Ala Daglar

Trekker approaching Direktas, Ala Daglar mountains, eastern Turkey

The Ala Daglar is a sprawling limestone mountain range southeast of Nigde, part of the Taurus mountain chain and one of the finest trekking (and climbing) areas in Turkey. Direktas, the prominent rock tower just to the right of centre, lies on one side of the Yedi Goller (‘Seven Lakes’) basin – an elevated (~3000m) area of rolling rock and scree, dotted (as its name implies) with lakes (though some of them often dry out in the summer), and surrounded by towering peaks reaching up to around 3700m.
This image was taken back in 2008 – one of more than a dozen trips that I’ve made to eastern Turkey over several years – on a D200 (this fact alone makes it seem a long, long time ago!) with a 12-24mm f/4 lens, using a Singh Ray graduated neutral density filter to hold back the brooding sky. I hope to be back in eastern Turkey later this year.
Photos © Rudolf Abraham. No unauthorized use.


  1. Beautiful lighting and subject!

  2. ¡Que belleza! es uno de los sitios que también me gustaría visitar Turquia, gracias por compartir, abrazos Rudolf

  3. It must have been a great experience. Such a wonderful mountain.

    • It is a beautiful place, very harsh and a complete contrast to the Kackar mountains along the Black Sea coast (another very beautiful trekking area), which are lush and green.

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