Climbing Small Ararat (3896 m) will be good acclimatization before trekking on Big Ararat (5137 m) because will help to adapt our bodies to high altitude. From the top of Little Ararat we will have amazing view of Big Ararat, which looks completely different from that point.
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 Little Ararat Summit (3896 m)
We start our tour early in the morning (about 6 a.m.) after breakfast at the hotel. From Dogubayazit we drive to the village near to the foot of Little Ararat. We will take our small rucksacks with water and lunch packets and start to ascent to the summit of Small Ararat. After reaching the summit, we will start to descent to the foot of mountain. Late afternoon we should reach the place, where our driver will wait for us. We back to Dogubayazit, to our hotel.
Day 3 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 4 Camp 2 (4200 m)
After breakfast trek 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 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 8 Departure
After breakfast in the hotel transfer to Van airport.