Trekking in Cappadocia and the High Taurus

Turkey, Trek & Walk, 12 days - from $1,145 (land only)

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Cappadocia and the High TaurusCappadocia and the High Taurus

Turkish Delight for Walkers

The Taurus Mountains and Cappadocia - the two best regions for walkers in Turkey in one great value, all-inclusive fortnight's holiday!

  • Trekking the Taurus Mountains and walks in incredible Cappadocia
  • Trek to the top of Mount Emler for extensive views
  • Walk Cappadocia`s Red Valley at sunset
  • Take tea at a Taurus nomadic shepherd`s camp
  • Trek and camp on the remote Yedigoller Plateau

This 'Walkers Delight' holiday in Turkey combines a week-long trek through the Taurus mountains, including an ascent of Emler, with 3 days of exploration and easy walks in the incredible landscape of Cappadocia.  The Taurus range of mountains forms a divide between Turkey's Mediterranean coast and the Anatolian Plateau. It is from this range that the great rivers of the Tigris and Euphrates spring. We begin the holiday with a week of trekking in the spectacular Aladaglar range, trekking by way of alpine lakes and remote passes to the Yedigoller Plateau where we make a high camp at 3100 metres. In the high valleys of this rarely-visited range, we will be able to meet and take tea with nomadic Turkish shepherds and learn a little of their centuries-old way of life. The culmination of this part nof the holiday is an ascent of Mount Emler (3723m), which provides excellent views across the whole of the Aladaglar Massif.  At the end of our trek in the Taurus, we will then transfer to Cappadocia. With its wildly eroded landscapes and rock-hewn dwellings and churches, Cappadocia is one of the world's most outlandish destinations and during our 3 day stay, we will visit many of its highlights, including the carved frescoes of Goreme, the rock pinnacles of the Ilhara Valley and the underground city of Derinkuyu. This is a sensational holiday designed for walkers, with superb and varied mountain walking in two of Turkey's finest areas.

Is this holiday for you?

This holiday combines an 8-day trek in the Taurus Mountains of Turkey with moderate walks in Cappadocia. The maximum altitude attained on the holiday is 3723 metres and we spend 2 nights above 3000 metres on the Yedigoller Plateau. At these relatively moderate altitudes, acclimatisation should not be a problem. For most of the trek we follow well established trails between valleys and villages which are suitable for mules and very straightforward for trekkers. However there are a couple of days with a good deal of ascent and descent and we may encounter snow on the Yedigoller Plateau. At the end of this trek we transfer to Cappadocia for two days of easy walking and sightseeing.  You should ensure you are physically prepared for the trek and able to walk for 5 or 6 hours each day and for several days continuously.

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