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Mt Ararat trekking tour – 9-day programme

Day 1: transfer from Van airport to Van. Following lunch in Van, we travel to Doğubayazıt. On the way we have a break at the Muradiye waterfalls. Further on, you will get the first glimpse of Mt Ararat. Dinner in Doğubayazıt. Accommodation is provided in a 3-star hotel.

Muradiye waterfall on the way to Ararat

Day 2: transfer from Doğubayazıt to the foot of Mt Ararat (2200m) by truck at 8 am. From here, you start your Mt Ararat trekking tour by climbing up to 3200m (1st camp, 4 hours). We pitch tents and hot food is served for dinner.

Mt Ararat trek

Day 3: To ensure the success of your Mt Ararat trekking tour, we reserve this day for better acclimatisation. To achive this, we start in the morning at 9 am and trek up to 4200m (2nd camp, 4 hours). After a short rest, we return to the 1st camp where hot food is served for dinner.

Climbing Mt Ararat

Day 4: 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.

Mount Ararat expedition

Mt Ararat campsite

Day 5: 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.

Mt Ararat summit on Mt Ararat tour

Day 6: 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 7: 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.

Ishak pasha palace in Dogubayazit at Mt Ararat

Noah's ark at Mt Ararat

Diyadin hot spring on Mt Ararat tour

Diyadin thermal bath on Mt Ararat tour

Day 8: transfer to Van, visiting Van castle and Akdamar Island. On the last night we stay in Van.

Van castle

Akdamar island at Lake Van with armenian church

Day 9: transfer to the airport

Included in the price: all transportation, all meals, tea, water (other soft drinks and alcohol not included), hotel accommodation for 4 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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