Tucked away in the eastern part of Turkey, the Van province remains a hidden treasure eagerly awaiting adventurous travelers to uncover its allure. Van boasts a unique blend of history, adventure, and relaxation, all set against a backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty and a rich cultural heritage.
At the heart of this region lies Lake Van, one of the world’s largest and most stunning freshwater lakes. Encircled by majestic mountains, its sapphire-blue waters create a picturesque haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Tourists can embark on boat cruises to Akdamar Island, home to the splendid Akdamar Church, renowned for its exquisite medieval Armenian architecture adorned with intricate stone carvings.
In the Masiro canyon of the Aldran district, members of the Vadi Nature Sports Club recently embarked on a leisurely stroll, followed by a refreshing swim in the pristine stream. This club regularly organizes outings along various routes to showcase the historical and ecological wonders within and around Van.
During this particular excursion, a group of five individuals embarked on a 3-kilometer hike spanning 77 stages, traversing between the Siirt Pervari and Atak districts of Van. Nature enthusiasts reveled in a delightful day that included swimming in the nearby creek and experiencing the thrill of pulling halais.
The primary objective of this expedition, as explained by Mer Demez, the President of the Vadi Nature Sports Club, was to introduce people to the historical and ecological marvels nestled within the Lake Van Basin.
Demez stated that they walked down the canyon in three sections.
“In the Shahristan area of the Masiro Canyon, there are Mersen Life Caves. Additionally, there is a church and water cisterns inside the cave. Masiro stream and canyon is a piece of unspoiled nature, shrouded in trees. The canyon is situated on the boundaries of the atak district, 125 kilometers from Van.”