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Love valley and Pigeon valley, Cappadocia, Turkey / Güverçinlik Vadisi, Aşıklar Vadisi, Göreme, Uçhisar, Kapadokya

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Distance
9.21 mi
Elevation gain
1,539 ft
Technical difficulty
Easy
Elevation loss
1,539 ft
Max elevation
4,561 ft
TrailRank 
66 4.3
Min elevation
3,452 ft
Trail type
Loop
Moving time
2 hours 58 minutes
Time
3 hours 38 minutes
Coordinates
2519
Uploaded
April 18, 2023
Recorded
April 2023
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4,561 ft
3,452 ft
9.21 mi

near Göreme, Nevşehir (Türkiye)

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Photo ofLove valley and Pigeon valley, Cappadocia, Turkey / Güverçinlik Vadisi, Aşıklar Vadisi, Göreme, Uçhisar, Kapadokya Photo ofLove valley and Pigeon valley, Cappadocia, Turkey / Güverçinlik Vadisi, Aşıklar Vadisi, Göreme, Uçhisar, Kapadokya Photo ofLove valley and Pigeon valley, Cappadocia, Turkey / Güverçinlik Vadisi, Aşıklar Vadisi, Göreme, Uçhisar, Kapadokya

Itinerary description

It is a classic must-do route in Cappadocia especially if you stay in Goreme or Uchisar. It goes through the Love and Pigeon valleys of Göreme Historical National Park. You will see a rocky, water- and wind-eroded landscape with the rock-cut architecture of ancient underground settlements.

Route.
P-03 - P-10. Rose valley view.
You will start walking on a dirt road with a good view of Rose Valley on the right side.

P-10 - P-20. Love valley.
Love Valley (Aşıklar Vadisi) is known for its fairy chimneys/tent rocks. The trail is forking

P-26 - P-37. Pigeon valley.
Pigeon Valley is also famous for tent rocks and houses carved into the formations.

Difficulty.
The route is long (almost 15 km) but easy. There are no loose rocks, bouldering, scrambling, rope stuff, etc. I did it wearing ordinary city shoes with flat soles and jeans. Still, I recommend to wear at least trainers or better hiking shoes with a good grip.

Alternative.
1) you can do it in reverse
2) you can skip the Uçhisar Castle climb to reduce elevation gain and make it easier.

Time.
I finished it in 3h 40 mins. You can finish it much faster if you do trail running, but better to spend more time enjoying the landscape.

Parking.
I started the hike in the center of Göreme village. People park cars there in any available spot.
You can use the following location for reference 38.643495, 34.829355. It is a bus station.

Must-have gear:
1) trainers or better hiking shoes
2) 1.5 liter of water (the end of April)
3) Sun-protective clothing and sunscreen
4) headlight in case you finish late

Waypoints

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,602 ft
Photo ofP-01. Start. Goreme, center

P-01. Start. Goreme, center

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,658 ft
Photo ofP-02 Still used a rock-cut house

P-02 Still used a rock-cut house

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,701 ft
Photo ofP-03. Dirt road walk

P-03. Dirt road walk

PictographPhoto Altitude 3,789 ft
Photo ofP-04 Photo ofP-04 Photo ofP-04

P-04

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,720 ft
Photo ofP-05 Photo ofP-05

P-05

PictographCampsite Altitude 3,701 ft
Photo ofP-06. Campers stop

P-06. Campers stop

I saw several campers stopped there. A nice spot for camping. Nice view

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,681 ft
Photo ofP-07

P-07

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,543 ft
Photo ofP-08

P-08

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,474 ft
Photo ofP-09

P-09

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,465 ft
Photo ofP-10

P-10

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,481 ft
Photo ofP-11 Photo ofP-11

P-11

PictographProvisioning Altitude 3,530 ft
Photo ofP-12. Cafe

P-12. Cafe

The cafe was working when I passed it

PictographPhoto Altitude 3,530 ft
Photo ofP-13. The most famous hoodoos of Love valley Photo ofP-13. The most famous hoodoos of Love valley

P-13. The most famous hoodoos of Love valley

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,609 ft
Photo ofP-14

P-14

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,570 ft
Photo ofP-15

P-15

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,632 ft
Photo ofP-16

P-16

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,698 ft
Photo ofP-17 Photo ofP-17

P-17

PictographFauna Altitude 3,789 ft
Photo ofP-18 Photo ofP-18

P-18

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,852 ft
Photo ofP-19 Photo ofP-19

P-19

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,953 ft
Photo ofP-20. End of Love valley Photo ofP-20. End of Love valley

P-20. End of Love valley

PictographWaypoint Altitude 4,114 ft
Photo ofP-21

P-21

PictographWaypoint Altitude 4,163 ft
Photo ofP-22

P-22

PictographPayment required Altitude 4,426 ft
Photo ofP-23. Uçhisar casle ticket office

P-23. Uçhisar casle ticket office

PictographSummit Altitude 4,419 ft
Photo ofP-24. Top of Uçhisar casle Photo ofP-24. Top of Uçhisar casle Photo ofP-24. Top of Uçhisar casle

P-24. Top of Uçhisar casle

PictographWaypoint Altitude 4,406 ft
Photo ofP-25

P-25

Photo ofP-26 Photo ofP-26

P-26

PictographWaypoint Altitude 4,042 ft
Photo ofP-27. Take left Photo ofP-27. Take left

P-27. Take left

PictographInformation point Altitude 4,003 ft
Photo ofP-28. Info

P-28. Info

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,976 ft
Photo ofP-29

P-29

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,917 ft
Photo ofP-30

P-30

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,885 ft
Photo ofP-31. Dead end

P-31. Dead end

PictographWaypoint Altitude 4,058 ft
Photo ofP-32

P-32

PictographInformation point Altitude 4,016 ft
Photo ofP-33. Info

P-33. Info

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,822 ft
Photo ofP-34

P-34

PictographTunnel Altitude 3,730 ft
Photo ofP-35. Tunnel

P-35. Tunnel

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,714 ft
Photo ofP-36

P-36

PictographInformation point Altitude 3,694 ft
Photo ofP-37. Pagein valley finish/start Photo ofP-37. Pagein valley finish/start

P-37. Pagein valley finish/start

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,652 ft
Photo ofP-38

P-38

Comments  (1)

  • Photo of dorian29
    dorian29 Aug 1, 2023

    I have followed this trail  verified  View more

    Très bel itinéraire, plusieurs coupes possibles

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