- Wonderfully hospitable local people
- High mountain scenery and glacial lakes
- Wildlife- flowers, birds and animals
- Challenging climbs and 3000m+ passes with vehicle uplift options
- Sections of technical singletrack (optional)
- Staying at small, friendly guesthouses and local village houses
- Visiting wonderful Georgian and Armenian churches and monasteries
- Hop-on hop-off minibus support so you can ride as much as you want
The Kackar Mountains are a different world from the rest of the country and Turkey’s most northerly range. High, superbly green alpine meadows nestle under towering granite peaks- snow covered for most of the year and often shrouded in clouds. The Kackar are home to some of Turkey’s most friendly people and some of it’s most fantastic wildlife, and you’ll be one of the first to ride these trails. This adventure biking tour incorporates challenging terrain and immense views, with plenty of natural, historical and cultural interest along the way too.
The 9-day long tour links the Kackar and Mescit Mountains via the awesomely beautiful Coruh river valley. Most routes are over unsurfaced forestry trails or inter-village dirt roads but where possible we ride on rough tracks and singletrack mule trails too. We stay in comfortable pensions and friendly village houses and have the chance to meet people alive with rich traditions. Note that the Kackar are a “big mountain” range and as such weather conditions can be unpredictable even in mid summer. So it’s essential to come prepared with appropriate, warm, wind proof and waterproof clothing.
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The Kackar are our favourite alpine range and offer a sense of remoteness and exploration that belies their geographical area. There is plenty of fine singletrack to explore and the riding can be as tough or as easy as the group chooses. The whole area is a protected environmental zone and there are real opportunities to see raptors, gamebirds, wild goats and bears. Add in legendary local hospitality and endless breathtaking mountain panoramas and you have an unbeatable, wilderness trail experience.
The Kackar peaks and passes where we ride are covered in snow for upto 10 months of the year. Late June, July and August are the best, sometimes only months to visit without special equipment. Early season is when you’ll see Turkey’s finest snow melt wildflowers, plenty of snow on the peaks and a better chance of seeing bears and other wildlife.
Erzurum is the nearest national airport and the tour starts and finishes there. Turkish Arilines offer sheduled services via Istanbul.
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Price (per person):
Minumum group size 3.
Maximum group size 10.
For groups of 5 people or less a surcharge of 150 Euros per person is added to the price.
Price includes: 8 nights hotel accommodation- sometimes basic. Transfers to and from Erzurum airport. Professional MTB guide. Full use of support vehicle. All meals, snacks and tea and coffee at mealtimes.
Price does not include: Flights. Alcoholic and soft drinks available at camps or restaurants and entrance fees to historical sites and museums. Tips for guides and driver.
Start / finish point:
3-4: Challenging and relatively strenuos but with a hop-on hop-off support vehicle available
7 days multi centre MTB. Some off road biking experience and good level of fitness required. Group size 6-12.
Single Room: 220 Euro.
Bike Rental: 150 Euro.
Women’s saddle: 10 Euro.
SPD pedals: 10 Euros.
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