From the 19th to the 27th of August 2023
All our groups will be accompanied by our UIAGM / IFMGA certified mountain guides
A fascinating trekking in theAladaglar mountains, Central Anatolian Region, where, eagles, wolves, deers and the famous white alpine ibex use to live in a wild and intact habitat.
We’ll walk through forests surrounded by steep rock walls, meadows and, at higher altitude, semi desert lands. In this 7 days trek we’ll also taste the hospitality of the nomadic populations that live in these lands and, during the last day, visit the Cappadocia and its famous Fairly Chimney, churches and villages dug into the tuff.
Private groups (min 6 people) can choose different dates, according to their needs
Flight from Milan to Kayseri. Transfer to Chukurbag (150 km), village in the heart of Aladaglar National Park. Accommodation in tent at Emli camp (1800m).
In the morning hike up through the oaks forests of Mangirci Gorge and reach Alaca Yayla (Plateau). Breathtaking views of southern Aladaglar region. After lunch we come back to our camp passing by Oluksekisi, another old semi-nomad camp.
Elevation gain/loss 750m, 5-6h
After breakfast at the camp we leave Emli valley behind as we walk up the Siyirmalik valley and reach Eznevit, a plateau inhabited by semi-nomadic families during the summer season. We’ll maybe have the opportunity to visit their camp and have a close-up view of their lifestyle. From here we continue walking towards Sakartas and finally descend to Sokulupinar, where we spend the night.
Elevation gain 800m/loss 650m, 6-7h
Our trek today takes us to our higher camp. After breakfast we head up to Karayalak Valley and climb up Celikbuyduran Pass (3450m). It’s going to be the toughest day as we will ascend for about 5 hours. After the pass we descend to Yedigoller plateau (3100m), a reddish desert of stones and rocks, with many little glacier lakes. Our campsite is near the biggest lake of the area.
Elevation gain 1450m/loss 350m, 7-8h
From our campsite we start walking through reddish desert lands and, in more o less 3h, we get the summit of mount Emler (3723m). From the top we’ll have a breathtaking view of all the mountains around us: Mt. Erciyes (3917m), Mt. Hasan (3268m), the Bolkar Range and all the highest summits of the Aladaglar Range. We descend back to our camp at the Yedigoller Plateau on the same trail.
Elevation gain/loss 650m, 5h
After breakfast, we leave the seven lakes plateau and climb up to the Teke Kalesi pass (3517m) where we most probably see white ibexes grazing. Descending from the pass, we pass by Yildizlake and continue until we reach Karagol (“Black Lake” in Turkish) where our last camp is.
Elevation gain 450m/loss 750m 6h
After breakfast we descend through Maden gorge and,following old mine roads and little creeks, we reach Totari. Here we have lunch and get our private bus to Cappadocia.On the way we stop at the amazing underground city of Derinkuyu. Our travel continue to the city of Musthapha Pacha, in the heart of Cappadocia, where we spend the night.
Elevation loss 400m, 3h
In the morning we explore some of finest tourist location of the area. Christian people who lived in the heart of Cappadocia realized that the soft rocks could be easily carved out in order to build houses, churches and monasteries. These Christian sanctuaries contain many examples of Byzantine art from the post iconoclastic period. The frescoes inside the Goreme Open Air Museum are a unique artistic achievement from this period. After visiting the Goreme open air Museum we start our walking in the Meskendir Valley, passing by old caves and buildings from the old Christian civilization. From the Meskendir Valley we continue our walk into the Red Valley, famous for its spectacular formations and colours. After lunch we visit the Fairy Chimneys, have some shopping time and go back to our hotel in Musthapha Pacha.
Trekking along Meskendir-Red-Rose Valleys - 3/4 h
Transfer to the airport and flight back to Italy.
The schedule may be subject to change under unforeseen circumstances.
|F / Easy|
|Good workout is required. Special technical skills are not needed|
|Full equipment list will be provided with the information sheet|
Identity card or valid passport expiring at least 6 months after date of return
No mandatory vaccination is required.
WHAT’S INCLUDED: Support and assistance of a certified UIAGM Mountain Guide, inland transfers on private vehicles, full board with accommodation in 2 person tent during the trekking and in 3 stars hotels in Cappadocia, english speaking local guide, Taurus Mountains Aladaglar National park entrance & camping fees, all necessary camping equipment’s (tents, mattresses, necessary kitchen gears & dinnerware), cook & staff support in the camps, luggage transportation during the trekking (donkeys or jeeps), .
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED: Flight ticket, personal equipment, optional insurance ( injury, travel cancelation), alcoholic and soft drinks, ticket fee to the underground city of Derinkuyu everything is not mentioned in “WHAT’S INCLUDED”.
NOTE: Everything that is not part of the professional service of Mountain Guide, is provided in collaboration with authorized Italian and foreign agencies