EASTERN ANATOLIA - CLIMBING THE BIBL. MT. ARARAT (5.137 M)
"And Noah's ark stood still on Mount Ararat."
With this statement, the Bible has made the shapely volcanic cone in the world-famous. In the very east of Turkey, high above the eastern Anatolian veldt, its crown of ice and snow hovers in the blue of the sky.
Regardless of the biblical meaning of the Ararat, the volcanic cone (last eruption 1840) radiates a tremendous fascination. Here, in eastern Anatolia, the foothills of the Taurus Mountains unite with the eastern foothills of the Pontius Mountains in a wide plateau. From this 1700 m high plateau the Ararat towers powerfully and freestanding over 3000 m. Even in midsummer, the dome is covered in ice, the flanks of the volcano without vegetation. Cloud fields below the summit make the Collos seem to float.
Day 1: Van
Flight via Istanbul to Van. Late afternoon arrival in van, transfer to the hotel.
Day 2: Ascent of Mt. Artos (3,537 m)
In the morning we drive to Gevas. From here we climb the summit from the south. The mountain offers a fantastic view over Lake Van. If the weather conditions are fine, the Ararat can already be seen from here. We stay overnight at the hotel in Van.
Day 3: Around Lake Van to Dogubayazit
In the morning we first drive to Gevas, from here we take a boat tour to Akdamar Island and visit the medieval, Armenian church. Then we drive around the lake to Dogubayazit.
Day 4: To the base camp
After breakfast we drive to Cevirme, the starting point of our Ararat tour. After the luggage has been loaded onto the horses, we hike comfortably in about 5 hours to the base camp at an altitude of 3200 m. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 5: Camp II
After a good night we climb back up to the high camp. Those who are not yet fully occupied by the 4-hour ascent can walk a little further towards the summit. Early dinner, because the ascent to the summit starts in the night.
Day 6: Summit Ararat, 5,165 m
At around 2-3 o'clock it is time to get up and have breakfast. A steep climb of around 5 hours takes us to the summit. The glacier begins at an altitude of approx. 4900 m, from now on we continue with crampons. After 5 to 6 hours of climbing, we made it, we are standing on the highest peak in Turkey, the mountain of Noahs. In good weather and visibility, the view extends to Iran and the Caucasus, Eastern Anatolia is at our feet! Then the descent begins, first to the high camp (3 hours). After a breather and a bite to eat, we break off our camp and descend to the base camp. The walking time from the summit to the base camp is around 5-6 hours. Overnight in the base camp.
Day 7: Descent, Dogubayazit (reserve day)
There is still a 3-4 hour descent ahead of us, then we continue by vehicle an hour to Dogubayazit. The afternoon is free. Overnight in the hotel.
Should we use this day as a reserve day, we will climb from the summit all the way down to Cevirme and then drive to Dogubayazit to the hotel.
Day 8: Drive to Van, flight home
In the early morning we drive to Van to the airport, flight home.
Anyone who has never been to Istanbul should definitely take the opportunity to explore the up-and-coming city on the Bosphorus !!!!
A night including airport transfer costs € 75 .- / per person in a double room based on bed and breakfast. Important: Must be pre-booked in advance!
Flight with Turkish Airlines to Van und return
All land transfers
Accommodation in Hotel and Zelt, Based on Double room/tent
Luggage transport by pack animals up to camp 2
Fullboard during the climb in the camps
Accommodation in the hotels based on bed and breakfast
Local, licensed English speaking mountain guide
Additional meals and beverages
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We remind You that all activities on this journey (during the mountain days) are on your own risk!
The required minimum number of people for this tour is 6 and it´s limited with 15 people