When it comes to winter camping, one of the ideal routes is the Erciyes Mountain Campground. Erciyes Mountain, located approximately 25 km southwest of the center of Kayseri, is among the favorite routes where you can camp in winter thanks to its 3917-meter height. You will feel isolated from the world, especially while camping in the white snow cover of Mount Erciyes. It is also possible to reach the Erciyes Mountain Campground, which is approximately 40 km from the city center, by public transport. However, transportation is provided by private vehicle up to a certain point. To climb to the summit of Mount Erciyes, which is located at an altitude of approximately 3,000 meters, you need to hike for approximately 4-5 hours. In addition, if walking is difficult, you can take the chairlift (Zümrüt) at the last point and walk the remaining one-hour road.
You can park your car in the area where the national park operation is located and set up your tent at the foot of the mountain in the Erciyes Mountain Camping Area, which is called the "Çobanini Camping Area" by the campers and has become the livelihood of the people of Kayseri, especially when the snow season starts. However, such high regions cannot be preferred for caravans. Therefore, if you are going to stay with a caravan, you can prefer the lower parts of the mountain. There are many paid and free zones around Mount Erciyes, where you can camp in front of a fascinating view. While staying in the free camping area of Mount Erciyes, you can benefit from the surrounding facilities for your basic needs such as WC, shower, electricity and market. However, you may have to pay a certain fee to meet these needs.
Erciyes Mountain Camping Area, which impresses those who see it with its white cover in winter, is visited quite often in all seasons. The popular route, which is preferred for skiing and camping in winter, becomes a favorite for activities such as trekking, mountaineering and camping in seasons such as summer and spring. Therefore, you can visit the Erciyes Mountain Campground to witness the magnificent nature view at any time of the year. However, keeping in mind that the region can be very cold compared to the usual; You should come prepared with your equipment such as sleeping bags, winter tents and clothes that are resistant to negative degrees.
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