Location: North 37.45002, East 036.65487 (GPS on the summit)
Difficulty: YDS class 1
Climbed August 28. 2021.
How to get there:
The nearest big town is Kahramanmaras.
Driving on the main road into this valley, you should see a lake below on your
right hand side. Continue to location N37.50798, E036.62050, then turn left (uphill)
here. This road is more narrow, but with a nice permanent surface. Continue
to locaation N37.48063, E036.64639, where you turn sharply right, then continue
on a road of similar good quality. You should now drive to N37.46843, E036.63318, where
a dirt road forks (uphill) left. This is the start of a mountain road that
continues all the way to the summit. This road is generally pretty good, but it also
have some rougher sections and a 4WD with reasonable clearance is recommended.
Generally, the road is a bit rougher towards the end.
Follow the road to the summit.
I had arrived the day before after driving from Ankara. I stayed
at Ramada Plaza,
a rather big hotel with few guests, but reasonable.
I started from Kahramanmaras shortly after 0700. Google maps
guided me to a shortcut road that did not exist, this caused a delay
of about 30 minutes. The drive took me through several smaller
villages before entering the valley with the lake.
I could have driven my car all the
way to the summit.
However, after 2 travel days, I really felt like walking
at least a little. Therefore, I parked 200 vertical meter
below the summit.
Leaving at 0925, it took me 20 minutes to gain the summit.
A building is located up there, perhaps some sort of
old lookout tower?
The highest point is a few meter beyond.
A small rock wall has been built there.
Good views back down to the lake at the valley floor,
also around, but some haze prevented a very clear view.
There is another distinct and pretty high peak
a bit west of south. (Name tbd.)
I left after 10 minutes and hiked back down in 15.
This ultra was only discovered after a global computer
analysis could be done. My GPS showed a significantly
higher elevation 2261m, relative to the assigned elevation of 2233m.