change and especially during the nights the cold will be felt, in the daytime, the sunlight will be more direct. Moreover, interacting with locals which are nomadic people passing their season along the Nomad way – Turkey, can be very joyful and also beneficial for the trekkers who travel along the road.
We recommend the trekkers to bring with them :
*hand and body towels and bath sponges: Even though there is no river or streams flowing in the area, there are many water wells and cisterns that can be used to take a bath, In our tours we always determine our temporary midday camps and the night camps around these water sources so that our guests will be free to profit from them. The trekkers can ask the nomads to use the water wells that they have next to their tents, borrow a tin box that they use to heat the water, and take a bath, nearly in daily sequence.
* Olive oil soap: The antibacterial, antivirus and antifungus properties of the soap provide not only a deep cleaning for all of the body including hairs but also has no damage for nature and the environment. The olive oil soap does not melt easily. It will be enough to keep it in a plastic bag when not used.
*Hiking shoes/boats: The area is rocky and stony. Even though there will be no rock-climbing activity unless you want, the ankle injuries are maybe the most often seen wounds during the path.
*Raincoat: The weather in the area is pretty sunny but from time to time the humidity rising up from the Mediterranean Sea, accumulates quickly and rains in the forms of heavy showers over the hills of Taurus mountains when reaching them. The rain may cause hypothermia if not protected or not heated up. The non-rainy season in the area is generally between the 15th of July and the 15th of August.
*A hoody-cardigan for chilly evenings: The altitude may reach over 2000 meters during the path. In August we have witnessed the temperature decreasing to 5 degrees (Celsius) just before the sunset.
* Long-sleeved t-shirts of sunsuits and sun cream, sunglasses: As the altitude increases the sun shines are more perpendicular and can be harmful.
*Walking sticks: The karstic and calcareous properties of the area cause the rocks to crack and getting smaller and smaller by the effect of the heat, the cold, and the walking activities of humans and livestock seasonally crossing the area. So the road may be somehow slippy especially with some slopes by going up or down the road. The walking sticks will ensure you not to slip and fall and have some small or big injuries
*Some some pain-killer pills, Sanitary products for ladies,: The facilities such as groceries, or pharmacies are not nearby, but mostly in a distance of one or one and a half hours of drive. So the trekkers of the Nomad Way – Turkey are advised to have some pain-killer pills, Sanitary products for ladies, and Band-aid.
*Hats: Not only protecting from the sunshine but also keeping the head cool with the effect of the sweat that is stayed between the hat and the head.
*Personal flasks for drinking water. Even though there is no running water in the area the water wells and the cisterns who keep the rainwater during 12 months can provide fresh water to the Nomad Way – Turkey trekkers.
*Swimsuit: The swimsuit is a good solution to have a shower in the areas where one is not completely isolated from other people for privacy issues.
For sure, these hints and tools are not enough to describe the necessary equipment and materials to trek or hike in the Nomad Way – Turkey. But these hints are based on our proper experiences and observations during our tours and personal journeys on the area. We are completely opened to any suggestions and ideas on this subject.