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Climbing Mt. Ararat, 5165m (Turkey)

Climbing Mt. Ararat, 5165m (Turkey) 725 , 8 Days
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Agri Dag, or Ararat as it is known in the west, is the highest mountain in Turkey. Traditionally it is considered to be the spot where Noah’s Ark came to rest after the Great Flood, and numerous expeditions have been mounted in recent years to try and find chunk of it.  The Blunttopped Mountain, permanently glacier capped, is in fact a dormant volcano which last erupted in 1840. All sides of the mountain are treeless, as much from the severe climate as the intermittent volcanic activity, but by no means lifeless.  The expedition starts with 3 days of acclimatization in two camps at altitudes of 3200 and 4200 m from where we make several ascends and descends. Next is the summit day. We start very early in the morning with a steep climb followed by walking on ice and snow to the top. After some time at the top at sunrise we go all the way down to camp 1 for overnight. The trekking ends on the next day and we finish this amazing trip with some sightseeing around lake Van.

Tour Highlights
The snow capped volcanic cone of Mt. Ararat


Itinerary (Minor changes may occcur):

Day 1: Van
Arrival in Van, transfer to the hotel in the city centre. We stay overnight in the Hotel in Van.
 
Day 2: Ascent of Mt. Artos (3,537 m)
In the morning we drive to Gevas (an hour). From here we climb the summit from the north (depending on conditions traversing the mountain from south to North (it’s a steep, but not technically mountain). The mountain offers a fantastic view over Lake Van. If the weather conditions are fine, Mt, Süphan and even the Ararat can already be seen from here. We stay overnight at the hotel in Van.  B/-/-
 
Day 3: Around Lake Van to Dogubayazit
In the morning we first drive to Gevas, from here we take a boat tour to Akdamar Island and visit the medieval, Armenian church. Then we drive around the lake to Dogubayazit. In the afternoon visit of the Ishak Pasa palace from the Ottomans time. B/-/-
 
Day 4: To the base camp
After breakfast we drive to the village of Cevirme, the starting point of our Ararat tour. After the luggage has been loaded onto the horses, we hike comfortably in about 5 hours to the base camp at an altitude of 3200 m. Overnight stay in tents. B/L/D

Day 5: High camp
After a good night we climb back up to the high camp. Those who are not yet fully occupied by the 4-hour ascent can walk a little further towards the summit. Early dinner, because the ascent to the summit starts in the night. B/L/D
 
Day 6: Summit Ararat, 5,165 m
At around 2-3 o'clock it is time to get up and have breakfast. A steep climb of around 5-6 hours takes us to the summit. The glacier begins at an altitude of approx. 4900 m, from now on we continue with crampons. After 5 to 6 hours of climbing we are standing on the highest peak in Turkey, the mountain of Noah´s. In good weather and visibility, the view extends to Iran, Armenia and the Caucasus, Eastern Anatolia is at our feet! Then the descent begins, first to the high camp (3 hours). After a rest and a bite to eat, we break off our camp and descend to the base camp. The walking time from the summit to the base camp is around 6 hours. Overnight in the base camp. B/L/D
 
Day 7: Descent, Dogubayazit (which is also the reserve day in case of bad weather conditions)
There is still a 3 hour descent ahead of us, then we continue by vehicle an hour to Dogubayazit. The afternoon is free. Overnight in the hotel.
Should we use this day as a reserve day, we will climb from the summit all the way down to Cevirme and then drive to Dogubayazit to the hotel. (Breakfast and lunch, if the reserve day should be needed on the mountain, so Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 
Day 8: Drive to Van, flight home
In the early morning we drive to Van to the airport, flight home. B/-/-
 

We recommend the trip in the period: 15th June – 15th September

Necessary equipment:   Trekking shoes; loose, casual trousers for trekking; daypack for walking; waterproof clothes; pocket knife; torch; sleeping bags; sun protection creams; hat; walking sticks; crampons. We will provide dome tents per two persons; thick mattress per person; all kitchen equipment. Good quality hiking/climbing boots, base layers, balaclava or warm hat, socks (1000 mile), waterproofs top and bottom, quality jacket (RAB), sun glasses or goggles; walking poles (if you like). We also suggest you bring a basic medicine kit which would include paracetamol, diclufenac, loperamide, anti bacterial wipes and gel. We also suggest that you consider dimox for altitude sickness please consult your doctor for this.


Price Includes:
All land transports
Accommodation in Hotel and Zelt,Based on Double room/tent
Luggage transport by pack animals up to high camp
Full board during the climb in the camps which means a rich breakfast
packed lunch (on your own choice from the breakfast) and a god dinner. Drinking water supply (enough,no need to carry or buy),hot water,tea and coffee all the day alcoholic drinks to buy at the camp
Accommodation in the hotels based on bed and breakfast
Permit fee
Camping equipment like tents and mattresses and kitchen gears,toilet tent
Local,licensed English speaking mountain guide

Not Included:
drinks
travel insurance
flight tickets
tips


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Climbing Mt. Ararat, 5165m (Turkey) (Rated 4.95 / 5 Based on 310 Reviews.)
Price
725 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Single Supplement
75 EUR
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Open for booking
Price
725 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Single Supplement
75 EUR
Status
Open for booking
Price
725 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Single Supplement
75 EUR
Status
Open for booking
Price
725 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Single Supplement
75 EUR
Status
Open for booking
Price
725 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Single Supplement
75 EUR
Status
Open for booking
Price
725 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Single Supplement
75 EUR
Status
Open for booking
Price
725 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Single Supplement
75 EUR
Status
Open for booking

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.

Tours of this level demand that you be really in good shape. The paths are not always in the best condition and the marking can be scarce. There are day-treks with big ascents and descents. Changing weather conditions /even in midsummer/ play an important role when trekking/cycling at a very high altitude and may cause changes of the preliminary route. This is to be decided by the mountain guide on the spot. Normally, the treks are 6/8h per day, but some can be longer. Preliminary hiking experience is an advantage, but not necessary if you are really in a good shape. Note that during some of the days, you should personally carry your baggage, which is naturally an additional difficulty. No rock/ice climbing experience is needed.

Group Size
min. 1 person
Reservation System Code
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