After a late rich breakfast, we took a curvy road from Lake Van through Southeastern Anatolia to Eruh, with a predominantly Kurdish population that welcomes visitors. Sadly, renewed hostilities from 2015 between the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) and Turkish government forces, along with possible effects of the Syrian conflict in the territory near the border, have rendered large areas sometimes risky for travelers. The more down we drove, the more serious were the Jandarma checkpoints (anyway, they did not check the truck inside and were happy with passport photos in the phone).

Parking location – Eruh: 37.739325N 42.219890E