Photo by Erhan Terzi
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug|
|Nearest major airport:||Trabzon Airport|
|Convenient Center:||Ayder and Yusufeli|
Mt Kaçkar has a lot of endemic flavors and beautiful landscape. You can climb from North or South route. Easy route is South route and begin Yaylalar village. You can reach Dilberdüzü after 8hr trekking from Yaylalar. Clear water is not problem in Mt Kaçkar. For summit attempt, you must weak up 04:00 and after 9hr (if all goes well) you can reach to summit. During to ascent, you will pass near Lake Büyük Deniz. It has 45m depth and icy surface. Until 3500m, route is easy. Last 400m is steep.
Additional text submitted by Cagan Sekercioglu:
The non-technical climb starts from Buyuk Deniz Lake at approximately 3300m.The nearest approach is from the village of Ortalar (I think) which you can get to from Rize. From the village to the lake, It is an elevation gain of approximately 1200m and took us about 4 hours with full packs. From Buyuk Deniz Lake, it is another 2-3 hours to the summit. It is not technical although there are some wet and steep sections approaching 90 degrees and caution is required.