The Valley of the Ghosts on the mountain Demerdzhi is one of the best-looking places in the Crimea. This place is always beautiful – in spring and late fall, when you have to climb to the top in clouds, in winter, when rock pillars are covered by rare for the Crimea snow, harvest, when is decorated with yellow-red-purple-green colors of the tree senescent leaves, and in summer, when the air is clear and clean – in this period the whole valley is best seen.
The Valley of the Ghosts is called the assemblage of rocks on the western slope of the southern ridge of the massif Demerdzhi near Alushta. The forms of the rocks caused by weathering of upper Jurassic rocky aggregation. Shapes of stone figures resemble mysterious figures of people, animals, enigmatic creatures and objects; their images change depending on the time of day and lighting, giving a breeding ground for fantasy to the observers. Sometimes erotic ones: many people fancy something unshakable masculine, profound and copulative, but also there is something to admire for less impressible tourists.
Valley of Ghosts is located at the root of the mountain South Demerdzhi, one kilometer from Luchistoe village. From a distance you can see hundreds of stone pillars that paved this place. The fog is almost essential for this place, is can descend into the hollow or clear away due to strong wind.
To reach the valley you have to take a bus or trolley bus “Simferopol – Yalta”. You have get off at the stop ” Luchistoe”, then backtrack a little and follow the paved road about half an hour.
When you see the horse club “Golden horseshoe” (there you can take a horse to ride the surroundings), go through it and find yourself already at the root of the mountain.
Top view of the Valley of the Ghosts. Below is the Luchistoe village.
There is another route, but it’s good for prepared travelers. You’ll have to tramp along a concrete road and turn left into the woods, and when you passes it you have to climb a stiff slope. On the plus side on your way you will see unusual trees that grow laterad, along the earth, and the clouds will climb at your heels and sometimes obstruct the view you have already passed.
Plus of this rise is that there is no tourists and you pass through a wood, through stone rubble, and you are caught in the top and only slopping you find yourself in a Valley of the Ghosts. Is important to arm with comfortable shoes, water and patience if you choose this route as it will take about 3.5-4 hours.
The accumulation of pillars on one of the slopes.
Late fall in the Valley of the Ghosts.
Sunny glade. Almost evergreen island with grass among the rocks and autumn trees.
Masses of rock overhanging a precipice. They are almost perfectly smooth. In the background is Chatyr-Dag.
The wind formed a completely flat fields on many pillars.
Animate conquers inanimate.
The upper part of the rocky cascade of the Valley of the Ghosts. There are grouped very massive figures.
Became known as the Head of Catherine II. This figure is very well visible from the highway Simferopol-Alushta as a precise portrait sculpture.
What a kisser you got, Sharapov! (с)
Side-faces are unique…
Stone Gulliver in Lilliput.
The same rocks, bottom view.
Silence and natural power.
Some winter shots.