Mt Süphan and Mt Ararat ski tour 11-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 then 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 ascent at 5am by ski up to 3800m then we climb from there to the summit of Mt Süphan (4050m) using crampons. We return to the campsite and stay there overnight.
Day 4: transfer from Mt Süphan to Doğubayazıt. On the way, we'll get a first glimpse at Mt Ararat. After lunch and some rest in Doğubayazıt, we visit the hamam. Accommodation is provided in a 3-star hotel.
Day 5: transfer from Doğubayazıt to 1800m of Mt Ararat by truck at 7am, ascent to 2800m (1st camp) by cross-country skiing (4 hours). We pitch tents and hot food is served for dinner.
Day 6: Today, we countinue our ascent on Mt Ararat. start in the morning at 8am, ski up to 3800m (2nd camp, 4 hours). We pitch tents and hot food is served for dinner.
Day 7: This day is dedicated to acclimatisation to ensure the success of your Mt Ararat climb. We start in the morning at 8am, ski up to 4600m for acclimatisation, then return to the 2nd camp at 3800m. All-day cross-country skiing. Hot food is served for dinner.
Day 8: This is the summit-day of your Mt Ararat ski tour. We start at 5am, ascent by ski up to 4700m, then climb (using crampons) up to the summit (5137m). We reach the summit Mt Ararat by about 10am. We return to the 2nd camp, where hot soup and tea is served. After some rest, we pack the tents and return to 1800m by ski. There, the truck is already waiting for us and takes us back to the hotel in Doğubayazıt. Dinner in Doğubayazıt.
Day 9: Still at the foot of Mt Ararat we spend the morning on a 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 10: transfer to Van, visiting Akdamar Island. On the last night we stay in Van.
Day 11: transfer to airport
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