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Meet at the Kayseri airport with Demavend Travels representative and drive to stunning Aladaglar mountain range, home to the highest peaks of the Taurus, famous for its gorgeous lakes, sheer rock walls, deeply cut valleys and canyons. Upon arrival you will be welcomed by our staff with tea, coffee and cookies. The campsite is already prepared and you can directly move into your tents, whilst your cook is making final touches for your first dinner in the mountains. Depending on arrival time: Elekgolu to Emli valley via Kazikli canyon. At an early arrival it is possible to visit a fish farm, one of the most famous and naturally based trout farms of the region. Here you will have the opportunity to taste delicious fish meals whilst enjoying a quiet and peaceful atmosphere.
Afterwards we drive to the area close to Elekgolu village and start from here for a short hike through Kazikli canyon, with 50 to 70 meters high walls. The canyon lies in the southern part of the Aladaglar and received its name over a century ago from a farmer called Ali who used wooden stakes (kazik) to climb cracks in the canyon to reach the honey of wild bees in the caves. Our trek permits us directly to our campsite in the Emli valley.
Transfer time: 2 h; transfer distance: 145 km; (Kayseri - Aladaglar) - Walking time: 2 - 3 h; walking distance: approx. 9/10 km; ascent: 570m; descent: 0m - Dinner included
In the morning we hike up to Mangirci gorge and continue from there to Alaca Yayla (plateau) where we walk along oak trees and with spectacular views of southern Aladaglar region. On our route most probably some shepherds will be around to graze their flocks, as the high plateaus of the region surrounded by peaks and crags offer some nice pastures during summer season.
After having lunch by a small spring we descend down to our camp via Oluksekisi, another old semi-nomad camp. We spend the night at the Emli valley campsite, within beautiful mountain scenery surrounding us. On a clear night, this remote terrain is also a great spot to view bright stars, constellations and enjoy an exceptionally clear view of the Milky Way.
Walking time: 5 - 6 h; walking distance: approx. 8/9 km; ascent/descent: 650m - Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
This morning we leave Emli valley behind us, as we walk through a beautiful forested area and on stabilized gravel roads towards Siyirmalik valley. After an easy ascent we reach Eznevit plateau, a campsite inhabited by semi-nomadic families who might invite us for some drinks and will visit their tents to see their original life style during the time they spent in the mountains. From here you also will be rewarded with good views over the surrounding area as you continue walking towards Sakartas and further to our next campsite in Sokulupinar where we are welcomed by our cook with biscuits and tea. We spend the night in Sokulupinar.
Today we have a challenging trekking day as we go to our highest camp at 3100m. After breakfast we head up to Karayalak valley and climb up to Celikbuyduran pass (3.450m). Just before the pass we stop by a spring and enjoy a well-deserved break after 5 hours ascending and enjoy here the great views on the mountains surrounding us. After the pass we start descending down to Yedigoller (3.100m) plateau; a reddish desert of stones and rocks, with a gentle downhill slope. Our fantastic high camp is set near the biggest lake of the area and when the weather conditions allow, it is even possible to have a refreshing swim.
Walking time: 6/7 h; walking distance: approx. 13 km; ascent: 1.450m; descent: 350m - Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
After breakfast we climb up to amazing Mount Emler, one of the most famous summits in the area. The ascent doesn’t require any technical skills; we follow stabilized walking paths back to Celikbuyduran pass and start from here our ascent to the summit.
From the peak it is possible to see the Mt. Erciyes (3.917m) to the north, the Mt. Hasan (3.268m) to the west, the Bolkar range to the south and all important summits of the Aladaglar. After enjoying a spectacular panorama we walk down to the pass on the same way and continue from there back to our campsite at the lake.
Walking time: 5 - 6 h; walking distance: approx. 9/10 km; ascent/descent: 623m - Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
In the morning we load our luggage on our horses again and leave seven lakes plateau. Following walking paths we arrive at the second biggest lake of the area; from here ascend to Teke Kalesi pass (3.517m) offering spectacular views down to Yedigoller plateau and surrounding Aladaglar summits to the north-west. Here sometimes it is also possible to see ibexes grazing, a species of wild mountain goat with long, curved horns, known as the undisputed master of terrifying heights.
After resting a while we start our descent towards Yildiz (Star) lake, via remote terrain and some small green pastures, we reach or campsite at Karagol Lake where our tents for tonight are already set up and tea and coffee awaits us.
Walking time: 7 h; walking distance: approx. 13/14 km; ascent: 417m; descent: 717m - Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Our last day trek in the Aladaglar takes us down to Maden gorge; we descend following mine roads and little creeks to Pinarbasi village.
At the end of the valley our vehicle awaits us and we drive to Cappadocia; on our way we visit the incredible underground city of Derinkuyu, opened to visitors in 1965. The city is approximately 85m deep, but only 10 % of the city can be visited, and contains all of the usual rooms found in an underground city, stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches and wineries. Apart from these, a large room with a barrel vaulted ceiling on the second floor served as a missionary school, the rooms to the left used as study rooms.
In Cappadocia, after check in at our overnight accommodation and some time to refresh, we head out to visit Uchisar village to visit the high viewpoint known as “the fortress”. Many rooms hollowed out into the Rock, are connected to each other with stairs, tunnels and passages. The top of the Citadel provides a magnificent panorama of the surrounding area. In Uchisar we take time to have a cup of traditional Turkish Tea, known as Cay, whilst enjoying the magnificent panorama over Cappadocia.
Walking time: 2 h; ascent: 0m; descent: 900m - Transfer time: 2 h; transfer distance: 125 km (Aladaglar National park - Cappadocia via Derinkuyu) - Breakfast, lunch included
Optional activity: Hot air balloon ride:
In the Early Morning before Sunrise it is possible to go on a Hot Air Balloon Flight. Cappadocia is awarded as one of the world's best balloon flight areas and it is one of the best ways to discover the unique landscapes of this impressive wonder of nature. Afterwards we start our fascinating tour through Cappadocia, we first visit Goreme open air museum; one of the most beautiful valleys in Cappadocia. The Christian people at the heart of the Cappadocia realized that the soft rocks could be easily carved out to form houses, churches and monasteries. These Christian sanctuaries contain many examples of Byzantine art from the post iconoclastic period. The frescoes inside the Goreme Open Air Museum are a unique artistic achievement from this period.
Afterwards, we drive to Meskendir & Red valley area, another beautiful valley in Cappadocia with its spectacular formations and colors. Here we will have to start our hike, following a path which is full of old cave houses and complexes from the old Christian civilization and hidden churches on the way. Our walk ends in Cavusin village, one of the oldest settlements in Cappadocia area; a small village made up of rock dwellings and elegantly carved stone houses. Via Cavusin we continue to Pasabaglari area (Monks Valley) in only 5 Minutes distance. Pasabaglari fairy chimneys are unique and feature bizarre large toadstool like caps which protect the rest of the chimney from erosion. The area was formerly a monastic retreat and used to be known as monk’s valley and features a rock church dedicated to St Simeon.
Optional Activity: visiting Pottery shaping studio (workshop) in Avanos: In the late afternoon it is possible to visit Avanos. The most famous historical feature of Avanos, which is still relevant and very visible today, is its production of earthenware pottery; it is also the most economic activity in the town. The ceramic trade in this district and its countless pottery factories date right back to the Hittites, and the ceramic clay from the red silt of the Kızılırmak has always been used. We will take time to visit one of the Pottery studios and you will try to shape on your own.
Walking time: 3 - 4 h; walking distance: 8/10 km; ascent: 85m; descent: 135m - Breakfast included
Transfer to Kayseri airport where the trip concludes.
The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.
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