Uludağ (OO-loo dah, "Great
the Mount Olympus of
the ancient province of Bithynia,
rises 2543 m (8343 feet) to the south
of the historic center of Bursa.
A teleferik (cable
car) east of the city center usually takes
you to the summit for hiking (or
just some fresh, cool air) in summer,
and for skiing in
winter, but legal problems and the plan for a new cable car system stopped the lift from operating in September 2013. Ask if it is in operation again.
depart from the city center and drive
the 23 km (14 miles) to the summit.
Plan a minimum of three hours for
a visit to Uludağ by
cable car, and preferably 3-1/2 or
four hours, allowing time for the ride up and back down (1 hour),
waiting time for transport (1 hour) and an hour to see the
scenery at the top.
If the cable car is running, take a taxi,
or a city bus or dolmush marked Teleferik,
eastward (a 15-minute ride
from the center of Bursa) to the cable
car base station. The ride
to the summit takes 30 minutes. In
foul weather (especially wind, rain
or fog), the cable car may not operate.
When you enter the cable car, try
to get a place at the rear of the car,
as that will give you the best panoramic
The cable car stops at Kadıyayla,
half-way up the mountain, before
continuing to the top at Sarialan (1635
Sarıalan has some
snacks-and-drinks stands, some walking
trails (patika), and a campground administered by Uludağ National Park.
The campground is usually fully booked
well in advance.
Sarıalan is not the summit. It's 6
km (3.73 miles) from Sarıalan to the Hotel
Mevkii) where skiers congregate
in winter and nature-lovers and business
conferences in summer. The summit is
visible from the Hotel Zone.
To drive your own car to the summit, tire
chains are required (Zincir
takmak mecburidir) from
December to early April when there
is snow or ice (which there usually
—by Tom Brosnahan