In order to ascend the Buyuk Agri
and Cilo-Sat ranges, foreign mountaineering groups must have special permission
from the proper authorities. For more information and to contact such Turkish
groups, apply to the
-Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, Anit Cad. No: 12 Tandogan, Ankara. Tel: (312) 212 51 25 Fax: (312)
212 89 66.
-Youth and Sports General
-Directorate, Mountaineering Federation (Genclik ve Spor Gen. Md., Dagcilik
Federasyonu Bsk.) Sanayi Cad. Nuzhet Atay lshani, 28/2, Ulus – Ankara Tel:
(312) 310 15 78 - 309 02 92 (4 lines) Int.(106-107) Fax: (312) 310 15 78
It is generally advisable
to inform the Turkish Mountaineering Club, of the reunion and time of the
intended climb, before the trip. The Club will then inform the relevant
authorities in the region so that they will be prepared to assist, should
it be necessary.
These mountains are situated west
of Antalya and reach a height of 3,086 meters. The best starting points
are from Antalya-Kemer and Antalya-Elmali. Climbing is possible year round.
The trip to the top of Kizlar Sivrisi (3,070 m) and back can be made in
a day by camping in Sedir forest. Tahtali (2,344 in) can be reached from
Kemer. Driving to Soguk Pinar and camping there, the climb is made easily.
The view of the Mediterranean from the top attracts many climbers.
Stretching for 30 km parallel to
the Black Sea between Rize and Hopa, these ranges have peaks up to 3,932
in height with numerous glaciers, lakes, forests and hot springs. The mountains
are divided into four massifs : Vercenik, Kackar (Kovran), Altiparmak and
Hunut. Although all of these massifs have camping, climbing and hiking
areas, the most popular of these treks is the Trans-Kackar route starting
from the Ayder villace, known for its beauty and hot springs. You may travel
by car to the west to enter the foothills of the Trans-Kackar route all
the way up to Asagi Kavron, where you continue on foot from Yukari Kavron
to the Bogazcayiri natural camping area. From here, the summit of Kackar
is about 7-9 hours trek at an altitude of 3,932 m. When you come down on
the Eastern side you can also visit the Buyuk Cay. Valley going, on to
Yaylalar Village and from there again by car on to Barhal. This entire
area is known for its friendly people and hospitable neighbors
Situated 60 km southeast of Nigde,
running in an easterly direction, the Yedi Goller Plateau lies at 3,100
m and is surrounded by high peaks. The ideal season for ascending is June-
September and the mountains are accessible via Nigde, Camardi and Cukurbag.
The starting point for ascending the Demirkazik at 3,756 m (there and back
9-10 hours) is Sokullupinar, about 3 hours walk from Cukurbag. Starting
from Yedi Goller Vadisi (Valley of the Seven Lakes) one can ascend up to
Kizilkaya (3,725 m, there and back in 10 hours), and Direktas (3,470 m
- 10 hours). For ascending in the Kaldi group, the highest peak of which
is 3,734 m, the base camp should be made on the Sinekli Plateau.
Situated south of Aksaray at a height
of 3,250 m, Hasan Mountain is accessible from all directions. The ideal
starting points are Taspinar on the Ankara - Adana road and the village
of Helvadere in the lhlara Valley. Route plans and mountaineering guides
are available from the Tourist Information Offices of the respective regions.
This extinct volcano, the highest
peak (3,917 in) in central Anatolia, lies to the south of Kayseri. The
Tekir Plateau is a recreation area in summer and a good skiing area in
winter and it is reached via Hisarcik. The plateau is also the startina
point for ascending the peak from the north face. The climb there and back
takes about 10-12 hours, and on the plateau is a 100-bed capacity chalet.
Another route goes over the glacier called Sutdonduran. (Milk freezer)
They are situated in the middle of
the Toros Mountains. Lying along the Ankara - Adana road. The best starting
points, in order to reach the peaks of Kizilya'r (3,654 in) and Turasan
(3,499 in), are Maden Koyu near Ciftehan and Elmapinar near Camalan.
Büyük Agri Mountain
This is the highest mountain (5,165
m) in Turkey with its peak totally capped by a glacier. The best seasons
are July-September . Dogubayazit is the starting, point for climbing the
southern face, via the village of Topcatan. A plateau leads to this highest
point (5,165 m) in Anatolia. The mountain is also legendary for its friendly
This is the third highest peak (4,059
m) in Turkey and has a crater lake. Starting from Adilcevaz the trip to
the top and back takes about three days.
Cilo - Sat Mountains
This range, located in the east has
numerous glaciers, lakes and streams, so it is an ideal region for mountaineering
and rambling. The best season for climbing and hiking is June-September.
The starting point is the high plateau of Mercan, 5 hours walk from the
gendarme post of Zap (18 km from Hakkari). Access to the Gelyasin Peak
(4,13,5 m) is via the high plateau of Serpil and access to the Kisara Peak
(3,752 m) is via the village of Kursin and So. The track to the Samdi Peak
and the surrounding glaciers starts from the "Sat Gevaruk" Pasture. The
glacier lake Bay Golu surrounded by alpine flora lies at 2,700 m
Mercan (Munzur) Mountains
At 3370 m, this range lies between
Tunceli and Erzincan. The highest peaks are north of Ovacik.
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