Mount Suphan, a magnificent dormant volcano
rises from the northwest shores of Lake Van. Throughout the winter, snow falls
on Suphan reaching three to four meters. The mountain's steep slopes and snow
blanket combine to make it a good location for "Heli-skiing" - using helicopters
to drop you off on the slopes for an adventure of high mountain skiing.
The easily accessible southern and eastern flanks of Suphan are the
preferred faces for ascending the mountain; they both offer spectacular views.
To climb from the eastern flank take the coast road that circles Lake Van. In
the stretch between Adilcevaz and Ercis, turn north to Aydinlar village. From
there you continue on to Kicgilli village where you engage a guide to lead you
in your ascent. The climb from the south begins at the village of Harmantepe.
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