The city of Van is situated in the east of Turkey, the largest lake in Turkey. It is surrounded by dozens of gigantic mountains, which rise to almost more than 4,000 m above sea level. Almost every mountain in this region is suitable for ski tours. The winters are cold and snowy. The snow reaches almost down to the lake until mid of March. Almost from every mountain, you can enjoy the view of the lake. The snow quality is high, either on powder snow or firn. Since Van is also a lively city, the evenings offer a lot of entertainment. And after a strenuous ski tour, a special pleasure is the wellness area of our hotel.


For these tours, good body condition and good skiing skills are required. The ascents and descents are long. On average, 1,400 - 1,600 heights are to be handled, so the slopes are accordingly long. The maximum steepness of the slopes is around 30 °. The selected mountains are ideal skiing places - for enthusiastic ski mountaineers great, exotic destinations that require no special ski skills apart from the necessary physical condition.



1st day: Flight to Istanbul

Arrival in Istanbul, transfer to the hotel in the old town. If the flight is early, a half-day tour of the sights of Sultanahmet (Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Underground Cisterns) is available. Overnight in Istanbul in a hotel of the middle class.


2nd day: Early Flight to Van, short tour to Mt. Cat (3.125 m)

Transfer to the airport, 1 hour 45 min. Flight to Van. Arrived transfer to the hotel in the city center. Since we arrive already in the morning, the rest of the day offers us a short tour to the mountain Cat with a height of 3.125 m, which we reach after 45 min. drive. The starting point is the village Yatagan. (B)


3rd day: Skitour Mt. Artos (3.537 m)
Today's mountain is Artos, probably with the best view to the lake of all ski mountains in the area with an altitude of 3,537 m. The ascent is via the north side with a continuous lake view from the town Gevas. The descent will be only on wide snowfields, then through a steep, tight valley back to the starting point. (B)

4th day: Skitour Mt. Mevzi (3.280 m)

Today we continue towards Catak, where the village of Onagil is located. From this village, we begin our ski tour via the western wall of the mountain. Again we have a magnificent view over the Van lake. The descent is no less magnificent. Again we return to Van to the hotel. (B)


5th day: Skitour zum Mt. Baset (3.780 m)

After an hour transfer, we arrive in the village Bagriyanik and start the ascent to Mount Baset which is one of the highest mountains in the area. The ascent is steep exit the racier. The route is again on the same route. (B)


6th day: Skitour Mt. Kartaltepe (3.300 m)

After a 45-minute drive, just below the village of Boyunpinar, we start the ascent of the mountain Kartaltepe, a steep mountain whose descent is a pleasure, of course again with a view over the Van Lake. (B)


7th day: free day (is mostly in the mid of the week, it may change due to weather conditions)

Today is the day of resting. We will drive to Gevas and continue by boat to the island of Akdamar with the famous Armenian church from the Middle Ages. After lunch in Gevas the day in Van is still available freely or watch together with the amazing sunset on the lake (depending on the weather. (B)


8th day: Flight home or Skitour Mt. Kavussahap (3.450 m)

The access to Mount Kavussahap leads along the Van Lake to the village of Yanikcay, which is at the end of a long plain. From here step into the skies and climb the mountain and then having a downhill. (B)



9th day: Skitour Mt. Hasanbesir (3.480 m)

Today we drive again the same way as the day before. This time, however, to the village of Baglama. From here we climb the mountain Hasanbesir. The descend will be to the same village. (B)


10th day: Skitour Mt. Süphan (4.058 m)

A long drive awaits us today to the last village at the foot of Mt. Süphan which is located on the north side of the lake. The ascent begins directly from the village of Kiskili. The route is a long route, which leads first to the eastern shoulder of the mountain, at 3,800 m, and then steep to the summit of Mt. Süphan. Great downhill from one of the most beautiful ski mountains of Turkey and return to Van. (B)


11th day: Flight home

End of the trip, transfer to the airport and flight home. (B)


You stay at Hotel Akdamar based on bed and breakfast



6 guided ski tours from the hotel in the mountains around Lake Van with a height up to 4,058 m with steepness degrees of 25 ° - 35 °.



Up to 8 people one guide with English language skills. From the 9th person, another ski leader. 



Currently no restrictions and no specific permit required (as of 2020).



You bring your own gear



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You can book this tour also for a week. The arrival dates above are the beginning dates of the week tour, too.



1 week before the travel date



  • ​On request flights from all major European airports via Istanbul to Erzincan and back

  • All necessary land transports

  • Medium class hotel in Van based on bed and breakfast breakfast

  • English speaking ski mountaineering guide of our company

  • Detailed equipment list


Important notice: Programme could be changed due to weather conditions!


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