Ski touring Kackar Mountains

Tour Code : WIN 04

Highlights
–    Kackar Modut Plateau 3.000m; Covan Tepesi 3.000m;
      Naletleme pass 3.100m; Bulut mountains 3.562m;
      Hevek Pass 3.275m or Deniz Golu Lake 3.300m
–    Erzurum; once caravan crossroad of the silk road
–    Tortum waterfalls & original mountain (Yayla) villages
–    Black sea culture & georgian churches
WIN 04 - 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)
Kackar mountains with tour ski (5 routes on 5 days)

 

Accommodation
Hotel & Pension   :    8 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 : Kackar Mountains; Gungormez valley & Modut plateau 3.000m

In the Morning after having breakfast and depending on Snow conditions it is possible to start directly from the Pension with the Ski. Today we follow a stabilized road towards east climb up to the Gungormez Valley first and continue from there to the Modut Tepesi.  After having Picnic we ski down to Yaylalar village on the same way. 
Ascent/descent: approximately 1.200m; (5/6 h)
ON: in Yaylalar village at the Pension
Meals: B / L / D

Day 4 : Kackar Mountains; Olgunar village & Covan Tepesi 3.000m

We leave our Pension in the morning and ascent towards Olgunlar village and continue from Olgunlar to the Covan Tepesi, with beautiful views down to the Hastav Valley, the Kackar Mountains range and the Davut Daglari. After having Picnic next to the Covan Tepesi we ski down to Olgunlar village and from there to Yaylalar village to our Pension on the same way.
Ascent/descent: approximately 1.200m; (5/6 h)
ON: in Yaylalar village at the Pension
Meals: B / L / D

Day 5 : Kackar Mountains; Dupeduzu & Naletleme pass 3.100m

After breakfast we leave our Pension and climb up towards Olgunlar village, via Olgunlar village we continue to the Dupeduzu Plateau, a Campsite during the summer season, to the Naletleme Pass at an altitude 3.100m, after having Picnic at the Pass we ski down via Olgunlar village back to our Pension in Yaylalar.
Ascent/descent: approximately 1.300m; (5/6 h)
ON: in Yaylalar village at the Pension
Meals: B / L / D

Day 6 : Kackar Mountains; Korahmet; Tasyayla plateau & Bulut mountains 3.562m

In the morning we start from our Pension with our Ski and continue to the North; via Korahmet & Tasyayla Plateaus we will reach the Bulut Mountains Range. After a short break we start our ascent to the Summit of the Bulutdagi (3.562m). We enjoy the wonderful view to the Summits of the Kackar Mountains Range around before we ski down on the same way back to our Pension in the Yaylalar village.
Ascent/descent: approximately 1.762m; (6/7 h)
ON: in Yaylalar village at the Pension
Meals: B / L / D

Day 7 : Kackar Mountains; Dilberduzu & Hevek pass 3.275m or Deniz Golu lake 3.300m

Today we follow the Buyuk Cay to Dilberduzu, one of the most famous areas of the pasture Kackar Mountains and Base camp during the summer to climb the Mt. Kackar. Via Dilberduzu it is possible to climb the Buyukdagduzu and from there up to the Hevek Pass (3.275m), with beautiful views to the Dilberduzu plateau, or to ascent to the Deniz Golu Lake at 3.300m. After having Picnic we ski down on the same way back to Yaylalar village.
Ascent/descent: approximately 1.475m; (6/7 h) (Hevek Pass)
Or ascent/descent: approximately 1.500m; (6/7 h) (Deniz Golu Lake)
ON: in Yaylalar village at the Pension
Meals: B / L / D

Day 8 : Yaylalar village to Erzurum

After breakfast we leave the Yaylalar village and drive back to Erzurum. On the way it is possible to visit Georgian monastery church of Barhal, substantial Georgian 11th C. church of the four Apostles, now a mosque, nestling on a slope on the village outskirts. From Barhal we drive via Yusufeli to Erzurum where we spend the Night at the Hotel.
Transfer time: 4 h; transfer distance: 230 km (Yaylalar village – Erzurum)
ON: in Erzurum at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 9 : Erzurum – Home

Transfer to Erzurum airport where the Trip concludes.
Transfer time: 20/25 min.; Transfer distance: 15 km (Hotel – Erzurum 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
      Days 1 & 9: One (one way) arrival/departure transfer from/to Erzurum airport/Hotel
–    Demavend Travel English speaking Tour Leader/Mountain Guide (Logistic Guide only / no specialist of Ski)
–    Hotel accommodations, 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

 

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
–    Single Tents
–    Personal Equipment
–    Tips