Süphan Dağı (Mount Suphan)

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Location:
Bitlis/Eastern Anatolya, Turkey, Asia
Elevation:
13323 ft / 4061 m
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Süphan Dağı (Mount Suphan)
Created On: Oct 10, 2005
Last Edited On: Oct 26, 2005

Overview


It is an inactive volcano, on the north shore of lake Van. During climbing you can see a marvellous view of Lake Van.
In the summer route is very easy (there is no glacier on the top, just a few small glaciers around crater's slopes), in winter snowfalls reach 3-4m.

Getting There


The best starting point is an Adilcevaz town. You can get there from Tatvan via of Ahlat or from Van via of Ercis. There are 2 possible ways to get the top: southern route starts in Harmantepe village, eastern starts in Aydinlar.
You can take a taxi or dolomus (small bus) from Adilcevaz to Aydinlar or Harmantepe, hitch-hiking is also possible.

Red Tape


You just have to register in gendarmerie's office in Adilcevaz (it is required), there are not any fees.
On Mt. Suphan in the summer there are problems with water during climbing. There are no streams, on the sothern route I found only one, small stream (the same as on camping place photo). There is a plenty of water from small glaciers on the level of crater lakes (you shouldnt take water from lakes because it is contaminated by sheeps).

When To Climb


Best weather to climb is from July to September (it is often good weather season, without snow cover).

Camping


Camping is allowed everywhere, but you shold not stand a tent near villages- children are very intrusive. It is rather safe to leave the tent for whole day without any care.

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Tomasz Jazwinski

Tomasz Jazwinski - Oct 23, 2005 5:10 am - Hasn't voted

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In June there is much snow, over the height of 3300-3500 m. The climbing in this period is not very difficult, but walking poles, wind protection and especially waterproof shoes are reccomended. In the afternoon snow is very vet, you can meet mud or slush, too.

Tomasz Jazwinski

Tomasz Jazwinski - Oct 23, 2005 7:10 am - Hasn't voted

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Massif of Suphan Dagi is rather flat, with many heights, smaller peaks and coombs. Up to about 3000 m there are many paths, made by goats, sheeps and their shepherds. The summit is seldom to see during the climb. So you can have problems to find a right way.

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Süphan Dağı (Mount Suphan)

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