About the routes

Every pathway on this map has got fascinating scenery spots. The routes stretching to the highlands help you get a viewpoint about the rural life. Many routes start at the bottom of the valleys and reach high passages. Environmental diversity which can be observed even on one route makes the trekking interesting. The pathway network is based on the summer pastures where cattle, goats and sheep are fed and the traditional migration routes which start at the bottom of the valleys and lead to middle-height plateaus. It is also the same route with ancient trade roads. It is possible to see some of these roads today. Mules used to carry vegetable, fruit and rice to Black Sea coasts or to Erzurum and they used to return with salt and lumber. Since this lifestyle disappeared, people have used the roads at the bottom of the valleys instead of the pathways. These pathways have been identified with DATUR Project and their map has been published on a brochure. A great many of these routes are on steep slopes; some are in a good condition, but some are on the rocks. If you are not experienced, we advise you to join a trekking group. A lot of travel agencies organize trekking tours to Kaçkar and Çoruh areas, and it is possible to find them on the internet.

Recommended Routes

Erzurum is the most suitable place to enter the region. You can go to Uzundere, İspir and Yusufeli in order to reach the starting points of the routes. Some pathways start in these towns. However, high Kaçkar pathways start from Sırakonaklar (İspir), Barhal and Yaylalar (Yusufeli) Villages. It is possible to find local guides and accommodation there. Uzundere District  is situated in Tortum Valley with its ten villages. In Uzundere, edges of the valleys without trees stretch to high hills and pastures and then forests. There are two circular routes. One of them leads to Sapanca Plateau which is 2000 meters above sea level after passing two castles. Here is famous for its spring flowers. The other route leads you to amazing Öşvank Monastery Church after passing fascinating scenery on it. Moryayla Village (İspir) is the starting point of a long route which lead to Yedigöller – a green plateau which is full of small lakes. You may go down along the Çoruh or you may go on your way to Sırakonaklar and Dabgit Plateau. Sırakonaklar is at one-day walking distance from upper camp to climb Kaçkar Mountain and it is in the centre of walking circles which are situated in the heights above the tree line. Davalı and Dabgit Plateaus are good bases to explore the heights. Tekkale (near Yusufeli) is the starting spot of the long and difficult trekking journey leading to Dört Kilise and it also leads to Modut and Yaylalar with Güngörmez passage and to Yukarı Kavron, which is in the north of Kaçkar area, by Naletleme passage. Yaylalar and Barhal start with a trekking route which has a low passage to Öküz Lake and continue with a valley which leads to Satelev camp site on a chain of mountains. Here you may visit Dark Lake, go down to Barhal along the river and then visit Sarıgöl.

What do you need?

We advise you to have a long holiday by trekking across the villages and  getting acquainted with the villagers instead of having a short, direct trip to summit of Kaçkar Mountains. If you want to stay at the camping sides along the trekking route, you need to have the necessary, following equipments for camping; 1. A compass and a map or a guide. 2. GPS (If you are trekking without a guide.) 3. A mobile phone with a Turkish micro card. (In the most of the places you can use your micro card.) 4. Camera, extra batteries, extra film or card.) 5. Synthetic long pants, shorts, T-shirts, long pants, underwear cloths. Don’t wear cotton, it will absorb water. 6. Hard sole trekking boats with high quality, thick wool or synthetic socks, trekking sandals, leggings, walking sticks. 7. Thermal underwear cloths, wool sweater or jacket.  8. Water and wind proof jackets and pants to wear, scarf, hat and gloves, 9. Hat for protection from sun, sunglasses, peaks and sun cream and swim suits. 10. A flyswatter and light portable tents that are sewed inside and have base. 11. A comfortable, waterproof backpack with 65 lt capacity. 12.  Small first aid kit. 13. Seasonal sleeping bags (preferably featherbed) with inner bag and sleeping sheet.  14. Gas range, necessary equipments for cooking, plates, pans, saucepans, knives, forks, spoons. 15. A torch, a jack-knife and thin nylon cable. 16. A small bag or belt pack to carry valuable belongings. 17. Water bottles with 2 it capacity. (Clean drinking water is available at the most part of the path.)  You can leave most of our belongings at the pension  when you go for daily walks or you can also hire a mule or jeep to reach the top of the mountains.

When should you go?

It rarely snows at the Çoruh River valley and in more southern parts. In summers, it has temperate climate. Trekking starts in May and continues until October. Because of snow, trekking is performed from July until the end of September at the middle Kaçkar. On the other hand. if you go trekking there before July, you may be amazed by thunderclaps,  fog and snow. The development of life saving service has not been completed, and traditional people stay at summer resorts just from the midst of July until September. Trekking is the only way to discover the upper plateaus, the lakes enriched with snow, the ruins of small churches and castles and to take the ancient routes. In spring, you may come across the bulbs that appear after snow melts, orchid’s fields, migratory birds that are busy with building their nests and also newly-born bears and their mothers. On the other hand, in summer, you can have the chance to visualize the bright blue sky, the country sides full of ferrets and flowers, crowded villages and hospitable and friendly villagers living in summer meadow houses. As for autumn, it is the ideal time to see the bird migrations, colourful flowers, autumn crocuses, and the bears rushing to the ripe fruit ranches.  Finally in winters, trekking with snow boats can be a pleasure for you.

Routes to Walk ( Yusufeli)


Accommodation: Yaylalar Village.
Starting Point: Yaylalar Village or Körahmet  
Degree of difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Duration: 8-10 Hours

Walk 500 meters from Yaylalar Village towards Yusufeli. You will come across a concrete bridge.  There is an ancient vaulted bridge at the left side of this bridge. Go across this bridge and keep on going through rising path on the left. You will be accompanied by Bulut Valley along this path. After a while, the path will be divided into two. Keep going on the left path. You will arrive at drive way after 30-40 minutes. Go across the road and keep on walking.  After a short time, you will arrive at Karamolla (Adıtepe) neighbourhood. Follow the path going through the village. After 20  minutes, you will arrive at Körahmet neighbourhood. You will see stone stairs here. Climb up these stairs, and you will see  a fountain. Turn left from this fountain and go on walking along the path. After going ahead in Köroğlu for a short time, you will arrive at Bulut Valley. Then, you will arrive at Oganet, one of the plateaus of Köroğlu. Oganet Plateau, which is an ancient plateau, has been fallen into a stony ruin because it hasn’t been used for o long time. After a while, you will arrive at Şarinpost. And then you will arrive at Satelef Plateau, which is the common plateau of Körahmet and Karamolla.  Satelef Plateau is still used as a transhumance today. Go through the plateau and go straight on for a while. You will see a small river at the right side, which is called Laz Brook. After going ahead for a while, you will come across the ruins of an ancient plateau called Kürt Pagları. At this point, the road will be divided into two. The right way following a zigzag course along with Laz Brook goes to Kindevul. On the other hand, the way approaching along Bulut Wallet goes to Şeytan Lake.  You must take the right way. After 500 meters walk, you will arrive at Çustoğlu plain. Keep on climbing upward. You will come the area called Çifte Pınarlar.  A distinct path goes left from Çifte Pınarlar.  Follow this way and after a while you will arrive at starting point of Kindevul Brook. Go on walking along the zigzags on the right of this way. You will come to the cell called Bal Pınarı. Go on walking upward from here. You will come across a pool. If you go upward from here and walk for 30 minutes, you will arrive at Kindevul Aşıtı. Upon arriving here, you can visualize hilarious mountain scenes generally covered with clouds. Watching the harmony of the mountains and the clouds will be worth to pacing that way you have to endeavour to go.   


Accommodation: Yusufeli or Tekkale.
Starting Point: Çamlıbel Plateau  
Degree of difficulty: Easy-moderate
Duration: 4-6 Hours

It is an ideal walking route for those who stay in Yusufeli. In order to start trekking, you must arrive at Çamlıbel Plateau after 2-hour way  with a car. There is no asphalt-paved road after Peterek. From that point, the road is unimproved. After going along this way for a while with a car, you will come across a crossroads. You need to across the right bridge and go on the way. After passing Şamet and Camikapısı neighbourhoods, there is one more crossroads. You need to follow the left way and keep walking. After a while, the way goes through a forest and you will be accompanied by a fascinating view of the forest.  Then there is one more crossroads here. You need to take the left one. From that point, the road starts to rise.  There is a fascinating scene here: Çoruh River, Kılıçkaya  and Deve Mountain can be viewed  from this point. You will come across a new crossroads after a while. The right one goes to Çamlıbel Plateau.  After a while, you will come across a new crossroads. The left way goes to Çamlıbel plateau, that is to say, Güngörmez route. After going on for a while, it reaches to Çamlıbel Plateau. You can start to walk from here getting off your cars.  After Çamlıbel Plateau, the gravel road goes on for a while. By using this way, you can reach to Avazan Plateau, which is the last plateau in the region. There is not so much thing to see here apart from the ruins of houses since transhumance hasn’t been performed here for a long time. The gravel road goes on until the end of Avazan Plateau. From this point, there is a slight path. You need to go on left in parallel with mountains. Güngörmez Mountain will be rising before you if you keep going on your way by passing through the forest about 15-20 minutes. If you visualize here from a distant point, you will see a valley consisting of small rocky and pebbles with a greenish view. You will reach the sides of Güngörmez Mountain away from 2340 meters if you keep on your pace following the path for a while.  There is a fountainhead at the bottom of the rocky area here. It is known as Güngörmez water.  What is special with this water is that it disappears with sunrise and appears again with sundown.   


Accommodation: Barhal.
Starting Point: Amanezget.  
Degree of difficulty: Easy- moderate
Duration: 6-8 Hours

This route takes place in sides of Altıparmak Mountains and it is very convenient for trekking.  It is probable that you can frequently see the very basic samples of traditional architect here. At the end of the trekking, you will reach one of the most beautiful lakes of Altıparmak Mountains. You can set off the journey by a car from Barhal. After going on for some time, you will come across a fork of the way. The right one goes to Bagatget Plateau, the left one, on the other hand, goes to Nanzara neighbourhood, that is, the starting point of trekking. After going on for a while by your car, the drive way ends at the entrance of the Nanzara neighbourhood. (Driving way goes to Sagsev Plateau.) Pass the bridge here and walk along the river at the right. You will reach Amanezget Neighbourhood after going on the path for a short time. The path goes on distinctly. However, you will come across a crossroad here.  The left way goes to Satibe, which is a shared place. (It is used as a camping side now.) On the other hand, the right way goes to Karagöl. After about 20-30 minutes from the crossroad in Satibe, you will come across a new crossroad. You should take the left way.  You will get amazed with the hilarious appearances of authentic houses here. You need to follow the rising path upward from the point where these houses end. While climbing this path, you can visualize the wooden houses of Çatallar Plateau at the left. Keeping on your way for a while, you will encounter three new paths.  The two of them on the right go to Karagöl. You mustn’t use the one at the very left side. And the two ways going to Karagöl will combine. After a short walk, you will encounter a new crossroad. The left one goes to Satibe and the right on goes to Karabey. From now on, the slope will increase. After going approximately 20-30 meters, you will come across one more crossroad. The way going down at the right reaches Hanzarat Plateau.  Here is quite a suitable place for camping. You need to go straight on the way you have used so for without turning right. The way will combine again after a while. Path goes on zigzagging and quite distinctly. This stage is the hardest one of all. After following the zigzag way for a while ( it is quite rocky place.), you will come across a new crossroad. You need to use the right way. You will reach the hollow where Karagöl takes place after walking on the path paralleled to rocks about 15-20 minutes. However, you can’t see Karagöl instantly. You need to walk for some more time in order to encounter the fascinating scene of Karagöl. 


Accommodation: Yaylalar or Olgunlar
Starting Point: Olgunlar
Degree of difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 10-12 Hours

It is one of the most beautiful ways that have a passing to Ayder. If you are staying at Yaylalar village, go to Olgunlar neighbourhood by a car. On the other hand. If you are staying in Olgunlar, you can start trekking immediately. You will come across two valley while going to Olgunlar from Yaylalar. The left valley goes to Dilberdüzü, Denizgülü and the submit of Kaçkar. On the other hand, the right valley goes to Dübe Plateau, Naletleme and Blacksea Lake. You are going to use the right route. Go forward to right valley from Olgunlar.  There is a distinct path at the right of valley. Take this way and go straight on.  By no means, you won’t miss your way as the valley has a plain geographical features. After half an hour, you will see Çeymakçur River cutting the path.  Pass the river, then after 10-15 minutes, you will reach Döbe Plateau. The local people still use this plateau as a mountain pasture.  Pass through this plateau and follow the path going paralleled to the river coming down. After 15-20 minutes, the road is divided into two before coming Düpedüz. The straight way goes to Düedüz. If you intent to camp here, you need to follow this way about 15 minutes and reaching Düpedüz, you can camp here. If you won’t camp here, climb upward at the right.  Here you will see a blue arrow on a stone. When you turn left here, path slightly disappears for a while. Don’t mind it. Continue your way and after a while you will find the path again.  The path will go upwards zigzagging for o long time. Later the path climbs upward slightly at the left side of Düpedüz. As it goes on, the path starts to swirl towards the right. Here you will reach the cell called Lazpınarı. You can drink water and have a rest here.  Later take the path swirling to  right. Then the way will turn out to be a bit rocky.  From these points you can see Naletleme Aşıtı.  However, you need to walk about 1 hour in order to reach the Aşıtı.  After walking about half an hour, you will come to Naletleme strait below the Aşıtı. After going forward on snowy ground for a while, you will reach the bottom of the hill that you will climb to Aşıtı. Keep on taking the path. The path is climbing the Aşıtı zigzagging.  You will find yourself at Aşıtı after half an hour. It is not so common to see Aşıtı without clouds or fog.  Cross the Aşıtı and the way will go down on a rocky ground. After 15 minutes, you climb down from Kolankıran.  Later the way will become more straight. Go on walking.  After a while you will come across a crossroad. The left way goes to Kavron Plateau. The right one, that is the one going straight, goes to Blacksea Lake, eventually the Çeymakçur Plateau. Walking 15 minutes from here, you will reach Black sea Lake.    

Green Lakes Route (Yeşil göller) (MİKELİS- Green Lakes) Mount Güngörmez

Accommodation: Yaylalar Village
Start of trekking: Kayabaşı (Mikelis) District
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate- Difficult
Duration: 6-8 hours

Get 7 kms from Yaylalar Village in the direction of Yusufeli with a vehicle. When you get off your car, you will see a bridge on the creek to get across. This is Mikelis Bridge, exactly the place you will start trekking. Go across the concrete bridge and go straight on this concrete road which is winding left. You will be in Mikelis district after 5 minutes.

Go on till the end of the concrete road and you will use the road with stairs. After passing this part, there is a pathway. You will come across a parting of ways; the road on the right goes Modut Plateau and the left one goes to Güngörmez Mountain Lakes. Of course the correct road is the one on the left so go on this road. After 5 or 10 minutes, you will arrive the link of Modut Creek.  Go on for 30 metres from the right of Modut creek.  There is a wooden bridge, walk across this bridge.  This bridge, which pass over the Modut creek, goes on upwards in parallel with the creek on the right of Güngörmez Creek .  There is a bridge after 10 minutes but do not go across this bridge. After this part, the road starts to be winding on an uphill area and goes on the right of the creek seperating from it.  After this uphill area, you will pass by a small plautou of Mikelis.  Go on from here, the road begin to be straigher even it gets downhill.  At the same time, you come closer to Güngörmez Creek and the creek appears.  Pass across the creek.  The pathway, now on the left of Güngörmez Creek, seperating from it goes on noticeably. The road, after a while, becomes highly upright and long, goes on sometimes zigzags. When you climb uphill, you will see a flat area. What you see here, a red plateau shaped area, is 'Güngörmez Aşıtı'. On the right, there is a small valley which goes to Green plateau. When you keep on going just for half an hour, you will see two small lakes which are called 'Green Lakes'.


Accommodation: Yaylalar Village
Start of trekking: Yaylalar Village or Körahmet
Degree of Difficulty: Easy-Middle
Duration: 8-10 hours
Height: Şeytan Lake 2970 metres

We use the same road until  we arrive the place  called 'Kürt Pagları'. We follow the pathway on the right of Bulut creek. When we arrive Sütlütaş area, we folow the pathway on the left. and we meet a creek which is called Keğutun Creek.  We go on our trip passing on this creek.  After half an hour we arrive Covun (Düzü) Platauo .  We go upwards here and we mount the Bulut Mountain passing by three small creeks which form Bulut Creek. We go upwards from the left of Bospuruklu (Yosunlu) Göze. As the hillside to the Şeytan Lake is quite craggy, we go near the creek for a while and we start to climb ahead.  As the road is indefinite, we go on with a road zigzaggy  with a  confidence to our senses. In the middle of the road, parallel to Bulut mountain, namely on the left for us, it gets easier to walk.  Half an hour later, we arrive Şeytan Lake.  Şeytan Lake, in accordance with its name, has lots of cliffs and it greets us hidden in a hole area.  The shape of the lake has had some changes recently. In the middle of the lake, there occurred a small hill with stones and rocks. It was round shaped before but it has lost this feature.  Opposite edge of the lake, there is a huge pack ice. As well as, Bulut Mountain emerging near the lake adds beauty to the scenery.


Accommodation: Barhal
Start of trekking: Özgüven Village
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 5-7 hours
Height: 2150 meters

Set out with a vehicle from Barhal to Sarıgöl.  You will go over a concrete bridge after going 6-7 km.  After passing the bridge, you will come across a road junction.  The road on the right goes on Sarıgöl, do not use it.  The one on the left goes on Özgüven Village, keep on going this road. After a while, there appears another bridge, go over this bridge and follow the creek on the left to Yeşilsu  district. Go on passing by the neighbourhood of Bıçakçılar village. There is a concrete bridge on the left ahead, go straight on without turning it.  10-15 minutes later, you will see another bridge that goes to Özgüven village.  The road on the right goes to Bıçakçılar village. Go over the bridge and continue your way. After some time, the road starts to curl and you climb it. You will see a crossroads after the climbing. Follow the road on the right. After 10 minutes you will encounter another crossroads. The one on the right leads you to Özgüven Village, the other one leads you to the waterfall. You can visit the village if you want or go on your way on the left. You can reach the waterfall with a walk which takes about 1, 5-2 hours after paying a visit to the village and leaving your car. If you choose the road on the left, there is another crossroads there. Go straight on, pass over the concrete bridge, continue the road if your car is an all wheel drive vehicle. After a while you will see a forest cottage across the creek on the left. There is an incomplete road ahead. Leave your car at this point and walk. You will the waterfall after 200-300 meters. However, go on the pathway on the right in order to see the full scenery. You can reach the waterfall half an hour later. Although the waterfall is quite high, the water doesn't flow furiously since the rocks aren't very steep. There are beautiful forests near the waterfall. You can eat berries on the road to the waterfall. If your car is not an all wheel drive vehicle, it is advised to start walking from Özgüven Village.


Accommodation: Yaylalar Village
Starting Point: Olgunlar
Degree of Difficulty: Easy-Moderate-Hard
Duration: 10-12 hours

This route is one of the most popular walking routes of Kaçkars. You can accommodate in Yaylalar Village or in Olgunlar Neighbourhood. It is possible to go from Yaylalar to Olgunlar

By car. Passing over the concrete bridge which is on the exit of the neighbourhood, go on walking on the left route. It continues in the bottom of Büyük Çay Valley and starts to go upward after Hastaf Plateau. The road between Olgunlar and Hastaf Plateau takes about 1,5-2 hours. After passing Hastaf Plateau, you will encounter “Kürt Pagları”. Here was a living site in the very old times. However, it is a stony area in ruins now since it has not been used for a long time. After going a while on a pitched pathway, you will see a plain area. Here is “Hastafın Düzleri”. It is a good spot to have a break. The pathway continues obviously. There are “Kaymovit Mountain and Valley” on the left of this road and “Şovit Mountain” on the right. The road between Dilberdüzü and Hastaf Plateau takes about 2,5-3 hours. Before arriving Dilberdüzü, you will see a rocky area on the right where the road turns left. Here is “Şeytan Cliffs”. After Dilberdüzü, go toward the pitched area behind Dilberdüzü. It is the last and the hardest lap of the tour. Since the pathway curls upward, you won't get tired easily. Before arriving Deniz Gölü, you will see a hill which is called “Kırmızılık”. It is different in the area with its redness and also an identifying spot to continue the walking. Before arriving “Kırmızılık”, the pathway turns right. Since the pathway is quite obvious, it is impossible to get lost. Moreover, you will see stones in the shape of the pyramids along the road, which is an advantage of you. When you follow the pathway, you will come across one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Here is “Deniz Gölü”. If you are lucky and the weather is nice, the lake will fascinate you. After having a break here, start to walk toward the stony hill on the left. If you go on walking on this road for 20-25 minutes, you will see a second lake. This lake is called “İsimsiz Göl”. It is possible to see the peaks of Soğanlı and Kaçkar.

Avcılar Village Route (KILIÇKAYA-AVCILAR)

Accommodation: Kılıçkaya
Starting Point: Kılıçkaya
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate-Hard
Duration: 10-12 hours
Height: Kılıçkaya 1200 m-Avcılar 2029 m

Since this route which starts from Kılıçkaya is long, its degree of difficulty is high. You will go along on a gravel road which is 20-25 km length at the beginning of the trekking in Kılıçkaya. You will see a bridge 20-25 minutes later. It is called “Hasandere Bridge”. After going a while, you will encounter a crossroads. The road on the right leads you a site which is called “Narant”, the one on the left is Bakırtepe and Avcılar road. You will choose the left one and continue walking. After 200-300 meters or so, you will see another crossroads. Your choice must be the on the left again. You will come across old wooden structures after walking about 30-40 minutes. Here is the field of Kılıçkaya. There is another crossroads at the entrance of the field. The one surrounding the field on the left functions like a peripheral way. The one on the right and in front of you goes through the field and gives you the opportunity to have a more enjoyable walking. You can choose the road on the right and continue walking. After the walk through the field for about half an hour, the road joins the main road again. You will encounter a new crossroads by following the gravel road and sometimes passing through the trees. Here you will see three roads in front of you. The one on the left leads you to Aros Plateau, the one on right leads you to Bakırtepe Village and the one in the middle leads you to Avcılar Village. Your choice must be the middle one at this spot. However, if you want to camp, you can go to Aros and camp there. This road is about 2-3 km length and it passes through the forest. Besides, you can go down to visit “Ersis Castle” with a 20-25 minute walk. If you want to go on directly, you must choose the road in the middle. This lap which is completely in the forest is the most enjoyable part. It is also a suitable racecourse for cycling addicts. After a two-hour walk, Avcılar Village can be seen. There is one more crossroads at the entrance of the village. You can go to Avcılar by choosing the road on the right.