Suphan Dagi

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Suphan Dagi (Mount Süphan), an extinct volcano, is the third highest mountain in Turkey. It is located just north of Lake Van, Turkey's largest lake. The volcano's summit holds a snow-filled crater, but is generally broad and rugged from eons of erosion. The slopes, however, have retained much of their conal form, making the ascent of Suphan Dagi a straightforward one.

Elevation (feet): 13,280
Elevation (meters): 4,048
Continent: Asia
Country: Turkey
Range/Region: Southeast Anatolia
Latitude: 38.9333
Longitude: 42.8333
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Nearest major airport: Van, Turkey
Convenient Center: Van, Turkey

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 8 trip reports for Suphan Dagi.

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  • Log #22254 - by Sebastiaan Lagendaal on Oct 24, 2011
    Beautiful Ski-up from the east face. Contacted local police in Adilcevaz. Very nice locals who discussed the ascent with. No problems with permits or what so ever.
  • Log #22019 - by Colin Keppel on July 25, 2010
    Started from Adilcevaz (two of us),ascending from the south west. Met a shepherd, or two, my memory being hazy, in the foothills. As I (indistinctly) recall we camped overlooking the half-frozen lake...
  • Log #21810 - by peter lyssy on Nov 10, 2009
    My wife and I let us drive by a taxi from Adilcevaz to Harmantepe. We made the ascent and the descent of Suphan by ski. In the lower part we had a nice soft snow, but in the upper part we had...
  • Log #7239 - by Gordon Hercod on Mar 06, 2004
    I was a member of a RAF mountain rescue team that was flown to Suphan Dag from Cyprus. A British transport aircraft crashed on the summit carrying secret equipment. There were 16 of us in the team...
  • Log #7240 - by Robert Fontaine on Apr 07, 2002
    No restriction to ascent, but warnings that starting village was isolated and 100% Kurdish. Thanks to a shop owner in Ercis, we arranged for a guide in that village. The taxi driver stayed for...
  • Log #7241 - by Klaus-Ingmar Pfrepper on June 02, 2000
    A military officer in Adilcevaz told me the mountain would be forbidden due to Kurdish terrorists in this area. Nevertheless I started early the next morning from Adilcevaz. After two hours I reached...
  • Log #7242 - by Gunnar Ljungstrand on Oct 17, 1999
    Ascent of Suphan Dagi (4058 m) Approach from Aydinlar being unsuitable due to it now being Askeri Bölge (military area), so we (me and my bro David) started from close to the village of Yildiz...
  • Log #7243 - by Slawomir Kalinowski on Sep 26, 1999
    I started on this peak from Aydinlar village. I was sleeping inside the crater on a top. This mountain and surronding is a forbidden zone for reason of conflict between Kurds and Turkish authorities....