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MOUNTAINEERING

 

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.

 

Bey Mountains

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.

 

Kackar Mountains

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

 

Ala Mountains

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.

 

Hasan Mountain

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.

 

Erciyes Mountain

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)

 

Bolkar Mountains

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 (Mountain Ararat)

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 people.

Süphan Mountain

 

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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TREKKING

One of the best ways to get away from the bustle of big cities and the stress of work is to escape into the wilderness. This desire has caused the rapid development of a tourism known as nature tourism. The general name given to walks which are done in conditions with pre-determined difficulties, and which have special aspects, limited only by time for different age groups is hiking. Hiking, requires a certain amount of effort and fitness, but is very economical when compared with other tourist and sports activities. Hiking is a very important activity in which virgin areas, mountains, plateaus, villages, cities and ancient ruins in Turkey can be explored. Since hiking does not harm the environment and is also inexpensive, it's the perfect solution for a different type of vacation. For more information, please contact us ore click here

 


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