Trekking on the summits of Turkey ( Cappadocia – Mt. Taurus and Mt. Ararat 5165m)

       We begin from Mediterranean Mercantile city Adana to the top of Turkey Ararat the legendary resting place of Noah’s Ark. First we discover the uniqueness of Cappadocia. There are wild flowers everywhere; isolated gardens that abound with fruits and vegetables. We follow old paths to visit the rock-cut churches, monasteries and cave dwelling, all of which are set against a textured moonscape of bizarre volcanic erosions. After our short warm-up in Cappadocia, we’re ready to tackle a week’s moderate to strenuous trekking through mighty Taurus range passing glistening mountain lakes. This is an embarkation on a challenging and adventurous 5-days trek trough the Taurus Mountains towards the rich and fertile plains of Southern Turkey. Then a 5 days will be on Mt.Ararat Eastern part of Turkey Near Iran border and it is a magnificent sprawling dome whose snow covered summit is 5.165m above sea level. Most Christians believe it is the site where Noah’s Ark came to rest after the great Flood. A climb of Mt.Ararat is a tough walk (non-Technical) but requiring a good deal of stamina. The upper third of volcano covered in snow and the last hundred meters to the summit is icy.(the actual climb to the summit from camp II at 4.200m is optional.
Itinerary 15 days:  
Day 1 : Ankara
Meet at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight hotel.
Day 2 : Cappadocia (Red valley- Pasabaglari)
In the morning transfer to Cappadocia region.(4h) We begin our first trek trough red valley, Sometimes known as the ‘’red hole’’ Kýzýlcukur is probably the hottest valley in region. Hidden in its array of fairy chimneys is The church with grapes where there are frescos depicting viniculture and fruit growing.(The vine produced here now is very sweet and heavy ) we go on the walking through Pasabaglari , known as the valley of the Priests. Many of the chimneys here are only partially divided, showing us the continuous erosion process. Interestingly too there is a small minaret transformed from a church belfry indicating that this place was inhabited by Moslems after the Christians. This valley is also noted for the many caves in the fairy used by hermits for their retreats . A three capped chimney was the retreat to the monk Simeon, who unlike his counterpart in Syria, lived inside the pillar instead of on top of it! Overnight pension. 4h walking.
Day 3 : Cappadocia White valley – Mt Taurus
We trek thorough the Akvadi (white valley) eroded so perfectly by time, rain and wind during centuries. On our way following a seasonal river, many strange curious rock formations and fairy chimneys round us. If we are lucky we can also see some wild birds.(like hoopoe) and some wild animals(like fox). In 3h walk our way gets us up to Uchisar village where we have lunch break in a restaurant. Uchisar village is settled around a high promoter, which is called citadel. We visit it walking to the top where we have rewarding panoramic view on all the surrealist Cappadoccia area. Afternoon transfer to Mt. Taurus (2h) Arrive to the Taurus mountain and walking to our campsite. On the way we may see ship flocks with shepherds. Overnight at campsite 1800m. 5h walking.
Day 4 : Emli – Sokullupinar
Departing our campsite we ascend the Emli Valley, before climbing up again to the high pastures of the Eznevit yaylasý (2538 m). Depending on the time of year, we may encounter the semi nomads of this area grazing their flocks. After lunch we gradually descend to our campsite at Sokulupýnar (2000 m). About 6-7 hours walking. Overnight camp with all meals. Ascent = 688 m - Descent =538 m.
Day 5 : Sokullupinar – Mt. Embler (3723 m) - Yedigoller
We start trekking south in earnest along the Yalak Deresi trail to a narrow canyon with spring water. Then cross the rugged Celikbuyduran Pass (3450 m). Here we will have our picnic and You may take the opportunity to ascend Mount Embler at 3723 m (sometimes also called Engin Tepe) This is a non-technical 4-5 hours round trip, but does demand some scrambling and is considered moderate to strenuous. The views at the top, however offer a magnificent reward with a vista towards the southern face of Mount Demirkazýk Overnight camp with all meals. M = 1723 m ; D = 623 m.
Day 6 : Yedigoller – Sogukpinar (cold spring)
Today begins with a descent to the tree line of hacer bogazý valley and continue on to our overnight camp at the yayla or summer meadow of Sogukpýnar (cold spring) at 1850 m. En route, we could possibly come into contact with some of the local mountain people - in particular, members of “Yörük” tribe who may invite us in to their black goat hair tents as guests. About 5 hours walking. Overnight camp with all meals. D = 1300 m.
Day 7 : Sogukpinar –Waterfalls – Kayseri : sleeper night train to Erzurum city
Trekking through the forests with their aroma of pine, we come across the primitive village of Barazama. Here, the people live a strongly traditional way of life, spinning their own wool and weaving brightly coloured rugs on the looms. We may stop by at one of the village homes and be welcomed by its friendly family, witnessing the simple life at first hand. After an hour’s break we continue towards Selale; its name translating to waterfall, for that is exactly what we’ll find here. Waterfalls of many strengths and sizes flood from the rockface - an impressive sight. Rejoining our vehicle our drive takes us along a rough road, with the final spectacular views of the Taurus mountain , Zamantý river and the canyon. After we finish walking we take our bus to Kayseri. We take a night sleeper train to Erzurum city at 20h00. Overnight train D = 800 m.
Day 8 : Erzurum -Dogubeyazit : 200 km drive – Visit Ishakpasa Palace
Arriving to Erzurum by train 09.00. Erzurum is the hub of eastern Anatolia, and has been an important centre of civilisation for centuries because of its natural and geo strategic position. Many Ottoman and Seljuk monuments, tombs and mosques stand in Erzurum and Transfer and drive to Dogubeyazit town 3.30h Dogubeyazit has been established front of Ararat mountain. Here we will visit Ishakpasa Palace . Ottoman governor Ishakpasa constructed the palace in 17th century with a mixture of architectural styles. The palace was made by using red clay stones and it resembles the Topkapi and Edirne Palace. After visiting transfer to Dogubeyazit back. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9 : Dogubeyazit – Mt Ararat (Camp I)
In the morning transfer till Eli village . We begin to trekking to the Mt Ararat. it is a magnificent sprawling dome whose snow covered summit is 5.165m above sea level Trek to the base camp at 3200m, about five hours trekking. Our baggages will be carried by horses or mules. Dinner and overnight at camp. Ascent : 700 m. Descent : 0.
Day 10 : Acclimatisation day
Trek to camp II (4. 2OOm), about 4 hours trekking time. Return to camp 1 yesil camp 3200m . according to legend it is the site where Noah’s Ark came to rest after the great Flood. Free time for preparation. Dinner and Overnight Camp. Ascent = 1100m - Descent =1100 m.
Day 11 : Mt Ararat (Camp II)
Trek to camp II (4. 2OOm), about 4/5 hours trekking time. All luggage will be carried by pack animals. A short course will be given on how to use ice-axe and crampons. A climb of Mt.Ararat is a tough walk (non-Technical) but requiring a good deal of stamina. The upper third of volcano covered in snow and the last hundred meters to the summit is icy. Overnight camp with all meals. Ascent = 0m - Descent =1200 m.

Day 12 :
Mt.Ararat. 5165m Summit
Climb to the summit ( 5.165m) While is not technically difficult climb it does require stamina. Our ascension starts early in the morning. About at 4500 m glaciers and perennial snows are present, thus the most part of the ascent is done with equipment necessary for ice climbing. Anybody fit for high mountain walking or acquainted with ice climbing. Return to the base Camp I. Overnight at camp, with all meals. Ascent = 1065mm - Descent =2265 m.
Day 13 : Mt. Ararat – Dogubeyazit – Van :190 km
Descend to Cevirme Village about 2 hours and return to Dogubeyazit . After Lunch we drive to Van, is one the most important cities of the old Vaspurakan region. it is located on the east coast of Van lake and its ancient name is Tooshpa; the Urartian capital of Tuspa. Van Lake is the largest lake in Turkey . Overnight at hotel.
Day 14 : Van – Istanbul
In the morning transfer to Van airport and fly to Istanbul. Istanbul is the only city in the world which embraces two continents, one arm reaching out into Asia, the other into Europe. Considered as a leading metropolis in the world, for culture, arts, history, trade and business. After installation to our hotel opportunity to visit old part of Istanbul we may visit the Blue Mosque, . Stroll in the world's biggest covered market then spend the Afternoon free visiting sites of interest at your leisure. Overnight at hotel ***
Day 15 : Istanbul - Home
Transfer to the airport and fly home.

Summits : Mt. Embler : 3723 m, Mt. Ararat : 5165 m

Season : July- September

It is a requirement by Turkish Minister of Tourism to have an official permission in order to trek Mt.Ararat. We must have all participant’s names, birthdays and their passport numbers , 60 days before the departure. Therefore, please book your Mt Ararat trek as early as possible.

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