Violent eruptions of the volcanoes Erciyes and Hasan three millions years ago. Covered the surrounding plateau with tuff. From this brittle rock, the wind and rain have eroded Cappadocia’s spectacular, surrealist landscape of rock cones, capped pinnacles and fretted ravines, in colours ranging from warm reds and golds to cool greens and greys. Cappadocia is one of those rare regions in the world where the works of man blend unobtrusively into the landscape. Dwellings are know to have been hewn from the rock as far back as 400 B.C., when Xenophon mentioned them in this Anabasis. During Byzantine times chapels and monasteries were hollowed out of the rock, and their ochre-toned frescoes harmonise naturally with the surrounding landscape.
Ski touring in Taurus Mountains: On this ski expedition, you will have the opportunity to climb the volcanic Mountains of central Anatolia and cross the Taurus from south to east. We will also climb to Mt. Embler 3723m. of the Aladağ region. During the ski expedition, you will live in the local habitats of small villages. In the evenings we will enjoy ourselves with the local people. Our recent group enjoyed the trip immensely.
How technical does it get ? How fit should I be ?
The slopes may have some short steep passages. You should be at ease with ski touring techniques and skiing on all types of snow. We may also ski on glacier terrain. You should master uphill kick turns without hesitation.
Good physical condition is required, some uphill sections may have to be done on foot. Ascents and descents vary between 800 & 1000 metres per day. Depending on the chosen itinerary, there may be two outings per day. This allows those who want to pursue to do so and those who are tired to rest and relax.
Beware, you’re not playing in the skatepark in your neighbourhood: even though you’re extremely keen, are craving to make first tracks in the powder snow, don’t forget that this trip is far away overseas, in remote areas and rescue services may be slow and often less well organised than in your home country. So keep cool and take it easy to fully enjoy…and please avoid a backflip without knowing what’s behind.
For your comfort, a pair of Crocs is a good investment and is useful in a minibus, hotel rooms and so on.
Good to know: If you don’t have the level required, the guide will be able to ask you to leave for the well-being of the rest of the group, if necessary. If any doubt, please do not hesitate to ask us!
.All transfers and Transportation
.All Hotel accommodation BB. Ankara*** and Mountain house in Erciyes. Villages house.
.Mattresses and cooking gear and utensils in a village house
.English speaking Mountain Guide
.All meals are included except for when we stay in Ankara.
Meet at the airport and transfer to Hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Ankara / Mt Hasan
In the morning we ‘ll leave the capital and drive to Aksaray. En route we will stop to visit the Salt lake ( Tuz gölü ) its square is 1700 km2 there is 329 gr. salt in 1 litre water. We will have lunch in the restaurant on the road. then we ‘ll arrive to Gözlükuyu village is located foot of Mt. Hasan at 1600 m. After we accommodate in a village house, we will sight seeing in village to contact with villagers and to conversate with them. Dinner and overnight in village house.
Day 3: Mt Hasan / Taurus Mountains
In the early morning we will have our breakfast. A tractor will transfer us until beginning of snow. Then we ascent Mount Hasan summit about 5,6 hours walking. Climbing gradually up is more and more abundant. Erciyes and Cappadocia are visible from the summit. Then we descent and drive to Martı village at the foot of Taurus Mountain. Dinner and overnight in a village house.
Day 4: Mt Alaca
After breakfast in the early morning , our vehicle will transfer us to the Emli valley . Wearing our ski we cross the fragrant pine forest and walk up to Alaca plateaux at 3330 m. Here there is an optional ascent till 3588m, you can choose to take the opportunity to ascent till 3588m. Then descent from Avcıbeli pass. We ski from Akşampınarı valley through the forest to Sıyırmalık valley (2200m).We will ski more and arrive to Emli valley we start to ski. Then our vehicle will transfer us to village house. Dinner and overnight in the village house.
Day 5 Mt Embler (3723 m)
In the early morning our vehicle will transfer us to Tülü valley. Wearing our ski and ascent to Yalakderesi valley. After we pass Çelikbuyduran pass , we ascent to Embler summit.(3723m.) Here, we can see the Bolkar Mountains, Mt Hasan (3268m) and the highest summit of Mt. Demirkazık (3756m). We will descent to ski to the village. Dinner and overnight in village house.
Day 6 : Mt. Taurus / Mt Argée (3916m.)
Our bus transfers us to the Mt Erciyes. (Argée) at 2215m. Overnight in hotel with all meals.
Day 7 : Mt Argée / Ankara
This volcano is one of the most fascinating noes in the world. We will ascent the Mount Erciyes to reach its top from which the panoramic view is worth to see. Then a fascinating skiing descent throug the several valleys of the majestic volcano. We will meet with our vehicle and drive to Kayseri. Transfer to hotel . Overnight at hotel.