Lycian Way: Ovacık to Hısarçandır

Ovacık to Hısarçandır

405 km Over 27 Stages

Geo-Location

Overview

This is the full ‘official’ route starting in Ovacık and finishing in Hısarçandır (though actually it was announced in 2014 that the Lycian Way has been extended for an extra two days of walking – we’ll update this route once we have more details). It goes via the Sidyma ruins (instead of Gey) and takes the ‘inland’ route (climbing Tahtalı Dağı) from Çıralı to Hısarçandır, rather than the alternative ‘coastal’ route via Tekirova. Most people will do this route in about 26 to 30 days of walking. We’ve organized it into 27 stages, though adjust it to suit your pace.

This route assumes you are going from west to east (which is how it is most commonly done), though you can also do the route entirely in reverse.

This official route starts off with some beautiful but not-too-challenging sections that allow your legs to build up their strength before the tougher mountainous sections towards the end. That said, there is still some good climbing even in the early sections (such as the climb from Kabak Beach to Alınca).

The stage breaks listed for this route are somewhat arbitrary. You should modify them to suit your own needs, based on your anticipated walking pace, whether or not you are camping, and so on. It is also worth spending some time studying the full list of sections to see some of the interesting alternatives available to you at various points along the way.

Note that while the official start is in Ovacık, there really isn’t any reason not to start in Fethiye. The trail from Fethiye is fully waymarked and it acts as a good ‘warm up’ for the more challenging stages ahead. Plus, it takes you through the interesting ‘ghost town’ of Kayaköy, which is very different from what you’ll see elsewhere along the Lycian Way. Starting in Fethiye adds an extra day to your trek. See the Fethiye to Hısarçandır route for that option.

Useful Stuff to Know…

Starting Location: Ovacık
Finishing Location: Hısarçandır
Total Distance: 404.6 km
# Stages in Route: 27
# Sections in Route: 51
Avg Stage Distance: 15.0 km
Total Ascent: 18,770 m
Total Descent: 18,190 m
Longest Stage: #21 – 20.1 km
Shortest Stage: #12 – 7.7 km

Stage 01

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
12.5 km 730 m 700 m
Ovacık – Kirme Excellent 9.6 km 725 m 310 m
Kirme – Faralya Average 2.9 km 10 m 390 m

Stage 02

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
11.3 km 1,195 m 795 m
Faralya – Kabak Good 4.5 km 245 m 320 m
Kabak – Kabak Beach Average 1.2 km 25 m 275 m
Kabak Beach – Alınca Good 5.6 km 925 m 200 m

Stage 03

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
16.9 km 810 m 875 m
Alınca – Turnoff Junction After Alınca Average 4.9 km 235 m 440 m
Turnoff Junction After Alınca – Sidyma Average 6.9 km 270 m 245 m
Sidyma – Bel Good 5.1 km 300 m 195 m

Stage 04

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
13.3 km 470 m 1,135 m
Bel – Belceğiz Average 2.9 km 120 m 155 m
Belceğiz – Gavurağılı Average 4.0 km 65 m 595 m
Gavurağılı – Pydnai Ruins / Petara Beach West Average 6.4 km 285 m 385 m

Stage 05

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
13.0 km 85 m 65 m
Pydnai / Patera Beach West – Letoon (official) Poor 8.0 km 35 m 30 m
Letoon – Kumluova Poor 1.9 km 10 m 5 m
Kumluova – Kınık Poor 3.2 km 40 m 30 m

Stage 06

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
19.2 km 850 m 625 m
Kınık – Xanthos Ruins Average 550 m 35 m 0 m
Xanthos Ruins – Çavdır Average 4.0 km 75 m 30 m
Çavdır – Üzümlü Average 9.1 km 480 m 275 m
Üzümlü – Akbel Average 5.5 km 255 m 320 m

Stage 07

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
15.0 km 370 m 595 m
Akbel – Delikkemer Good 5.3 km 115 m 210 m
Delikkemer – Patara Ruins (north path) Good 8.1 km 225 m 360 m
Patara Ruins – Gelemiş Average 1.6 km 25 m 25 m

Stage 08

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
19.0 km 700 m 655 m
Gelemiş – Delikkemer (south path) Good 13.9 km 560 m 430 m
Delikkemer – Kalkan Average 5.1 km 140 m 225 m

Stage 09

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
9.9 km 795 m 110 m
Kalkan – Bezirgan Good 9.9 km 795 m 110 m

Stage 10

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
15.5 km 635 m 530 m
Bezirgan – Gökceören Average 15.5 km 635 m 530 m

Stage 11

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
19.7 km 675 m 935 m
Gökceören – Pınarbaşı Average 19.7 km 675 m 935 m

Stage 12

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
7.7 km 65 m 640 m
Pınarbaşı – Çukurbağ Average 980 m 5 m 100 m
Çukurbağ – Kaş Excellent 6.7 km 60 m 545 m

Stage 13

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
18.8 km 815 m 525 m
Kaş – Limanağzı Average 4.3 km 110 m 105 m
Limanağzı – Boğazcık Good 14.6 km 705 m 420 m

Stage 14

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
16.1 km 275 m 570 m
Boğazcık – Aperlai Average 6.4 km 100 m 395 m
Aperlai – Üçağız Average 7.6 km 125 m 125 m
Üçağız – Kaleköy Junction Average 2.1 km 45 m 45 m

Stage 15

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
17.3 km 230 m 215 m
Kaleköy Junction – Kapaklı Average 6.4 km 145 m 75 m
Kapaklı – Çayağzı Junction Average 3.7 km 60 m 115 m
Çayağzı Junction – Myra via Demre Average 7.3 km 25 m 25 m

Stage 16

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
12.2 km 1,080 m 275 m
Myra – Alakilise Ruins Good 12.2 km 1,080 m 275 m

Stage 17

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
16.7 km 1,150 m 1,105 m
Alakilise Ruins – Belos Ruins Good 16.7 km 1,150 m 1,105 m

Stage 18

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
9.3 km 60 m 925 m
Belos Ruins – Finike Good 9.3 km 60 m 925 m

Stage 19

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
17.1 km 25 m 35 m
Finike – Mavikent Poor 17.1 km 25 m 35 m

Stage 20

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
13.5 km 235 m 230 m
Mavikent – Karaöz Average 13.5 km 235 m 230 m

Stage 21

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
20.1 km 1,050 m 1,045 m
Karaöz – Adrasan Good 20.1 km 1,050 m 1,045 m

Stage 22

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
14.7 km 830 m 825 m
Adrasan – Olympos Ruins (high route) Good 12.9 km 790 m 790 m
Olympos Ruins – Çıralı Average 1.8 km 40 m 40 m

Stage 23

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
16.7 km 1,285 m 450 m
Çıralı – Ulupınar Good 7.8 km 505 m 240 m
Ulupınar – Beycik Good 8.9 km 775 m 215 m

Stage 24

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
11.9 km 1,135 m 1,015 m
Beycik – Yayla Kuzdere Good 11.9 km 1,135 m 1,015 m

Stage 25

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
16.1 km 800 m 920 m
Yayla Kuzdere – Gedelme Good 7.3 km 220 m 500 m
Gedelme – Göynük Yayla Average 8.8 km 585 m 425 m

Stage 26

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
12.6 km 700 m 1,470 m
Göynük Yayla – Göynük Canyon Excellent 12.6 km 700 m 1,470 m

Stage 27

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
18.3 km 1,720 m 920 m
Göynük Canyon – Hısarçandır Good 18.3 km 1,720 m 920 m

Admin Notes

Note: An extension to the Lycian Way was implemented in 2014 adding about two days of additional walking beyond the listed finishing point. We haven’t walked those extensions yet; we’ll add updated information once we learn more about those sections. Thanks to Kate Clow for her continued work on improving the Lycian Way!