Be Adventurous and Take a Tour Trekking in Mount Ararat
Mount Ararat is 5137m (16854 ft), and you will need a special permit to climb the mountain which your guides will organise. However, this can take a couple of months to process.
The climate on Ararat can be spectacular and changeable, but our guides have spent their lives on and around the mountain. Also, they are fully qualified and equipped to lead expeditions on the mountain as the regulations stipulate.
You should take some pre-climb training, and if you already have a good fitness base, we can recommend a fitness programme that would cover the requirement for your permit to be approved. You can not just throw yourself at Ararat; the Turkish name for Ararat is ‘Mountain of Pain’ for a reason! You need to be able to walk at least 10-15 miles comfortably before you take on this challenge.
We have an acclimatisation process as altitude sickness can be a problem with some climbers. This is something our professional guides are familiar with and are happy to direct you to good sources of information.
Your luggage and all camping gear are packed on horses or mules for the trek; all you need to carry is anything you require for your personal need, and a decent capacity hydration unit is recommended as dehydration can contribute to general fatigue and the onset of altitude sickness.
For those who wish to experience the impressive, beautiful scenery of this region without the trek to the summit, we are happy to arrange treks on foot or horseback.
We arrange all equipment for the climb including tents, sleeping bags, pickaxe, hand lamp, mountaineering clothing and shoes and you will have a professional and certified local guide who will prepare three meals a day for you, and, of course, tea.
- Take an adventure with professional guides
- Hike to the summit of Mount Ararat and take in the stunning views
- At the end of your trek take a relaxing Turkish Bath and a Dinner on the shore
- Scheduling: Shared Tour
- Languages offered on activity/tour: English, German, French
- Duration: 6 days
- Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
- This tour is on request only
- You need to have an excellent fitness level to take this tour
- Pick-up servicePick up fro Van Airport
- CancellationThere is no cancellation fee once Customers Cancel at least 7 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
There is 50% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 3 and 6 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
There is 100% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 2 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
- On Request
- Cut-off TimeAvailable to be booked until 14 days before the tour starts. Please note we reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
- Climbing Permit
- Breakfast and Dinner
- All accommodatins
- All road transport (tolls etc)
- Professional guide
- All state and local taxes
- Other services not mentioned
- Personal expenses
- Tips and gratuities (optional)
Arrive at Van airport where you will be greeted and brought to your hotel or campsite, where you will meet with your mountain guide and enjoy dinner and overnight stay in Dogubeyzit.
After early morning breakfast, start your trek with a drive to the highest truck stop (approximate elevation 2000 meters/6562 ft), then begin a four-hour hike that ascends around 1100 meters to Base Camp 1 (approximately 3100 meters/10,170 ft.) and the distance is 8-10 km.
Base Camp 1 is a green pasture surrounded by stone walls that shields the tents from the wind.
Today you will have a climb to 4200 metres then return to base to acclimatise yourself to the high altitude.
Today you will have a steeper six-hour hike to Base Camp 2 (approximate elevation 4200 meters/13,780 ft) with a distance of 10 km.
Circular clearings among the rocks provide our tent sites with a natural windshield, and melted glacier water runs freely near the campsite.
Today climb from Base Camp 2 to the summit (elevation 5137 meters/16,854 feet) taking around 6 hours and we usually start this ascent at 2:00 am.
Crampons and an ice axe are needed for the final hour of ascent.
Most people return to Base Camp 2 by 11:00 am, pack, and descend to Base Camp 1.
Take a 4-hour descent from Base Camp 1 to where a vehicle will be waiting to you back to lodgings in Dogubeyazit and a well-deserved visit to a Turkish bath and loosen up your tired muscles and then enjoy a relaxing dinner on the shores of Lake Van and with an opportunity to reflect on your achievement.
- You will need a visa to enter Turkey please check with your local Embassy
- A permit is required which your guide will organise but can take upto a couple of months
- You must be able to walk up to or beyond 20 kms per day on successive days involving severe inclines.
- Make sure you bring suitable clothing and footwear
- Make sure you have adequate insurance
- Excellent 5
- Very Good 4
- Average 3
- Poor 2
- Terrible 1