From the 22nd of February to the 1st of March 2020

A ski mountaineering expedition to climb the great volcanic mountains of central Anatolia. Crossing the Taurus mountains from south to east we’ ll ski on the highest peaks of the area's : Mount Embler 3723 m and Mount Erciyes 3916 m, whose summit dominates the whole Cappadocia.

Shipping over to let us know the Turkish mountains, it will allow us to get in touch with local traditions and customs and the great hospitality and generosity of the turkish people. During the last two days we’ll discover the spectacular and surrealistic Cappadocia lands, coming back to Ankara just in time for the last kebab and a nice relaxing bath in the Hamman before departure.

The organized groups can choose different dates depending on your needs

Travel Program

1stDay

Milan - Ankara

Flight Milan - Ankara and transfer to the city. Dinner and overnight at the hotel (B&B)

2ndDay

Transfer to Mount Hasan and visit to Ihlara Valley

Leaving with private bus (about 4 hours trip) to Central Anatolia, at the feet of Hasan Mountain, an ancient volcano now inactive, higher than 3200 meters. Its last eruption, occurred 3 million years ago, gave shape to the bizarre rock formations of Cappadocia. In the afternoon short trek (3 hours) through Ihlara Valley, famous for its churches carved into the tuff.

3rdDay

Climb to Mount Hasan m 3268

Transfer with private bus until 2100 mt and ski up to Hasan Mountain (mt 3268), isolated volcanic mountain with amazing slopes. In the afternoon transfer to Demirkaziz (mt 1650) at the feet of Aladag mountain range. Dinner in the hut and overnight at the Guest House.

Ascent and descent: 1300m; 6 hours

4thDay

Climb to Mount Embler m 3723

Short transfer by jeep to Sokullupmar plateaux (mt 2050).Ski up until Celikbuyuduran pass (mt 3450) and then on the top of Mount Embler (mt 3723). A very particular excursion through limestone canyon and characteristics rock formations. Dinner and overnight at Demirkazik.

Ascent and descent: 1680 m; 7-8 hours

5thDay

Climb to Mount Yoncalitas m 3450

From Demirkazik, short transfer by jeep to the Siyirmalik valley (around 2150 m). From there through pine forests and rock conformations called: “rock fingers” we’ll reach the Arciveli Pass (mt 3250). From the pass through a simple ridge we’ll reach the summit of Yoncalitas mountain (mt 3450). Dinner and overnight at Demirkazik.

Ascent and descent: 1300 m; 5-6 hours.

6thDay

Climb to Mount Kortekli m 3420

Jeep transfer through Emily Valley until the beginning of Kukuc Mangircy Valley (about m 1950). Skies on we’ll rise through wide valleys and limestone spiers to the summit of Kortekli Mountain (mt 3300). In the afternoon transfer to Kayseri (mt 2200) at the feet of Erciyes Mountain (mt 3916). Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Ascent and descent: about 1300 mt; 6-7 hours

7thDay

Climb to Mount Erciyes m 3916

Leaving from Kayseri to the summit of Erciyes Mountain (mt 3916) the highest peak of the region. All climb is very steep but from the top it seems to dominate the entire region. Amazing descent and transfer to the Hotel in Cappadocia.

Possibility to go up by chairlift until approximately 2600m, in order to make the climb shorter.

Ascent and descent without the chairlift: 1716 mt; 6/7 hours

8thDay

Visit to Cappadocia area

Turistic day: we’ll visit the unbelievable areas of Goreme, Zelve and Ortahisar, where we can admire churches and monasteries carved in the rocks, wide areas full of the famous Cappadocia’s Chimneys, amazing canyon with strange rock formations. In the evening transfer to Ankara. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

9thDay

Ankara - Milan

Short visit to the city and transfer to the airport. Come back to Italy.


More details

CLIMATE AND SNOW CONDITIONS: In winter temperatures can go below zero. In Central Anatolia the climate in late February is similar to the climate of our Alps in late March. At the bottom of the valleys quite mild but potentially very cold at high altitude.

Usually in the period of our trip there are not big perturbations. Some sporadic snow falls are possible until low altitude. Generally, snow conditions at this time are still dusty on the northern slopes and settled and bearing on the south slopes.

The program is subject to some variation due to higher forces

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Info Ascensione

The climb in program, are not particularly difficult , but the length of some routes require a very good workout

Difficulties

PD / A little difficult

Skills required

Because of the lenght of some itinerary, are required an exellent phisycall shape, a good ski mountaineering experience and a good spirit of adventure

Duration, Participants and Deadline

Duration Min Max Deadline
9 days 6 8 31/01/2020

Equipements

High mountain clothing, Full ski touring equipment, avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe, harness, ice axe and crampons, Full equipment list will be provided with the information sheet

Documents

Identity card or valid passport expiring at least 6 months after date of return

Vaccination

Vaccinations are not required

Prices

6 peopleAsk for rates to lyskamm 4000

Rate details

THE PRICE INCLUDES: Support and assistance of a Mountain Guide UIAGM certified, all transfers in Turkey by bus and private jeeps, full board for the entire period (except meals in Ankara) with accommodation in 3 *** hotels and Guest House to Demirkazik (shared rooms), meals picnic for ski mountaineering excursions, entrance fees to national parks, support of a local guide and the missing technical equipment if you need (avalanche transceiver, ice axe, crampons)

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: Meals in Ankara, international flight Milan Ankara A / R, injury insurance, alcoholic beverages and extras.