Located in the Erzurum Province of the Eastern Anatolia region of Turkey, a high mountain road from Zeyrek to Aşağı Özbağ tops out at 2.701m (8,861ft) above the sea level. It’s one of the highest roads of Europe.
Set high in the İspir District, the road is totally unpaved. A 4x4 vehicle is recommended. The road is 30.3 km (18.82 miles) long, and runs south-north from Zeyrek to Aşağı Özbağ. When the snow falls - which it does in the winter – things get tough and slippery. Plan about 2 hours to complete the drive without any stop.
The road tops out at 2.701m (8,861ft) above the sea level. It features steep sections, hitting a 21% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. The road is not easy, with 30 hairpin turns.