In fact, Turkey can boast of two peaks called
Nemrut. The one near Adiyaman in the southeast is primarily of historical and
archaeological interest, home for over 2000 years to the colossal stone heads of
King Antiochus I and classical dieties. The other mount Nemrut in eastern
Anatolia, the more interesting of the two peaks, is well -known for its
geological formation and for mountaineering purposes.
An inactive volcano, Mt. Nemrut nearby Tatvan ascends to 3050 m. It is located
within the process of Bitlis, rising from the southwestern shore of Lake Van,
and entering the district of Ahlat to the north. Mt. Nemrut is the most southern
and youngest of the chain of volcanos in the eastern Anatolia. A strato-type
volcano, Mt. Nemrut began erupting during the fourth geological era and
continued to be active until 1441 AD As a result of the volcanic eruptions of
Mt. Nemrut, the single Van - Mus river basin was divided into two separate
Trip and Climbs
Treks up Mt. Nemrut begin on the mountain's
southeastern flank at Tatvan. Climbers reach the south or southeastern side of
the crater after an easy hike for 4-5 hours. Those who reach this point have the
rare chance to see the wondrous crater of this inactive volcano. For those who
find the climb to the crater too strenuous, four-wheel drive vehicles can reach
the summit from either Ahlat or Tatvan.
Mt. Nemrut is bare of vegetation, except in the south which has oak groves and
birch trees. Summer (June - September) is the best season for expeditions in Mt.
Nemrut. Hikers who climb to the crater and summit from the southeast or eastern
face of the mountain are rewarded with wonderful views of Lake Van.
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