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  • 10

    Taking Taurus by the bull

    Taurus Trek Turkey was excellent our guide was super knowledgeable about all aspects off our trip. Exodus from start to finish kept in constant contact. Food was excellent however tents a bit snug for two blokes so single supplement might be best option if travelling alone. All in all a great trip and would recommend it.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top off a 1400m gorge as our guide stated "there is no escaping the gorge".

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alkan Sisli was excellent as a leader always checking on our well being angry his knowledge had no end. Highly recommended this guide.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Plenty of suncream in summer and single supplement for big blokes or person travelling on own.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    View from Mt Embler amazing.

  • 10

    Taurus Mountains Trek

    This trek is rated at Challenging!, However due to a late spring which we were informed about on the Wednesday before departure I believe on this occasion we could call it Challenging / Tough. We could not use the highest camp site as it was still under snow, however on the day we tackled Mount Embler it meant we had a longer trek in with a greater height ascent, then from above the previous mentioned camp we were faced with soft unstable snow even with snow shoes, by this stage we were down to two trekkers + leader, we made a joint decision to abandon the summit and head for home after a quick photograph.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    See the above, at 69 years old, this inspired myself and others. All around we experienced a cacophony of wild flowers.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent and extremely knowledgeable about the area.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Seriously take this trip seriously, ensure you are fit and have experienced these heights and distances in the past. Due to the stony rough ground I advise you take and use trekking poles. It is not fair on the leader and other trekkers if you can keep up with the pace and altitude.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go for it, but approach it with a serious attitude, worth all the hard work.

  • 10

    TAURUS MOUNTAINS TREK

    I wasn't really too sure what to expect from this trip, but I certainly didn't expect to me as blown away by it as I was.  The scenery was spectacular and varied, the walking was interesting and just on the right line between managable and gratifyingly challenging. Every climb  rewarded us with stuning views. The food was delicious, the camping facilities were very good, we had a great guide; knowledgable, approachable, considerate and good fun.  This trip had all the hall marks of a great Exodus trip.  I would thoroughly recommend this trip, I couldnt have enjoyed it more

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  • 10

    TAURUS MOUNTAINS TREK

    Overall, a really good week of walking in the Taurus Mountains.  Good scenery, a rewarding climb to the summit of Mt Embler, fantastic Turkish food and a really nice group of people.  Highly recommended.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Without a doubt, reaching the the summit of Mt Embler.  Due to some bad weather early in the trip our itinerary changed, so we did Mt Embler from a different starting point.  This meant climbing from our camp-site at ~2000m to the summit at 3723m and over 10 hours walking.  However, the climb up was fantastic, and the views from the top were superb - we could see as far as Mount Erciyes over 180km away.  Probably the hardest day of walking I've ever done, but one of the very best. Getting back to our camp-site afterwards, to be met with a cold beer and large quantities of superbly cooked Turkish food (and chips!), was also a high point.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I thought Omer was an excellent group leader.  He got on very well with everyone in the group and had a great knowledge of the local area and history.  We had bad weather early in the trip, and Omer advised that our itinerary / route were changed - retrospectively, we all agreed that he made the correct decision.  All the local arrangements (which Omer co-ordinated with his colleagues in the local tour operator) - such as campsites, luggage transfer, meals, airport transfers, etc - went perfectly to plan.  He is also a useful chap to have around if you are confronted by a large and unfriendly Turkish mountain dog!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The starting point of the trip (Kayseri) is quite difficult to get to (no direct flights from the UK).  Therefore, if you have the time, stopping off in Istanbul for a few days on the way home is possible, and also highly recommended.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The only complaint I had with the trip was that the tents we used on the first 3 nights were below par - they weren't the best tents in the first place, and were not in great condition either.  The Monday / Tuesday night had heavy rain and high wind (which burst the outer zips on almost all the tents) - not ideal if you have gear / belongings in the porch of the tent.  Overall the tents didn't feel especially stable or tied down, and I'd question how suitable they were for the conditions / altitudes we were camping at.   The trip would be enhanced by providing better tents, even if this meant an additional cost. 

  • 10

    TAURUS MOUNTAINS TREK

    This trek exceded all my expectations. Fantastic scenery, company, guide and food. It has definitely wet my appetite for more trekking adventures, and another trip to this relatively undiscovered part of the world! The sheer beauty of the Taurus Mountains was breathtaking. The mountains were the most dramatic I have seen, and the views second to none.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Without a doubt (as others from our group have said!) .... getting to the summit of Mount Embler! The views from the summit were worth every second of the difficult ascent. It was a tough day, with challenging scree underfoot, steep ascents and descents, and layering and de-layering clothing! I was helped during the final ascent by our fantastic guide Omer, who was determined to see me get to the top! We were blessed with fantastic weather on the day of the climb which meant we had visability of nearly 200km. It was great to have shared this unique day with the group.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Omer was approachable, knowledgeable, kind and spoke fantastic English. He definitely made the trek as good as it was. He had a very good sense of humour, and became one of the group for sure. He made the vital link between us as the group members and the Turkish staff (cooks, organisers etc) as they spoke very little English. On one of the days, he was put in a difficult position where he had to make a decision to continue with the days trek, or turn back, as the weather conditions meant we had very poor visability. He made the correct decision and we turned back and adjusted the rest of our trek accordingly. Despite this change of plan, we still completed the trek and climbed Mount Embler from a different starting point. I was very impressed at Omer's geographical knowledge of the area, and general knowledge about the mountains, which facilitated his decision and ensured our safety throughout.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    TAKE WARM THINGS! I had assumed that the weather may be warm, given it was Turkey in June! But at altitude, it was cold, plus we had some rainy days with high winds. I did not have an appropriate sleeping bag which meant I was often cold at night, especially at the higher camp sites. I managed however, by sleeping in my clothes and borrowing things from kind fellow group members!  When you get your Turkish Lira, get small denomination notes if at all possible, in Kayseri or Istanbul airport etc, as these come in useful for tips. You won't need much cash however though, I think I spent less than £100 total in the week.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We also went to see the underground city (name escapes me). This was very interesting, and a good introduction to the local area. It was on the way to the 2 hour trek on day 2. Easy to forget we did this, as the trekking sticks out more in our memories I am sure! But it was honestly one of the most interesting things I have done, and definitely enhances the trip.

  • 10

    TAURUS MOUNTAINS TREK

    Rugged and empty mountain trails, exceptional scenery with abundant spring flowers and alpine lakes, atmospheric and remote campsites.  This was one of my favourite treks and yet it remains an undiscovered destination. We only came across one other group the whole time we were there.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    After an early start and a long, strenuous climb up steep scree paths, through patches of snow we reached the pass before the summit of Mount Embler.  The altitude and sunshine was working against me and I gratefully flopped down for a break with my fellow trekkers on this barren plateau surrounded by  360 degrees of breathtaking  views.  A perfect trekking moment.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Omer was an excellent guide with very good english.  After the weather closed in on us one day and we had to retreat to lower ground, he knew the area well enough to lead us on an unplanned day walk and then re-arranged our whole itinerary to ensure we still completed the rest of the trek. He was very good company and joined us in the evenings for our nightly card games around the gas lamp over a bottle of spiced rum (bring your own nightcap and cards!).    

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This may be Southern Turkey and the days can be hot but (certainly in June) the evenings and nights in the mountains are COLD.  You need a good quality sleeping bag and I'd also recommend merino wool baselayers plus a down jacket. The campsites sell cans of beer but other than that there is nowhere to purchase anything.  I changed £100 which easily covered dinner on the first evening (the trip notes say this is included - IT ISN'T), beers each evening, well deserved tips for the crew and leader and then coffee etc at the airports.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is a perfect area for trekking, at a budget price and so close to home.  I can't understand why it isn't more popular.  Anyone who enjoys challenging, point to point trekking in a wilderness area should consider this trek.

  • 10

    TAURUS MOUNTAINS TREK

    Mention Turkey to most people and they will think Turkish delight. The Taurus Mountains provides delight not in sweet pastries but through magnificent undiscovered mountains, gorges and even plain trails littered with tiny flowers that their stubborness beat the unforgiving nature of high altitude.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The summit of Mount Elmer is around 3750 metres asl. Getting there is a challenge in itself as steep hills are relentless, but the view and the personal satisfaction of getting there are a story to tell in themselves. Equally inspirational is getting back to the camp as the challenging uphills become steep downholls that require coordination and concentration. Finally a cold shower to top it all and the sharing of the achievement with fellow trekkers is amazing.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We were lucky enough to have Omar as our group leader. Omar is a guy who loves his country's mountains and thus strives to share his love with his group. He is flexible and knowledgeable enough to take quick decisions for the good of the group and each trekker's experience. He is a modern leader - someone who is approachable and more than anything was one of us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The Taurus Mountains aren't popular but don't underestimate them. They provide a good challenge and prepare to walk off trails

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

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