Aladağlar - Seven Lakes
The Aladağlar massif boasts the region’s highest peak (Demirkazık summit, which stretches to 3756 m). The geology of the area is responsible for the interesting rock formations and waterfalls. The erosion of limestone has created a fascinating karstic topography and hydrography, especially in the Yedigöller (Seven Lakes) valley, where the karstic underground rivers and caverns collect the surface water.
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Grade 4: Demanding. Mountainous treks for experienced trekkers who can keep up a steady pace for 8 hours or more and tackle some easy scrambling. Daily altitude differences can be more than 900m. Hiking on rocky or faint foot paths and over scree. The use of crampons may be needed at times.
€510 per person for 4–16 pax. €590 per person for 3 pax. €640 per person for 2 pax.
English-speaking mountain guides
Mules or horses and muleteers to carry your luggage
All meals on the hike
Accommodation in a village (Çamardı)
Round-trip transportation between the trek and your accommodation)
Camping Materials (Tents & Mattress)
Tips and personal expenses
Sleeping bag (you can hire from us)
Most of the equipment can be rented locally from us
Trekkers need good walking shoes, small day-sack, warm clothing (for winter, early spring and autumn), sunglasses, sunhat, sun cream, lip salve, rain gear (preferably breathable such as Goretex ™), waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers (if appropriate), walking T-shirt/shirts, walking socks, fleece or jumper, Torch and batteries, water bottle (1 litre). This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
We will pick you up from your hotel/airport and transfer you to the hotel/airport at the end of the tour. We transfer your luggage between accommodations by car. Our aim is to make your holiday more enjoyable. During the walks, you walk with your daysack only.
3 nights camping; trekkers are expected to help pitch/strike their own tents. All tents are good quality dome tents with two doors. 1 night pension in Çamardı.
Meals on the trek are cooked by a local cook. We love our cooking in Turkey. We believe it is one of the tastiest and healthiest cuisines of the world. Lunches will be picnics and trekkers are expected to carry some part of the food, but we don’t skimp on this: our packed lunches are wonderful and we include plentiful trail snacks such as dried fruits and nuts along the way. Dinner: evening meals in camp will be hot soup or salads, a main course with pasta or rice and fruit. If you have a special diet (gluten free, peanut allergy, etc.) please inform us when filling out the booking form. We take care of your dietary requirements.
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Day 1: Transfer to Çukurbağ - Sokullupinar - Narpuz
We take a transfer from your hotel in Göreme to Çukurbağ Village (2 hrs). On the way we’ll stop for fresh supplies and food shopping for the trek. We meet with the mules and trek to the first camp site (2 hrs). Pitch the tents, camp at Sokullupinar (2000 mts). In the afternoon we have an optional walk to Narpuz valley and back to the campsite (optional, 3 hrs).
Day 2: Mount Emler - Seven Lakes Plateau - Nomads
Today we start early to climb to the high camp. We have a long climb through the Karayalak valley, heading towards Mount Emler, and stop for lunch at Celikbuyduran spring (3500 mts). An optional non-technical climb of Mount Emler (3625 mt - 6/7 hrs), is followed by a short descent to our camp on the Seven Lakes plateau. Many semi-nomadic families camp around the seasonal lakes (1400 mts ascent, 400 mts descent).
Day 3: Hacer Valley - Soğukpinar
We descend from the plateau, walking southeast through the Hacer valley to our third camp site at Soğukpinar (cold spring; 1200 mt descent; 5-6 hrs walk).
Day 4: Ulupınar River swimming break - Çamardı
We continue to descend towards the Ulupınar river. We stop for lunch and a swimming break on the bank of Ulupınar river, then we walk 2 hrs more to camp near the waterfalls or village house (5 hrs trek).
Day 5: Transfer
Early transfer to Göreme with local transport (3 hours).
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Pirate Coast Trek
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Seven Capes Trek
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Seven Capes Trek
This exciting guided trek follows the prettiest parts of Turkey’s first ever long-distance footpath - the Lycian Way. The region south of Fethiye is known as the Seven Capes, a stunning coastline where steep promontories drop abruptly into the sea. The route meanders over bare hillsides and through scented pine forests overlooking the blue Mediterranean. We start in Kayaköy close to the famous white sands of Ölüdeniz lagoon and follow well-preserved foot paths to Faralya, Alınca and Yediburun enjoying the vast sea views from their elevated locations. In between, the route dips down to wonderful hidden beaches such as Kabak where sparkling waves lap smooth sands, idyllic places for a swim. The trek ends at the impressive ruins of Patara, one of the principal cities of ancient Lycia and located near one of the finest beaches of Turkey.
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St. Paul Trail
This guided trek starts from the ruins of Perge (east of Antalya) and follows parts of the eastern branch of the long distance walk from Perge to Antioch in Pisidia (Yalvaç), deep in the Taurus mountains. The trek allows us to immerse ourselves in the way of life of the inhabitants of the old stone and timber villages along the route; we will frequently stay in village houses, see the local handcrafts, watch cheese and yoghurt making and enjoy the tasty village foods. The trip includes a visit to the major Greek/Roman city of Perge as well as many opportunities to look at bulbs and birds during the walks. Our trail follows beautiful sections of Roman roads and migration routes in use since Roman times (and perhaps even walked by st Paul himself) in this spectacular area of forests, canyons, rivers and peaks.
The Green Valleys of Cappadocia
The love valley gives you chance to have great shots of Cappadocia with small fields, lush vegetation and strange rock formations. Pigeon Valley is named for the many pigeon houses or dovecotes carved into the rocks and cliffs. Even though they are few pigeons only.
Trekking in Cappadocia
The fairy chimneys and secret valleys of Cappadocia offer the opportunity for some of the most fascinating day walks to be enjoyed anywhere in the world. The famous troglodyte villages and the amazing scenery are best enjoyed on foot. In this one week tour, walking possibilities are endless in this area of cave lived valleys and surreal rock formations. The walking is of moderate difficulty and is generally between 4 and 5 hours each day. There is also time to visit some of the attractive villages on route.
Capturing the highlights of Turkey in one tour is not easy, but this 14 day culture & hike program comes close. It gives you a chance to discover the rich history of Istanbul, the city that embraces two continents and to admire the 'out of this world' natural and cultural wonders of Cappadocia. Next, you can strengthen your legs on some of the most beautiful sections of the Lycian Way, before ending the holiday with a visit to one of the best preserved ancient cities in Turkey, Ephesus.