Kackar Mountains

  • Mount Kackar - © From Flickr user JeanAndNathalie
  • Kackar Mountains - © From Flickr user Keremtitiz
  • Kackar Mountains - © From Flickr user Keremtitiz
  • Kackar Mountains - © From Flickr user Keremtitiz
  • Kackar Mountains - © From Flickr user Keremtitiz
  • Kackar Mountains - © From Flickr user Keremtitiz
  • Kackar Mountains - © From Flickr user Keremtitiz
  • Kackar Mountains - © From Flickr user Keremtitiz
  • Kackar Mountains - © From Flickr user Keremtitiz
  • Kackar Mountains - © From Flickr user Keremtitiz
  • Kackar Mountains - © From Flickr user Keremtitiz
  • Kackar Mountains - © From Flickr user Keremtitiz

Key information: Kackar Mountains

    • Traverse or circuit the remote, rugged Ka?kar Mountains, and climb Mount Ka?kar, the highest peak. A multitude of day walks, too.
      • This is wild country, with crags, lakes and glaciers, and magnificent forests, flowers and animals. The range is fascinating geologically and one of the most important glacial regions in Turkey.
        • These can be tough walks in high, remote mountains: be prepared.
        •  ANYONE GOT ANY GOOD PHOTOS? WE WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO POST THEM!

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating85
  • Beauty33
  • Natural interest15
  • Human interest6
  • Charisma31
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating85

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Variable
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,932m
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable
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Kackar Mountains - © From Flickr user Keremtitiz

WALK SUMMARY

The very idea of the Ka?kar Mountains can surprise in dry Turkey: you don?t expect blue lakes amidst imposing peaks, mountainsides adorned with lush vegetation in many places, and impressive glaciers, which have given the range its rugged summits and deep valleys, making it one of Turkey?s most important glacial regions. This granite range forms a narrow band beside the Black Sea?s south-eastern coast. Its northern slopes are damp and cloudy, the southern drier.

 

The wildlife and vegetation are an equal pull to the Ka?kars, with a huge variety of plants growing at different altitudes (thick forest on the lower slopes giving way to grassland above around 2,110m), and the mountains serving as a migratory route for wild birds and as a home for bear, jackal, fox, lynx, wild cat, mountain goat, roe, marten and sable.

 

A turbulent history has left a wide range of peoples, cultures and architecture in the valleys, including Georgian-speaking Muslims and (in theory) surviving Armenian Christians in the south. Ruined or converted churches and hilltop forts abound, and a walk and general exploration in the ?Georgian Valleys? to the south-east should not be missed.

 

Parts of the Ka?kars are busy during the summer; with walkers generally focussing on the drier southern slopes, which are less prone to fog (see Best times to walk, below). They are also walkable in winter, but only by experienced snow-trekkers.

 

There are many superb treks to be made in the region, from day walks to classic (Top 100) traverses or circuits of the high massif, during which peak-baggers can slog to the top of 3,932m Ka?kar itself. Options range from culturally and florally rich meanders among the lower valleys to demanding treks in the high mountains around crag, cliff, corrie and snow-girt tarns. All tastes can be genuinely catered for. Consider also the Altiparmak sub-range for less populated trails.

 

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Kackar Mountains - © From Flickr user Keremtitiz

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