Snowshoeing in Cappadocia (7 days or daily)

The fairy chimneys and secret valleys of Cappadocia offers the opportunity for some of the most fascinating daywalks to be enjoyed anywhere in the world. The famous troglodyte villages and the amazing scenery are best enjoyed on foot. Walking possibilities are endless in this area of deep valleys and surreal rock formations. For our winter walks, when the valleys are made even more beautiful by a crisp coating of unsullied snow, we use snowshoes to access the caves, churches and villages of the area.
The walking is of moderate difficulty and is generally between 4 and 5 hours each day, so there is also time en route to explore the attractive villages with their beautiful limestone vernacular architecture and welcoming bars and shops.

Cappadocia Snow Walk

Departure Dates for 2017

  • 22 January – 28 January

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Fly to Kayseri
  • Day 2-6 Cappadocia day walks
  • Day 7 Transfer / Flight

Equipment

Middle Earth provide snowshoes; you need warm winter walking gear including hats and gloves, good waterproof boots and thick socks, thermos or vacuum flask for hot liquids, gaiters and trekking poles, snow goggles and a daysack for camera etc.

Accommodation and Meals

  • Accommodation: 6 nights in pensions – traditional buildings fitted to a good standard. We stay in centrally heated accommodation; most places have traditionally furnished cosy lounges with open fires as well. Twin rooms with en-suite facilities.
  • Meals: Price includes all meals in Cappadocia. Evening meals taken in restaurants, lunches are either hot picnics served from our bus, or restaurant meals. Prices do not include water or drinks, but the bus will bring hot coffee or tea to our rendezvous points.

Grade

Grade B with C options
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.

Price

690 € per person
  • Min 6 max 12 pax. For groups under 6 people, a surcharge of 75 € is added to the price. Prices include all meals, guide, transfers. Tea and coffee are included, but alcoholic and soft drinks which are available at restaurants and entrance fees to historical sites and museums are excluded.

Tour Programme

  • Day 1: Transfer from Kayseri airport to Goreme. Depending on the flight time we can do a few hours walk in Soganli valley.
  • Day 2: We start our day with the spectacular views of the White Valley, with a moderate walk through the vineyards surrounded by fairy chimneys. After visiting the castle of Uchisar we walk down the Pigeon valley, which gets its name from the decorated pigeon lofts carved in the rock faces. (Total walk 5 hours). Overnight in the same pension.
  • Day 3: Today we walk through some remote villages where time has stood still. Starting from Kavak, we pass through Bahceli and Ayvali and finish our day at the ruins of the 11th century Greek town of Gomeda. (5 hours) Overnight in pension in the lovely town of Mustafapasa.
  • Day 4: Our morning walk through the Pancarlik valley takes us to Ortahisar, a quiet town with a Byzantine/Selcuk fortress. After a short wander in the town we drive to Kizilcukur (Red valley), where we walk in the afternoon. We finish our walk at our pension in Cavusin village. (5 hours).
  • Day 5: Optional day. In the morning we hike up Bozdag mountain, where a panorama of gleaming scenery is spread out in front of us. (5-6 hours) In the afternoon we drive to the thermal spring at Bayramhacili village and relax in the hot pool. Overnight in the same pension.
  • Day 6: This morning we have a long transfer (1,5 hrs) But on the way we stop for a visit to the underground city of Derinkuyu. Then our vehicle leaves us at Ihlara village. From here we walk through bare poplars by the frozen stream in the Ihlara valley and visit some early Christian Orthodox churches, carved out of valley walls, decorated with wall paintings, mainly from the 9th – 10th centuries. Arriving at Belisirma village, we have a warming lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon we continue our walk to Selime village and we transfer to Goreme. Overnight in pension in Goreme.
  • Day 7: The day starts with short transfer We walk from Cavusin village to Pasabag (1 hr), After a short stop for warm drinks at pasabag, another short transfer brings us to Devrent valley. Where we walk among interesting rock formations. Back to goreme and overnight at the same pension.Transfer to Kayseri airport and end of tour.
  • Optional: Depending on snow condition we can change one or more of the days and do snowshoeing at the foot of the Erciyes or Hasan Volcanoes.

Cappadocia Snow Walk

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Ihlara Valley Exploration

This 13 km hike is one of the most popular amongst our day treks. It is generally an easy walk, following the river, there are some short parts where we have to scramble on rocks. Starting at 8.30 from Goreme, in front of the Middle Earth office, our bus 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 at around 13.30, we continue walking by the river down to Selime town, and the walk ends nearby Selime Monastery. After visiting the monastery and climbing the 300 steps up the passages, we drive to a volcanic crater lake and stop for a quick swim. The trip ends in Goreme.

Price:
90 € per person for 2 pax
75 € per person for 3 pax
60 € per person for 4 pax and more

A Trek Back In Time

This trip introduces you to the traditional villages of Cappadocia. Our transfer takes us to rural Kavak; a farming town where tourists do not normally tread. We walk from here to Bahceli where we have a cup of tea at the local tea house. From here, we walk an undulating route to Ayvali, and lunch in a pension decorated with folk art. This is the only place in the region which offers organic food. After lunch we walk through Gomeda valley to Mustafapasa which, until 1924, was an old Greek town known as Sinassos. The Greek population was exchanged with Turks living in Greece, an old, sad story common in the history of Anatolia. After visiting the town we return to Goreme where the tour ends.

Price:
90 € per person for 2 pax
75 € per person for 3 pax
60 € per person for 4 pax

Hidden Churches of Cappadocia

This tour offers you the chance to explore the hidden beauties of Cappadocia. Climb out of town from the Middle Earth Office at 08.30 and pass over the Rock Top Cliff, down to El-Nazar Church, then again up another cliff to the Hidden Church. Until recently, it was impossible to reach this well-hidden church, but newly-built stairs give us access. After walking in the secret valley behind the Goreme open air museum, according to the season, we will enjoy the taste the fresh fruits on the trees, typically walnut, mulberry, cherry, apple, pear, quince, bitter almond, grapes and plums.
After this delicious break, we reach the Mirror Church, known for its symmetric rooms, and descend to the hidden crypt, before a cup of apple tea in the garden of the church. From here, we walk to Ortahisar, climb up to the castle and then have lunch (4 hrs including breaks).
After lunch, we walk 3 kms on tarmac to reach the Kizilcukur valley and visit the Grape Church and the winery. We walk down to Cavusin via long tunnels cut through solid rock, and the walk ends in Cavusin. Transfer to Goreme.

Price:
70 € per person for 2 pax
60 € per person for 3 pax
50 € per person for 4 pax

On Top of Cappadocia

This tour is an opportunity to break away from the classical trekking routes in the area; it’s for people who like heights. Our bus picks us from the Middle Earth Office at 8.30 in the morning and departs for Cavusin Village. After a short wander in the 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 Bozdag mountain where a panoramic view of the region awaits, including Uchisar, Goreme, Cavusin, Avanos, Ortahisar and Zelve open air museum. With the spectacular views of Mount Erciyes, we follow a smooth path over the plateau and descend for lunch in a small family run restaurant in Red valley. We visit the winery and the Grape church and start our afternoon walk in Rose Valley. We visit the pigeon houses and the Cross Church en route to the end of our walk in Goreme.

Price:
70 € per person for 2 pax
60 € per person for 3 pax
50 € per person for 4 pax

The Green Valleys of Cappadocia

This moderate walk will show you the hidden valleys of the area with their vineyards and orchards of walnut, quince and apricot trees. Our walk starts at 8.30, in front of the Middle Earth Office. Soon we leave the tarmac and start walking through the White valley, with small fields, lush vegetation and strange rock formations. The path takes us to Uchisar where we visit the castle to enjoy spectacular views, and have time to wander in the town before lunch. After open buffet lunch, we head for Pigeon valley, visiting some of the rock cut pigeon lofts. Our gentle path leads us back to Goreme.

Price:
70 € per person for 2 pax
60 € per person for 3 pax
50 € per person for 4 pax

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