7 DayMount Ararat Trekking Tour
Day 1 -Meeting at the airport in Van and transfer to Dogubayazit.
You will be greeted and brought to your hotel or campsite in Dogubeyazit, where you will meet your mountain guide—have dinner and overnight in Dogubeyzit. On the way to Dogubayazit, we will have a short stop in Muradiye to visit beautiful waterfalls and drink a cup of tea. At night we will have a meeting as a group to check our equipment and answer questions.
Day 2 -
After an early breakfast, we will drive to the highest truck stop (approximate elevation 2000 meters/6562 ft). From that point,our porters will load your luggage to the horses, and we will begin a 4-5 hour hike that ascends about 1100 meters to Base Camp 1 (approximate elevation 3100 meters/10,170 ft.) The distance is about 8-10 km. Base Camp 1 is a green pasture with stone walls to shield tents from the wind. Dinner and overnight in your tent.
-Lunch will be on the way when we have a trek. In our lunch containers, we will have juice, chocolate, cake, fruits, and water.
-Dinner time, we have a hot meal and drinks.
Day 3 - High altitude acclimatization day
Acclimatization trekking to 4200 meters and descent to camp site. Have dinner and overnight at Base Camp 1.
Lunch containers will be with you during the trek.
Day 4 -
A steeper six-hour hike to Base Camp 2 (approximate elevation 4200 meters/13,780 ft). The distance is 10 km. Circular clearings among the rocks provide our tent sites with a natural windshield. Melted glacier water runs freely near the campsite—dinner, and overnight in your tent.
Horses will transport our luggage. Pitch up our tents and overnight.
-Breakfast at Camp site
-Lunch containers will be with you
-Dinner at Base Camp 2
-Average trekking 5 hours
Day 5 -
The climb from Base Camp 2 to the summit. After midnight we will wake up and have an early breakfast at about 1 a.m, and after breakfast, we will trek to the summit of Ararat (elevation 5137 meters/16,854 feet) at the top of Anatolia and Turkey. Total trekking to the summit can take 6 / 7 hours. We usually start this ascent at 2:00 am. Crampons and an ice ax may be needed for the final hour of ascent. After taking photos and videos of the summit, we will descend to high camp at 4200 meters and have something to eat and rest. Most people return to Base Camp 2 by 11:00 am, pack, and descend to Base Camp 1 at 3300 meters. Our horses will transfer your luggage to Camp 1.
Light dinner and overnight in the tent.
Day 6 -
A 4-hour descent from Base Camp 1 to Cevirme village where our vehicle will be waiting, and then, back to lodgings in Dogubeyazit and a well-deserved visit to a Turkish bath to loosen up those tired muscles. We will drive to visit the old Ottoman Palace near the city. It is a mixture of the architecture of all Turkish palaces and castle styles from the 17th century. Ishak Pasha Palace has a great view of Dogubayazit. Finally, we will have dinner and an opportunity to reflect on your achievements.
Day 7 -Transfer to Van airport.
-Transfer to and from the Airport
-All transfers during the tour in the city and to mountain
-Horses on the mountain to carry up our luggage
-Cooking services on the mountain
-Guiding service on the mountain
-All food and drinks on the mountain
-Hotel in Dogubayazit for 2 nights
-Tent, mattresses, and crampons
-Entrance fees to Ishak Pasha Palace
Not Included :
General Information for Ararat Trek
Mount Ararat is 5137m (16854 ft). You will need a permit to climb the mountain, which your guides will obtain for you. However, this will take a couple of months to process. In the past, this was considered necessary because of the political sensitivity of the region. Such sensitivities no longer exist, but the authorities decided to retain the permit system to ensure trekkers' safety on the mountain. The climate on Ararat can be both spectacular and changing; this clearly has safety implications. Our guides have the advantage of having spent their lives on and around the mountain. They are also fully qualified and equipped to lead expeditions on the mountain, as the regulations stipulate.
This is an arduous trip and is not for everybody. Pre climb training is recommended, and if you are starting from a reasonably good fitness base, we can advise you on a fitness program that would cover the period required for your permit to be approved. You can not simply throw yourself at Ararat; remember, Ararat's Turkish name is ‘Mountain of Pain’ for a very good reason! You need to be able to walk 10-15 miles comfortably before you take this challenge on.
We allow an acclimatization process as altitude sickness can be a problem with some climbers. “High altitude” is defined as an altitude above 3000m (or approximately 10000ft). There are no specific factors such as age or gender, or even physical condition. Some people get it, and some people don’t. Most people can go up to about this level without effect, but caution is important, as is a steady, manageable pace. This is something our guides are very familiar with, and we are happy to advise you or direct you to good sources of information.
Your luggage and all camping gear are packed on horses and mules for the trek; all you need to carry will be what you require for your immediate personal needs. We recommend a decent capacity hydration unit as dehydration can contribute to general fatigue and the onset of altitude sickness.
We are happy to arrange treks on foot or horseback for those who wish to experience the region's awesome, beautiful scenery without the trek to Ararat's summit. There are lesser hills and peaks to see, nomadic people to meet and visit.
Please give one month advance notice for trekking reservations so that we can obtain trekking permits and make hotel reservations.
Group of 6-10 people: 800 euro per person.
Groups above 10 people: 730 euro per person
prices are based on two people per room and tent. For an added cost you can have your own personal tent and or hotel room.