Janapar Trail 03 - Azokh to Karmir Shuka
ElevationAscent: 1,117' 341 m
Descent: -1,563' -477 m
High: 3,486' 1,063 m
Low: 1,967' 600 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)
“Explore the Azokh Cave, head over the mountain through Shekher, and down through the fields to Karmir Shuka.”— Trails For Change NGO
You'll pass a couple of small shops in the Village, This is a good chance to stock up on some snacks and supplies. Continue to the end of the village. Follow the markers as you continue to ascend, sometimes through stream beds which will be wet in the spring, until the top of the mountain.
You'll start to head down and eventually on your left you may notice a small grave/shrine where people come to light candles. There will also be some remains of animals that were sacrificed at this spot as offerings - usually the legs of chickens or lambs tied to the trees. Past this, in 5 or 10 minutes you'll come out of the forest and onto the dirt road again, where there will be some nice views of the valley below.
You'll quickly reach and pass through Shekher village and the trail takes you to a point where you hit the highway. You do not really walk along the highway at this point, you turn left at the petrol station there and head back through the field. There will be few markings, but not many. You continue pretty straight however and at the first real fork/intersection which comes pretty soon, you keep right. Again go straight until the road dead ends at another road/intersection where you make a left. Continue along that dirt road until it hits the river. You can either pass a couple dozen meters before the road hits the river - where you'll find a big pipe and wire to hold which will get you across nice and dry. Or if the river level is low enough you can cross through and continue up the road a few dozen meters to the highway, where you turn left and immediately enter Karmir Shuka.
The trip up to the 2000 year old Platanus Tree is along a dirt road. You can hike it or hitch a ride or skip it and stay in Karmir Shuka or continue to segment 4.
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