The progressive trail in bivouac

Leaving from the ranch between Urgup and Ortahisar, in the heart of the national park, the progressive trail takes you on a 6-day tour around Cappadocia, stopping at a different location every evening. From the peasants' Cappadocia of the south to the most beautiful valleys of the north, a succession of fantastic rock formations, lush canyons, high plateaux, steppe-like landscape, along with vineyards and orchards, compose a surprinsingly varied route. On the way, the villages reflect the Anatolian way of life while frescoed churches and other troglodytic treasures testify of the rich past of the area. Our itinerary takes place entirely within the national park. It is now possible to include during the week a hot-air balloon flight over Cappadocia's surreal landscape at sunrise, as well as an excursion to the underground cities. Steam bath and massage at Urgup's traditional hamam at the end of the week.

Accommodation is in bivouac in the middle of nature and rock formations (see dates and details below).

The bivouac trail is for fit, 'active' and autonomous riders with an exploratory mind. The circuit includes difficult passages where you will be asked to get off your horse and lead it, sometimes up steep paths. The effort is rewarded by stunning views, but a good physical condition is essential. Full nature and evenings by the campfire in the bivouac formula.



- Riding level: confident intermediate to advanced riders
- Group size: Max 10 riders for 1 guide
- 5 to 6 hours on horseback each day except Wednesday: 3:30 hours riding in the morning and afternoon at leisure in Cappadocia's most picturesque villages
- 15 to 25 kilometres each day, stopping at a different location every evening
- Pace: mostly walk, with opportunities for trots and canters each day.
- Lunch is a pic-nic that participants carry with them
- Riders' weight on the progressive trail is STRICTLY limited at 90 kg (all riders are weighed on arrival).
- A good physical condition is essential
- Logistics vehicle for your luggage; minibus for your local transfers
- Balloon flight and Hammam in option

- Dates 2018: June 03- 10 ; June 10 - 17; June 17 - 2245 ; August 12 - 19 ; August 19 - 29  (Full moon ride on August the 24th) ;  September 02 - 09
- Price : 1200 Euros


Sunday: Evening arrival at Kayseri airport and transfer to your guesthouse
Monday: Canyon of Uzengi – Taslik – Mustafapasa – Plain of lake Damsa – Cemece
Tuesday: Avlak mountain & plateau – Karlik Valley – Valley of Cemil
Wednesday: Morning: Cemil plateau – Ayvali – Steppe of Bahceli
Thursday: Canyon of Sorkumlu – Bahceli – around Ibrahimpasa – Green Valley (Zemi Vadisi) - Night in a guesthouse in Uchisar
Friday: Love Valley – White Valley – Shepherd Valley – Cavusin – Pasabag – Yeni Zelve
Saturday: Devrent Valley – Mount Boztepe – Red Valley – Valley of the Roses – Pancarlik Valley - Short transfer to your guesthouse
Sunday: After breakfast, transfer to Kayseri airport.

Read the detailed programme with pictures (in PDF)



The progressive trail in bivouac is for those who enjoy outdoor living and sleeping under the tent or the stars.

You will reach a different location on horseback at the end of each day. The camp will be set up in the middle of nature, surrounded by fairy chimneys or a beautiful panorama. Our exclusive camp spots are all situated in the heart of the national park.

The camp includes a large communal tent, like the ones used by the last nomadic families of the country. Dinners are taken the Turkish way, i.e. on the floor, sitting on the carpet around a large round tray, under the communal tent or outside by the camp fire. The camp also has a shower tent with a bucket and a gaz stove where you can heat the water.

During the week, you will spend 4 nights in double tipi-tents including floor mats and single camp mattresses. Arrival, departure and Wednesday nights will be spend in picturesque and comfortable guesthouses, in double rooms with ensuite toilets and shower.

Full board. Lunch is a delicious and varied pic-nic including a local speciality every day. At the camp, dinner comprises a traditional dish cooked on the woodfire, salad and fruits. Vegetarian option on request. Breakfasts are continental. Tea, coffee and mineral water are included. Cappadocia wine, beer and soft drinks are available as an option.

- put up/take down your tent and replace the equipment in the logistics trailer in the morning.You must bring a sleeping bag, a torch, towels and toiletry.

The progressive trail in bivouac is confirmed when we have received a minimum of 4 bookings for this formula. If the bivouac trail is not confirmed at the time of departure, it will be replaced by the guesthouses trail, for a supplement.

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Contact us:

Kapadokya Ranch Turizm Ticaret Limited Sirketi
Bahceli Evleri Mah. N°29
50650 Ortahisar - Urgup - Turkey
Vergi : 497 043 4300 Tel: (0090) 534 342 71 71
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