Kaçkar Mountains

Kaçkar Mountains

My husband is half-Armenian and half Scottish. I married into a wonderfully divergent cultural experience in which my father-in-law and his mother spoke Turkish as well as Armenian. The food was an amazing feast each time Grandmother cooked. At least one of my husband’s aunts was from Turkey so that by association I grew familiar with how different their world was from the more traditional American culture I grew up in . So, when I saw the Kaçkar Mountains of Turkey, I wanted to take a moment to explore more of the Turkish World.

The Kaçkar Mountains rise above the Black Sea in the northeastern part of Turkey. They’re part of a range called the Pontic Mountains that traverse a large area of northern Turkey. Highland villages, called yaylas, dot the mountains. 

Here’s a friendly, short video featuring a backpacker in the Kaçkar Mountains. This slightly longer video features the people, the villages and yaylas, the flora and fauna, as well as the livestock of the Kaçkar Mountains. This video is a combination of photo and video that offers another view of the villages and culture as well as the flora and fauna, plus a segment at the top of the mountains.

FunFacts about Kaçkar Mountains: (Source) (Source)  

  • The Kaçkar Mountains are part of the Pontic Mountains that extend through northern Anatolia and Turkey. The Kaçkar Mountains are at the far eastern end of the Pontic Mountains.
  • The Pontic Mountains are also known as the Parhar Mountains, the name originating from the Hittite language meaning ‘high’ or ‘summit’.
  • The highest peak of the Kaçkar Mountains, Kaçkar Dağı, has an elevation of 12,917 feet or 3,937 metres. 
  • Yaylas abound throughout the Kaçkar Mountains. They are small villages in the highland meadows where locals bring their livestock through the spring and summer months.
    • A common food in Turkey is called ‘Yayla çorbası’ or ‘Highland Meadow Soup’. This is a soup made with plain yogurt, rice and mint.
  • Here’s a wonderful blog featuring more gorgeous photos of the Kaçkar Mountains.
  • According to this blog, the word Kaçkar comes from an Armenian word meaning ‘cross-stone’. A sizable Muslim Armenian population still lives in the mountains. This blog also has a map of Turkey and shows the eastern, Kaçkar area.

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25 thoughts on “Kaçkar Mountains

  1. Hi, Everyone,
    Apologies that this blog got launched later than usual. I worked through the afternoon yesterday on some of my writer-meeting stuff (I’m the membership person this year), and was about ready to finish up the blog, when a tummy-bug hit: Hard! You ever have one of those experiences when you think, ‘This is impossible’. That was me, last night. But as with most ‘bugs’ of this kind, I feel fine this morning, though that also seems impossible, lol!

    Hope you enjoy the Kaçkar Mountains!

    Buckeye, Arizona USA

    • I hope you are feeling well today.
      I love all the pictures. They are all beautiful. The water fall is my favorite. Maybe some day I will be able to stand and watch the water come down.

  2. Those are absolutely stunning! I had never heard of them until now, but I do love the images! Another place to dream about!

  3. Oh what gorgeous pictures. I have never heard or seen the Kackar Mountains and loved picture #3 – what beautiful colors!! Really a beautiful place I wouldn’t mind visiting. AZ

  4. Beautiful photos. I am unfamiliar with this entire area, so I will probably go do some research.

    Thanks for the information.

    Minnesota, USA

  5. Such beauty! I’ve never been there. We have friends who went to Greece and Turkey for their honeymoon, so I have seen pictures of the area, but not the mountains. I am a mountain girl at heart.

    denise from maryland

  6. Glad you are feeling better this morning. I enjoyed the video blogs. Watching it left me with mixed feelings though. Watching it. I thought how easy as have it here in the U.S. The way they get there any is so vastly different than how my husband does it. They are a simple people but I wonder with sadness how long their traditions will last with the young people moving away. Sometimes I wonder if we would be better going back to simplicity. I was also curious about why they kept the bees if the honey was poisonous. That doesn’t make sense to me but maybe I am missing something. I loved picture 6 12 & 13. It is so beautiful in those photos. Hope I haven’t bummed everyone out by my musings. For some reason the video left me melancholy. Everyone have a great day and Caris I’m glad it was just a 24hour bug.:)

    • Marie,
      I, too, was hoping for an explanation about the poisonous honey! Maybe as the weeks roll on, I’ll uncover the facts about it. I mean, if it’s poisonous, why gather it! But I also felt like you that it was sad to see the old traditions dying away so completely. I have no doubt this is a super healthy way to live, to tend a few cows, make your own cream, butter and yogurt, scythe hay for the winter. When I catch a glimpse of this way of life, I’ve questioned what we’ve become. If nothing else, these people are completely self-sufficient. What more could you ask for!

      And yes, I’m beyond grateful it was a 24 hour bug! Thanks!

      Buckeye, Arizona USA

  7. This is the first time I’ve heard of the Kaçkar Mountains. It seems like a beautiful place to visit and I’m curious about the Highland Meadow Soup you mentioned. Also, glad to hear you’re feeling better after that stomach bug.

  8. I, too, am running very late today. Sick kid rather than myself though. One would think that at 38 they would not need as much care. WRONG! They are just bigger babies. Gotta love them though! Glad you are feeling better.

    Anyway, these Kackar Mountains are spectacular! Beautiful! Gorgeous pictures. Wish I had more time to watch the videos. Maybe tomorrow. They are always so fun. Thank you.

  9. I have never heard of Kackar mountains. They are beautiful.Picture with blue sky is very pretty. Hope you are feeling better.

  10. The Kackar Mountain photos are stunning.
    I’ve never heard of them until today, but then again I’m terrible at geography.

    Glad your plague a didn’t last long.
    It’s always a bummer when you have so much to do.

    Thank you for educating your fans. I always enjoy learning new things about the myriad subjects you cover.

  11. Caris, Sorry to hear about your stomach problem but glad you are feeling better. I was not aware of this mountain range in Turkey so all your facts were a wonderful reading. I enjoyed all the pictures, especially the waterfall.

    • Charlene,
      Oh, I wish I could say I have! I confess I’ve only traveled in Europe and in Central America and I’m not sure I’ll ever get to Turkey. Wish I could, though!

      Buckeye, Arizona USA

  12. What lovely mountains. You keep showing me that I haven’t seen a lot of the world. Love the pictures. I’m glad you are feeling better.

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