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Cappadocia & the Taurus Mountains --- 11 days, tour starts in Cappadocia, ends in Antalya;

This tour requires longer, occasionally more strenuous walks, and a number of days camping, or home stays on the Taurus Mountains. We provide the camping gear, other than personal items. On the days we camp, we have picnic for lunch, and the cook that goes along prepares dinner.

included are
  • Accommodations in centrally located hotels, village pensions and homes
  • All breakfasts, and most lunches and dinners
  • All entrance fees to sites and museums listed in the itinerary
itinerary details

day 1 - Cappadocia --- Brief orientation as we arrive in the region. We take an easier walk to the Valley of Baglidere (1000 m/~3300 ft) that has some of the tallest fairy chimneys in the region.
Walking; moderate, around 3 hours

day 2 - Cappadocia --- Early in the morning we climb up the castle of Uchisar for a panoramic view of the area. We follow a narrow path through the vineyards of Vasildere down to the Valley of Gemildere. One other path used by the horse carts takes us to the monastic center of Goreme (975 m) with its impressive rock cut churches decorated with frescoes.
Walking; moderate, around 7 hours

day 3 - Cappadocia --- Having admired a spectacular view in the Valley of Kizilcukur and Gulludere, we will be heading to the village of Cavusin. We climb up the cliff next to this impressive rock village that has a 6th century church dedicated to John the Baptist. A narrow goat track leads us to a higher ground from where you will be looking over the grandoise ancient troglodyte village of Zelve. Then we walk through the amazing fairy chimney valley of Devrent to the 13th century Sarihan caravanserai.
Walking; moderate, around 7 hours

day 4 - Cappadocia --- We cross Kizilirmak (Red River), the longest river in Turkey, at the village of Sarihidir and make our way through fields and vineyards to the hot springs of Bayramhacili for an unforgettable swim in an open air hot water pool.
Walking; moderate, around 5 hours

day 5 - Cappadocia to Taurus Mountains --- We leave Cappadocia for the Taurus Mountains. On the way, we visit the underground city of Kaymakli or Derinkuyu and the well preserved 11th century Byzantine Monastery Eski Gumus. We start trekking at the gorge of Cimbar (1575 m) and passing by several natural caves we reach Teke Pinari (2400 m) where we camp for the night.
~3½ hours walk

day 6 - Taurus Mountains --- We will ascend through the wilderness in the valley of Kuzey until lake Dipsizgol (2800 m) where you can dip in the fresh waters of the lake. Later in the day we'll walk on the northern flank of Mount Demirkazik (3766 m), the highest peak of the Taurus Mountains. We will descend through the Narpiz gorge to Kara Yalak where we will overnight.
~7 hours walk

day 7 - Taurus Mountains --- Our next destination is the valley of Yalak through the mountain pass known as Celikbuyduran (3400 m). Optional climb to Mount Emler (3723 m). Descend to Yedi Goller for the camp site next to nomad tents at 3100 m.
~6 hours walk

day 8 - Taurus Mountains --- We'll enjoy the day hiking around the several lakes the of the region.
~5 hours walk

day 9 - Taurus Mountains --- By the black nomad tents we will walk down through the valley and the gorge of Hacar to the village of Barzama (1700 m). Dinner and overnight in village homes.
~6 hours walk

day 10 - Taurus Mountains --- Following a narrow path through cedar trees, we reach the crates of Mount Divrik (2400 m) and proceed through the wheat fields to the village of Kapuzbasi (1000 m).
~5 hours walk

day 11 - Taurus Mountains --- The impressive waterfalls on the mountain side is our next stop. Crossing the river, we arrive at the village of Buyuk Cakir where our tour ends.
~3 hours walk

Itinerary can be re-designed to your specifications, travel plans and expectations...
tour dates;
  • on demand, Apr. thru Oct.
Itinerary can be re-designed to your specifications, travel plans
and expectations...



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