First we discover the uniqueness of Cappadocia. In the summertime it’s real joy to walk through this amazing and limestone area. There are wild flowers everywhere; isolated gardens that abound with fruits and vegetables. We follow old paths to visit the rock-cut churches, monasteries and cave dwellings, all of which are set against a textured moonscape of bizarre volcanic erosions. Then we’re ready to tackle a week’s moderate to strenuous trekking through mighty Taurus range passing glistening mountain lakes. This is an embarkation on a challenging and adventurous 7 days trek through the Taurus Mountains towards the rich and fertile plains of Southern Turkey. The formation of Taurus range is continued as rocky promontories and Islands. An intricate topography of lofty gorges and compact valleys make this part of the Taurus (known as Aladaglar) a very attractive challenge to trekkers like us. Nomadic groups inhabit the high meadows or pastures during the summer months of June to September – in particular, the yoruk are Turkoman in origin and whose traditional occupation is grazing their goats and sheep. On our trek, we will often meet with the hospitality of nomads and local villagers of this area.
-Red Valley -Yedigoller
Day 1 : Kayseri Airport – Transfer to Ihlara
Meet the group at Kayseri airport and drive to Ihlara to our hotel.
Day 2 : Ihlara Valley – Cappadocia
The Ihlara valley, due to its morphological formation, has proved to be a potential seclusion and worship area for monks and priests and to high away and defence area for people. During our 4 hours walking, we’ll have opportunity to visit several churches with good conserved frescoes. Our lunch-breach is in Ihlara village. In the afternoon we join our bus and drive to the centre of Cappadocia where we’ll spend night at hotel in Goreme.
Day 3 : Red valley – Pasabaglari
In the morning transfer to beginning of Pancarlik valley. It is a fantastic landscape, a tumble of waves with pastels colours, patchwork of vineyards and small gardens in terraces. We can see Sarica and Kepez churches, carved in the heart a fairy chimneys. They are interesting for their architecture. After lunch we will walk Kizilcukur valley (Red valley) which is know also sunset point. The Red Valley is an isolated valley behind Urgup town. It has beautiful rock formations with some great hidden rock – carved churches. The most interesting part of this area is the countless tracks connecting the small villages and towns through vineyards and gardens like a spider net. It is always possible to see villagers working in the area. We can visit some small churches during our walk, our walk will end in Cavusin village. Overnight hotel. (3-4 hrs walk)
Day 4 : Akvadi – Goreme
We trek thorough the Akvadi (white valley) eroded so perfectly by time, rain and wind during centuries. On our way following a seasonal river, many strange curious rock formations and fairy chimneys round us. In 3h walk our way gets us up to Uchisar. We visit Uchisar citadel that walking up to the top where we will have panoramic view on all the surrealist Cappadoccia area. In the afternoon we follow a path to the Pigeon valley, and we will see some pigionaries that is holy for Moslem people. At the end of the walking we arrive to Gâ¥e Village. Overnight at hotel in Goreme.
Day 5 : Cappadocia – Mt. Taurus – Maden Valley
This morning we leave the surrealistic cappadocian area and drive to Taurus range. En route visit of the fascinating Kaymakli underground city after visiting continue the transfer and arrive to Pınarbası village, the trailhead village, we will have our lunch here in Pınarbası village we begin our Trans-Taurus trek with a 2 hours hike to Maden valley 1900 m . Overnight camp with all meals. (Ascent = 350m / Descent = 0 m)
Day 6 : Maden Valley – Comce Lake
Today we begin our trek through the Aladag mountains. We trek up the Maden George, possibly seeing nomads at the yayla or mountain pasture where we stop for lunch. After lunch we climb up away from the river to our camp at Karagol Lake, where the hardly can enjoy a well earned swim. Fritillaries and Grape hyacinths abound here in July. The energetic may like to continue up past the lake towards Sigirasan pass, for superb views of Dipsizgol and the north face of Demirkazik peak. Overnight at camp (2550 m) with all meals. (Ascent = 650 m / Descent =0)
Day 7 : Comce Lake – Yedigoller (Seven Lakes) Basin
We have a beautiful walk to Comce Golu (Lake) and we contuinue thourgh the Akcay Valley summer pastures and walk up to Tekkekalesi pass 3200m then head south to our campsite at Yedigoller so called because of many lakes forming here in the beginning of summer from melt water flowing down from the surrounding mountains. Towers above the campsite and to our right we see the massive ridge of Mt. Narpuzbası at 3622 m and Mt. Direktas 3550 m front of lakes. While we’re here we expect to meet a family of friendly nomads who inhabit this valley during the summer months and whose black goat-hair tents are usually pitched close to our camp. We may be invited to join them for some traditional “ayran” a refreshing yoghurt based drink. Night fire will be arranged. About 6-7 hours walking. 2 nights camping with all meals (3020 m). (Ascent = 600 m / Descent = 180 m)
Day 8 : Yedigoller – Mt. Embler
Trek to Mt. Embler and take advantage of the easy ascent to the summit 3723m. Splendid scenery opens up with the chance to see the whole Taurus range included Mt. Bolkar and other summits (Mt Hasan and Mt Erciyes). Ascent and descent takes about 4 h. Afternoon free to relax or visit the lakes and nomads. Overnight camp with all meals at 3100 m. (Ascent = 623 m / Descent = 623 m)
Day 9 : Yedigoller – Sokullupinar
Walk in the morning , along the Yalak Deresi trail to a narrow canyon with spring water. Then cross the rugged Celikbuyduran Pass (3450 m). Down to valley passing some bizarre sandy coloured rcok formations on the way, to our 2000m campsite at Sokullupınar. Its beautiful grassy setting provides a dramatic contrast to the rocky barren site at Yedigoller Camp. Total 5-6 hours walking. (Ascent = 430 m / Descent = 1450 m)
Day 10 : Sokulupinar – Cimbar canyon
The day is to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the northern face of Mount Demirkazık (3756 m). More impressive scenery as we trek through the impressive Cimbar Canyon. We pause in the Demirkazık village (1550m) for a while to absorb the scenery and have lunch-break in a village house. We’ll contact with the habitants of the village whose lifestyle hasn’t change for centuries. It may be possible to observe some women spinning wool and working on their looms. We return to Sokullupınar camp site on a footpath. 5 hours walking. Overnight camp with all meals. (Descent = 450 m)
Day 11 : Sokullupinar – Emli valley
Departing our campsite we ascend the Tulu Valley, before climbing up again to the high pastures of the Eznevit yaylası (2538 m). Depending on the time of year, we may encounter the semi nomads of this area grazing their flocks. After lunch we gradually descend to our campsite at Emli valley, covered with firm and oak forests. About 5-6 hours walking. Overnight camp at Emli valley 1850 m . (Ascent = 500 m / Descent = 650 m)
Day 12 : Alaca valley – Emli valley
Optional day walk from Emli Valley camp up to Alaca Plateau (altitude 2400m). 2.5 hours trek in the Southern slopes of the Taurus Mountains gradually up to Mangirci Valley and 2 hours across plateau (with picnic lunch near spring) and 1.5 hours descent to fixed camp – 6 hours total. Overnight camp with all meals. (Ascent = 600 m / Descent = 600 m)
Day 13 : Kayseri – Istanbul
In the morning drive to Kayseri airport and fly to Istanbul. Transfer to hotel and free afternoon . Overnight hotel in old city.
Day 14 : Istanbul
Free day, you can visit yourself the old sight of what was the capital of the civilised world. Topkapi palace, the Blue Mosque, chapel of St Sophia. Stroll in the world’s biggest covered market then spend the afternoon shopping or visiting sites of interest at your leisure. Overnight hotel in old city.
Day 15 : Istanbul – Home
Transfer to the airport and fly home.