Mt. Erciyes Winter Ascend (3917 m)
16-17 March 2019 | ‘’Strabon’s Argeus, Winter Climbing To The Central Anatolian’s Highest Mountain’’
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- Vacation Style Holiday TypeTechnical Climb
- Activity Level Moderate - Difficult
- Group Size Small Group
We arrange a winter climbing to the Central Anatolia’s highest mountain, Erciyes. This climbing is a genuine alpinism activity. We announced that to the enthusiasts who want to enjoy real alpinism. When The Central Anatolian Mountain covered with snow and the winter climbing season start, you will meet with imposing views and overwhelming beauty of the environments. We call you winter season’s one of the most beautiful climbing.
Erciyes Mountain which is 3916 m is the highest mountain of the Central Anatolian also is the biggest volcano of the Turkey. We prefer this mountain as our primary choice due to its short and enjoyable routes. You can climb to the peak from various routes. Even in winter season, routes have short and technical stages. We recommend this climbing our participants who should be confident at using ice axe crampons also should have at least basic level of winter climbing and camping. Besides we should point out that this activity is very beneficial to those who want to upgrade its climbing level and are curious about more technical climbing.
This activity which takes place in the Çoban lair, heart of the Erciyes, is a winter camping with layover facility. We will reach to the peak depends on the snow and weather condition. In addition to that our team will choose a lane from various alternatives. This is going to be a tough alpinism activity.
When you are able to see the surrounding mountains, without doubt this is going to be the most impressive moment of these climbing. The most impressive moment of this activity is when we reach the peak and see the mountain views. Do not forget to bring your photo cameras.
This climbing will be a advance challenge for our Ağrı Mountain winter climbing tour and of course we are inviting you to this beautiful tour. This time is different because this time will be with Montis…
Day 1: Departure from Ankara with a private vehicle. Arriving to the Erciyes Ski Facility. Head to camp ground.
Day 2: Summit attempt. Getting tents down, preparing and going back to Ankara.
- During the tour – Mountain Leadership & Consultancy (2 MONTIS Mountain Leaders)
- All ground transfers
- Ski Lift Fees
- All General Security Equipments
- Free helmet, axe, crampon
- Free tent + mat
- We provide stove, camp set and fuel to all group
- First Aid Kit
- Personal Equipment
*In tour camp materials, personal technical materials (tent, mat, helmet, axe, and crampon) will provide free. You can rent sleeping bag by paying 30 TL.
Meals at Camp
-Participants organize their meals by themselves
-You don’t need to make a detailed kitchen planning due to short camping time
-Preparing cold sandwiches will be very helpful
– If you want, you can have delicious camp kitchen by having a simple stove, camp set and easy cooking light foods.
Day 1: Departure from Ankara. Arrival to Erciyes Ski Facility. Proceeding to Camp Site.
We will departure from Ankara at 06.00 am. According to our plan we will be in Kayseri at noon. We are going to have a short break in city for lunch and shopping. We depart to Erciyes ski facility after a short time. Time is very important for us due to shortened daylight in winter. Following a brief preparation in ski facility we will reach about 2750 m high with chair lift. Then we will hit our camp ground after a non short walk.
Our camp ground is Çobanini where is kind of a plain. Camp ground preparation is essential for winter camps. Depends on the snow condition, we need to build a solid snow wall as possible as we can. After setting up our camp ground we are going to have some rest. Welcome to the real playground of alpinism..Having a very good rest is so important because we will start our climbing before sun rise.
Above Sea Level: Erciyes Ski Facility 2250 m, Çobanini Area 3000 m
Approximate Transfer Time: 5-6 Hours
Activity Time: 1-2 Hours
Included Meals: –
NOTE: We are staying at rescue hut close to the mechanical facilities at approx. 3000 m. instead of camping site in our regular tours. This accommodation may vary depending on availability. Participants will be informed about tit during he reservation finalization and preparation stages.
Day 2: Summit Attempt. Packing Camp. Departure for Ankara.
We will depart at very late at night. Our route will be one of the lanes where mountain is facing us. Our experienced leaders will choose the routes related to the best snow and security conditions. There will be short technical stages At times that you sit for breakfast with sleepy eyes; you will be at the peak of the Erciyes Mountain this morning. From this view you will be able to see the cities and plains covered with snow also in our far panorama there will be Central Anatolian’s other fascinating mountains. Do not forget your photo camera.
After a short landscape break, we will say goodbye to the peak and then very carefully, we are going back, up to our campground where we start climbing at night. We will have a short rest in our camp afterwards packing our camp up. Later on we will go down to our ski facility to meet our vehicle by riding ski lift.
You can test the delicious cuisine of Kayseri once again.
Above Sea Level: Erciyes Peak 3917 m
Approximate Transfer Time: 5-6 Hours
Activity Time: 10-12 Hours
Included Meals: –
Tour occurs as tent accomodation.
Single accommodation is not possible there because of security conditions.
We have classified the necessary information for our tour.
Meeting and Departure from
MONTIS Trips & Expedition Office
Departure Time: 05.45
Tunus Street University Shuttles
Departure Time: 06.00
Departure Time: 06.10
Meeting for participants from other cities
Ankara Bus Terminal
Ulusoy Söğütözü Terminal
Meeting point for participants travelling from places other than Ankara
For Kayseri city center meeting point, place and available flights get information from our Office. If you want you can buy your flight ticket from our office. During your reservation you can give information about your flight tickets need and send mail to our email@example.com address.
Meeting points for participants travelling from places close Ankara
The meeting point shall be in the Kayseri city center. (Information of the exact location can be obtained from our Office)
*Participants travelling from places other than Ankara should contact us to make confirmation about their meeting and return details.
!!Please pay attention to the winter and snow conditions
Backpack: A proper day-pack for trekking which is 35-45 lt is required. Please have a rain cover for you backpack and/or have your dry bags. We do not recommend carrying stuff in your hands or hang outside of your back pack.
Boots: If you are a stable hiker, a pair hard sole rigid walking/trekking/backpacking boots are required.
We should remind you that especially in rainy weather, your boots should be waterproof.
Gaiter: It prevents to enter mud or water into your boots. Also it provides isolation. Grab a pair of gaiters with you.
Spare pair of sneakers: A pair of sneakers or sport shoes will be comfortable while travelling. Especially boots may get wet at the end of the day and you can wear your trainers in the coach while travelling.
Socks: Proper trekking socks will be fine with supported heel and toes. We recommend that you should have spare pair of socks with you for all your trekking
Gloves and Caps: For cold weather conditions, we recommend you should bring gloves and beanies with you (Inner- mid layer and Shell) .Or you can have at least and isolated mid layer gloves. You better have your fleece or woolen beanies which covers your ears too. Please grab a spare one.
Hat: We recommend you to have some sun protection hat in 4 seasons. Also you can have bandana and buff instead of hat or you can wear them with hat for 4 seasons.
Jacket: A lightweight, breathable and waterproof jacket with hoody whether a outdoor-casual is required. A Gore-Tex or equivalent fabrics are meant.
Mid Layer: Fleece jackets with half or full zips are recommended. Sweaters are ok as better than nothing. However they are not trekker friendly as we often change clothes or ventilate.
Isolated Jackets: A lightweight and compressible down or synthetic jackets will give you more comfort while having breaks. Jackets with hoodies will be a plus.
Pants & Shorts: For trekking we recommend you to wear synthetic or half synthetic isolation pants. Jeans or linen ext. Are not useful and comfortable for natural activities because cotton like materials makes movements harder and it is difficult to make it dry. A waterproof breathable shell pants will be fine
We do not recommend shorts for trekking. Because it cannot protect you from scratches or little wounds while we hike from rough terrain or heavy vegetation routes.
Thermos Bottle: We recommend you to carry stainless thermos bottle with you. You can carry your thermos bottle in outside of the camp area activities.
Camera: Bring your spare battery or memory card with your camera. If there is rainy weather possibility, we recommend you get necessarily precautions to protect your camera. Do not miss joyful moments and/or natural beauties; keep them forever to remind you the trip with MONTIS.
Sunglasses: UV protected proper sunglasses are must every season. Especially in winter snowy days, sun glasses are a great of importance. This is the only precaution for retinal burns or snow blindness due to overheating.
Liquids: During trekking tours you should carry a stainless steel thermos bottle which is 1 lt to 2 lt will be safe and comfortable. Sweet liquids can increase your thirsty level so we do not recommend them. You can carry some of it as hot water. Drinking hot in winter saves!
Sun protection cream and Lipstick: Min. 45 factor sun protection creams and proper lipsticks are recommended.
Walkingstick: Please choose telescopic, shrinking type models.
First Aid Kit: MONTIS Trips & Expeditions guides always carry first aid kits and they are certified as ECSII Wilderness First Aid, CPR & AED standard responder certification. However, you should bring your regular used medicines and keep a small first aid bag with you all the time.
ATTENTION: We ever leave artificial remains behind other than the footprints. Please carry a garbage pack for your own use and bring the trash back.
Technical equipment like crampons, ice axe and security equipments provided by MONTIS