Mount Ararat Climbing Program (9 days)

Mount Ararat is located in the eastern Anatolia region of Turkey. Ararat Near the border the Iran, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The mountain has twin peaks known as the Great Ararat Peak and the Little Ararat Peak. The height of the Mount Ararat Peak is 5,137m, And Little Ararat Peak is 3.896 m. The Turkish government requires a Trekking permit and the use of a certified and licensed Turkish guide, for Climbing or Skiing Tours on Mount Ararat.

Day 1 Van – Dogubayazit

We meet you at Van airport about 9.00 a.m. and take you to Van Castle. Transfer to Dogubayazit (2 hours), stopping for lunch at the beautiful Muradiye waterfalls. Arrive and check in at the 3-star hotel in Dogubayazit, after dinner groups meeting, equipment check and discuss all trekking details. Night in the hotel.

Day 2 Base Camp (3200 m)

After breakfast in the hotel about 8.00-9.00 a.m. leave unnecessary things locked in storage room, transfer by minibus to starting point at 2200 m on Mount Ararat. Hike (4-5 hours) to the Base camp. Horses will carry your big backpacks and camp equipment. You carry your own small backpack with lunch packet. In the camp picnic and dinner. Overnight in camp 1 in tent.

Day 3 Acclimatization day

Climb to 4000 meters and return to camp 1. Overnight in camp 1 in tent.

Day 4 Camp 2 (4200 m)

After breakfast climb to camp 2 at 4200 m (3-4 hours). Transfer of equipment by horses. In the camp 2 dinner go to sleep early.

Day 5 Mount Ararat Summit (5137 m)

Wake up at 1-2 a.m., small breakfast, drink coffee or tea. Depart from camp 2 to the top. Climbing about 5-9 hours for sunrise. Return to the camp 2, short rest, eat, pack equipment for horses. Return to Base camp for night. (This may also be used as a reserve day if altitude sickness or bad weather requires two nights at camp 2.)

Day 6 Dogubayazit, Hammam, Kurdish dinner

After breakfast at Base Camp, pack all equipment for horses and descend to 2200 m, transfer by minibus to the hotel. Short rest. Then visit a traditional Turkish Hammam. In the evening celebration Kurdish dinner and receive climbing certificates. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 Cultural tours

After breakfast in the hotel followed by cultural tours of Ishak Pasa Palace, Meteor Crater, Noah Ark National Park. Return to town for walking and eat dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8 Van Lake

After breakfast in the hotel transfer to Van and boat trip to Akdamar Island and historic church. Check in to the hotel in Van. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9 Departure

After breakfast in the hotel transfer to Van airport.