Altay Özcan graduated from Hacıtepe University, Ankara in 2006 and became a professional licensed tourist guide in 2009. He worked as an activity leader specialising in canyoning , sea kayaking, trekking and mountain biking before maturing into a cultural guide. He now guides an international clientele exploring the diversity of all the regions of Turkey.
Altay is co-founder of the Carian Trail project has devoted every winter since 2009 to exploring and clearing old roads of the region. His love of the outdoors is expressed through his photography, which has been published in several books and many magazines, as well as being featured in the Carian Trail guidebook and website.