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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.


Location: Turkey

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Organised group tours: The following tours for Taurus Mountains are available:


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Mount Ararat Climb - Turkey's Fabled Mountain

£1395

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10 days

KE Adventure Travel has an outstanding collection of climbing holidays that will take you to the world's most spectacular mountain ranges. Our climbing trips usually involve the ascent of snow-covered peaks where climbing ropes, ice axes and other items of mountaineering equipment may be used. Our climbing holidays can involve multi-day approaches on foot to a basecamp below the objective mountain. On this stage of the trip (which is effectively trekking) there will usually be the support of a trek crew to carry personal belongings, along with any tents, group climbing equipment, food and cooking equipment. The climbing is generally above the snow-line and can be at high altitude. Most of our climbing holidays have an experienced Western leader and in the case of our Alpine trips, the leader is always IFMGA qualified. None of our climbing trips requires more than a single mountaineering ice-axe, together with crampons and a climbing harness. Ropes may be used to safeguard steep or exposed sections or crevassed sections of the route. With long days, high altitudes, glacier camping and the possibility of encountering poor weather, these trips can be challenging.

Mount Ararat Climb - Turkey's Fabled Mountain

This walking holiday trekking to the summit of Mount Ararat in Turkey is a true adventure travel experience. Close to Turkey's border with Armenia and unclimbed until the early 19th Century, Mount Ararat (5165m/16940ft) is the final resting place of Noah's Ark - according to the Old Testament. Whatever its place in history, this extinct volcano provides an unusual and quite challenging walking and mountaineering objective. After a day spent exploring the minarets and markets of Istanbul, we fly east to the bustling frontier town of Dogubeyazit. From here, it is a short approach to Mount Ararat, which we climb over a period of 5 days. Making a pre-dawn start from our high camp, we will be trekking across the easy-angled snow slopes leading to the summit of Mount Ararat. Only recently accessible, KE trekking groups have visited Mount Ararat in each of the last 6 years and made ascents of what is surely one of the world's most enigmatic peaks. A short but extremely rewarding walking adventure holiday trekking in a very different corner of the world.


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Tour Map of Mount Ararat Expedition

Mount Ararat Expedition

£1190

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8 days

Since the early days we have maintained that trekking is ideally suited to exploring villages and monasteries in remote regions and getting close up to inspiring mountain scenery. We design trekking holidays to perfection as so many of our past trekkers will testify. Our treks help you discover the remote trails of the Himalaya in Nepal, Tibet, India, Sikkim and Bhutan; the dramatic Karakoram in Pakistan; the Andes from Patagonia to Peru; the Table Mountains of Venezuela; the Rockies and National Parks of North America; the High Atlas of Morocco; the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia; Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and Mount Meru in East Africa; along the Great Wall of China and ancient pilgrim trails in Japan; hill tribe country in Vietnam and Thailand; Turgen Mountain in Mongolia; the; the European Alps and Dolomites; Iceland’s rugged wilderness; the Southern Alps of New Zealand, Australia’s remote outback and Tasmanian trails.

These include mountaineering treks to some of the world’s most spectacular mountain ranges in the company of some of the world’s most experienced mountain guides. We explore remote peaks and passes in Nepal, India, the Tian Shan and Pamirs of Central Asia and Western China, the Cordillera Real in Bolivia, Aconcagua – the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere, Ojos del Salado – the highest volcano in the world, Mt Elbrus – the highest mountain in Europe, Mont Blanc – the highest in the European Alps and Mt Cook in New Zealand.

Mount Ararat Expedition

Agri Dag, or Ararat as it is known in the west, is at 5137m. Tucked away near the borders of Iran and Armenia, Turkey's highest mountain is considered to be the spot where Noah's Ark came to rest after the Great Flood. Yet to be proved, this spectacular, permanently glacier-capped mountain is a great one week challenge and for the seasoned walker. Our fully supported trek with experienced licensed mountain guides will ensure your experience will be memorable and on fine weather we hope to have great views over towards Armenia, Georgia and the high Caucasus.


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St Paul Trail - Turkey

£595

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8 days

With over 200 holidays to choose from, KE Adventure Travel has one of the very best collections of trekking and walking holidays worldwide. Graded on a scale from 1 to 12, we have holidays to suit everyone. Our tougher treks are likely to involve multi-day hikes through wilderness regions, with porter support and tented accommodation. Whilst at the other end of the scale, our softer walking holidays are more likely to be hotel or lodge-based with a day-walk format and an emphasis on uncovering the area's history, culture and cuisine. From our earliest days we've developed a range of treks that include celebrated classics such as Peru's Inca Trail trek, the ascent of Tanzania's Kilimanjaro and the ever popular Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal. Alongside these, we have always made it a priority to seek out distinctive and unique itineraries in less familiar areas such as Armenia, Cameroon, Madagascar and Burma. Whichever of our trekking or walking holidays you choose to undertake, you can be sure you'll enjoy breaking out of your day-to-day routine and exploring exotic landscapes on foot, with the chance to experience different cultures.

St Paul Trail - Turkey

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.


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Trekking in Cappadocia and the High Taurus

£695

excl. flights

12 days

With over 200 holidays to choose from, KE Adventure Travel has one of the very best collections of trekking and walking holidays worldwide. Graded on a scale from 1 to 12, we have holidays to suit everyone. Our tougher treks are likely to involve multi-day hikes through wilderness regions, with porter support and tented accommodation. Whilst at the other end of the scale, our softer walking holidays are more likely to be hotel or lodge-based with a day-walk format and an emphasis on uncovering the area's history, culture and cuisine. From our earliest days we've developed a range of treks that include celebrated classics such as Peru's Inca Trail trek, the ascent of Tanzania's Kilimanjaro and the ever popular Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal. Alongside these, we have always made it a priority to seek out distinctive and unique itineraries in less familiar areas such as Armenia, Cameroon, Madagascar and Burma. Whichever of our trekking or walking holidays you choose to undertake, you can be sure you'll enjoy breaking out of your day-to-day routine and exploring exotic landscapes on foot, with the chance to experience different cultures.

Trekking in Cappadocia and the High Taurus

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.


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Tour Map of Walking in Turkey: Antalya & The Taurus Mountains

Walking in Turkey: Antalya & The Taurus Mountains

£895

excl. flights

8 days

Walking in Turkey: Antalya & The Taurus Mountains

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.