Mountaineering in Turkey

A glance at a topographical map of Turkey immediately reveals that this is a country of mountains. Rising in all four directions, mountains encircle the peninsula of Anatolia. A part of the Alpine-Himalayan mountain range, Turkey has mountainous regions of different geological formations. The North Anatolian range skirts the Mediterranean shore.

The Bey Mountains

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 meters, these mountains offer geologists and geographers many peculiar morphological …

Süphan Mountain

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 meters. The mountain’s steeply inclined slopes and snow blanket combine to make it a good location for “Heli-skiing” – using helicopters to drop you off on the slopes for …

The Toros Mountains

The Toros (Taurus) Mountains are the Westernmost branches of the great mountain chain that stretches across all of Asia – the Himalayan mountain belt. The Turkish section of this massive mountain range follows the Southern border of Anatolia and is itself made up of four major sections, the Western, Central, Southern and South-eastern (Taurus) Toros …

The Kackar Mountains

In the rainy and lush landscapes of Northeastern Turkey, the Kackar mountains form the Northern section of the Anatolian mountain chain. The Kackar-Kavron summit, at an altitude of 3932 meters, is the highest point in the range. Extensive glacier and water erosion have given these mountains their craggy, rugged look, and they are known for …

The Cilo-Sat Mountains

The Cilo-Sat Mountains, within the Southeastern Hakkari province, are the Eastern extension of the Toros (Taurus) mountain chain, which stretches from West to East along Turkey’s Southern boundaries. This range of mountains in fact forms the Westernmost section of the Himalayan mountain belt. At 4136 meters, the Uludoruk (Resko) summit is the highest in the …