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ARARAT Climbing - 7 DAYS

7 Days trip to Mount Ararat (5137m) on the high plateau of East Anatolia
Ascent of Mount Ararat (5.137 m), the highest mountain in Turkey. The ascent of the 5000m high mountain, technically graded as fairly easy takes place along the only the permitted route via two camps. The hospitality of a Kurdish nomad family during a homely evening meal will be filled with many unforgettable moments.  The historic centre of Van is formed by its eventful history and many cultures. We will show you the most beautiful sights of Van.  Sightseeing of the Ìshak-Pasha-Palace, which was built high above the Dogubayazit plateau in the 17th century. For centuries it controlled the caravan traffic on the old Silk Route which it overlooks. Tour Description: You need 7 days to really start to understand Mount Ararat, to appreciate what it has to give, to discover its meaning as a holy mountain and to climb up once. Ararat is venerated as a holy mountain not only in Turkey but also in Armenia, Georgia and other cultures living at its base.

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Level 3: Moderate
These are trekking trips with hikes in easy terrain with occasionally more demanding sections of the path. On the daily stages, a maximum of 1,200 meters in altitude is covered in up to 6 hours. A good physical condition is required.


  • Group size                      : 2-12 people

  • Travel time                     : 7 days

  • Overnight stay in tents   : 4 nights

  • Hotel accommodation     : 2 nights


  • State-certified mountain guide (according to Turkish law, this is necessary in the Ararat National Park)

  • German or English speaking mountain guide

  • Approval on site or from Ankara for the ascent of Ararat

  • Entrance fee to the Ararat National Park (70 € / person)

  • all transfers according to the program

  • Transport of the main luggage by horses on Mount Ararat to Camp 2

  • Support team

  • Full board and picnic equipment on the mountain, local cook

  • Hotel accommodation in double rooms with half board (breakfast / dinner); Single room at extra charge

  • Two-man tents, sleeping mats (5cm); Single tents for an extra charge

  • Excursions according to the program

  • Entrance fees

  • all flights on request

  • meals not mentioned

  • beverages

  • individual excursions and visits outside the program

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips

  • Single room / tent surcharge: 15 euros / day

Tour Programm

Day 1:
Transfer from the airport at Van (1727m), with the lake of the same name, in East Anatolia to the Hotel in Dogubayazit (B/L/D)

Accommodation: Hotel Meals: - / - / D
Day 2:

Drive on a bumpy road up to about 2200m to the starting point of our ascent. Ascent to Camp 1 (3200m, about 4 hours); luggage will be transported by horses. Overnight stay in tents (B/L/D)

Accommodation: Tent Meals: B / L / D
Day 3:
Ascent for acclimatisation (5 hours). Ascend on winding roads almost to Camp 2 without luggage to test for acclimatisation. During the break you can look past the Lesser Mount Ararat into Iran. After the descent food in the camp; overnight stay again in Camp 1. (B/L/D)

Accommodation: Tent Meals: B / L / D
Day 4:
Packing of tents and ascent to Camp 2 (4200m, 5 hours); luggage will be transported by horses; the tents are protected from the wind behind walls of stones. It will only be a short overnight stay in tents. (B/L/D)

Accommodation: Tent Meals: B / L / D
Day 5:
Up to the peak 5165m (about 4-5 hours). Start at 3 a.m. First you will have to climb over boulders and small rocks to the snow and ice cap in the summit area where, depending on the conditions, you may have to use crampons. If the weather is fine there will be time for an extensive rest at the summit. Quick descent, with a rest at Camp 2 and then a further descent to Camp 1. Overnight stay in tents. (B/L/D)

Accommodation: Tent Meals: B / L / D
Day 6:
Further descent to Eli and return journey to Dogubayazit. Free time. (B/-/D)

Accommodation: Hotel Meals: B / L / D
Day 7:
Transfer to the airport in Van. (B/- /-)

Meals: B / - / -

(B-L-D) B=Breakfast L=Lunchpaket D=Dinner

  1. Further dates on request, we will carry out your tour at your request at any time

  2. Our tours take place from two people

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