Kackars (Turkish Alps) Ski tour

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kackars ski tour

Kackar Mountains are not only fantastic place for summer holidays, but also great destination for ski lovers.

What makes the Kackar Mountains so popular with skiers? This is excellent quality snow and the beauty of the landscape. The Kackar Mountains are called the Turkish Alps for a reason. In our opinion, they are even more beautiful than the Alps, and most importantly still not very popular, so we will avoid the crowds.

Our Kackar ski tour has been planned in such a way that every day we leave the guesthouse, we can put on skis and start our skiing adventure.

Day 1: Arriving to Erzurum  and transfer to Yaylalar village
Our guide will meet you at Erzurum Airport. Depending on the time of arrival, we can go on a short sightseeing tour of the Erzurum city. Then we will drive to the Yaylalar village, on south side of the Kackar Mountains (the transfer will take approx. 4 hours).
Overnight in the guesthouse, in Yaylalar village, at the altitude around 1900 m. 

Day 2: Ski touring to a peak of Gungormez Valley – Modut Peak (around 2900 m)
After breakfast at the guesthouse, we put our skis on and start climbing the steep slope to reach the summit ridge of the Gungormez Mountains. After admiring the magnificent view from the summit, we ski down a narrow forested valley to the Yaylalar village.
Ascent & descent: approximately 1000 m   

Day 3: Ski touring to a peak of Gungormez Mountain Range (around 3140 m)
After breakfast at the guesthouse, we will start another skiing adventure. On that day, we will ski to the next peak in the Gungormez Mountains, and then ski down to the village.
Ascent & descent: approximately 1140 m   

Day 4: Ski touring to Lanetleme Pass through Ceymakcur and ski down to Olgunlar (3200 m)
That day we will head to an important pass that allows people to reach to the northern side of the Kackar Mountains. It's going to be a long day and after reaching the Lanetleme pass (3200 m) we will ski down to the Yaylalar village.
Ascent & descent: approximately 1300 m 

Day 5: Ski touring to Olgunlar village – Dilberduzu – Hevek Pass (3275 m) or Deniz Golu Lake (3300 m)
That day we will follow the path from Buyuk Cay to Dilberduzu, one of the most famous pasture areas in the Kackar Mountains and the base camp for summer climbing to Mount Kackar (Kaçkar Dağı). Via Dilberduzu we can climb the Buyukdagduzu and from there up to the Hevek Pass (3275 m), with a beautiful view of the Dilberduzu Plateau, or climb to Deniz Golu Lake at 3300 m. After the break, we ski down the same road back to Yaylalar village.
Ascent & descent: approximately 1400 – 1500 m; (6/7 h) 

Day 6: Ski touring to Korahmet & Tasyayla Plateau – Bulut Mountains (3562 m) 
In the morning, after breakfast, we leave our guesthouse to continue skiing further north, via the Korahmet and Tasyayla Plateaus. We will reach the Bulut mountain range. After a short break, we will start our ascent to the top of the Bulut Dagi (3562 m). We will enjoy a wonderful view of the hundreds of peaks of the Kackar Mountain Range. Later we ski down the same route and return to our guesthouse in the Yaylalar village.
Ascent & descent: approximately 1600 m; (6/7 hours) 

Day 7: Ski Touring to Demirciler – Kemerli Kaçkar / Barhal / Karagol Side
We will ascend another popular summit of the South Kackars, called Kemerli Kackar. After pass to the opposite side of the guesthouse, we will start to climb directly to the steep slope and ski down the same route.
Ascent & descent: approximately 1100 m.

Day 8: Transfer to Erzurum Airport via Yusufeli and fly back home
After breakfast we will transfer you to the Erzurum Airport for your flight back.
Transfer time: 4 hours

Included in full service option

  • Airport transfers from and to Erzurum
  • Local ski guide (English speaking) on the mountains
  • 7 nights in the village guesthouse/mountain hut (twin rooms),
  • Breakfasts, dinners and lunch packets, except arriving and leaving days.

Not included

  • Domestic flights
  • Drinks at dinners
  • Extra transfers (other than group transfers)
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Photos from our tours

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