Cappadocia and Aladağlar (14 days)


This well-established trek in central Turkey offers you a chance to explore the sculpted valleys and hidden churches of Cappadocia and the soaring limestone peaks of the Aladağlar (Crimson Mountains). Day walks in the historical Cappadocia region give you a taste of the uniquely fantastic landscape and cosmopolitan culture. This is followed by a continuous trek through stunning scenery of the Crimson Mountains, camping alongside the nomads with their flocks. The highlight of the trek is an option to climb mount Emler (3625 m), towering above the plateau of Seven Lakes. After a descending trek alongside rushing water, the holiday ends with a transfer to Kayseri.

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Departure Dates For 2018

16 June – 29 June

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Flight and transfer to pension in Göreme
  • Day 2-5: Cappadocia walks & visits
  • Day 6-13: Mountain walks in Aladağlar
  • Day 14: Transfer to Kayseri Airport

Equipment

Trekkers need good walking boots, daysack (approximately 40Lt), warm clothing, sunglasses, sunhat, sun cream, raingear (preferably breathable such as Gore-Tex), sleeping bag. Walking sticks are recommended.

Accommodation and Meals

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  • Accommodation: 6 nights in pension, 8 nights camping; trekkers are expected to help pitch/strike their own tents. All tents are good quality dome tents with two doors. Camp sites in Aladağlar have simple bathroom facilities.
  • Meals: Meals in Cappadocia will be in local restaurants. In Aladağlar lunches will be picnics. Each trekker is expected to carry some part of the food for lunch. Evening meals in camp will be hot soup or salads, a main course with pasta or rice and fruit.

Grade

Grade B, C with optional D
Grade B: Treks mean that you will be on trek for 4-6 hours per day, with some loose stone and occasional steep ascents
Grade C: Demands a bit of experience and fitness to tackle steep slopes and narrow, stony paths for up to 8 hours per day.
Grade D: For experienced trekkers who can keep up a steady pace for 8 hours or more and tackle some easy scrambling.

Price

  • 1180 Euros per person. Minimum 6, maximum 16 trekkers. Price includes all transfers, accommodations, guide, transfers, meals and mule support. Soft drinks, beer and tips are not included as well as entrance fees to historical sites and museums. For groups under 8 people, a surcharge of 100 Euros added to the price.

Tour Programme

  • Day 1: Transfer from the airport to our pension in Göreme.
  • Day 2: We take a short drive to the beginning of our walk. Today we walk up the white valley with spectacular views of tall “fairy chimneys” to the rock cut castle of Uchisar. After exploring the castle, buffet lunch in Uchisar. After lunch we walk down the Pigeon valley, with sheer cliffs honeycombed with decorated pigeon lofts; explore tunnels and lofts en route to Göreme. Dinner in restaurant.
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  • Day 3: We walk from Göreme to Ortahisar visiting the hidden churches of Cappadocia. From Ortahisar, we take a short transfer to Kızıl Çukur (Red Valley). We will have home-food lunch in a family run restaurant, near Üzümlü Kilise; a church with wall paintings that predate the Iconoclastic period. Then we walk down to Cavusin. Dinner in a local restaurant and overnight at the same pension. (5-6 hrs walk).
  • Day 4: After a short morning transfer to Cavusin Village, we ascend through the deserted houses to reach the little known church of John the Baptist, with its unique paintings. Our path continues to the summit of Bozdağ mountain where a panoramic view of the region awaits, we follow a smooth path over the plateau and descend for lunch at the same restaurant Red valley. This time we continue our afternoon walk in Rose Valley. We visit the pigeon houses and the Cross Church en route to the end of our walk in Göreme.
  • Day 5: Starting at 8.30 from Göreme, our transfer takes us to Ihlara town centre (1.15 hours). After a short tea break, we walk about 3.5 hours and en route visit three rock-cut churches. After a late lunch, we continue walking by the river down to the monastery at Selime Village which is famous for its 300 steps. On the way back we drive to a volcanic crater lake and stop for a quick swim. Returning to Göreme, we have dinner in a nice local restaurant. Overnight at the same pension. (6 hrs walk).

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  • Day 6: Today we leave Göreme and drive to Aladağlar, visiting the Kaymaklı underground city and the early Christian Orthodox monastery of Gumusler en-route. Lunch in a traditional house in Çukurbağ village. After lunch we take a short transfer to the beginning of our walk and we walk to Sarimemedin Yurdu, the first camp site at the mountains, camp supper. (2 hrs walk).
  • Day 7: A circular walk, from the camp site, partly through pine forest, up to Alaca plateau where we meet some semi-nomadic families. After a picnic lunch we descend to the same camp via a different path. (600 m ascent & descent; 5-6 hrs walk)
  • Day 8: We wake up at 07.00, have breakfast and walk to past Aksampinari spring where we take a close look at the 180 metres high rock tower of “parmakkaya”: the “fingerrock”. Then we walk to Eznevit summer pasture (2400) and walk to Sokullupinar spring (2000m) ( 6-7 hours walk). Night at permanent campsite at Sokullupinar, dinner at camp.
  • Day 9: We wake up at 08.00, have breakfast and start walking to Arpalik Pasture (2400m) and down through the Cimbar valley to Demirkazik village. After lunch in a village house we walk back to camp site via a different route.
  • Day 10: Today we have an early start for the highest camp. We climb up the Karayalak valley, heading towards Mount Emler, and stop for lunch at Celikbuyduran spring (3350 m). An optional non-technical climb of Mount Emler (3625 mt) (6-7 hours), is followed by a short descent to our camp on Seven Lakes plateau. Many semi-nomadic families camp around the seasonal lakes. (1400m ascent, 400m descent)
  • Day 11: An optional rest day, or a short walk around the lakes, with the possibility of swimming.
  • Day 12: Descend from the plateau, walking southeast through the Hacer valley to our third camp site at Soğukpinar (cold spring). We will have lunch in a forest of huge pines. (1200m descent, 5-6 hours)
  • Day 13: We continue descending towards the Divrik Tepe. We stop for lunch and swimming on the bank of Ulupinar River; In the afternoon we walk 2 hrs more to our campsite near the waterfalls or village house (5 hrs walk in total).
  • Day 14: Transfer to Kayseri airport.
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