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Trekking - Kaçkar Trails, Turkey

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 16 people
Destination(s): Turkey  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking  
Season: July - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1350 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1590 Euro (EUR)

Discover the hidden Turkey walking in the foothills and ridges of the Kaçkar and Güngörmez ranges, next to the Armenian and Iranian borders. At this time the snow still covers the main ridges, so the views towards Kaçkar are fabulous. Tiny alpine flowers have emerged from the snowmelt. Snow cock and black grouse will be visible amongst the rhododendrons and we even may see bears. On the last day we have an optional rafting excursion on the Barhal river. Try something different!

-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. Lodging: 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. Lodging: 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). Lodging: Barhal

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.
Lodging: Amanesket

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). Lodging: Karamolla.

Day 6: Sabahda | Demirdöven

Climb to Sabahda pass (about 3000 m), 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. Lodging: Yaylalar

Day 7: Yaylalar | Mikelis. Daywalk from Yaylalar to Modut summer village. Steep descend to Mikelis village and transfer back to Yaylalar for overnight. Lodging: Mikelis

Day 8: Barhal river | Yusufeli. Drive to Sarigöl. Raft the Barhal river to Yusufeli, stopping for lunch en route. Free afternoon in Yusufeli.
Lodging: Yusufeli

Day 9: Transfer. Transfer to airport in Erzurum.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 8 accommodations
- 8 dinners
- 8 lunches or picnics
- Local guide
- maps and documentation
- Insurance
- Transfers
- Our company t-shirt and water bottle.
- VAT taxes

Price for supported tour (July to September). Other dates other than scheduled (minimum of 4 persons).

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