Climbing Mt. Ararat, 5165m (Turkey)

Climbing Mt. Ararat, 5165m (Turkey) 860 , 8 Days

Agri Dag, or Mount 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  permanently glacier capped mountain 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 3200m and 4200m 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.

♦ The snow capped volcanic cone of Mt. Ararat

Itinerary (minor changes may occcur):

Day 1. Van
Arrival in Van and transfer to the hotel for overnight..-/-/-

Day 2. Ascent of Mt. Artos (3,537 m)
IWe start our first day with an hour-long drive to Gevas. From here we start our first climb. We will climbt Mt.Artos the north and enjoy the breathtaking views from the top. On a clear day, you can even see Mr.Ararat from the top. In the evening, we return to our hotel in Van for overnight. B/-/-

Day 3. Around Lake Van to Dogubayazit
After breakfast at the hotel, we are heading to Gevas. From there we will take a boat tour to Akdamar Island and visit the famous medieval Armenian church on the island. Then we drive around the lake to the city of Dogubayazit and explore its main highlights. Our last stop for the day is the Ishak Pasa Otttoman Palace, built in the 18th century, which is located just outside the city. We will then return to the hotel for overnight. B/-/-

Day 4. Base camp
After breakfast we will start our drive to the village of Cevirme, the starting point of our Ararat tour. After the luggage has been loaded onto the horses, we we will begin our 5-6 hour hike to the base camp, located at an altitude of 3200 m. Overnight stay in tents at the camp. B/L/D

Day 5. High camp
Today we will continue hiking to the high camp (4200m.). From there, you will have the option to walk a little further towards the summit. We will return to the campt in the late afternoon, have an early dinner and some rest before the summit day. B/L/D

Day 6. Summit  Day - Mt.Ararat (5,165 m)
Today we will wake up around 2-3 am, have some breakfast and strat the summit to the top - a steep climb of around 5-6 hours. The glacier begins at an altitude of approx. 4900 m, from where we continue with crampons. After 5 to 6 hours of climbing we will be standing on top of the highest peak in Turkey, the mountain of Noah. On a clear day, the view from the top extends to Iran, Armenia and the Caucasus. Afterwards we will begin our descent to the high camp ( about 3 hours). After a rest and a bite to eat, we will 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 to  Dogubayazit/ Reserve Day
Today we are taking our last descent to (about 3 houurs) before we take the bus to Dogubayazit. After arrival in the city, you will have some free time to relax and explore the city on your owrn. 
We can use this day as a reserve day if the weather doesn't allow ascent to the summit on day 6. If that's the case, then we will climb from the summit all the way down to Cevirme and then drive to Dogubayazit to the hotel. B/L/-

Day 8. Drive to Van, flight home
In the early morning we drive to Van to the airport, flight home. B/-/-

Necessary equipment:

  • 2x backpacks (a big one of 80-90litres and a small one - 35 litres)
  • Sleeping bag (comfort temperature:0C°; extreme: -15C° )
  • Walking poles
  • Trekking shoes (winter for the summit and 3-season for the rest of the days)
  • Trekking trousers (winter and 3-season)
  • Warm clothing and layers, including a waterproof and windproof jacket
  • Balaclava or warm hat
  • Headlamp and extra batteries
  • Thermos bottle 750 ml or 1 liter capacity
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Polyester underwear enough to last through your trip.

Price Includes:
all land transportation and airport transfers
accommodation as per the itinerary (4 nights in a hotel and 3 nights in tents)
local licensed English-speaking mountain guide
meals according the itinerary description (B-breakfast,L-lunch,D-dinner)
luggage transport by pack animals up to high camp
permit fee
camping equipment like tents,mattresses and kitchen gear
toilet tent

Not Included:
flight tickets
meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
personal expenses


Climbing Mt. Ararat, 5165m (Turkey) (Rated 4.95 / 5 Based on 397 Reviews.)
860 EUR
8 Days
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860 EUR
8 Days
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150 EUR
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860 EUR
8 Days
Single Supplement
150 EUR
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860 EUR
8 Days
Single Supplement
150 EUR
Open for booking

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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.

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