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Pictures of Karabi Plateau, Crimea


Karabi Yayla (or Plateau) is the largest and most remote mountain plateau in Crimea. It is covered with caves and is a favorite destination for spelunkers. Much of the plateau belongs to the "Karst Reserve," and there might be special rules for entry. However, they are almost certainly ignored and go unenforced.

Karabi is most accessible from Simferopol, but you will have to take a bus to one of the nearby villages. It's much easier to make Karabi part of a longer trip than try to visit it alone. It's easy to get lost on Karabi because of the uniform scenery, so buy a good topographical map before visiting it. Trails and gravel roads lead in all directions but are poorly maintained.

Right in the middle of the plateau is a weather station that has several rooms for accommodating hikers, cyclists, and other groups. There is a kitchen, outhouse, drinking water, and electricity, but no bedding or showers. Bring a sleeping bag!