Key information: Ilhara Valley
- One of Cappadocia's finest valleys, which has it all - a mass of churches and a monastery hewn out of the huge cliffs-walls of the surprisingly green canyon which cuts through the Cappadocian plain.
- This page is still at an early stage of development: please let us have your ideas and photos!
- Walkopedia rating97
- Natural interest16
- Human interest17
- Negative points2
- Total rating97
- Note: Negs: Tourism
- Length: 16km max.
- Level of Difficulty: Variable
THIS PAGE IS AT AN EARLY STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT. PLEASE HELP US BY MAKING SUGGESTIONS AND SENDING PHOTOS! THANK YOU!
This deep, deep 16 km canyon winds through the Cappadocian plain some 60km south-west of Goreme.
A lovely and fascinating time awaits you. The valley contains an enthralling selection of churches (with wonderful wall paintings), chambers and a monastery, all cut from the vast cliffs of the canyon sides. Don't miss Selime Monastery in the northern end of the valley.
Below the grey cliffs are lush trees and streams. It feels more remote than many valleys nearer Goreme.
There are said to be only four ways down into the valley, but you can choose how long you want to spend in there. We recommend you take at least half a day walking the valley, so you get away from the crowds. From the Ilhara Valley Tourist Facility, above the stretch with the finest monasteries, to Selime at the north-western end is about 6 hrs. It is up to 8 hrs from Ilhara village in the south-east to Selime.
See our Cappadocia page for further detailed information on the area.
Other accounts: share your experiences
Your comments on this walk, your experiences and suggestions, and your photos are very welcome. Where appropriate, you will be credited for your contribution.
Safety and problems: All walks have inherent risks and potential problems, and many of the walks featured on this website involve significant risks, dangers and problems. Problems of any sort can arise on any walk. This website does not purport to identify any (or all) actual or potential risks, dangers and problems that may relate to any particular walk.
Any person who is considering undertaking this walk should do careful research and make their own assessment of the risks, dangers and possible problems involved. They should also go to “Important information” for further important information.
Anyone planning an expedition to this place should see further important information about this walk.
Responsible travel matters, a lot. How you travel will make a real difference - for better or worse. PLEASE consider this when making plans. Read more