Nemrut Crater Lake: Touch of nature hidden on mountain

Published 26.10.2017 20:57
Updated 26.10.2017 20:58
Nemrut Crater Lake: Touch of nature hidden on mountain

Mount Nemrut is an impressive place, not just for its height, but also for its unique structural geomorphology. Still believed to be active, the volcanic mountain is home to beautiful scenery centered on an impressive volcanic caldera.

Not to be confused with Mount Nemrut in Adıyaman, which is famous for its sculptures mounted on the summit, Nemrut Crater Lake, the world's second-largest crater lake, is a lesser-known destination waiting to be discovered. Although it was previously recognized by the European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) project, the lake still remains a hidden paradise of the Eastern Anatolia.

Located in Bitlis's Tatvan district, Nemrut Crater Lake is an alternative tourism destination that hosts thousands of local and international tourists while still giving the illusion of remaining untouched.

As a result of Mount Nemrut's volcanic eruptions, five crater lakes now grace the mountain's landscape. Nemrut Crater Lake's average depth is 100 meters and the area surrounding the lake reaches as high as 4 meters. Conical in shape, the top of the crater is 46 kilometers (29 miles) wide, while the bottom measures 36 kilometers in width. Sitting at an elevation of 2,800 meters and covering an area of over 13 kilometers, the lake actually consists of five cold and extremely hot smaller lakes featuring ice caves, steam chimneys, bird species and incredible landscape.

This natural wonder offers a variety of activities including an observation terrace, nature garden and trekking parkour.

A team of seven scientists are currently studying unique geographic formations in the area Launched last year, the primary goal of the studies is to provide data to UNESCO amid aims to have the lake recognized and included on the UNESCO Global Geoparks' List.

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