Ascending Nemrut 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 access road.
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’saltitude (2150 meters/7054 feet).
The purpose of this page is to help you to make your own judgementof 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 and/or ice.
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
Adıyaman: 84 km (52 miles), 2 hours
Karadut: 12 km (8 miles), 30 minutes
Kahta: 52 km (32 miles), 1.5 hours
Malatya: 70 km (44 miles), 3 hours