Dağı on its southern side from Adıyaman, Kahta and
Eski Kahta/Kocahisar in eastern Turkey,
the path for the final ascent of
500 meters/yards (15 or 20 minutes)
on foot from the parking lot is rough
and, in some places, steep.
The photo below shows the
situation of the Western Hierothesium (temple)
in relation to the access road from
Kahta and the car parking lot and service
buildings at the end of the
Well, of course "difficult" is
relative, and what may be easy for
a teenager who lives in the mountains
may not be so easy for an older person
who lives at sea level and who may
be affected by the summit's altitude
(2150 meters/7054 feet).
The purpose of this page is to help
you to make your own judgement of
the difficulty. Here's a
closer look at the trail from
the car park to
the western temple:
The trail shown in
the photos above and below is fairly
easy for most of the ascent, but as
you approach the temple it gets rocky and considerably
steeper for the last portion.
It's not really rock-climbing, but
it is slower going.
These views are from high
summer (late June through
September). At other times of the
year you may encounter snow
Remember to bring water, sunblock
and warm clothing—even in summer!—so
you can enjoy your time at the summit.
Note also that the ascent on foot
on the other (Malatya) side of the
mountain is much shorter,
and therefore easier.
Distances from the Summit
km (52 miles), 2 hours
Karadut: 12 km (8 miles), 30
km (32 miles), 1.5 hours
km (44 miles), 3 hours