Ski touring Central Anatolia

Tour Code : WIN 03

Highlights
–    Aladaglar summits Mt. Emler 3.723m; Mt. Alaca 3.585m
      Mt Guzeller 3.461m; Demirkazik pass 3.400m
–    extinct volcanoe Mt. Hasan 3.268m
–    Mt. Erciyes 3.916m; highest summit of Anatolia
–    Cappadocia & UNESCO World heritage sites
–    Derinkuyu underground city
WIN 03 - PRIN

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

 

Duration of the Trip
9 Days / 8 Nights

 

Difficulty Level
= C/D (Moderate/Challenging)
Aladaglar mountains with tour ski (6 routes on 6 days)

 

Accommodation
Hotel & Pension   :    8 Nights

Day 1 : Kayseri to Ihlara/Selime

Meet at the Kayseri airport with Demavend Travels representative and drive to Ihlara/Selime.
Transfer time: 2 h; transfer distance: 160 km (Kayseri airport – Ihlara/Selime)
ON: in Ihlara/Selime village at the Hotel
Meals: – / – / D

Day 2 : Mount Hasan 3.268m & Aladaglar national park

In the early Morning we drive to the village of Helvadere next to the Mount Hasan, an inactive volcano with an elevation of 3.268m. At an altitude of approximately 1.600 – 1.800m (depends on the day’s road conditions) we start our ascent to the Summit of Mount Hasan. While climbing this volcano, we have a fabulous view over the central Anatolian plateau. After a spectacular skiing descent, our vehicle awaits us at our starting point and we drive to the Taurus Mountains Aladaglar National park where we spend the Night.
Transfer time: 1 h; transfer distance:  35/40 km; (Ihlara/Selime village – Starting Point Mount Hasan / one way)
Transfer time: 2 h; transfer distance: 125 km (Mount Hasan – Taurus Mountains Aladaglar National park)
Ascent/descent: approximately 1.668/1.468m (depends on road conditions & starting point)
ON: next to the Aladaglar national park at at the Mountain Hut/or Local village Pension                         
Meals: B / L / D

Day 3 : Aladaglar national park; Mount Alaca 3.585m

After breakfast we drive to the valley of Aksampinari where we start our todays Ski Tour. We climb up to the Siyirmalik Valley with an easy ascend and through a pine forested Area. After reaching the end of the Valley, with beautiful views to the Parmakkaya (Finger Rock) we continue to Avciveli Pass at 3.400m until we reach the Summit of Mount Alaca (3.585m). We have a magnificent skiing descent through the Big Mangirci Valley until we reach the Sarimehmetler plateau where our vehicle is waiting for us. Afterwards we drive back to our overnight accommodation.
Ascent: 1.300m; descent: 1.650m
ON: next to the Aladaglar national park at at the Mountain Hut/or Local village Pension
Meals: B / L / D

Day 4 : Aladaglar national park; Mount Guzeller 3.461m

Today we drive one more time to the valley of Aksampinari where we start our todays Ski Tour. We climb up to the Siyirmalik Valley with an easy ascend from there up to the Guzeller summit. After reaching the Summit with beautiful views we descent back to Aksampinari by the same way. Our vehicle is waiting for us and we drive back to our overnight accommodation.
Ascent/descent: 1.461m
ON: next to the Aladaglar national park at at the Mountain Hut/or Local village Pension                         
Meals: B / L / D

Day 5 : Aladaglar national park; Mount Emler 3.723m

After breakfast we drive to the Sokulupinar plateau at an altitude of approximately 1.800/2.000m (depends on the day’s road & snow conditions). After four hours of climbing, we arrive at the Celikbuyduran Pass at an altitude of 3.450m. Next to the Celikbuyduran pass we start our ascent to the Emler Summit with another 300m climbing to reach the summit from the Pass. From the Summit itself 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 Range. We ski down on the same way to our starting point at Sokulupinar and drive from there back to our overnight accommodation.
Ascent/descent: approximately 1.923/1.723m; (depends on road conditions & starting point)
ON: next to the Aladaglar national park at at the Mountain Hut/or Local village Pension                         
Meals: B / L / D

Day 6 : Aladaglar national park; Demirkazik pass 3.400m & Cimbar canyon

In the morning we drive to the Sokulupinar area and start from here our ascent to the Demirkazik Pass (3.400m) via Narpuz Valley. From the Pass we ski down to Arpalik Plateau first and follow from there panoramic Cimbar Canyon, 15 to 100 metres wide and hundreds of meters high walls leading down to the village of Demirkazik. At the end of the Canyon our vehicle awaits us and we drive back to our overnight accommodation.
Ascent: 1.400m; descent: 1.900m
ON: next to the Aladaglar national park at at the Mountain Hut/or Local village Pension                         
Meals: B / L / D

Day 7 : Aladaglar to Cappadocia via Derinkuyu underground city

After breakfast we leave Aladaglar National park and drive to Cappadocia, on the 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 the early afternoon we arrive in Cappadocia, where we take time to visit Urgup and Goreme. Urgup is one of the most important centres in Cappadocia; once was a bishopric of the rock cut churches and monasteries found in the villages, valleys and towns around. Today Urgup is known for its famous wines and pleasant cafes. Goreme is designated as an important tourist destination; a “centre” for all tourism in Cappadocia, the name of the town was changed to Goreme for practical reasons. In Urgup and Goreme we take time to relax a while and to taste a traditional cup of Turkish tea before we explore the centres of these famous cities (villages), with their small shops and pleasant cafes, on our own way.
Optional Activity: Turkish bath (Hamam)
In the late afternoon/ or early evening it is optional possible to try a traditional Turkish bath, better known as Hamam. The Hamam combines the functionality and the structural elements of its predecessors in Anatolia, the Roman thermal and Eastern Roman baths.
Transfer time: 2 h; transfer distance: 125 km (Aladaglar National park – Cappadocia via Derinkuyu)
ON: in Cappadocia at the Hotel                         
Meals: B / L / D

Day 8 : Kayseri; Mount Erciyes 3.916m

In the morning we drive to the Erciyes Mountain. Latinized as Argeus by the ancient Romans, Erciyes is a massive stratovolcano, located 25 km to the south of Kayseri. The Erciyes Mountain is the highest mountain in central Anatolia, with its summit reaching 3.916m. It is considered to be the highest peak of the Anti-Taurus mountain range. At an altitude of approximately 2.100m we start our today’s ski experience. We climb up to the Summit of Erciyes Mountain with magnificent views to the Anatolian area. Afterwards we ski down to our starting point again where we will take time to have a traditional Turkish Tea, better known as Cay. Afterwards we drive back to Cappadocia.
Transfer time: 1/2 h; transfer distance: 110 km; (Cappadocia – Kayseri Mt. Erciyes / one way)
Ascent/descent: approximately 1.816m
ON: in Cappadocia at the Hotel                         
Meals: B / L / D

Day 9 : Cappadocia to Kayseri – Home

Transfer to Kayseri airport where the Trip concludes.
Transfer time: 1 h; transfer distance: 80 km (Cappadocia – Kayseri airport)
ON: in Cappadocia at the Hotel                        
Meals: B / – / –

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

Price Includes
–    All transfers and transportations with private vehicles to the places stated in the Itinerary
      Day 1: One (one way) arrival transfer from/to Kayseri airport/Ihlara (Selime)
      Day 9: One (one way) departure transfer from/to Cappadocia/Kayseri airport
–    Demavend Travel English speaking Tour Leader (Logistic Guide only / no specialist of Ski)
–    Hotel; Mountain Hut and/or local village Pension accommodation, rooms on double/twin share base;
      Half Board (HB) service; Important: HB Dinner Service available until 20:30/21:00 h
–    8 x Breakfast, 7 x Lunch (Lunch packages & Restaurants where available), 8 x Dinner
–    Aladaglar National Park entrance fees

 

Price Excludes
–    Professional Ski Guide
–    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
–    Personal Equipment
–    Tips