The Bey Mountains “3086 m."
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 metres, these mountains offer geologists and geographers many peculiar morphological characteristics. Tekedorugu, Bakirlidag, Tahtalidag and Kizlarsivrisi summits are particularly remarkable. The highest point in the mountains is Mt. Kizlarsivrisi (3086m), and climbers reach it through the cedar forested camcukuru valley.The best approach to the valley is by road inland from Antalya to Elmali. Antalya, of course, can be reached from Izmir, Istanbul and Ankara by land, air and sea routes.
Tahtali mountain, West of Kemer, offers another interesting ascent. Rising to an elevation of 2360 metres, pine and deciduous forests cover the slopes up to an altitude of 2000 m. Bare meadows stretch to the summit. The climb up Mt. Tahtali begins at Sogukpinar, a short drive from Kemer. From there a combination of walking and climbing brings you to a place to make camp.The final ascent is carried out on the flank facing the coast and offers a spectacular and ever-changing view. Although it is possible to organize trips to the Bey Mountains all year round; April, May, and June offer both a temperate climate and a chance to experience the richest vegetation.
Mt. Nemrut "3050m."
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 dieties. 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.
An extinct volcano, the Tatvan Mt. Nemrut ascends to 3050 m. It is located within the province of Bitlis, rising from the Southwestern shore of Lake Van and entering the district of Ahlat to the North. Mt. Nemrut is the Southernmost and youngest of the chain of volcanos in Eastern Anatolia. A strato-type volcano, it began erupting during the fourth geological era and continued to be active until 1441 A.D. As a result of the volcanic eruptions of Mt. Nemrut the single Van-Mus river basin was divided into two seperate basins.
Trips and Climbs
Treks up Mt. Nemrut begin on the mountain’s Southeastern flank at Tatvan. Climbers reach the South or Southeastern side of the crater after an easy hike of 4-5 hours. Those who reach this point have the rare chance to see the wondrous crater of this inactive volcano. For those who find the climb up the crater too strenuous, four-wheel drive vehicles can reach the summit from either Ahlat or Tatvan.
Mt. Nemrut is bare of vegetation except in the South which has groves of oak and birch trees. Summer (June-September) is the best season for expeditions up Mt. Nemrut. Hikers who climb to the crater and summit from the Southeast or Eastern face of the mountain are rewarded with wonderful views of Lake Van.
Süphan Mountain “4058 m”
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 metres. The mountain’s steeply inclined slopes and snow blanket combine to make it a good location for “Hell-skiing” — using helicopters to drop you off on the slopes for an adventure of high mountain skiing.
Trips and Climbs
The easily accessible Southern and Eastern flanks of Süphan, both offering spectacular views, are the preferred faces for ascending the mountain.
To climb from the Eastern flank take the coast road that circles Lake Van. In the stretch between Adilcevaz and Ercis, turn North to Aydinlar village. From there you continue on to Kiçgilli village where you can hire a guide to lead you in your ascent.
The climb from the South begins at the village of Harmantepe.