Zigana Pass

The Zigana Pass (Turkish: Zigana Geçidi) is a mountain pass situated on the Pontic Mountains in Gümüşhane Province close to its border with Trabzon Province in northeastern Turkey. The pass, at 2,032:m (6,667:ft) above sea level, is on the route D.885 E 97 at a distance of 60:km (37:mi) from Gümüşhane and 120:km (75:mi) from Trabzon at the Black Sea coast. The pass is snow-covered five months a year.

The Zigana Tunnel under the pass, at an elevation of 1,795:m (5,889:ft) above sea level, is 1,702:m (5,584:ft) long, 11:m (36:ft) wide and has a maximum height of 8:m (26:ft). It is one of longest tunnels in the country.

The namesake village of Zigana, located 3.5:km (2.2:mi) southwest of the tunnel, is a popular ski-resort.

Nearby Lake Limni is reachable on foot by a 3:m (9.8:ft) trail or by car on a 11:m (36:ft) paved road via Kalkanlı village.

On 25 January 2009, an avalanche killed 11 hikers on Mount Zigana.


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Lilies at Zigana Pass

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