Mount Kaçkar Ascent
The Kackar (Kaçkar) Mountains are composed of several ranges lying in the north-east of Turkey, just south of the Black Sea. The many summits between 3000 and 4000m and deep forested valleys cover a vast area some of which is inaccesible on account of the deep snow between November and April.
Bears, ibex, wolves, mountain goats, deer, Persian red-squirrels, wild pigs amongst other animals inhabit the forested slopes and numerous birds, many on their migration routes, may be seen. In fact the Kackar are one of the world's most biodiverse regions and the flowers from spring through to late summer are stunning. The northern slopes are heavily forested up to about 2000m and are affected by the humid air to the north; they are misty and rain and snowfall are quite high. The southern Kackar are drier but still receive more precipitation than other areas in Turkey. Maximum precipitation occurs between late April and mid-June.
Our 4 day trip ascends the highest summit, Mt Kackar 3937m, approaching it from the south. It provides a non-technical trek but there is a rocky section where you have to use your hands and some sections of boulders and scree to negotiate. Early
in the year crampons may be useful. We run trips throughout the summer and our
short trip, run weekly from our Olgunlar base provides the best value for money.
It is fully mule and vehicle supported with all food provided and an English
The programme is available as a private trip throughout the summer, contact us for more details.
* Olgunlar may be reached by public transport from Erzurum which in turn has excellent connections by rail and air with Istanbul and Ankara. The last bus from Erzurum leaves at 1pm and involves a change at Yusefeli. The journey takes about 4-5 hours by bus. To reach Olgunlar in the morning from Erzurum a very early start by private transport is necessary. We can arrange private transfers on request from Erzurum or other locations in and around the Kackar.