Ski touring in the Turkish Caucasus - Kackar Mountains
Mountains so far! The Kackar mountain range is located at the north-east corner of the country and is considered a tropical forest of Turkey in the summer. In winter, it is a ski tour paradise with steep, partly wooded cliffs. Above the tree border, wide alpine pastures offer great downhill runs. The highest summit of the Kackar range reaches almost 4,000 m. It is still an area where also wild life is to be found. It is not uncommon if you see a bear or whole herds of cubs during the ski tour.
Far away from civilization, in a small village, and enjoy the secluded mountains of the Kackar Mountains.
1st day: Arrival in Erzurum, drive to Yaylalar
Flight to Erzurum, 4 hours drive to Pension Camyiva to the mountain village of Yaylalar in the Kackar Mountains.
2nd day: Skitour Yüncüler pass
The ski tours are usually, depending on the snow conditions, starting directly from the guesthouse. The first ski tour starts near the village of Olgunlar (last settlement before the mountains lies at 2,100 m) and climbs through a valley to the long Güngörmez - mountain range. On the Yüncüler - Pass arrived, we are climbing to one of the numerous summits from which we enjoy a great panorama. The highest point of the ascent is 3,140 m. The descent is on the same route, usually even to the village of Yaylalar. The length of the downhill is more than 7 km
3rd day: Skitour lanetleme pass
Again it starts from the village Olgunlar. Along a slope, it goes up via the Döbe summer village to the Lanetleme Pass at 3,225 m. The descent is through the same valley down to the small settlement Olgunlar. The length of the descent is about 8 km, if the conditions are right, even less than 10 km.
4th day: Güngörmez Mountains
Directly from the pension, above the village, the ascent begins through a spruce forest on a ridge, then along a valley slope on one of the numerous peaks of the Güngörmez - chain at 2,995 m. The descent is via another route, through a partially tight valley down to the village of Yaylalar. The length of the descent is about 5 km.
5th day: Güngörmez Mountains
We are starting straight from the pension. Right on the edge of the village, it goes into the forest where a steep climb begins. We leave the forest and climb to one of the numerous peaks of the Güngörmez chain (which are a part of the Kackar mountains). The ascend ends at exactly 3,000 m (higher, depending on conditions). The descent is partly through a tight valley, partly through the forest down to the Coruh valley. A bit below the village Yaylalar we cross through the forest to the pension. Length of the descent is about 5 km.
6th day: Körahmet pass
From the village of Olgunlar we are climbing steep up on the mountain Pohnic, whose summit is located at 3,070 m. The climb is short because of the steepness, but the descent goes down to about 8 km below the village of Yaylalar. After 10 minutes walk after the ski tour, the day ends in the pension.
7th day: Mountain Bulut
There is a long ascent through the Körahmet valley, partly the downhil route of the day before. Then it goes to the right in the opposite direction of the day before in the direction of the mountain Bulut. The last part of the mountain is steep, mostly impossible to reach the summit. But at an altitude of 3,350 m we can always get there. The descent follows the same way, about 10 km.
8th day: Departure home
4 hours of drive to Erzurum, flight home.
You will stay in a simple but cozy pension with a warm atmosphere based on half board in the village of Yaylalar from which you can step on your skis almost in your bedroom
6 peaks around the village of Yaylalar near Yusufeli in the province of Artvin, most of them are made directly from the pension, with little or no driving.
The steepness of the mountains is 25 ° - 35 °.
Up to 8 persons single ski guide with German or English language skills, from the 9th person will be another ski guide. More about our ski guides you will find here on the team page ...
Currently no restrictions and no specific permit required (as of 2018).
You bring your own equipment.
11.01.2019 - 18.01.2019
08.02.2019 - 15.02.2019
1 week before the travel date
On request flights from all major European airports to Erzurum and back
All necessary land transports
German - or English - speaking ski guide of our company
7 nights accommodation in the Camyuva pension in Yaylalar village with half board
Important notice: Programme could be changed due to weather conditions!