Mt Süphan and Mt Ararat trekking tour – 12-day programme
Day 1: transfer from Van airport to the hotel. After lunch, we visit Van castle. Returning to the city, you will have some free time before we meet for dinner.
Day 2: transfer to Mt Süphan, to the campsite at 2600m. We pitch tents and hot dinner will be served.
Day 3: start our Mt Süphan trek at 2 am and reach the summit early in the morning (4050m, 5 hours). We return to the campsite and after some rest we travel to Doğubayazıt. On the way you will get your first glimpse of the majestic peak of Mt Ararat. After dinner we visit the hamam. Accommodation is provided in a 3-star hotel.
Day 4: Doğubayazıt day-tour visiting Ishak Pasha palace, Noah’s ark, the meteor crater. After lunch in Doğubayazıt, we drive to the hot spring in Diyadin, a perfect cure for tired feet! We return to Doğubayazıt for dinner.
Day 5: transfer from Doğubayazıt to the foot of Mt Ararat (2200m) by truck at 8 am. Here, we start our Mt Ararat trekking tour by climbing up to 3200m (1st camp, 4 hours). We pitch tents and hot food is served for dinner.
Day 6: to ensure the success of your Mt Ararat expedition, we use this day for you to become better acclimatised. We start trekking in the morning at 9 am and climb up to 4200m (2nd camp, 4 hours). After a short rest, we return to the 1st camp where hot food is served for dinner.
Day 7: start in the morning at 8 am, ascent to the 2nd camp at 4200m (4 hours). The afternoon is spent with relaxation and preparing for climbing up to the Ararat summit the following day. Hot food is served for dinner.
Day 8: start at 2 am, climb up to the summit of Mt Ararat (5137m). Depending on snow conditions, crampons may be needed for the last 200 meters. We reach the summit of Mt Ararat by about 8 am. We return to the 2nd camp, where hot soup and tea is served. After some rest, we pack the tents and return to the 1st camp to spend the night there. Dinner at the 1st camp.
Day 9: descent from the 1st camp to car pick-up point. We say good-bye to Mt Ararat and return to Doğubayazıt by truck. Accommodation in a 3-star hotel.
Day 10: day-trip to Fish Lake with barbecue lunch (fresh trout) and a chance to have a swim in the lake. Hot dinner is served in the evening. The night is spent at the lakeside in tents.
Day 11: transfer to Van, visiting Akdamar Island. On the last night, we stay in Van (hotel accommodation, dinner).
Day 12: transfer to airport
Included in the price: all transportation, all meals, tea, water (other soft drinks and alcohol not included), hotel accommodation for 5 nights in double rooms (2-star in Van, 3-star in Doğubayazıt)*, climbing permit, guide, porter, cook, tent, mat, sleeping bag, crampons.
Necessary equipment: backpack for the equipments and clothes, day-bag for the hikes, hiking boots, head lights, warm and waterproof clothes, pocket knife, sun glasses. If you bring your own sleeping bag, choose a good 3-season one (0°C). Weather may be chilly at 4200m, and you can expect temperatures between 0 and -15°C on the summit.
*If you prefer not to share a room, a single supplement applies.
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