Mt Ararat ski tour 8-day programme
Day 1: transfer from Van airport to Van. After lunch in Van, we travel on to Doğubayazıt. On the way, you will get a first glimpse at Mt Ararat. At dinner, we will discuss all issues related to our Mt Ararat ski expedition. Accommodation is provided in a 3-star hotel.
Day 2: transfer from Doğubayazıt to 1800m by truck at 7am. There, we start our Mt Ararat ski tour by ascending to 2800m (1st camp, by cross-country skiing, 4 hours). We pitch tents and hot food is served for dinner.
Day 3: start in the morning at 8am, and continue our ascent on Mt Ararat to 3800m (2nd camp) by cross-country skiing (4 hours). We pitch tents and hot food is served for dinner.
Day 4: 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 5: start at 5am, ascent by ski up to 4700m, then climb (using crampons) up to the summit of Mt Ararat (5137m). We reach the summit 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 and say good bye to Mt Ararat. The truck is already waiting for us and takes us back to the hotel in Doğubayazıt. Dinner in Doğubayazıt.
Day 6: We spend the morning at the foot of Mt Ararat 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 7: transfer to Van, visiting Van castle and Akdamar Island. On the last night we stay in Van.
Day 8: transfer to the airport
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