I started at Kuşadası, on Turkey’s Aegean (western) coast. I then headed east through Konya, dropped southeast to Adana near the Mediterranean Sea, and then headed east again to Şanlıurfa. From Şanlıurfa I walked east-northeast to Diyarbakır and Van..
I walked about 60 miles (100 kilometers) per week. The journey, including downtime, took about 7-1/2 months.
Here’s a map:
View Heathen Pilgrim route in a larger map
If you really want to get granular, look at this spreadsheet, where I’ve broken down the route into increments averaging 7 miles each.
Here is the elevation profile (click the image to enlarge):
I started out walking a river valley for a couple weeks. Then for about 6 weeks I was on a plateau, spending most of that time between 3000 and 4000 feet. From the plateau I dropped to sea level for three weeks or so, then was back onto a lower plateau (about 2000 to 3000 feet) for about two months. From there I climbed to a higher plateau, spending the last three weeks of the walk between 6000 and 7000 feet.
Climate (average highs and lows, precipitation):
- Menderes river valley
- Climbing onto the plateau — Denizli to Lake Egirdir
- On the plateau — Lake Egirdir to Konya
- Descending to the Mediterranean — Konya to Silifke
- Walking the Mediterranean lowlands – Silifke to Osmaniye
- Back in the hills — Osmaniye to the Euphrates
- Walking the cradle of civilization — between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers
- To a higher plateau — the Tigris river to Lake Van
- The last leg — Lake Van to Iran