Karagöl Lake Hike

Walking in Barhal

At around 2700m, Karagöl is one of a string of beautiful upland lakes far from any road in the Kaçkar Highlands. The whole area is snowbound in winter but in summer it's possible to walk there in a very scenic but quite strenuous full-day hike starting from Naznara hamlet, 7km northwest of Barhal.

An alternative, longer route starts from Sarıbulut hamlet which is around 6km west of Barhal on foot but 15km by road. A guide is strongly recommended for both hikes.