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:
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.