SKIING HAS NEVER BEEN SO ENJOYABLE
The ascent of the snow-covered Ararat over the spring-like plains of Eastern Anatolia is perfectly possible with skis. You fly individually (via Istanbul) to Van in East Antolia on the lake of the same name. After visiting the 3000-year-old castle complex of Van, you undertake a walking tour to the 4085 meter high Süphan, the third highest mountain in Turkey. Very impressive and ideal for height adjustment. The view of Lake Van, which lies directly in the south, is unique. Then you drive to Dogubayazit, the Kurdish town at the foot of the mighty Ararat, 5137 m. You approach the “Büyük Agri Dagi” with your local mountain guide via the base camp, which, depending on the snow line, is at a height of 3000 m. If everything fits, you can ski down from the summit directly to the flower meadows at the foot of the Ararat - gigantic. If you still have some time, we recommend an individual extension in Istanbul.
ARTOS-SÜPHAN & ARARAT
Climb the "Holy Mountain" on skis, marvel at the barren and rugged beauty of Lake Van, acclimatise yourself to two great ski mountains, take your time to climb the high summit destination. Enjoy Kurdish hospitality, gain insights into the culture of Eastern Anatolia, fly home with a fantastic ski touring week in your memory With its smooth, not too steep flanks, the Ararat is an ideal ski mountain and a large and “exotic” destination which, apart from being in excellent physical condition, does not require any above-average skill on skis. Nevertheless, climbing a five-thousand-meter peak is a demanding undertaking, if only because of the altitude. The journey begins with two long tours on perfect ski mountains high above Lake Van, which at the same time bring acclimatization for the Ararat: Mt. Artos (3570 m) and Mt. Süphan (4058 m). When climbing the Ararat, there are four days available for the 3,000 meters in altitude to the summit - including 2,500 meters of ski ascent / descent - including time reserves. Depending on the snow conditions and the use of horses, the tent camp is reached (between 3000 m and 3700 m altitude). The ascent to the summit is technically easy and almost entirely manageable on skis, but due to the altitude it is exhausting. When the weather is nice, there is a wide view of Anatolia, Iran and Armenia from the summit. And then (hopefully) ... a roaring "Firn run"!