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Trek through the epic Kaçkar Pasture

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Overview

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Group: 8-15 People
  • Type: Guided Backpacking
  • Pick-up: Trabzon airport
  • Difficulty: 4
  • Age: 12+

Trekking Epic Kackar Trails

This hiking excursion explores the lower slopes of the kackar and may be started as early as July, when the hiking season in this hilly region begins. It’s quieter, and trekkers have a better chance of seeing animals than during the busier weeks in August. Every valley is carpeted with wildflowers, and every hill is dripping with melting streams. This is a tour for individuals who don’t want to climb to the top and would rather stay in village homes and pensions. The months of July and August are ideal for visiting this slice of heaven on Earth. Along the journey, we’ll view glacial lakes, flowers, and snowcapped peaks as we stroll from one mountain yayla (pasture) to the next.

Trekking is a means to get a closer look at a mountain, it’s history, people, and natural surroundings. Trekking the Kackar-Trails provides with all those

Itinerary

Day 1Meeting at Trabzon Airport and Transfer

Your tour guide and driver will greet you when you arrive at Trabzon Airport. Depending on your arrival time, we can take a brief stroll or move directly to our dinner and overnight lodging in Camlıhemşin (2 hours).

Day 2Camlıhemşin & Ortan

Today we will visit Camlıhemşin hamlet, which is located at the foot of the Kaçkar mountains, and have lunch at a restaurant that serves local dishes. We take a walk in the afternoon to Ortan, a picturesque town with ancient wooden buildings to admire. In Camlıhemşin, we had dinner and stayed in the same pension.

Day 3Amlakit - Pokut

We travel to Pokut Yayla, from whence we hike to Haznda, a typical mountain settlement, via lush forest and green fields. We proceed to Amlakit, partially via a woodland road, after a traditional meal at a rural home. In Amlakit, we stayed in a pension for dinner and the night.

Day 4Glacial Lake Kormukereç

Today we walk in a circle. On the hills above Amlakit, we ascend up to the Kormukereç glacier lake. It’ll be a fantastic day for wildflowers, particularly orchids. You may dive into the extremely cold waters of the lake during your lunch break on the lake’s edge. In Amlakit, we had dinner and stayed at the same pension.

Day 5Palovit - Amlakit

Today we hike from Amlakit to Palovit via Samistal’s original alpine pasture (yayla). We leave the Amlakit valley after a long climb. On this high, picturesque trek, mist and clouds clash with the sun to provide spectacular views of the valleys on both sides. Return to your starting point by vehicle or by foot. In Amlakit, we had dinner and stayed in the same pension.

Day 6Palovit - Yukar Kavrun

From Palovit, we hike up to Apevanak Pass and then down to Yukar Kavrun. We’ll stop for a picnic lunch on the beaches of the Derebaş glacier lake along the route. Yukar Kavrun has a pension where you may stay for dinner and the night.

Day 7Yukarı Kavrun - Çeymakçur & Ayder 

In the morning, we take a trek up to Yildiz and Büyükdeniz Lakes. We stroll down to Çeymakçur Yaylası after having a picnic lunch by the lakes. We get into the car and head to Ayder. Before heading to Çamlıhemşin for our final evening, there will be free time to unwind at the thermal hot springs there.

Day 8Departure : Transfer to Trabzon International Airport (2hrs).

Transfer to Trabzon International Airport (2hrs).

Includes & Excludes

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During camp days, all transportation (including from/to Trabzon airport) and luggage transfers with a private car, including driver and gasoline mule/horse assistance are included, as well as all accommodation tents and sleeping mats.

all meal: competent English speaking mountain guide for breakfast, lunch (picnic), and supper

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flights

During meals, soft and alcoholic drinks

admission fees to historical monuments and museums, as well as spa treatments at Ayder, as well as tips and gratuities

Additional Note/s

Notes on Health and Aging

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Kaçkar Mountain is a Grade C climb with a Grade D alternative. The average daily journey lasts 5-7 hours. To handle steep hills and narrow, stony trails for up to 8 hours each day, Grade C requires some expertise and fitness. Grade D: for experienced trekkers capable of maintaining a steady pace for at least 8 hours and tackling some easy scrambling.

 

Travel – Transfer – Logistics

Private Transfers:

All private transfers will be arranged according to the itinerary and you will find the confirmation and the details for your private transfer in the itinerary .

Equipment :

Trekkers will require good quality thick-soled waterproof walking boots, warm clothing, hats and gloves, gators (preferably breathable such as Gore-Tex), sunglasses, sunhats, sun cream, rain gear such as water proof jacket and trousers (preferably breathable such as Gore-Tex), day sack (approximately 40 lt), and a warm sleeping bag. If needed, snowshoes or crampons will be given. It is advisable to use walking sticks. If possible, pack your belongings in a soft kitbag or rucksack.

Transfer :

We’ll take care of the rest while you pack!

While you enjoy your trek, we will transport your belongings between the lodgings and the campgrounds. Our goal is to make your vacation more pleasurable. You simply carry your daysack on the walks.

Accommodation :

We stay in tiny, family-run pensions with a personal touch for four nights of half-board. Trekkers are asked to pitch/strike their own tents during the three-night camp. All of the tents are dome-style with two entrances and are of high quality.

Meals :

Throughout the journey, you will taste natural, regional, and delectable Turkish cuisine. Evening meals include a soup or salad, a main entrée, and a dessert of fruit or something sweet. Hot soup or salad, a main course of pasta or rice, and fruit will be served in the evenings at camp. Picnic lunches will be served. Part of the meal is intended to be carried by the trekkers. Our meals are delicious, and we carry plenty of trail snacks like dried fruits and almonds. Water can be found in springs along the way.

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