Turkey Rock Climbing Guides
Climb Turkey is an online home of a young team of rock climbing experts based in Turkey who is providing tour guide services to people who want to explore Turkey as a rock climber, by climbing its mountains and peaks. Click the button down below to hire us of keep scrolling to find out more.
Is Turkey a good destination for rock climbing?
We get asked this far often than we care to admit, and to tell you the truth it’s a bit hurtful at this point. Yes, of course Turkey does have good destinations for rock climbing. We might not be “crem de la crem” rock climbing hot spot like some other countries are, but there are still dozens of locations all over Turkey which are great for rock climbing. Climb Turkey offers full service, we guide you through everything you need to know about a particular peak, rent gear if you’re missing some, we even offer cool selfie drones that you can use to record yourself during your ascent. We have tours ready for climbers of all shapes and sizes. Even if you are a beginner, we know great spots for light hikes, that aren’t very challenging.
To make things more interesting, we also offer additional services. For example, if you want to enjoy in local culture on your climbs, and why wouldn’t you want to do that, try food, drinks, visit bars, learn about history, etc. we also incorporate that in our trips. We’ve been all across Turkey, during our formative years, so we know pretty much all the places that are worth visiting. And of course there’s also the fact that we are geeks, and if you don’t have cameras, or selfie drones, we’ve got you covered on that front as well. We even record your ascent for you, but you will have to make edits yourself. We’re not that good of a deal to also do the editing for you.
Petzl RockTrip 2014 video featuring Olympos, Geyikbayiri and Citdibi rocks
Petzl Sport is one of top 5 favorite YouTube channels of the Climb Turkey team, and we were delighted when they published this video where they features some of the most popular turkey rock climbing spots on their RocTrip series. This was back in 2014, almost 4 years now. Here they featured numerous climbers trying to reach the tops of Olympos, Geyikbayiri and Citdibi rocks. These are some of the most popular rock climbing spots in all of Turkey. This video really shows what a good quality drone can do for taking some breathtaking shots. Speaking of popular Turkey rock climbing spots. Let’s take a look at some of them that the Climb Turkey team covers.
Our top 5 favorite Turkey rock climbing destinations
One of the most rewarding climbs in all of Turkey is most definitely the Anavarza rock located in the Adana Province, in the south. I personally love this climb because at the top of it there are ruins of Anavarza Castle. It’s an ancient castle that stands at the very top of Anavarza. I highly recommend you take a good quality dron with you to Anavarza, because you’re going to want to capture footage of the castle and show off to your friends. Rock itself is about 25 meters high and there are already 9 routes made on the left block and 7 on the right. Don’t worry though, we can help you with everything to get you going. Anavarza isn’t a very demanding climb, perfect for intermediate climbers.
Bafa Golu rock
Each of the rocks featured here have that something that sets them apart from others. What makes Bafa Golu interesting is the unique shape of the boulders found there. They are granite carvings basically. With huge roofs that climbers have to conquer in order to reach the top. I think that the sight from the top of the rock is worth it though. You need to climb about 50 meters to reach the top. Climb is for the more experianced, but luckily the beginning of it at the bottom isn’t so demanding, in fact, even kids can practice there.
Datca is another very popular climbing hotspot in Turkey. Located in the southwest of Turkey, on the coastline where the Mediterranean meets the Aegean sea, Datca is rich with multiple climbing areas. The rocks are made out of limestone and there’s something here for every type of climber, from beginners to the pros. For the time being we know around 20 different cliffs that were developed in Datca. They range in height from about 15 meters, all the way up to 45 meters. There are climbs with bolted routes for beginners, and then there are also advanced steep cave climbing for the more advanced.
Behind this difficult to pronounce name lies the largest rock climbing spots in Turkey. This climbing spot was actually featured in the video above. Even though we let our clients choose their own destinations for their climbs, we strongly recommend people to choose Geyikbayiri as their first climbing destination. Reason for that is the existence of easy routes, 5a not even 15 meters of height, which is excellent for beginners. We call Geyikbayiri “The School” because by going through the climbs there, you can really develop your skill if you are a beginner.
Last but not least we have Citdibi, which is another popular rock climbing hotspot in Antalya Province, close to Geyikbayiri actually. Citdibi is a cliff that first caught the eye of climbers in 2002, but it wasn’t until 2013 that it was developed with glued in bolts. Today Citdibi has around 87 routes in various grade of difficulty. They range from 7a all the way up to 8b. This climb isn’t exactly completely beginner friendly, but it’s not like you can’t go there and test your skills. That’s how you get better. Routes are divided into 5 sectors, and the highest climbs go up to 150m. Be prepared.
If you are a climber itching to start getting to the top of one of the rocks that we mentioned up until now, or one of the dozens of others that we didn’t mention, then we are here for you. Your usual partners can’t make it for a trip to the Geyikbayiri? Don’t worry, we can be your support. The team here has a lot of experience with climbing pretty much all the crags that Turkey has to offer. We’ll help you out with everything, give you advice and get you off the ground.
We realize that renting gear probably isn’t needed if you are a serious climber, but if you are someone who wants to try something new on a vacation, if you are an adventurer, then you’re in luck. We are also renting gear here at Climb Turkey. Everything that you might need to get into climbing, we’ve got it. All beginners have to start somewhere, and it doesn’t make a lot of sense to buy climbing gear if you don’t know if you’ll enjoy something. Renting is the way to go for beginners, hence why you can rent with us.
Climbing difficult rocks, going up steep crags is challenging enough without you having to worry about getting lost traveling there, or something else going wrong along the way. If you come to us, we can arrange the entire trip to the climbing area, book the place where you’re going to stay and tell you all the places that you have to visit wherever it is that you decide to stay. Turkey has a rich history that dates back to ancient times. It’d be a shame to miss it all. We’ll be you guides.
What climbers we worked with have to say
Guys over at Climb Turkey are amazing. They set me up with everything that I needed to get climbing in Antalya. Their office is close to the airport and they are very friendly. Thumbs up from me.
When I first started my journey of trying to climb in Geyikbayiri, I ended up getting lost my first day. That's when I called up the guys at Climb Turkey and they came to the field to send me on my way. Thank you, you are a life saver.
I'm an experienced rock climber that managed to get himself lost in Datca. A friend of mine said he heard about Climb Turkey and that they are very helpful. We decided to call them and the came out to us in just 1 day, to help me and my parter setup. Very professional and fast. Thanks guys.