North-East Turkey: Walking In the Kaçkar Mountains
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Join [exclude_white_label]Wild Frontiers on [/exclude_white_label]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
Approx. 3-4 hrs walking (150m ascent, 150m descent. Total distance 4kms)
DAY 3: Kars – Savsat
Approx. 4.5-6 hrs walking (720m ascent, 846m descent. Total distance 9kms, highest point 2076m)
DAY 4: Savsat
Approx. 4hs hrs walking (564m ascent, 564m descent. Total distance 11kms, highest point 1900m)
DAY 5: Savsat – Altiparmak
DAY 6: Altiparmak
Approx. 4.5-5.5 hrs walking (875m ascent, 1130m descent. Total distance 13kms, highest point 2000m)
DAY 7: Altiparmak – Trabzon
Approx. 2-2.5 hrs walking (435m ascent, 435m descent. Total distance 6kms, highest point 3049m)
DAY 8: Trabzon - Sumela Monastery - Trabzon
Approx 2hrs walking (300m ascent, 300m descent. Total distance 6kms, highest point 1200m)
DAY 9: Tour ends in Trabzon