Kackar Mountains; the green Paradise

Tour Code : TRE 08

–    Mount Kackar summit 3.937m
–    Erzurum; once caravan crossroad of the silk road
–    Tortum waterfalls & original mountain (Yayla) villages
–    Trabzon & Sumela Monastery
–    Black sea culture & georgian churches


Best Season   
Jan / Feb / Mar / Apr / May / Jun / Jul / Aug / Sep / Oct / Nov / Dec


Duration of the Trip
8 Days / 7 Nights


Difficulty Level/walks (treks)
= C/D (Moderate/Challenging)
Trekking in the Kackar mountains (4 routes on 4 days)


Hotel & Pension    :    4 Nights
Camp                  :    3 Nights

Day 1 : Erzurum

Meet at the Erzurum Airport with Demavend Travels representative and drive to the Hotel. Erzurum is the centre of east Anatolia and because of its geographical location a strategically important town for generations. Once caravan crossroads of the Silk Road; Erzurum today is an economic and cultural centre of East Anatolia. Depending on arrival time we visit Cifte Minareli Medrese; one of the most beautiful and largest Koran schools of the 13th Seljuk century in Asia Minor and Erzurum Citadel; a fortress with beautiful view of the entire city.
Transfer time: 20/25 min.; transfer distance: 15 km (Erzurum airport – Hotel)
ON:  in Erzurum at the Hotel
Meals: – / – / D

Day 2 : Erzurum to Kackar mountains Yaylalar village via Tortum waterfalls; Yusufeli & Barhal

After breakfast we continue to the Kackar Mountains. On the Way, depending on time, it is possible to take a break at the Tortum Waterfalls and to taste cup of traditional Turkish Tea, known as Cay. Afterwards continue to Yusufeli where we will have our Lunch in a local Restaurant. From Yusufeli we drive via Barhal to the Yaylalar village where we spend the Night.
Transfer time: 4 h; transfer distance: 230 km (Erzurum – Yaylalar village) 
ON: in Yaylalar village at the Pension
Meals: B / L / D

Day 3 : Yaylalar village to Dilberduzu campsite via Olgunlar village

Hike along Buyuk Cay Deresi to Dilberduzu, accompanied by horses carrying the luggage. We walk approximately 30min. until we reach the Olgunlar village. From there we follow the walking path and climb on an easy ascend until we reach the Dilberduzu Camp. On the way it is sometimes possible to meet local shepherds grazing their animals during summer season. We spend the Night at the Dilberduzu Camp.
Walking time: 3/4 h; ascent: 640m; descent: 0m;  
ON: at the Dilberduzu campsite (2.840m)
Meals: B / L / D

Day 4 : Mount Kackar summit ascent 3.937m & return to Dilberduzu campsite

Today we have an early morning departure (before sunrise) to the Kackar summit. We climb up approximately 2 h until we reach the Deniz Golu Lake at 3.300m. From here we continue to get to the bottom of the Kackar massive for another hour. On our left hand we have the scene of a giant glacier. From here to get on the peak takes another hour, climbing up without any certain path, on sheer rock. With a clear sky, we might see the whole Kackar range and even the Mt. Ararat from a distance. Afterwards we return to the Dilberduzu Camp where we will stay for one more Night.
Walking time: 9/10 h; ascent: 1.097m; descent: 1.097m
ON: at the Dilberduzu campsite (2.840m)
Meals: B / L / D                 

Day 5 : Dilberduzu to Dupeduzu Yaylasi via Olgunlar

In the morning we walk down to Olgunlar village and continue from there to the Dupeduzu camp via Palovit ridge. From the Olgunlar village we follow the Buyuk Cay stream, in the middle of the Mezovit Mountain range. After reaching the Dobe Yaylasi (Plateau) we continue our walk until we reach the Palovit and Hevek Yaylasi, after a short and easy descent we reach our campsite at the Dupeduzu.
Walking time: 4/5 h; ascent: 500 m; descent: 640m 
ON: at the Dupeduzu campsite (2.700m)
Meals: B / L / D

Day 6 : Dupeduzu to Ayder village via Naletleme pass (3.100m) & Yukari Kavron Yaylasi

We leave our Camp at Dupeduzu and walk along the Great Deniz Lake and ascend to the Naletleme Pass (3.100m), after a break next to the Karadeniz Lake (2.650m), we descend through highland villages Yukari and Asagi Caymakcur. Our vehicle will pick us up in Caymakcur and we drive to Ayder village where we spend the Night.
Walking time: 5/6 h; ascent: 592m; descent: 1.035m
ON:  in Ayder village at the Hotel/Pension
Meals: B / L / D

Day 7 : Ayder village to Trabzon & Sumela monastery

After breakfast we leave Ayder and drive to Trabzon; located on the historical Silk Road and a melting pot of religions, languages and culture. Being open towards other cultures and religions plays a significant role in the lifestyle of the Trabzonites; Muslims and Christians have lived together in the past as well as today, making the city a proud heir to a rich cultural heritage. Here we take time to visit the Monastery of Sumela, a Greek Orthodox monastery at the foot of a steep cliff facing the Altindere valley. Founded in the year 386 AD during the reign of the Emperor Theodosius I., legend has it that two priests undertook the founding of the monastery on the site after having discovered a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary in a cave on the mountain. In the late afternoon we return to Trabzon where we spend the night.
Transfer time: 3 h; transfer distance: 165 km (Ayder village – Trabzon)
Transfer time: 40/45 min.; transfer distance: 45 km (Trabzon – Sumela Monastery) 
ON:  in Trabzon at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 8 : Trabzon – Home

Transfer to Trabzon airport where the Trip concludes.
Transfer time: 10/15 min.; transfer distance: 10 km (Hotel – Trabzon airport)
Meals: B / – / –

ON = Overnight accommodation / B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner

Price Includes
–    All transfers and transportations with private vehicles to the places mentioned in the Itinerary
      Day 1: One (one way) arrival Group transfer from/to Erzurum airport/Hotel in Erzurum
      Day 8: One (one way) departure Group transfer from/to Hotel in Trabzon/Trabzon airport
–    Demavend Travel English speaking Tour Leader
–    Hotel accommodations, rooms on double/twin share base;
      Half Board (HB) service; Important: HB Dinner Service available until 20:30/21:00 h
–    7 x Breakfast, 6 x Lunch (Lunch Packages & Restaurants where available), 7 x Dinner
–    All necessary Camping Equipment’s (Tents, Mattresses, necessary Kitchen Gears & Dinnerware)


Price Excludes
–    All International and Domestic Flights
–    Travel insurance
–    Extra Transports and transfers other than stated in the Itinerary
–    All kind of Soft and Alcoholic drinks, Bottled Water, Tea & Coffee
–    Meals other than stated in the Itinerary
–    All kind of personal expenses
–    All kind of Entrance fees for historical and natural sites
–    All kind of optional activities
–    Extra Nights
–    Single supplements
–    Single Tents
–    Personal Equipment
–    Tips