Turkey’s Lake District lies where the Taurus ranges extend northward into the Anatolian Plateau and the wide expanse of lake Eğirdir (40 km long) is fringed by spectacular peaks rising to nearly 3000 metres. Apart from fishing, the local economy is based on apple orchards and sheep raising, and we will join the local Yoruk shepherds in their summer camps on the shoulders of the mountains.
The following programs are an example of what Mithra can organize. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or wishes concerning our programs. We will be happy to design your own specific individual program.
Self-Guided program on the St Paul Trail, western branch.
The route starts at the Çandır Canyon in Sütçüler and runs north to Eğirdir lake. Walks are all on waymarked paths, and include high ridgetops, cedar forest, villages and meadows. The route passes the historical site at Adada and nature reserves at Çandır and Kasnak.
Accommodation includes 3 nights in a pension in Sütçüler, a village house in Sağrak, a pension on the lake in Eğirdir and a small hotel in Antalya’s old town. In Sütçüler and Sağrak dinner is included. In Eğirdir and Antalya the accommodation is based on bed and breakfast .
Day 1 Sütçüler
Fly to Antalya. You will be met at Antalya aiport and transferred to the small town of Sütçüler, where you will stay in the Karacan pension overlooking the orchards and the canyon below the town.
Day 2 – Sütçüler to Çandır
You will be transferred from Sütçüler to the start of your walk near Çuruk. This spectacular walk goes along the rim of the Çandır canyon, with amazing views over Kızılören lake. It then descends into its depths to meet the sparkling stream in the Nature Park. Explore the park then walk down to the entrance. Here you will be met and transferred back to Sütçüler. 6 hrs walk: ascent 270 m descent 830m
Day 3- Ibrahim’s trek
A new route from Gümü to Sütçüler follows farming land, a forest of scrubby oak and juniper and old Roman road to Yeşildere canyon; a beautiful clear
green waterhole, fed by a small waterfall and beautiful spot to stop for a while before you climb up to Sütçüler . 5 ½ hrs walk ascent 770 m. descent 770m.
Day 4 – Sütçüler to Adada
Today’s route runs north from Sütçüler on easy paths rising on the slopes above the old Roman road. Crossing a road, it climbs past a lovely village of old houses to a pass then descends to meet the Roman road below Adada. You will walk into Adada on the route which St Paul probably once used. Meet the guardian of the site and explore the ruins with him. He will then take you to your accommodation in the old village school at Sağrak. Here, a few rooms have been converted for guests, and you will eat a meal prepared by the village women off the old school desks. 5 hrs walk: ascent 660m descent 430m
Day 5 – Kasnak to Balkırı.
This walk is the longest but also most beautiful. You will be transferred to the entrance to Kasnak forest, where you start a mainly level walk on old paths through the oak and cedar forest. There are 4 varieties of woodpecker and many other birds in this forest as well as paeones and irises in season. The walk finishes at Balkırı, where you will be met and transferred to your pension in Eğirdir. 7 hrs walk: ascent 1030 m descent 1010 m
Day 6 – Sivri Dağı
On your last day, climb Sivri Daği, the mountain over Eğirdir. You will have a lift to the start of the walk near Akpınar and Prostanna ruins, and can climb easily to the summit for spectacular views over the lake. Walk down again and take a short sunset boat-trip on the lake.. (1.5 hrs, 530m ascent, 530m descent)
Day 7- Antalya
Transfer to your small hotel in Antalya’s old city. Explore the town with a city walk. Take a boattrip or visit a hamam.
Day 8- Transfer to the airport.