On our Kackar trekking tour you will explore one of the best hiking areas and the most bio-diverse regions in the world.
Kackar Mountains that rises in the Black Sea region of Turkey are one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world.
During Trans Kackar trekking tour we will walk through the forested valleys, small villages and mountain pastures. We will see crystal blue lakes, waterfalls and thousands of blooming flowers. We will also conquer summit of Mount Kackar (3937 m) – fourth the highest peak in Turkey.
This fantastic Kackar tour will give you also unforgettable cultural experience: we will visit stunning Sumela Monastery built on a steep cliff of the Zigana Mountains and medieval Zil Castle located in Fırtına Valley.
Meeting with a guide at the airport in Trabzon. From the airport we will drive to a hotel. After check-in at the hotel we will drive via Maçka to visit Sumela Monastery located in Altınerde Valley National Park, about 50 km from Trabzon, on the steep cliff of the Zigana Mountains. This stunning Greek Orthodox monastery is also known as the Virgin Mary (Meryemana). Sumela Monastery was built in 4th century AD and is one of the oldest monasteries in the Christian world.
Afterwards we will back to Trabzon for dinner and overnight stay.
From our hotel we will drive by minibus to Yusufeli town and continue our journey to Hevek Plateau (1850 m) where we will have dinner and stay for overnight in local pension.
After early breakfast at the pension we will start trekking to Dilberduzu campsite, located at an elevation 2900 m. We will walk via Olgunlar and Nastaf Plateau located at 2400 m. Reaching Dilberduzu campsite will take about 4 hours. Rest of the day we will spend on acclimatization walks in the area. Dinner and overnight in tents on the campsite.
Very early in the morning we will start ascent to the top of Mount Kackar (3937 m), the highest peak of Mount Kackar Range. We will walk about 2 hours to Deniz Lake (Deniz Gölü) located at an elevation 3400 m and after short break we will climb up next 4-5 hours to the Mount Kackar summit.
The view from the summit of Mount Kackar is simply stunning. We will see the whole Kackar Range and even Mount Ararat if the weather will be clear.
After reaching the top of Mount Kackar and break for taking photos and resting we will descent to the Dilberduzu campsite for dinner and overnight. All mountain action can take aprox. 11-12 hours.
That day we will walk up to Naletleme Pass (3200 m.) and then descent to Karadeniz Lake (Karadeniz Gölü) at 2900 m. Trekking will take approximately 6 hours. We will stay for overnight at the campsite near to the shores of the lake. If weather is good we can swim in the lake.
We will eat breakfast at the campsite and have 2 hours trekking to Ceymakcur Plataeu at 2200 m. From the Ceymakcur we our driver will take us to Ayder Plateau. We will have opportunity to take a hot bath in famous Ayder hot springs. After bath we will go to local pension. Dinner and overnight stay at the pension.
After breakfast at the pension we will have very interesting daily tour. We will visit Zil Castle (Zil Kale) - medieval castle located in the Fırtına Valley, built in 14th century. From the castle we will walk to Palovit Waterfall - the highest waterfall in the region (15 m high). At the end of the tour we will visit Çat Valley – beautiful valley which is one of the natural treasures of Black Sea region and small Çat village located in the valley.
Then we back to Ayder for dinner and overnight.