Trekking Kackar North East Turkey
Trekking Kackar North East Turkey
The tour date is9 July 2022 - 15 July 2022
Day 1: Meeting at Erzurum airport and transfer to Barhal Village
We meet at Erzurum Airport with our participants arriving on the flights listed below. After a short introduction and briefing, we first set off for Yusufeli. On the way, we will visit Torum Waterfall and Öşvank monastery. After taking a short break in Yusufeli for our last needs, we will pass through the villages in the heart of Kaçkar Mountains to Barhal Village. After settling in our pension in Barhal village, we will complete our final preparations by enjoying the surroundings. Our dinner is in our hostel.
Approximate vehicle transfer time: 5 Hours
Approximate Heights: Erzurum, 1853 m; Yusufeli, 696 m; Barhal, 1250 m
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2: Barhal – Shabangil – Kilyon – Barhal
After an early breakfast in the morning, we will prepare for the first walk of our tour and set off. You will not need to vacate the rooms as we will be returning to the same hostel this evening. We will start our walk from our pension towards the exit of the village. We will cross the concrete bridge on the roadside to enter a narrow canyon and then climb this narrow canyon with zig zag paths. On the canyon, we will reach one of the characteristic plateau-neighborhoods of this region. This is Shabangil. An immaculate and airy little neighborhood. After a short break and a neighborhood visit, we move on to another neighborhood. Then we will descend back to Barhal along the dirt road.
Approximate Activity Time: 5 hours
Approximate Altitudes: Barhal, 1250 m; Kilyon, 1500 m
. Meals Included: Breakfast – Lunch (Storage) – Dinner
Day 3: Barhal Church – Amanesket – Naznara – Karagöl – Satibe Amanesket Walk. Transfer to Heveg.
After breakfast, we vacate our rooms today. In the next part of our tour, we will be in another hostel. We will have a short vehicle transfer through a valley surrounded by flowers cascading streams from all sides. Before leaving Barhal, we will also visit the magnificent Barhal Church. We will start our trek by ascending slowly from a path that starts just below the Amanesket and Naznara Highlands. After passing through these beautiful highland-neighborhoods, we will go to Karagöl, which is hidden in an old glacier between the Altınparmak mountains. This forgotten and beautiful lakeshore has a peaceful atmosphere. We will take a long break by the lake. Those who wish can swim in this beautiful lake. Let's have a country picnic here for our lunch. Then we will continue along an old waterway towards Satibe Ridge, one of the most scenic and airy campgrounds in the Altiparmak Mountains. We also have a scenic break on this open ridge in the shadow of Nebisatgur hill. Then we will go down to the place where we left our vehicle. We will meet with our vehicle and drive to Heveg. In the evening, we will be settled in our comfortable hostel in Heveg and enjoying the last moments of the day. We will stay here until the end of our tour.
Approximate vehicle transfer time: 1 hour
Approximate Altitudes: Amanesket, 2000 m; Satibe, 2700 m
. Approximate walking time: 6 hours
Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch (Food Food) – Dinner
Day 4: Heveg – Aksav – Modut – Mikelis Walk
Today we will start our walk again from our hostel. After a delicious breakfast, we set off. First, we will proceed through Heveg towards Aksav Stream, at the forest border. Then we ascend along the Aksav valley, which is surrounded by flowers, accompanied by white foamy streams. To pass to the Modut Plateau, we will climb a pass and descend towards the plateau from there. After a short break on the plateau, we witness the harshness of the lives established in this steep geography and descend towards Mikelis Neighborhood along zigzag roads and paths. From here, our vehicle will pick us up and we will go to Heveg with a short transfer. After this beautiful walk, we take our drinks from our hostels and dive into a delicious conversation.
Approximate vehicle transfer time: 15 minutes.
Approximate Heights: Heveg, 1896 m; Modut Plateau, 2340 m
Approximate Hiking time: 6 hours 30 minutes
Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch ( Food Food ) – Dinner
Day 5: Karamolla – Sulementa – Varhal – Demirdöven/Zamevan
When we look out from the veranda of our hostel, we can see part of the passage that we will go through this morning. After our breakfast, we will go to Karamolla Neighborhood with a short vehicle transfer. We will start our walk by climbing the big mountain ridge on which the neighborhood is leaning. Our goal in the first two hours of our walk is to go to Sabahda Pass. The sharp heights of the Cloud Mountains that pierce the sky and the valleys run by the streams will be in our view. After the pass, we will descend by following the Sorgunpiyat creek. Passing through Sülemanta and Veknal plateaus, we will pass to Demirdöven District, formerly Zamevan. On this long walk, we will pass through the ridges, streams and villages between the Altiparmak and Bulut Mountains.
Approximate vehicle transfer time: 30 min
. Approximate Heights: Karamolla, 2100 m; Sabahda Pass, 2740 m; Sulementa, 2250 m; Varhal, 1850 m; Demirdöven, 1370 m
. Approximate walking time: 8-9 hours
Meals included: Breakfast - Lunch ( Food Storage ) - Dinner
Day 6: Highlands – Vilizor – Meredet
After breakfast, we will go to Olgunlar Mahallesi with a short car transfer. Our walk
will start from here.
We will start walking from the last quarter of the Southern Kaçkars to Dilberdüzü , which is used as the base camp for the summit climbs of Kaçkar Mountain . On the way, we will pass through Heveg's plateau, the Patient Plateau. After we are satisfied with watching the high mountains among our teas and colorful tents in Dilberdüzü
, we will turn towards Olgunlar.
Approximate Heights: Mature 2130m; Dilberdüzü 2860m
Approximate Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Meals included: Breakfast - Lunch ( Storage ) - Dinner
Day 7: Highlands – Erzurum – Return
In the morning, we get ready after a leisurely breakfast. We will plan the day according to the earliest flight. We will leave Yaylalar Village and return to Erzurum via Barhal and Yusufeli. After having our meal in Erzrum, our airport transfer will begin.
Approximate Transfer Time: 5-6 hours
Meals Included: Breakfast
What's Included In This Tour?
Tour leadership, mountain guidance, consultancy throughout the tour
All vehicle transfers mentioned in the program
All meals mentioned in the program
Full board accommodation in double rooms
All general safety equipment and basic first aid kit
Site and museum entrance fees
What are the Services Not Included in the Tour?
- Transportation to the Meeting Point ( Erzurum )
- Backpack, Baton, etc.
- Unscheduled requests and expenses
- Meals Not Specified in the Program
Accommodation difference in a single room: 750 TL
We have classified the necessary information for our tour for you.
Departure: 9 July 2022, TK7070 ESB-ERZ 07.4-09.10
Return: 15 July 2022, TK7075 ERZ-ESB 22.00-23.30
Departure: 6 August 2022, TK7070 ESB-ERZ 07.4-09.10
Return: 12 August 2022, TK7075 ERZ-ESB 22.00-23.30
from Istanbul (Alternative 1)
Departure: 9 July 2022, TK2704 IST-ERZ 06.20-08.05
Return: 15 July 2022, TK2707 ERZ-IST 18.40-20.40
Return: 15 July 2022, TK7409 ERZ-SAW 20.30-22.20
Departure: 6 August 2022, TK2704 IST-ERZ 06.20-08.05
Return: 12 August 2022, TK2707 ERZ-IST 18.40-20.40
Return: 12 August 2022, TK7409 ERZ-SAW 20.30-22.20
from Istanbul (Alternative 2)
Departure: July 9, 2022, Pegasus PC2552 SAW-ERZ 05.45-07.35
Return: July 15, 2022, Pegasus PC2555 ERZ-SAW 21.10-22.10
Departure: August 6, 2022, Pegasus PC2552 SAW-ERZ 05.45-07.35
Return: August 12, 2022, Pegasus PC2555 ERZ-SAW 21.10-22.10
In the packages where transportation and/or transportation services up to the starting point of the tour or organization are not included in the services and prices of the tour/organization, the participants are responsible for the damages that may arise from the route, route changes, delays or cancellations on the airlines and highways, changes due to the road and airline situation, for the reasons listed by the participants. Our company is not responsible for cancellations (No Show), costs arising from additional service needs.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Our program is planned according to the flights above. Participants who want to use different flight options can contact our office for information about extra transfer fees. According to the above-mentioned flights, airport transfers will be made according to the earliest flights, while returning at the latest at the latest. Please contact our office regarding the changes that the airlines may make regarding the flight times.
Recommended Materials to Bring & Our Recommendations
Backpack: It is important that it is large enough to contain the items you will need during the activity you will participate in. We do not recommend carrying items by hand or hanging them outside of the backpack for camping, climbing and winter activities. For this reason, trekking bags with a volume of around 25-35 liters are most suitable for hiking/climbing. We can ensure that other materials that will not be useful for you during hiking are transported more safely to the campsites by mules by putting them in a bag or in your 65-80-liter backpack.
Rain jacket covers, which are now standard in many bags, are also an important detail needed in rainy weather. If your bag does not have a rain cover, we recommend that you get it extra.
A Boot Suitable for Walking and with a Hard Soldier: For your health, please do not walk for a long time in the field with flexible and soft-soled shoes. If you're a steady hiker, we recommend getting a hardy, orthopedic-based trekking boot designed for walking.
For winter climbing, we recommend that you join a mountaineering boat with adequate insulation, as hard as possible and with a hard neck.
Let us remind you that water resistance is a sought-after feature in hiking boots in rainy seasons.
Spare Sports Shoes: We recommend that you bring another spare shoe to be used as a spare shoe after hiking and to leave in the vehicle for our walking tours.
Socks: It is always more comfortable and healthy to walk with synthetic trekking socks with soles and toe support. We recommend that you have a spare pair of socks with you for all walks. Mountaineering and ski socks are suitable for winter seasons.
Gloves – Hat: It is important to have a set of gloves (inner - middle - outer shell and / or filled gloves) and a beret with you in cold periods. In nature tours, berets with a design that will cover the ears should be preferred. Please do not neglect your backups against getting wet. It can also be backed up with berets, buffs, headphones and balaklava.
Hat: We recommend that you have a hat with a visor and a structure that will protect your neck from the sun, if possible, in all four seasons. The materials called bandana and buff are among the ones we recommend for all seasons instead of or together with a hat.
Raincoat / Technical jacket: We especially recommend using light, breathable and rainproof raincoat-anoraks. Your anoraks should definitely be with us during the autumn-winter season and spring walks.
Raincoat anoraks made of Gore Tex or similar material are always our choice, as they evacuate the steam coming out of your body and significantly prevent sweating from the inside, as well as being extremely waterproof.
Polar Coats and Warming Clothes: We recommend fleece jackets and half-zip fleece sweatshirts at the beginning of the recommended warm clothing types for nature activities, as they are light and do not tend to retain moisture.
Woolen and cotton clothes are not very suitable for nature activities, as they do not dry easily and lose their insulating ability when they get wet.
Fiber-filled anoraks are both heavy and take up a lot of space.
For this reason, fleece clothing worn under a breathable raincoat/anorak should always be preferred as they are more comfortable and lighter.
Trousers: We recommend the use of synthetic or semi-synthetic trekking trousers for walking. Jeans, linen etc. Clothes made of cotton materials, such as cotton, are not suitable for nature activities as they make movement difficult and do not dry quickly if they get wet. For winter climbing, you should definitely have shell trousers that are resistant to wind and wetness.
Underwear: Keep and wear at least one set of synthetic underwear.
Food and Beverages: Lunch is not included in our service on the first and last days of this event. All other meals will be provided by us. Lunch will be in the form of food.
Thermos: We recommend that you have a plastic or, best of all, a steel thermos with you, provided that it is not glass. In this way, you can carry hot drinks with you for activities that take place far from the campsite.
Head Lamp / Lantern: Since the days are short, especially during our winter walks, you should always have your head lamp / lantern with you, as it is necessary to be prepared for the dusk. The head lamp is a must-have equipment in our summer and winter bag.
Camera: We recommend that you bring a camera and spare film or memory card and batteries on our tours. We strongly recommend that you do not forget to take the necessary precautions to protect your machines, if there is a transition from wet environments or a rainy weather expectation.
Sunglasses: Those with UV protection should be preferred in nature activities. Sunglasses are of great importance, especially in snowy winter days, they are the only precaution against retinal burn or snow blindness due to excessive radiation.
Protective Sunscreen, Moisturizers and Lipstick: We recommend high protection factor sunscreens for all seasons, with a minimum factor of 45.
First Aid and Medicine:MONTIS Trips & Expeditions guides always carry extensive first aid kits. All of our tour leaders have the International First Aid in Nature (ECSII) Certificate. However, it is recommended that you always have the medicines you use regularly and a small personal first aid kit with you.
Swimwear: Those who like to swim in mountain lakes can bring a swimsuit with them.
You can always call us for more information about the selection of materials to be brought to our activities.
Environmental Note: We do not leave any garbage or permanent traces in nature, so do not forget that everything you bring with you for walking tours should be returned after use. To carry your waste back, you can bring a small garbage bag with you or use the emptied plastic bags to put your garbage.
Since Kaçkar Mountains are at the transition point of the continental climate and the Black Sea climate in the southern part, they have a meteorological character that is open to sudden weather changes. We recommend our participants to be prepared for sudden weather changes and unpredictable heavy rains.
Do not take with you any surplus that you will not use on the mountain.
You can also get as much hot drink and water as you want from our guides. If you have a plastic or steel thermos with you, you can take it for walks with a hot drink.
Be careful not to exaggerate the amount of extra food you bring! If you prepare by taking into account the food plan, your job will be easier.
Tour Difficulty Levels: Moderate
Karahan Pension: We will stay in Barhal's most established establishment. This charming hostel is one of our favorite stays with its delicious food and friendly staff.
Camyuva pension: The first accommodation that comes to mind when Kaçkar is mentioned is located in Heveg. This hostel, which is an absolute haunt of summit climbers and trekkers, is one of the accommodation that has left its mark on Kaçkar tourism.