Walking time: 3-4 hours/ day with personal backpack
Total climbing: 2900 m
Max. climb in one day: 1000 m
Max. altitude: 3000 m
Accommodations: Budget (camping, B&B or huts)
Day 1: Erzurum | Yusufeli
Transfer from Erzurum airport to Barcelona Hotel on the Barhal river, in Yusufeli.
Day 2: Bölükbasi | Dört Kilise
Drive alongside the Çoruh white water river to Tekkale, then on dirt road to Bölükbasi (40 min). Climb on rough road then footpath through fir forest to a ruined chapel (Bayir Kilise) in a spectacular setting. Descend footpaths past a waterfall to visit Dört Kilise (10th C Georgian church and monastery in ruins). Drive to village house at Sarigöl.
Day 3: Uban | Satibe Tepe
Drive to Hacioglu Mah (30 min). Walk to Uban and up good path through forest to Sura Yaylasi (summer village in ruins). Climb steeply from the deserted yayla to Zitlop ridge and walk along the ridge to Satibe Tepe; views from the ridge top to both sides are superb. Steep descent through forest to meet our bus on a forest road. Drive to Barhal (20 min).
Day 4: Naznara | Amanesket
Drive to Naznara bridge. Climb through the summer villages of Naznara and Amanesket to Karagöl (black lake), surrounded by snow and creamy white rhododendrons. Chance to see black grouse. Descend to Amanesket and overnight in an old village house.
Day 5: Satibe | Barhal
Climb to Satibe ridge, which is covered with flowers and surrounded by forest. Walk along the ridge and descend to an old chapel and then to the church at Barhal. Visit the 10th C Georgian church. Drive to Yaylalar then Karamolla. Dinner and overnight in village house (chance to see bears).
Day 6: Sabahda | Demirdöven
Climb to Sabahda pass (about 3000m), well above the treeline, with spectacular views along the Bulut (Cloud) Valley towards Kaçkar. Descend through rhododendrons to a tiny village of wooden houses. Continue through forest and across streams then on good paved path past traditional stone houses. Descend to Demirdöven, and transfer to Yaylalar village for overnight.
Day 7: Yaylalar | Mikelis
Daywalk from Yaylalar to Modut summer village. Steep descend to Mikelis village and transfer back to Yaylalar for overnight.
Day 8: Barhal river | Yusufeli
Drive to Sarigöl. Raft the Barhal river to Yusufeli, stopping for lunch en route. Free afternoon in Yusufeli.
Day 9: Transfer.
Transfer to airport in Erzurum.
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