One of our radial sorties during the last hiking in the mountains of Crimea of particular interest because of the caveTerpi-Koba. Therefore, I would recommend to anyone who is in the area to go through the Kara-Tau mountain, or to make the exact same radial sally. We climbed Kara-Tau from the East Suat tourist camp. This is a great place to sleep, there is a spring and a stream, where, with a strong desire, you can even wash yourself, there is plenty of space and not just one group. In total, the entire radial hike took no more than 6 hours, and this provided that we sat on the summit for a very long time and spent about an hour in the cave.
Climbing a steep slope from East Suat,we get to the Choban-Chokrak well in a few minutes. Next to it are parking speleologists, as well as those who collect herbs and berries. Further, when the forest begins again, the road forks heavily. But if you follow the compass, you can hardly miss it. And having already gone through all these forks, it becomes clear that most of the roads lead in the same direction.
On the mountain Kara-Tau (1220 m), a monumentperished during the Great Patriotic War, and also instead of a triangulator, for some reason, a regular stick was thrust. Above you can see a view of the lower plateau of Karabi and the meteorological station of Karabi.
Terpi Koba Cave
If you climb Kara-Tau fromEast Suat, the cave will be located to the right of the summit, 150 meters closer to the forest. To it leads the right branch of the dirt road. The entrance to the cave is located in a horizontal plane and is a depression in the ground, next to which a pair of bushes grow.
Terpi-Koba Cave is horizontally vertical andIt consists of 3 rooms. The first one is the largest and is about 20 meters long. It has an inclined and very slippery clay floor, along which we had to go almost on a haunches. The light from the entrance barely makes its way inside. Everywhere a strange look and color calcite incursions. They are of the greatest interest. Imagination would be difficult to create such patterns, which nature makes with ease.
The second hall is half the size of the first one and the entrance toIt is located at the very end of the first hall to the right (a hole at the level of a meter from the floor). It's absolutely dark here, but the formations are much larger. They say that stalactites were here, but someone has already destroyed them. The third hall - without a clue where it is located, found out about it only at the time of writing this article. Probably, it is necessary to climb into it in some way, because we did not notice the entrance to it.
Despite the fact that the Terpi-Koba cave is quite small, it took us about an hour to photograph and view the walls of the two rooms. Although, of course, a quick inspection should take no more than 15 minutes.
Next time I will tell you about the huge cave Emine Bair Hosarwhere we went along with the guide, and where there are not only stalactites and stalagmites, but also the bones of a real mammoth.