If you like apricots, you’ll love Malatya, the apricot capital of Turkey.
Malatya’s farmers produce huge harvests of excellent apricots and cherries which, fresh or dried, are shipped throughout the world. The city, on the north side of Nemrut Dağı (map), is a base for visiting the mountain (although some prefer the south approach from Kahta).
If use Malatya as a base for your ascent of Nemrut Dağı(instead of Adıyaman or Kahta), it will take you longer to reach the top, but you can stay overnight in a hotel and thus easily witness both sunset and sunrise at the summit.
You can walk from the north (Malatya) side of the summit to the south (Kahta) side, or vice-versa, but there is no scheduled transportation from either side. Have all your luggage with you (which is a hassle), walk to the other side and ask to see if there’s an empty seatin a car or minibus descending that side.
Distances & Travel Times
Adıyaman: 185 km (115 miles), 3 hours
Diyarbakır: 252 km (157 miles), 4 hours
Erzurum: 421 km (262 miles), 7 hours
Gaziantep: 247 km (154 miles), 3.75 hours
Istanbul: 1124 km (698 miles), 18 hours
Kahramanmaraş: 223 miles (139 miles), 4 hours
Kahta: 225 km (140 miles) N, 3.5 hours
Kayseri: 354 km (220 miles), 6 hours
Nemrut Dağı (Summit, North): 72 km (45 miles), 3.5 hours
Sivas: 247 km (154 miles), 3.75 hours
Tatvan: 263 km (163 miles), 4.5 hours