North-East Turkey: Walking In the Kaçkar Mountains
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Join Wild Frontiers on this magical walking tour which travels far from the resorts and beaches of Turkey’s better known tourist haunts. Here in the country's north-east lies another Turkey, where remote mountain monasteries and ancient Armenian churches cling precariously to landscapes that have lain unchanged for centuries. Across the vast Caucasian steppe, amongst the towering peaks of northeastern Turkey, awaits a world stepped in the blood and history of medieval conquest, where bears and wolves still roam the dark forests and timeless traditions survive and endure amongst mountain strongholds.
Beginning amongst the highlands of eastern Anatolia, this spectacular adventure takes us into the heart of a land scattered with the reminders of Turkish conquest, Russian expansion and Orthodox doctrine. We’ll discover Seljuk treasures and historic markets, visit the spectacular Armenian ruins at Ani and the iconic cliff-top monastery of Sumela and walk amongst the landscapes of the dramatic Kaçkar Mountains.
With a chance to sample local cuisine and local traditions along the way, our journey follows a route through some of the most spectacular landscapes in the country, as we pass through the Karagol National Park and Mt Ovit area (3060m) and on towards the Black Sea and the coastal city of Trabzon. Fascinating and dramatic in equal measure, this is a Turkey that few visitors experience.
DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN ERZURUM
DAY 2: ERZURUM - KARS
DAY 3: KARS – SAVSAT
DAY 4: SAVSAT
DAY 5: SAVSAT – ALTIPARMAK
DAY 6: ALTIPARMAK
DAY 7: ALTIPARMAK – TRABZON
DAY 8: TRABZON - SUMELA MONASTERY - TRABZON
DAY 9: TOUR ENDS IN TRABZON