The Akhal Teke Horse Center was established in 1988.
The Great Cappadocian Ride Something more than a trail …
Once a year the major horseriding centers in Cappadocia are combining forces to offer this exciting and challenging horse event.
This unique itinerary combines a spectacular trail ride, an orienteering game, and an endurance race.
It will take place annually at the best season of the year and will showcase the most beautiful landscapes of our region.
It will be an incredible adventure for the riders, and their horses.
It will be a challenge, involving horsemanship, orienteering, and team spirit : the winner won’t be the fastest but the cleverest team.
You will ride in a small group of 6 riders, through a wild and spectacular landscape.
Nights will be spent in comfortable camps, around the fire in a traditional, warm atmosphere, surrounded by horses.
It will end with an endurance race of 40 km.
Each team puts together a maximum of 5 riders and a guide. The team itself is in charge of the strategy and itinerary, the guide is there to help and show the way through the difficult passages. This race is thus designed for strong intermediate and experienced outdoor riders, looking for a fun and fast ride in Cappadocia on a more challenging itinerary than a standard trail. Here no horses nose to tail ! You will be independent riders riding together.
Note : A group of 4 riders plus one guide can make their own team, but will have a disadvantage on the training course to bring points.
What is the aim of the race/game?
This orienteering and endurance equestrian game, is to be able to follow the smartest itinerary in the labyrinthe of the rocks of Cappadocia (on google earth / map), to discover all the highlight points on your way, to respect riding times and speed: to win the challenge and prepare your horse to the final trial: the 40kms Endurance Race.
The Great Cappadocian Ride in bivouac is for those who enjoy outdoor living and sleeping in a tent or under the stars. You will reach a different location on horseback at the end of each day, with the camp set up in the middle of nature, surrounded by beautiful views.
6 nights in Camp :
– Our exclusive camp spots are situated beautiful area .
– The camp includes a large communal tent like those used by the last nomadic families in the country, chairs and tables for meals.
– Dinners are taken in the communal tent or outside by the fire.
– The camp also includes toilets, a shower tent with a bucket and a gas stove for heating the water.
– Tents will be put on by our team (double tipi-tents with single camp mattresses)
– We will ask your help to participate at the camp’s life :
Take and replace your luggages and equipment in the trailer
Feeding and brushing your horse, tacking and untacking your horse
– Equipment required : sleeping bag, towels, torch, power bank (to charge your electronic devices)
– Your luggage will be transferred by our logistics vehicle. You should pack several, lighter bags rather than one large, heavy suitcase.
2 nights in hotel (arrival and departure night) :
– double/twin room with ensuite toilets and shower, in comfortable guesthouses typical of the local architecture (stone houses, cave houses, ottoman or Greek style).
– internet access and a laundry service.
– Single room extra charge (only if unwilling to share with 1 or 2 riders).
– Night 1: http://www.sultanbirding.com/tr/galeri
– Night 8:
– Standard : https://www.hotelsurban.com
– Luxury: https://www.selcukluevi.com (60€ per pax double room, 95 € single room)
Full board includes a Turkish / continental breakfast, and a delicious lunch featuring a local speciality each day.
At the camp, dinner is a traditional dish cooked on the wood fire, along with salad and fruits.
Vegetarian options are available upon request.
Tea, coffee and mineral water are included; wine, beer and soft drinks are available as an option.
The basic price includes:
• 8 nights accommodation full board, 6 and half riding days.
• The loan of a horse and riding equipment for the trail, for the obstacle course and the endurance race.
• English and/or french speaking guide.
• Local transfers & regular transfers from/to Kayseri airport and Nevsehir airport.
Starting at the « Bird Paradise » lake in the Sultan Sazli National Park, crossing all Cappadocia from south to north, and passing by the fantastic Red Valley, this itinerary lets you enjoy a great variety of landscapes..
Arrival at Kayseri airport on Saturday May 25th, 2019. Riders are driven to Sultan Sazli National
Park, with a shuttle organize at the end of afternoon.
Night in a guest house with direct view on the wetland of the « Bird Paradise ».
After breakfast, the teams are put together and the rules of the trail are explained.
You meet your horse and start for a one hour ride on the southern part of the lake in a fat
landscape ideal to get confdent with you horse, team and guide.
Each team is to choose its own way. Other team’s riders may be seen in a distance.
After the lunch gathering all the riders, your team has three hours to cross an agricultural area, to
climb up to the crest of Yesilisar, then to take a long ride across Akkoy lake and Keslik village or
straight away to Erdemli Valley to reach the camp.
Dinner and rankings of the day.
Night in the Erdemli Valley. Before sleeping you will have to build your strategy for the next day.
On the second day, the team that arrived last the day before is to start frst.
6 hours in the saddle with many riding options:
You start the day on a stony high plateau, through felds and meadows of the high Anatolian
plateau (1600 m high), overlooked by the Erciyes volcano with its snowy peak.
It’s up to you to decide on the itinerary, go around Hodul Daha or ride downhill by the Damsa
Valley; the most challenging one gives you the maximum points!
Camp in the green and peaceful Karlik Valley.
Dinner around a big camp fre, rankings of the day and strategy for the next days.
Now that your team got used with the rules and is able to evaluate the other competitors level,
this is a day for an exciting competition, when missing the entrance of a valley can make you lose
your position of leader.
Many remote canyons to visit, underground villages and churches that you shouldn’t miss…
Keeping your eyes open will make you win lots of points!
Later on, the land turns into wide open, bare spaces where shepherds lead their fock, helped by
the impressive Kangal dogs. After a last canter on the steppes, you arrive at the camp « Subasi ».
Vineyards, orchards, valleys, and remote villages.
The labyrinth of Cappadocia could make your arrival on time at the evening camp diffcult.
Will you take one of the easiest way or a challenging one?
Arriving in the northern part of the National park, during this long riding day you can see the
more scenic and sculptural valleys of Cappadocia: Zemi, Pigeon, Love and White valleys.
Night on the top of the red valley.
After an early wake up to admire the sunrise, the ballet of balloons taking off close by,
The day start with a long canter on an open plateau, overlooking the maze of colorful valleys. Red
valley, Boz daga, Devrent valley, all beautiful, all challenging.
Arrival in Uzengui valley for the night, nearby Kapadokya Ranch.
A training course where your horse has to pass some « obstacles » (mud, door, U turn, slalom)
brings your team more points.
Your horse is to undergo the vet-check for a 40 kms endurance race, and you get all the
information about the rules and organization of the race.
Opportunity to shop in Goreme, to visit the open air museum or to laze around.
An equestrian show takes place in the afternoon and ends up with a big camp party.
A 40 kms race is organized for all the riders.
The minimum speed limit is 10 km/h minimum; the maximum 15, and the cardio at arrival makes
Night in hotel
After breakfast, departure from Kayseri airport.