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Trans Kackar Mountain Range

We are inviting you to cut loose in a magical playground of the Pontic Alps, homeland of the nation’s most colorful, preserved and distinctive ethnic groups, the Laz and Hemsin.

Visit wildflower carpeted alpine meadows, orchard and wood covered mountain ranges, and the Sumela Monastery as it clings to a soaring cliff-face on the Pontic Alps.

Refresh your soul on the remote trails of Ayder Plateau, evaluate the climbing routes to the summit of Kackar with your bare eyes. Our adventure is to discover the footsteps of ancient nomads in the timeless labyrinth, bustling with exceptional stories, adventures and its unique culture.

This trip is to fulfill a unique vision of Turkey not just to marvel at but also to live with the remnants of its distinctive and colorful past. It will be followed by an extra ordinary finale at Istanbul – City of Seven Hills.

Program

(B)reakfat / (L)unch / (D)inner

Day 1: Arrive in magical Istanbul. Transfer to your hotel. After enjoying a welcoming dinner either rest or start exploring the ancient city.

Day 2:  Transfer to the airport. Fly to Erzurum and transfer to Yusufeli. Along the route, stop by the Tortum waterfalls and pick your fruit from the trees.

Day 3:  Explore Altiparmak range, visit The Four Churches, Osnak Castle before we transfer to Hevek, mountain range. Enjoy regional gourmet cuisines by locals.

Days 4-8: Trek the mountain range. The Summit of Kackar (3,937m/12,920f) is optional. Soak in the natural hot springs at Ayder Plateau at the end of the expedition.

Day 9: Drive to Trabzon. Visit the Sumela Monastery and explore the Black Sea region.

Day 10: Fly to Istanbul, start the sultans journey by a Bosphorous excursion followed by an indulging seafood feast.

Day 11:  Exploring and sight seeing in the ancient city. Byzantine and Ottoman Relics and finalize the day soaking into Turkish bath

Day 12:  One life is not enough to explore Istanbul. Observe the combination of west and east and the modern aged traditions of a whole nation. Walk the Pera (Beyoglu) and Galata.

Day 13: Free day to explore the city your way. Optional tours are available

Day 14: Transfer to the airport for departure.

Pricing

Participants Tour Pricing
Per person 1400 EURO

Pricing Includes Pricing NOT Includes
  1. Transportation during the trip
  2. Airport transfers
  3. Bottled spring water
  4. Accommodations
  5. Domestic airfares as stated in the itinerary
  6. National park, camping and permit fees
  7. Turkish and English speaking guides
  8. Meals during the trip
  9. Camping at the Mountain
  10. Tents for 2 Pax.    
  11. Full camping kitchen with a gourmet chef featuring mountain range food during camping
  12. Mule support for transporting equipment and your gear (15kg = 33lbs)
  1. International airfares
  2. Foreign airport taxes
  3. Single accommodation is optional
  4. Private airport transfers
  5. Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  6. Visas ($20)
  7. Travel Insurance
  8. Vaccinations
  9. Personal climbing equipment for the summit of Mt. Kackar

Accommodation

Hotels, local lodges and camping combined

Destinations

Istanbul-Erzurum-Yusufeli-Ayder-Trabzon-Istanbul

Difficulty Level

III: 5-6 hours of activity daily over varied terrains. Active novices are welcomed.

Number of Participants

Minimum : 6
Maximum : 14