East 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 Van
Arriving in Istanbul, transfer to the hotel in the heart of Istanbul. Free day in Istanbul.
Overnight in Istanbul.
2nd day: Flight to Van, 1,720 m.
Early in the morning flight to Van. After transfer to hotel we drive to Gevas by boat, continue to
Akdamar Island for a visit to a medieval Armenian church, then opportunity to swim
in the lake Van (depending on the temperature). In the late afternoon visit of the Urartiean castle Tusba.
Overnight in Van.
3th day: to Dogubayazit
After the breakfast we drive to the Ottomans palace Ishak Pasa and having free time after the visit in Dogubayazit. Overnight in Dogubayazit in the hotel.
4th day: Base camp
After breakfast we drive to Cevirme, the starting point of our Ararattour. After the luggage is loaded on the horses, we hike comfortably in about 5 hours to the base camp at 3200 m altitude. Tent overnight.
5th day: Acclimatization climb to Camp II
Overnight in base camp About 4 hours we climb to the second camp (4200 m). This tour serves for
height adjustment. We linger over lunch (packed lunch) and enjoy the view to the plateau of Dogubayazit and the small Ararat. Depending on the weather and fitness of the group, we can climb a bit further before we descend back to base camp.
6th day: Camp II
After a good night, we rise again to the high camp. If you are not exhausted by the 4-hour ascent, you can go a bit further towards the summit. Early dinner, because the summit starts already at night.
7th day: Ararat peak, 5.165 m
At about 3 o'clock you have to get up and have breakfast. An approximately 5-hour, steep climb leads us to the summit. At an altitude of about 4900 m the glacier begins, from now on with crampons.
After 5 to 6 hours of ascent we have made it, we stand on the highest peak of Turkey, the mountain Noahs. In good weather and visibility, the view extends to Iran and the Caucasus, Eastern Anatolia lies below us!
We enjoy our summit and power up with tea from the thermos can. We can not stay long, because here, even in very good weather, strong winds are blowing. Then the descent begins, first to the high camp (2 to 3 hours). After a second breakfast, we set down the camp and get off back to the base camp. The walking time from the summit to the base camp is about 6 hours. Overnight at the basecamp (or further to Dogubayazit.
Day 8: Descent, Dogubayazit (or reserve day)
It is still a 4-hour descent before we continue by vehicle to Cevirme. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 9: Van and flight home
Transfer to Van and continuation of departure. If you have never been to Istanbul, you should definitely take the opportunity to explore the coloured city on the Bosphorus !!!! A night including airport transfer costs around € 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 the camps
Accommodation in the hotels based on bed and breakfast
Local, licensed English speaking mountain guide
Additional meals and beverages
We remind You that all activities on this trip are at your own risk!
The required minimum number of person for this tour is 8 and its limited with 15 person.