Cappadocia and Mount Bolkar Crossing

 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.

Forming part of the chain of Taurus, the Bolkar Massif exhibits very particular geological characteristics. Made of sedimentary material such as limestone and dolomites, it reveals excellent examples of sheet or folds in the rock layers.

Vast formations of karst as well as landscapes showing the effects of hydraulic erosion and glaciers are numerous. Whole villages populate the sides of these mountains with their sheep during the summer grazing season perpetuating their centuries old wandering traditions. In this tour we offer not only a journey through the alpine plains of Anatolia, in an attractive mountainous setting but also a truly enriching exchange with the hospitable nomadic people of Turkish mountains...
Itinerary: 15 days

Day 1 / Ankara: Meet and transfer to hotel for the night.

Days 2 to 5 / Cappadocia:
4 days of hiking through the fairy landscapes of Cappadocia. With the program: The Ihlara, Avcilar, Akvadi, Pigeon, Pasabag, Pancarlik and Red Valleys, in which many civilisations found refuge. Cave dwellings
villages of Zelve, cavusin, Goreme, Ortahisar, Urgup, Uchisar. Rock-cut churches, with frescoes will be visited as well as the Mazikoy underground city. Nights in comfortable pensions.

Days 6 to 12 / Mt Bolkar:
7 days of trekking in the mineral decoration of the wild Bolkar mountains, following the mule tracks of the semi-nomads. Principal stopovers: the Elmali gorge, Kiziltepe and Alisah plateaux, Karagol and cinigol mountain lakes, and the alpine Darbogaz village. Opportunity will be taken to climb the Medetsiz (3524 m) and Geyiktepe (3277 m) summits. Nights are under tents. Heights: between 500m and 1200 m.

Days 13 and 14 / Istanbul:
One and half day to discover this legendary city, set on two continents.

Day 15 / Home:
Transfer to airport for return flight.

Favourable Season: Mid-June to end of September.  Level: Medium, requiring a minimum of experience

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