From the 16th to the 24th of March 2024
Our expeditions are always led by expert UIAGM / IFMGA Certified Mountain Guides

The Kachkar Mountains, located north of Erzerum, between the Black Sea and Georgia, are a destination quite unknown at the mass , but with great ski mountaineering potential. The territory is perfect to this practice, through coniferous forests at lower elevations and wide spaces above 2400m.

In the village of Yaylalar, our "Base Camp" for the week, the time seems to have stopped and the local people go on living in the same way for generations. We can immerse ourselves in this dimension but with the comfort of the guesthouse that will host us. The particular position close to the Black Sea means that winter snowfalls are always very abundant.

Private groups (min 6 persons) can choose different dates depending on their needs

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Travel Program

1stDay

International flight

Flight to Erzerum and transfer to the city. Depending on the arrival time it will be possible to visit the Castle of Erzerum and its beautiful citadel. Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel.-/-/D

2ndDay

Erzurum - Yaylalar

Transfer by private minibus through Tortum water falls and Yusufeli village where we stop for a short visit and lunch. Afterwards we take a winding road to the village of Yaylalar (1800m approx.) where we stay for ski touring trips. Accommodation in guesthouse. B/L/D
4 hours driving from Erzerum 240km

3rd-7thDay

5 days Ski touring in the Kachkar Mountains

Our ski tour adventure begin through the beautiful routes around Yaylalar. Every day we have the opportunity to choose a different route depending on the best snow and safety conditions. Among the potential destinations : Modut Plateau 3.000m, Covan Tepesi 3.050m, Naletleme Pass 3,100m, Bulut Mountains 3,562m, Hevek Pass 3,275m, Deniz Golu Lake 3,300m. The lenght are between 1200m and 1700m in the case of the Bulut summit and from 5 to 7 hours per day. Every day we come back to our comfortable guesthouse for dinner and overnight stay. B/L/D

8thDay

Yaylalar - Erzurum

After breakfast we come back to Erzerum for a further visit to the city. On the way back we visit the ancient monastery of Barhal dated on 11th century. Hotel accommodation in Erzerum. B/L/D

9thDay

International flight

Transfer to the airport and international flight . B/-/-


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CLIMATE AND SNOW CONDITIONS: In winter temperatures can go abundantly below zero. At the end of March in North-East Anatolia there is a climate similar to that of our Alps. Quite mild in the bottom, but at high altitude potentially still rigid. Snowfalls are still possible up to low altitudes. Generally, snow conditions in this period are still powdery on the northern slopes and settled and stable on the southern slopes.

The schedule may be subjected to change under unforeseen circumstances.


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Difficulties

F+ / Easy +

Skills required

Good ski touring experience and good physical shape are required

Duration, Participants and Deadline

Duration Min Max Deadline
9 days 6 10 27/02/2024

Equipements

Full ski touring equipment, avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe, harness, ice axe and crampons, Full equipment list will be provided with the information sheet

Documents

Identity card or valid passport expiring at least 6 months after date of return

Vaccination

Mandatory vaccinations are not request

Prices

Rate details

THE PRICE INCLUDES: Full support of a UIAGM certified Italian Alpine Guide, all transfers in Turkey by private bus and jeep, full board for the whole period with the exclusion of lunches in Erzerum, accommodation in a 3 *** hotel in Erzerum and Guest House in Yalalar, picnic meals for ski mountaineering excursions, a local English-speaking tour guide, all the missing technical equipment if needed (avalanche transceiver, ice ax, crampons).

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: Flight to Erzerum A / R, injury / cancellation insurance, alcoholic drinks and extras.


NOTE: Everything that is not part of the professional service of Mountain Guide, is provided in collaboration with authorized Italian and foreign agencies