A memorable road trip to Pirreşit Dağı

Pirreşit Dağı is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.086m (10,124ft) above the sea level, located in the Muradiye district of Van province of Turkey. It’s one of the highest roads in Europe.

Pirreşit Dağı

Set high in the eastern part of the country, near the border with Iran the road to the summit is totally unpaved but navigable by passenger vehicles. This road is usually impassable from late October through late June or early July (depending on snow). The summit hosts NATO military facilities. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.

The road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 12% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps with 8 hairpin turns. Starting at Aşağıakçagül, the ascent is 11.1km (6.89 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 989 meters. The average gradient is 8.90%.
Pic&video: Selim Bilen