Itinerary for Kackar Circuit (Turkey)
Day 1 Friday: We meet in Istanbul where we'll be spending Shabbat.
Optional city tour. Overnight: Galata Residence Hotel.
Day 2 Shabbat: Tefillot at area synagogues. Meals at the Galata Old Age
Home. Overnight: Galata Residence Hotel.
Day 3 Sunday: Morning flight to Trabzon. Organizational briefing and
start of trek. First of four nights in tents.
Day 4 Monday: Today's hike takes us into the Kackar toward the Kara Deniz
Lake, where we’ll stop for lunch. We then climb over Caymakcur Pass and descend
into the valley on its Southern side, where we’ll set up camp by a mountain
Day 5 Tuesday: A morning hike down the valley will get us to the farming
village of Olgunlar, where we’ll stop for tea. We then head due west on a
moderate and steady ascent to Dilberduzu (2,800 meters), where we’ll encamp in
preparation for tomorrow’s summit climb.
Day 6 Wednesday: We first ascend a fairly steep section to the beautiful
Deniz Golu, a spectacular tarn nestled in the rocky terrain at 3,450 meters.
Three hours later, weather permitting, we reach the summit of Mt. Kackar, and
are rewarded with a panoramic view of the entire range. We soon return to our
previous night’s camp at Dilberduzu.
Day 7 Thursday: Over the ridge and down the other side to the Nameless
Lake. A long day’s hike brings us back to Ayder and a welcome bath in its hot
Farewell dinner, and return to Trabzon for flights back to Istanbul and home.