Accommodating in the plateaus at the foot of the glaciers in the Cilo-Sat Mountains in Yüksekova District of Hakkari, Nomads continue the coaching tradition with a magnificent view. The biggest complaint of coaches is the density of tourist groups and the pollution they cause to the environment.
The glaciers in Hakkari’s Cilo-Sat Mountains have become a popular destination for local and foreign tourists in the last two years. The mountains, which were declared a ‘national park’ by the presidential decision, are visited by hundreds of nature lovers and mountaineers from various cities of Turkey every year. While the visits continue to the Cilo Glaciers, located on the mountain at an altitude of 4 thousand 135, which hosted 20 thousand people in the festival, which was held for the 5th time this year with the organization of the governorship on 1-2 July, the Nomads, who became the original owners of Cilo, complain about the intense interest and pollution. Drawing attention to the difficulties of being a nomad all the time, Nomads states that they cannot give up their old habits.
Coaches complain about the damage done
The coach named Tayip, who came from Batman and set up a tent on the plateaus under the glaciers, noted that they have been continuing the coaching culture since their grandfathers. Stating that they travel in this way in summer and winter, Tayip said, “The highlands, water and grasslands here are very beautiful. We have been coming here for many years. But in recent years, you know, there has been an intense visit here. These visits disturb us. Both our animals are disturbed and the garbage they leave pollutes these places.”
Revolt against the garbage
The coachman named Sabahattin, who shears the wool of the sheep at the foot of the water flowing from the glaciers, draws attention to the difficulties of coaching and says: “Being a coach is a very difficult job. I haven’t been doing this for years. But every now and then I come to help my uncle. And now I’m here to shear sheep. We come to this plateau often. But in recent years, excessive visitors have been pushing us. Especially the groups that come leave all their garbage here. We warn from time to time, but we do not get much results.”
Article: MEHMET GÜR
Translator: Akif Coşkun
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