Trekking to the Summit of Mt. Erek

Eastern Anatolia

Around Lake Van, there are huge mountains.

Mt. Erek is one of the nearest to the populated city of Van. Trekking around the summits and snowy heights is nice all year long.

The foothill of the mountain contain fresh mountain steems. However, on the higher parts near to the summits, the terrain is fully covered with the fresh snow sometimes as long as 30-40 centimeters.

We started walking at 5:30 at the Village of Bakraçlı. 3 hours later, we are at the summit.

A good hike and the view from the summit and on the route is spectacular. Although, the weather was generally cloudy.

 


Mt. Erek summit trekking route: Wikiloc

 

Lycian Way; Faralya – Ovacık

Lycian Way

Ovacık is the last point of the Lycian Way, officially. Yet sure it can be the start depending on where you start.

For the last 2 days, I was just exploring the main path and the alternative paths to the villages and to the BEACHES! The main path is around the ridges of the hills next to the sea, yet there are the sub-paths that go down to the beaches on this part of the Lycian Way.

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Aşure Soup and Menemen for the Lunch at the village of Kirme

Anyway, today is the last day of 3 days of trekking to Ovacık.

Today I wake up at Faralya.

I just made a quick breakfast on the view of the Butterfly Valley then head to the path.

Today, I’m gonna climb 500 meters and reach the point farthest from the seaside. Then come down to the lowland of Ovacık, Fethiye and Ölüdeniz. A 15 kilometres walk in 6 hour, and the maximum elevation of 775 meters.

The walk is mostly in the red pine and larch forests.

In the end, here is Ölüdeniz. I would say, I got a pretty exited when I first see the Ölüdeniz from the path. It’s so good.

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Ölüdeniz is a natural wonder and is a type of swell. 

 

1st day: Cennet Bay – Kabak Bay

2nd Day: Kabak Bay – Faralya & Faralya – Butterfly Valley – Faralya

3rd Day: Faralya – Ovacık (Ölüdeniz)

 

Scenic Hiking Route of Kabak Bay

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I will be walking for the next 3 days until Ovacık, Fethiye. I just hit the roads today.

Ovacık is the end or start point of the Lycian Way footpath depending on where to start.
The first day, I hiked the 1.5 hour scenic path between the Paradise Bay and the famous party beach, Kabak. 

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From the path…

I started from the Paradise Camping at noon. Just after 20 mins of walking I find myself at soğuk su ~coldwater beach. And the path ends at Kabak beach.
The route offers wonderful beaches and hiking through the very scenic views on the hilly parts. 170 meters is the highest altitude of the hike.

It’s warm until the end of October starting from April. It’s not so hard to come across a sunny day rest of the year.

Put the swimming staff in your bag and make sure you have a pair of hiking shoes.

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Soğuk Su ~ Coldwater Beach

Cennet Camping or the Kiosks in Kabak are where you can get water and food. They are the beginning and the end.

The Mediterranean will be your travelmate all the way.

 

Mandala Camping is where I’m gonna stay today. It’s a budget campsite at Kabak. Mandala is located at the upper side of the Valley with a magnificent and relaxing view of the Kabak.


  • To reach Kabak beach, where you start the path, hop on the regular minibuses at the province called “Kabak Last Stop”