that you are at
(Agri Dagi), we recommend that you take the time to see the following places.
If your time is limited and you want to take
several short trips, we urge that you first visit the site of Noahs Ark.
In 1948, the remains of the legendary Ark, which is mentioned in all
the Holy books and is thought to have landed on
after the flood, were found on the mountain. After a visit to the Ark, you may
want to stop to see the near by Meteors hole.
8 km from the district of Dogubayazit is an astonishingly beautiful building
. It is a special work of art,
encompassing the architectural styles of the Ottoman, the Persian and the
Selchuk civilizations.. It was built by Ishak Pasha and Colak Abdi Pasha of
the Cildiroglu clan in 1685 and assumed its final form in 1784. It is a large
complex built on an area of 345x150 feet.
It has 366 rooms. A mosque, quarters for governmental council, section
devoted to kitchens with separate rooms for ovens and making pastries are
within the palace walls as well as several baths, and stables. The facade of
the buildings is cut stone, the eastern portal is heavily ornate, decorated
with relieves in the style of the Selchuks.
Essentially, the palace is composed of two courtyards.
Some of the buildings in the first courtyard are damaged.
The second is enclosed and is in the form of a rectangular atrium.
At the east entrance of the atrium is the Selamlik; the haremlik is in
the back of the selamlik. It is
rumored that the sultan of the times was so jealous of Ishak Pashas palace
that he had the pasa killed.. It
would be interesting to hear this interesting story from your local guide.
recommend strongly that you visit Ani which is within the city limits of
. Ani is an ancient Armenian
city, and is now under government protection having been declared a historical
monument. As far as it is known
the first settlers of this region were tribes that migrated from the Caucus
mountains at about 350 BC. Later the Arsiks of the Oguz clan settled the
region and stayed for 460 years. Still later the Bagarits of Georgian origin
occupied the area. They were
followed by the Armenians who ruled from 977 to 1064 AD.
Ani became the capial city of the Armenian settlement.
The city was damaged by an earthquake during the Selcuk occupation;
some interesting remains can be visited.
have a bit more time, do not forget to go to
. This is the largest lake in
with a maximum width of 100 km. The
water is very blue, and is carbonated like soda water. The lake is surrounded
by extinct volcanoes.
and its environs hosted one of the oldest civilizations of the world, the
Urarts. There is a castle in the
center of city of
which you must see. Van is said
to be the
of the east, you can find anything there, from five star international hotels
to the simplest inns.
you are at
, you must visit the Akdamar Island. The
island is 1 km from the shore. An Armenian
church in the middle of the island has become a major international tourist
attraction. It can be reached by
regular hourly motor boat service from the shore.
The island itself is quite attractive with beautiful almond trees and
clean beaches Sea gulls welcome guests with a veritable concert.
The summer months are very crowded with tourists.
site to visit in this area is Nemrut Dagi.
It is famous for the crater lake at its summit.
This mountain was important in the formation of lake Van.
Nemrut Dagi is a simple climb; there is a road that starts at the
which takes you to the summit. The crater lake is 2km wide, it makes an
impressive sight with the surrounding obsidian rock formations.
volcanic mountain in the Van region is Suphan Dagi.
This mountain is the second highest mountain in
at 4434m or about 13,400 ft. It
is an extinct volcano and like
is conical in shape. Unlike
it presents no difficulties for the average climber. The starting point for
the climb is the
, 67km northeast of Tatvan on
. You can find simple
accommodations in Tatvan as well as frequent transportation to
climb to from Adilcevaz takes one day. We
recommend that first you take a taxi to
. Once you are at
take the slope to the left of the lake. It
takes you to a grassy ridge. The rest of the route simply follows the ridge.
As you advance, the land becomes arid and you start to see obsidian rock
formations. The ridge gently
slopes away until you come to another ridge, this time a narrow, snowy one,
that takes you to two lakes. Right in front of you will be a large mound of
lava with several peaks. The
ridge turns left and descends to a pass, before ascending steeply to another
peak. This peak may look and feel like the summit, but the highest point is on
another mound. You will feel the majesty of the mountain when you arrive to
takes 7 hours from
to the summit; the descent follows the same route and is quicker.
If you have time and if you want to walk in
the greenest of forests, glens, canyons and ford wild rivers, then go north to
Artvin and Rize.
Kackars is one of the most beautiful trekking venues of the world.
You can start at Artvin-Yusufeli and climb to the summit (3937m, or
about 12,000 ft) and descend to the
shore in a few days.
that rise up from the eastern
region afford, to the eye, a fantastic variety of rich greens. To the nature
lover and trekker, it affords a variety of routes ranging from easy to almost
impossible in difficulty. Vercenik
peak is about 11,800 ft and can be climbed in any season.
One of the most difficult courses in winter mountaineering is here,
with two glaciers suitable for ice climbing.
There are, however, no routes suitable for rock climbing.
During the summer, the Kackars attract amateur climbers. It certainly
is worth a try to walk the slopes bursting with greenery and see the clear
roaring rivers, the mountain villages with delightful huts on the high
plateaus. The skirts of he Kackars can be reached by car from Artvin-Yusufeli
region, comprised of the districts of
, Rize and Artvin, is the greenest and the most virginal region in
. It is justly famous for the
which are also known as the Pontus Alps.
is the largest national park in
It has glacier lakes, many
peaks, high plateaus where people live simply. The mountains are famous for
forest that have not seen an ax, wild rivers that afford rafting, and hot
mineral water spas In addition, this relatively small region plays host to an
almost all of the bird life, fauna and flora found in all of Europe. The
people are hospitable making this region one of the most relaxing and healthy
vacation spots, and a heaven for eco-tourism.
a thousands of trekking routes in the
Eastern Black sea
region and the
. Here, we present a most popular
program that includes a climb to the summit.
Please get in touch with Buklamania
for many alternative routes.