Mount Ararat (also Mount Masis after the Armenian name Մասիս, Turkish Ağrı Dağı) is a snow-capped, dormant volcanic cone in Turkey. It has two peaks, Greater Ararat (the tallest peak in Turkey with an elevation of 5137 m) and Lesser Ararat (with an elevation of 3896 m). Mount Ararat is located in Eastern Turkey's Eastern Anatolia Region on the borders of Iran, Armenia (formerly U.S.S.R.), and Nakchivan. Mount Ararat’s summit is located some 16 km west of the Iranian and 32 km south of the Armenian border. The Nakhchivan exclave of Azerbaijan is also in close proximity to the mountain. The Ararat plain runs along its northwest to western side.
Mount Ararat in Judeo-Christian tradition is associated with the "Mountains of Ararat" where according to the book of Genesis, Noah's ark came to rest.
The climb is long, but there is an easy route from the south in late summer for climbers who are familiar with the use of axe and crampons. Snow covers the last 400m year-round. There are several possible campsites on the mountain, and the glacier begins around 4800 m.
The best months for climbing are July, August and September.
Summer ascent of Mt. Ararat 10-day program
Day 1 Arrival to Istanbul airport. Accommodation is provided in a 3 or 4 star hotel (depend on your choice). Free time.
Day 2 Morning transfer to the domestic airport – flight to the Van city on southeastern of Turkey. 2,5-hrs transfer (180 km) from Van airport to Doğubayazıt village (1800 m above the sea). On the way, you will get a first glimpse at Mt Ararat. At dinner, we will discuss all issues related to our Mt. Ararat expedition. Accommodation is provided in a 3-star hotel.
Day 3 40-km transfer from Doğubayazıt by truck till 2000 m altitude From here, you start your Mt Ararat trekking tour by climbing up to 3200m (1st camp, 4-5 hrs). We pitch tents and hot food is served for dinner.
Day 4 To ensure the success of your Mt Ararat trekking tour, we reserve this day for better acclimatization. To achieve this, we start in the morning and trek up to 4200 m (2nd camp, 3,5-4 hrs). After a short rest, we return (1-1,5 hrs) to the 1st camp where hot food is served for dinner.
Day 5 Start in the morning, ascent to the 2nd camp at 4200 m (4 hrs). The afternoon is spent with relaxation and preparing for climbing up to the Ararat summit the following day. Hot food is served for dinner.
Day 6 We start at 2 am and climb up to the summit of Mt Ararat (5137 m). Depending on snow conditions, crampons may be needed for the last 200 meters. We reach the summit of Mt Ararat about 8 am. We return to the 2nd camp, where hot soup and tea is served. After some rest, we pack the tents and return to the 1st camp to spend the night there. Dinner at the 1st camp.
Day 7 Reserve day for bad weather.
Day 8 Descent from the 1st camp to car pick-up point. We say good-bye to Mt Ararat and return to Doğubayazıt by truck. After some rest in the hotel, we go to the hammam. Farewell dinner. Accommodation in double rooms.
Day 9 Transfer to Van airport. Flight to Istanbul. Transfer and accommodation in the hotel. Excursion in the city or free time.
Day 10 Transfer to International airport. Flight home.
The price includes:
- 3-star hotel accommodation in double rooms in Doğubayazıt and Van according to the programs;
- Full board during stay in the Ararat region—all meals, tea, water;
- All transfers in the Ararat region (Van to Van) according to the programs;
- 1 CET Neva mountain guide;
- Local English-speaking guide;
- Porters, horses and cook for mountain camps;
- Tents, cooking set and gas;
- Ararat climbing permit;
- Climbing certificate.
The price does not include:
- Cost of visa (changes in every country)
- Domestic flight tickets Istanbul – Van – Istanbul (approx. 160 EUR€);
- Luggage air transportation;
- Istanbul and Van hotels;
- Istanbul airport transfers;
- Rent of mountaineering equipment;
- Soft drinks, alcohol and personal expenses;
- Unexpected premature evacuation;
- Extra pay due to change of the appointed departure time.