Mountaineering in Turkey Archive

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Mountaineering in Turkey

A glance at a topographical map of Turkey immediately reveals that this is a country of mountains.

Rising in all four directions, mountains encircle the peninsula of Anatolia. A part of the Alpine-Himalayan mountain range, Turkey has mountainous regions of different geological formations. The North Anatolian range skirts the Mediterranean shore.

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The Bey Mountains

The Western branch of the Toros (Taurus) mountains, the Bey Mountain range, is located in the province of Antalya. The crest of the range parallels the North- South line of the Western shore of the Gulf of Antalya. With altitudes ranging between 600 and 3086 meters, these mountains offer geologists and geographers many peculiar morphological characteristics. Tekedorugu, Bakirlidag, Tahtalidag and Kizlarsivrisi summits are particularly remarkable.

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Süphan Mountain

Süphan Mountain, a magnificent dormant volcano rises from the Northwest shores of Lake Van. Throughout the winter, snowfalls on Süphan reach a depth of three to four meters. The mountain’s steeply inclined slopes and snow blanket combine to make it a good location for “Heli-skiing” – using helicopters to drop you off on the slopes for an adventure of high mountain skiing.

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The Toros Mountains

The Toros (Taurus) Mountains are the Westernmost branches of the great mountain chain that stretches across all of Asia – the Himalayan mountain belt. The Turkish section of this massive mountain range follows the Southern border of Anatolia and is itself made up of four major sections, the Western, Central, Southern and South-eastern (Taurus) Toros ranges. The highest peaks rise out of the Central and Southeastern branches, a stretch of mountains, which are rugged, magnificent and arduous to climb.

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The Kackar Mountains

In the rainy and lush landscapes of Northeastern Turkey, the Kackar mountains form the Northern section of the Anatolian mountain chain. The Kackar-Kavron summit, at an altitude of 3932 meters, is the highest point in the range. Extensive glacier and water erosion have given these mountains their craggy, rugged look, and they are known for the complexity and power of the streams and rivers which rush down to the lower altitudes. In fact, this range is the third most important glacial region in Turkey following the Agri (Ararat) and Cilo-Sat mountains. The geological and mountaineering aspects of the Kackars contribute to their importance in Turkey’s economy and tourism.

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Mt. Erciyes

One of Turkey’s most important mountaineering and winter sports centers, Mount Erciyes rises from the South of the Kayseri valley. The Sultan Marshes lie to its West and to the South falls the Develi Valley. Its summit is always covered in snow and ice, Mt. Erciyes ranks as central Anatolia’s tallest volcano.

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Mt. Nemrut

Turkey can in fact, boast of two peaks called Nemrut. The one near Adiyaman in the Southeast is primarily of historical and archaeological interest, home for over 2000 years to the colossal stone heads of King Antiochos I and a number of classical deities. The other Mt. Nemrut in Eastern Anatolia is well known for its geological formations, and for mountaineering purposes; the more interesting of the two peaks.

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The Bolkar Mountains

Continuing the line of summits in a Southeasterly direction, the Bolkar Mountains are bounded by the Goksu river to the West and the Pozanti river to the East. The Northern parts of the mountain lie in Nigde province while the Southern peaks rise in Mersin province.

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The Cilo-Sat Mountains

The Cilo-Sat Mountains, within the Southeastern Hakkari province, are the Eastern extension of the Toros (Taurus) mountain chain, which stretches from West to East along Turkey’s Southern boundaries. This range of mountains in fact forms the Westernmost section of the Himalayan mountain belt. At 4136 meters, the Uludoruk (Resko) summit is the highest in the Cilo mountains; Catalkaya (Samdi), which rises to 3794 meters, crowns the Sat mountains. Resembling the Alps in both general appearance and glacier topography, the Cilo-Sat mountains are the areas in Turkey most affected by glaciers. The high altitudes of the mountains testify to the effects of glacial formation and water erosion. Of the ten uniquely shaped glaciers, the largest, Izbirak, measures five kilometers in length, 500-600 meters in width and reaches 100 meters in depth.

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