Malatya's farmers produce huge harvests of excellent apricotsand 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 you use Malatya (instead of Adıyaman or Kahta) as a base for your ascent of Nemrut Dağı, 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 seat in 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
—by Tom Brosnahan
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