This tour is not for everyone. If you really are interested in mushrooms and nature please keep reading, otherwise you can search for some other experience or activitiy.
With more than thirthy years of experience, Jilber
Barutcuyan is the pioneer expert of mushrooms in Turkey. Jilber is truly a super
talent. He is a diver, climber, cave explorer, wine specialist and of-course a
mushroom expert (mikolog). He has a
special diploma on Mushroom Studies from Switzerland Ministry of Health. Our
expert is also very fluent in French and intermediate in English.
Pick-up from your hotel early in the morning and drive to Belgrad Forest to meet with Jilber, our mushroom guide. He will take us to a special field where we will discover and work throughout the day. After a short introduction, Jilber will inform us about mushrooms, the forest and the itinerary of our day.
And here we go! We all start to search and collect different types of mushrooms. Mushroom hunt takes about 45 minutes and then we walk back to our basecamp where Jilber will introduce and inform us about the picked mushrooms. Did you know that Jilber collected approximately 3000 different mushroom recipe’s?
Mushroom is a very deep and sophisticated subject and Jilber is among the very few people in Turkey knowledgeable about it. We will examine the mushrooms and ofcourse do a mushroom tasting. (2 hours)
Next is lunch! Open air and trees will make you hungry for sure. We mostly do barbeque, take some meat and meatballs with us for the lunch time. If you wish, once you book the tour we can talk more details about the lunch and we offer you some other options.
Belgrad forest is full of amazing photography oppurtunities. And since our subject is muhrooms, you definitely need your camera to shoot your favourite mushrooms on the field.
Mushrooms are mostly available at spring time-when there is more rain and of-course sun. Therefore please contact us in-advance to require further information about mushroom season and availability of the tour.
NOTE: The mushroom workshop and introduction is only in Turkish and French. If you don't speak Turkish or French, we can provide you an extra guide for the translation to your preferred language. Please visit this page for more information.
Mushroom hunt - reqired gear:
Comfortable clothes (required)
Trekking shoes or sneakers (required)
Pocket knife (recommended)