Erdas Dagi

  • Erdas Dagi
  • 1978 m
  • Primary factor 620 m
  • Turkey
  • Location: North 38.45196, East 034.62764 (GPS on the summit)
  • Difficulty: YDS class 2
  • Climbed July 21. 2016.


How to get there:
This mountain is located about 20 kilometer south (slightly west of) from the city of Nevsehir. Drive south from Nevsehir on Hwy. D765 to the smaller town of Kaymakli. From here, go directly west towards the hill, the road then swings south around a ridge to reach the village Cakilli. Enter this village, drive up through town following the main road. As the road exits at the north end, continue on a dirt road that heads up and into the valley. This road gets gradually worse, I parked at location N38.45193, E034.65047, elevation 1620 meter. However, it is equally good (perhaps even better) to stop a bit earlier, find a spot where you can park off the road in order to not block it.
Route description:
Hike more or less directly up the hill (left of your access road), traversing a bit left as you face uphill. There is a natural passage just right of the cliffs, this is a good spot to aim for. Once you reach the very level plateau, head more left in order to locate the highest point. You will likely cross one false summit (hump) along the way.
After a complete rest day, it was time to hunt some smaller bonus peaks today. Based on information from my friend Jonathan de Ferranti, my primary goal was Ekecik Dagi. However, this peak turned out to have a road to its summit and (not surprising) a military radar on its top. With a (failed) military "Coup d'Etat" less than a week ago, the soldiers up there were a bit nervous, but still friendly. Still, that visit took less time than anticipated and I coontinued to explore Erdas Tepe.
I left my car at 1215 and had a rather good line of ascent arriving at the summit at 1300. The summit area is rather flat, but the surrounding area even more so. After a few pictures I headed back down and reached my car at 1345. Halfway down the slope, I ran into two local men heading uphill. They were pretty excited about meeting a foreigner from Norway and several pictures were in order.
Our 7 day stay in Cappadocia had come to its last day. The area with its history and starnge cliffs is very facinating and a visit is highly recommended.
Here is a quick summary of peaks climbed in our trip to Turkey.