With its unique geological formations, Cappadocia is incontestably one of the most remarkable natural phenomena on this planet. During millions of years wind, rain and frost, has eroded the tuff (volcanic rock) and formed the most amazing patterns. By traversing this landscape on foot you will appreciate the country’s historical richness as well as its unusual landscape.
Second important massif of the Taurus range, made of sedimentary material, such as limestone and dolomites, Mt. Bolkar exhibits very particular geological characteristics. Since centuries, on its flanks, vast meadows and pastures are used as summer homes by whole villages and flocks during the summer grazing periods.
This circuit, with an easy level accessible to everyone, will permit you to fully appreciate your excursion in fantastic landscapes of alpine plains while sharing the sedentary life style of the semi nomads.
Itinerary: 15 days
Day 1 / Ankara:
Meeting and transfer to hotel for overnight.
Days 2 to 5: Cappadocia:
4 days of hiking through the fairy landscapes of Cappadocia. With the program: The secluded valleys of Ihlara, Avcilar, Akvadi, Guvercinlik, Pasabag, Pancarlik and Gulludere, where many civilisations took refuge; the Cave dwellings villages of Zelve, Cavusin, Goreme, Ortahisar, Urgup, Uchisar, which were settlement of the first Christian people. Visit of rock-cut churches with good preserved frescoes. Visit of the impressive underground city of Mazikoy. Nights in comfortable pensions with WC and Shower.
Days 6 to 12 / Mt Bolkar:
7 days of easy walk on the mule tracks through meadows and pastures in the mountainous decoration of Mt Bolkar. Principal stopovers: Karagol, Gokoluk and Arpacukuru plateaux sharing nomads’ campsites; traditional villages of Maden and Kayasaray; the mountain lakes of Karagol, cinigol and Alagol. We’ll take the opportunity to climb (optional) the Karatepe summit (3266m). Nights are under tents. Height: 500 to 700m.
Day 13 / Konya – Ankara:
Visit of Konya city, famous for the Whirling Dervishes. Overnight hotel in Ankara.
Day 14 / Istanbul:
A full day to discover the legendary city, set on two continents as well geographically as culturally.
Day 15 / Return:
Transfer to airport and fly home.
Favourable Season: Mid-June – End of September
Level: Easy, requiring a minimum of experience