The Taurus Mountains near Cappadocia in central Turkey offer a spectacular landscape that's ideal for trekking. The region is characterised by rugged peaks and high passes, mountain pastures and isolated valleys, dramatic canyons and deserted mountain lakes.
Travel to Taurus Mountains
Organised group tours: The following tours for Taurus Mountains are available:
The St Paul Trail is Turkey's second long distance footpath after the Lycian Way. Slightly easier but wilder and more varied than the Lycian Way, this is an excellent moderately-paced walking holiday following in the footsteps of St Paul as he brought the message of Christianity to the Greco-Roman world. Starting from the ancient city of Aspendos, our walk along the St Paul Trail takes us over sections of Roman road and visits the remains of Roman cities at Selge, Kesme and Adada as it crosses the Taurus mountains to Lake Egridir in central Turkey. Staying in small comfortable pensions and village houses and with continuously varied walking, from tracks through forests of cedar and oak to the spectacular Koprulu canyon and ending in the pastoral beauty of the Egridir's Lake District, this is a walking holiday to get away from it all in the Mediterranean sunshine.
The Taurus range of mountains forms a divide between Turkey's Mediterranean coast and the Anatolian Plateau. It is from this range that the great rivers of the Tigris and Euphrates spring. We have a week of trekking in the Taurus in the spectacular Aladaglar Mountains trekking by way of alpine lakes and remote passes to the Yedigoller Plateau and our highest camp at 3100 metres (10,170 feet). In the high valleys of this rarely-visited range, we will be able to meet and take tea with nomadic Turkish shepherds and learn a little of their centuries-old way of life. The culmination of our trek is at the summit of Mount Emler (3723m / 12,215ft), which provides excellent views across the whole of the Aladaglar Massif. At the end of our trek in the Taurus, we will transfer to nearby Cappadocia. With its wildly eroded landscapes and rock-hewn dwellings and churches, Cappadocia is one of the world's most outlandish destinations. During 3 days of trekking here, we visit many of its highlights, including the carved frescoes of Goreme, the rock pinnacles of the Ilhara Valley and the underground city of Derinkuyu. A sensational trekking holiday, with superb and varied mountain walking in two of Turkey's finest areas.
This wonderful walk on the St Paul’s Trail, Turkey’s second marked long-distance trekking route, offers a true insight into some of Central Anatolia’s most beautiful rural parts. Utilising ancient Roman roads and paths, we pass through some of the most diverse and surreal landscapes you are ever likely to have seen, from towering limestone rock columns to high altitude pastures and forests of fragrant cedar and pine. We will encounter shepherds with their flocks and incredible ancient and deserted archaeological sites. We will eat fresh cherries from the trees and swim in the rivers. We will drink from fresh mountains springs, one - so they say - that St Paul drank from on his epic journey to convert the pagans of Asia Minor in the 1st century AD. The route takes in the natural highlights of the beautiful Taurus Mountains, including canyons, rivers, and the spectacular 40km long lake at Egirdir. The walking is mostly medium grade, but there are some steepish climbs. Accommodation ranges from comfortable hotels and pensions, to basic homestays in village houses, but will always be interesting; food is mainly traditional village food and will be one of the highlights of the trip. The trip finishes with a visit to the stunning Aspendos Theatre, perhaps the world best-preserved Roman theatre.