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THE SKI TRIOLOGY: MT. ARTOS & MT. SÜPHAN & MT. ARARAT
The Ararat, a mythical and legendary volcano since biblical times, still radiates a tremendous fascination today. Visible from afar with its vast snowfields rises from the vast valley of the Araxes in eastern Anatolia, the center of the Armenian highlands, where the foothills of the Taurus Mountains unite with the eastern foothills of the Pontius Mountains, that mountain on which after the biblical flood the ark Noah's stranded. The Turks call it Agri dagi (Pain Mountain), the Armenian Masi, and the Persian Kûh-i Nuh. Powerfully the Ararat rises up to a height of 5.165 m, which even in midsummer snow cap seems to touch the sky. Only since 2001 is it again allowed to climb this legendary volcanic cone of igneous rock and the highest mountain of Turkey.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TOUR
For these tours, good body condition and good skiing skills are required. The ascents and descents are long. On average, 1,400 - 1,600 heights are to be handled, so the slopes are accordingly long. The maximum steepness of the slopes is around 30 °. The selected mountains are ideal skiing places - for enthusiastic ski mountaineers great, exotic destinations that require no special ski skills apart from the necessary physical condition.
All 3 mountains are ideal ski mountains for experienced ski-mountaineers. The Mt. Ararat mountain with its height of 5,165 m should not be underestimated, which requires good acclimatization and a tour with an overnight stay in the camp in which the conditions can be extremely cold and windy.
1st day: Flight to Istanbul
Flight over Istanbul to Van. Transfer to the hotel.
2nd day: Skitour Mt. Artos (3.537 m)
In the morning we drive to Gevas near Lake Van and continue to the foot of the mountain, 2,100 m (depending on snow conditions even under it). It takes about 4 hours to reach the summit - the view over Lake Van is unique. Descending with a racy downhill with a maximum steepness of up to 30 °. Drive to Adilcevaz, overnight at the hotel.
3rd day: Skitour Mt. Süphan (4,058 m)
Early in the morning, we drive to the snowline just above or in the village of Kiskili. The ascent about 1650 meters in 5 hours to cope, the last 200 meters are very steep. The Süphan is rightly one of the most rewarding ski mountains and also the third highest mountain in the country. Further, we drive to Dogubayazit, for the first time we see our main destination - Mt. Ararat! Overnight in the hotel.
4th day: Dogubayazit - the base camp
Driveway to the village Cevirme, last control in the military.
After the luggage has been loaded onto the horses, climb up to the base camp at about 2,900 m altitudes. (depending on snow conditions), tent night.
5th day: Base camp - high camp
3 hours we climb to the high camp (3,500 m) and set here our camp. Tomorrow is the big day!
6th day: Summit day
At about 3 o'clock you have to get up and have breakfast. An approximately 6-hour climb takes us to the summit. At an altitude of about 4.900 m, the glacier begins, from now on with crampons or depending on conditions by ski. Done, 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 under our feet!
We enjoy our summit success. We can not stay long, because here, even in very good weather, strong winds are blowing. Descent and downhill, hopefully with wonderful powder or firn to the base camp at 2,900 m and on to Dogubeyazit.
7th day: Dogubayazit, reserve day
Reserve day for another summit attempt, otherwise visit the Ishak Pasa Palace. Afternoon transfer to Van, overnight at the hotel or depending on when the reserve day is spent on the mountain, in camp.
8th day: Flight home
Transfer to the airport and return flight via Istanbul to home or optional extension in Istanbul.
You will stay in Van and Dogubayazit in a middle-class hotel based on bed and breakfast. In the camp, you stay in 2 person tent (on request single tent against upgrade charge)
THE SKI TOURS
2 guided day ski tours from the hotel with degrees of the steepness of 30 ° - 35 °. 2 ski days on Mt. Ararat.
Up to 8 people one guide with English language skills. From the 9th person, another ski leader.
No restrictions and no specific permits required for Mt. Artos and Mt. Süphan. We do the works for your permit to Mt. Ararat (as of 2020).
You bring your own equipment.
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1 month before the travel date
On request flights from all major European airports via Istanbul to Erzincan and back
All necessary land transports
Luggage transport to the base camp and upper camp by packhorses
Middle-class hotels in Van and Dogubayazit based on bed and breakfast
Full board in the camp on Mt. Ararat
Tents and camp gears
Cook and horseman
English speaking ski mountaineering guide of our company
Detailed equipment list
Important notice: Programme could be changed due to weather conditions!