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Mount Ararat Expedition

Agri Dag, or Ararat as it is known in the west, reaches a height of 5137m. Tucked away near the borders of Iran and Armenia, Turkey's highest mountain is considered to be the place where Noah's Ark came to rest after the Great Flood. Proof of that is rather elusive but trekking to the summit is more realistic. This spectacular, permanently glacier-capped mountain is a great one week challenge for the seasoned walker. Our fully supported trek with experienced, licensed mountain guides will ensure your adventure will be memorable. Weather permitting there are fabulous views towards Armenia, Georgia and the high Caucasus Mountains, home to Mt Elbrus (5642m).

Inclusions

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
arrival and departure transfers (days 1 and 8 only)
tourist class twin share hotel (3 nights)
group camping equipment for trek including two person tents & sleeping mat (sleeping bag, crampons, ice axe, harness not included)
all internal transport by private vehicle
porterage by mules and horses whilst trekking
English speaking guide and camp crew
licensed mountain guide for climb
emergency medical kit
Mt Ararat permit fees
Hightlights
Summit Mount Ararat - the highest mountain in Turkey
Experience local culture and nomadic groups
Visits to magnificent examples of ancient Ottoman architecture and Armenian churches
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
8
Price From
AUD $2,060
Start Location
Van, Turkey
End Location
Turkey
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
4 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
22 Jun 201829 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $2,060
06 Jul 201813 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,060
27 Jul 201803 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,060
10 Aug 201817 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,060
21 Jun 201928 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,060
05 Jul 201912 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,060
26 Jul 201902 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,060
09 Aug 201916 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,060
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
Meet at Van Airport and transfer to Dogubayazit, via Tendurek Volcano (approx 3 hours drive). In the afternoon there is a possibility to visit Ishak Pacha palace built in the 18th Century, and located at the foot of Mount Ararat. Overnight hotel in Dogubayazit.
Day 2
This morning we will load the luggage and camping essentials on the truck and drive to Eli Village at 2500m. From here we will commence trekking up to our first campsite at 3200m. Our camping and trek luggage will be carried by mules or horses. Our trek support crew will establish the camp, and our cook will arrange the evening meal. Approx Walking time: 4 hrs; Ascent: 700m
Day 3
Today is an acclimatization day, with some easy walks up to 4200m. We will spend the night back at the same campsite at 3200m. We can also use this day as an extra climbing day in case of bad weather. Approx walking time: 5-6 hrs; Ascent/Descent: 1000m
Day 4
This morning, we will ascend to the second campsite at height of 4200m. After reaching the campsite, we will set up our tents and have a little rest. In the afternoon, we can go for an acclimatization walk. Approx walking time: 4 hrs; Ascent: 1000m
Day 5
We will commence our summit attempt very early in the morning in order to reach the top in time for the sunrise. The ascent will be difficult because of the steep terrain. Depending on the season, we will have to walk with crampons for safety reasons. From the summit, depending on the weather conditions, you can see other mountains like Little Ararat, Mount Suphan and the Armenian lands. We will descend back to the first campsite (3200m) for overnight. Approx walking time: 9-10 hrs; Ascent: 937m; Descent: 1937m
Day 6
In the morning, we will descend to the village of Eli. Along the way we will meet several nomadic groups. We will be transferred to Van via Dogubayazit. Overnight hotel in Van. Approx walking time: 3 hrs; Descent: 700m
Day 7
Today we will drive to Gevas town and take a boat to visit Akdamar Island, which is home to a 10th century Armenian Church, known as the Cathedral Church of the Holy Cross (915-921), and was the seat of Armenian Catholics from 1116 to 1895. In the afternoon, we will visit Van Castle, which was constructed in 9 BC at 80m height from the lake by the Urartian king Sardur the First. One of the most remarkable structures in the area is the rock tomb of Argisti the First, with a long inscription relating the events of his reign. Overnight hotel in Van.
Day 8
After breakfast, you will have a transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Your Mount Ararat adventure concludes at the airport.