Ultimate 4wd destination: Mount Erciyes

Erciyes Dağı is an inactive volcano located in Kayseri Province, in Central Anatolia, Turkey. A challenging unpaved road tops out at an elevation of 3.330m (10,925ft) above the sea level near the peak. It's one of the highest roads of Europe.

Erciyes Dağı

Is the road to the summit unpaved?

Set high in the central part of the country, the road to the summit is unpaved. It's a chairlift access route for the Kar Tanesi Tesisleri resort. The climb is very steep, with sections up to 15%. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.

Preparation and Precautions

If you're planning a trip, it's crucial to note that the road remains typically impassable from September to June. Only those with a 4x4 vehicle boasting high clearance should dare venture. Additionally, be wary of natural hazards. While winter months pose a significant risk of avalanches, falling rocks remain a constant danger throughout the year.

Erciyes' Historical Significance

Aside from its adventurous appeal, Erciyes carries a historical significance. It was known as Argaeus, drawing its name from the Macedonian king, Argaeus I. This mountain, apart from being one of the country's highest roads, is a blend of natural allure and historical resonance.
Pic: Seyit Burhanettin Akbaş