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.
1st day: Flight to Istanbul
Arrival in Istanbul, staying overnight in Istanbul. If the flight is early, there will time to see at least the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace (by your own)
2nd Day: Flight to Van
Transfer to the airport of Istanbul, flight to Van, located on 1,720 m. In the noontime we drive to Gevas, by boat we continue to Akdamar Island, visit a medieval Armenian church, afterward, we have the opportunity to swim in the Van Lake (depending on the temperature).
In the late afternoon, we continue the journey transfer to Dogubayazit, overnight stay in the hotel.
3rd day: to the base camp
After breakfast we drive to Cevirme, the starting point of our Ararat tour. After the luggage is loaded onto the horses, we hike comfortably in about 5 hours to the base camp at 3200 m. Overnight tent.
4th day: Acclimatization march to Camp II
Overnight in the base camp, We climb to the second camp (4200 m) for about 4 hours. This tour is for height adjustment. We linger over lunch (packed lunch) and enjoy the view. Depending on the weather and fitness of the group, we can climb a little further before we descend to the base camp.
5th day: Camp II
After a good night, we ascend to the high camp. Those who are not yet busy with the 4-hour ascent can still walk a bit towards the summit. Early dinner because the ascent to the summit starts at night.
6th day: Ararat summit, 5,165 m
At around 3:00 a.m. it is time to get up and have to breakfast. A steep ascent of about 5 hours leads us to the summit. The glacier begins at an altitude of approx. 4900 m, from now on it continues with crampons. Because of the risk of cracks, it is necessary to walk on the rope. After 5 to 6 hours of climbing, we made it, we are at the highest peak in Turkey, Mount Noahs. With good weather and visibility, the view extends to Iran and the Caucasus, Eastern Anatolia is at our feet!
We enjoy our happiness on the summit and fortify ourselves with tea from the thermos. We can't stay long, because strong winds blow up here, even in very good weather. Then the descent begins, first to the high camp (2 to 3 hours). After a breather and a little something to eat, we break off our camp and descend to the base camp. The walk from the summit to the base camp is about 5 hours. Overnight in the base camp.
7th day: Descent, Dogubeyazit
There is still a 4-hour descent ahead of us, then we continue by car to Dogubeyazit. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
8th day: Around Dogubeyazit or reserve day to the Ishak Pasa Palace
Before the visit, lunch in Dogubeyazit or at the palace. The old Dogubayazite was built in the 18th century. built and is worth seeing because it is largely reconstructed. This excursion ends around 4 p.m. in the afternoon. This day is also our reserve day if we were unlucky with the weather on the summit day. Overnight in Dogubayazit.
9th day: Van and flight home
Transfer to Van and onward flight departure point. Anyone who has never been to Istanbul should definitely take the opportunity to explore the up-and-coming city on the Bosphorus !!!! (Departure on Saturday before the mountain tour) A night including airport transfer costs € 75 .- / per person in a double room. Important: Must be announced when booking - a subsequent change to the flight booking is not possible!
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 12 people