SKI TOURS IN THE MUNZUR AND KACKAR MOUNTAINS
The Munzur and Kesis mountains are located in the middle of the Anatolian highlands, the highest peaks rise up to 3,500m. This area is an insider tip of the best ski tourers in Turkey. The starting point is the city of Erzincan, 1,600 m high, on the historic Silk Road. We continue to these mountains in the Kackar Mountains in the Turkish Caucasus. The mountains offer tours for every taste - steep valleys or wide snow areas for enjoyable descents.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TOUR
These tours require good physical condition and good skiing skills . The ascents and descents are consistently long. On average, 1,400 - 1,600 vertical meters can be mastered per day, which is why the descents are correspondingly long. The maximum steepness of the routes is about 30 °. The selected mountains are ideal ski mountains for enthusiastic ski mountaineers. Great, exotic destinations that, apart from the necessary physical condition, do not require any special skiing skills.
1st day: light over Istanbul to Erzincan
Arrival in Erzincan, 20 min. Transfer to the city center to the Hotel Eriza. Overnight stay.
2nd day: Ski tour Ski tour to Bakirli mountain (3,050 m)
45 min drive to Tatlisu village. From here it goes through a canyon, then across wide slopes to the summit of Bakirli Dagi. The ascent begins at 1,400 m. The descent follows the same route. The descent is about 8 km.
3rd day: Ski tour to Kalecik Mountain (3,070 m)
1 hour drive to the village of Kalecik. At the end of the village, the ascent leads through a narrow valley. Then the valley opens and the ascent leads first flat, then steeply up to one of the numerous peaks of the mountain at 3,070 m. The descent follows the same route.
4th day: Ski tour to Kazankaya Mountain (2,700 m) and further to Mt. Ergan (3,230 m)
The drive to the village takes 1 hour. Mount Kazankaya is climbed first (2,700 m). Depending on the weather conditions, there is the possibility to continue to Mount Ergan (3,230 m). Then the descent from Berg Ergan to the ski center of Erzincan. Length of the descent about 8 km.
5th day: Change of location, drive via Erzurum to Yaylalar
With the transfer bus 180 km along the former silk road to Erzurum. It is the largest city in the east of Turkey and is just under 1,900 m high, making it the highest city in Turkey. In the city we visit an old madrasah, the great mosque from the Ottoman period (17th century). Afterwards, after a lunch together, 4 hours drive through the mountain landscape over the Coruh valley to the village of Yaylalar (location 1,930 m) to the Camyuva pension.
6th day: Ski tour to the Yüncüler Pass (3,140 m)
Depending on the snow conditions, the ski tours usually start directly from the pension. The first ski tour starts near the village of Olgunlar (last settlement before the mountains, lies at 2,100 m) and climbs continuously through a valley to the long Güngörmez mountain range. Arrived on the Yüncüler Pass, one of the numerous summits is quickly climbed, from which there is a great panorama. The highest point of the climb is 3,140 m. The descent follows the same route, mostly to the village of Yaylalar. The length of the descent is over 7 km.
7th day: Lanetleme Pass (3,225 m)
It starts again from the village of Olgunlar. Along a slope it goes up over the Döbe Alm up to the Lanetleme Pass at 3,225 m. The descent follows the same valley down to the small settlement of Olgunlar. The length of the descent is about 8 km, if the conditions are right, just under 10 km.
8th day: Güngörmez Mountains (2,995 m)
Immediately from the guesthouse, above the village, the ascent through a pine forest to a notch, then along a valley slope to one of the numerous peaks of the Güngörmez chain at 2,995 m. The descent follows a different route, through a partially narrow valley down to the village of Yaylalar. The length of the descent is about 5 km.
9th day: Güngörmez Mountains (3,000 m)
The last ski tour starts at the pension. At the edge of the village it goes into the forest where the steep climb begins. After the forest, you go back to an altitude of 2,990 m on one of the numerous peaks of the Güngörmez chain (which are part of the Kackar Mountains). The ascent ends at 3,000 m (higher depending on the conditions). The descent takes place partly through a narrow channel, partly through the forest down into the Coruh valley, below the village of Yaylalar, to which a slope descent leads through the forest. The length of the descent is about 5 km.
10th day: journey home
4 hours drive to Erzurum to the airport, flight home.
We stay in Erzincan in the Boutique Hotel Eriza with breakfast and in the village of Yaylalar in the pension with half board.
THE SKI TOURS
7 guided day ski tours from the hotel in the mountains around Erzincan with a height of up to 3,550 m and in the Kackar Mountains from the village of Yaylalar with steepnesses of 30 ° - 35 °.
Up to 8 people German or English speaking mountain guide. From the 9th person, another ski mountain guide.
Currently no restrictions and no specific permit required (status 2020).
You bring your own gear
1 week before the travel date
On request, flights from all major European airports via Istanbul to Erzincan and back from Erzurum
All necessary land transfers
Mid-class hotel in Erzincan including breakfast
Pension Camyuva in Yaylalar
Ski mountain guide from our company
German or English speaking tour guide throughout the trip
Detailed equipment list
Subject to changes depending on the weather and conditions!