Mount Kaçkar Ascent
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 between November and April on account of the deep snow .
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 supported with all food, tentage and sleeping mats provided
and an English speaking guide. Early in the season crampons may be required -
these are not provided, however a competent mountain walker with an ice axe
The programme is available as a private trip throughout the summer, contact us for more details.
* Olgunlar may be reached by public transport from Yusefeli from where there is an afternoon bus. Yusefeli is reached easily from Erzurum which in turn has excellent connections by rail and air with Istanbul and Ankara. The last bus from Erzurum leaves at 1pm. 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. An extra day or two may be added to the trip for shorter walks that will help with acclimatisation. A further alternative is to reach Olgunlar by crossing the range from north to south - our support staff can then meet you in Yukari Kavron.
Summit from Deniz Golu