Erciyes Mountain & Soğanlı Valley
Mount Erciyes (3917m.) is one of the best mountaineering and winter sports centers in Turkey. This dormant volcano rises south of the city of Kayseri. Erciyes is exposed to every kind of atmospheric movement and winter brings heavy snow on it. On a historical note: there is a fire worshippers’ (Zoroaster/ Zarathustra) temple around the summit. Monks in historic times have visited this summit several times. The first known successful climb in modern times was performed by WJ Hamilton in 1837. On the way we visit Soğanlı Valley, it is an ideal introduction to the riches of Cappadocia, helping you to understand how different cultures have shaped the development of this region steeped in history.
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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.
€195 per person for 4-12 pax. €290 per person for 3 pax. €390 per person for 2 pax.
English-speaking mountain guides
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
*Good walking shoes *Small day-sack, (approximately 40lt) *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) *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 preferences *We may especially need to use crampons and ice axes depending on snow conditions on early spring and late autumn
We will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the hotel at the end of the tour. Our aim is to make your holiday more enjoyable. During the walks, you walk with your daysack only.
One night camping; trekkers are expected to help pitch/strike their own tents. All tents are good quality dome tents with two doors.
On the first day we have late lunch at a local restaurant around 13:30. We love our cooking in Turkey. We believe it is one of the tastiest and healthiest cuisines of the world. Evening meal in camp will consist of hot soup and salads, a main course with pasta or rice and fruit. On the mountain lunch will be picnic and trekkers are expected to carry part of the food, but we don’t skimp here - our packed lunches are wonderful and we include plentiful trail snacks like dried fruit and nuts along the way too. If you have special dietary requirements (gluten free, peanut allergy, etc.) please inform us when filling out the booking form.
Health & Age Notes
For experienced trekkers who can keep up a steady pace for 8 hours or more and tackle some easy scrambling.
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Day 1: Soğanlı Valley - Kayseri - Tekir plateau (3000 mt).
We meet with our vehicle in the morning at the Middle Earth Travel Office in Göreme, Cappadocia. We drive to the Soğanli valley and visit the rock cut churches. Soğanlı is a traditional Anatolian village where people live in the same way as they have for centuries. We will visit the most important monuments including the churches at Yilanli, Kubbeli and Saklı Kilise. Lunch will be in a restaurant in Kayseri. Then we drive up to the ski lodge. We climb 3 hours from the ski lodge (2250mt) (with equipment) and camp at the Tekir plateau (3000 mt). Camp supper.
Day 2: Erciyes Summit
We wake up early and leave around sunrise after breakfast. We start climbing over rough ground and rock, mostly on a path, to reach the summit hopefully before noon. If the weather is nice there will be great views of Hasan Mountain, Aladağlar and the central Anatolian plateau. We return to camp and trek back for our rendezvous with the vehicle. Drive back to Göreme.
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On Top of Cappadocia
It is one of the favorite as it provided many great views and interesting learning opportunities for the churches carved within the caves. There is only one way to have whole view of Cappadocia, either fly with balloon or do for trekking up in Bozdag. (1300 m)
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Pirate Coast Trek
This challenging guided trek follows the highest and most rugged section of Turkey’s first ever long-distance footpath - the Lycian Way. The route winds up and down along the Mediterranean’s most dramatic coastline of Lycia, to the limestone peaks of Mount Olympos, soaring high above the glittering sea. It descends through shady wooded valleys along a 4-km beach past the ruins of the Lycian city of Olympos to finish at the spectacular isolated lighthouse on the ridge of Cape Gelidonya.
Seven Capes Trek
This exciting self-guided trek follows the prettiest parts of the Lycian Way, Turkey’s first ever long-distance footpath. The route meanders over bare hillsides and through scented pine forests overlooking the blue Mediterranean. It dips down to wonderful hidden beaches where sparkling waves lap smooth sands. The region south of Fethiye is known as the Seven Capes, a stunning coastline where steep hillsides drop abruptly into the sea. We start in Kayaköy close to the famous Ölüdeniz lagoon and follow well-preserved foot paths that meander along this coast, sometimes staying high above it in Faralya and Alınca; but also passing through tiny, secluded coves such as Kabak with white, sandy beaches that give ample opportunity for a swim. The trek ends at the impressive ruins of Patara, one of the principal cities of ancient Lycia, located near one of the finest and whitest beaches of Turkey.
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.
St. Paul Trail
This self-guided trek starts on the shores of lake Eğirdir and follows the eastern branch of the Saint Paul trail, the long distance walk between Antioch in Pisidia (Yalvaç) deep in the Taurus mountains and Perge near the coast. The trek allows you to immerse yourself in the way of life of the inhabitants of the old stone and timber villages along the route; you will often 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 Roman city of Selge 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.
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.