M2 Rusa Gölü Çevresi

Lake Rusa Loop

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Lake Rusa Loop

Bir dağ gölü etrafında bulunan çobanlar ve kuş yaşamı


Today’s journey consists of an optional hike or bike ride around the perimeter of Lake Rusa on a bumpy dirt road. An hour-long transfer in the morning will bring you from Van back up to the lake. Either on foot or by bike, you’ll enjoy views of the lake and surrounding mountains, passing through and experiencing the culture of local shepherd families who migrate up from nearby villages in the summer months. After another transfer, you’ll be rewarded with some well-deserved relaxation at your hotel.

Highlights: Lake Rusa, nomadic shepherd life, birdwatching

Accommodation: There are many shepherd encampments; it would be possible to put a tent by these places.

Transport: No direct transport. Choice of accommodation in Van; transfer by arrangement for groups (1 hr).

NOTE: Although the total distance around the lake is 27 km, it is possible to shorten it by leaving the road and walking over the grass. However, this depends on seasonal conditions.

Where to Start

Rusa Gölü: Rusa Gölü’nün batı taraftaki en uç noktasında, göl sağınızda kalacak şekilde toprak yol üzerinde doğu istikametinde gidin. Aynı noktaya döneceksiniz.

Fact Sheet


Distance: 27 km
Approximate duration: 8 hours

Accumulated climb: 385 m
Accumulated descent: 385 m

Maximum altitude: 2620 m
Minimum altitude: 2546 m