Mount Ararat Trek Program

Day 1 -

We meet you at Van Igdir or Agri airport and take you to drive to Dogubayazit, Arrive to Dogubeyazit 3-star hotel followed by orientation meeting, equipment check, and dinner.

Day 2 - Camp 1

After breakfast in hotel, leave unnecessary items locked in storage room, drive to starting point at 2250 meters on Mount Ararat. Unload gear and trek 4 hours to base camp at 3200 meters. Horses will carry your backpacks and gear. You carry your own small day pack with lunch packet. Stop for tea and photos in a nomad tent along the way. Enjoy a hot dinner. Overnight at camp 1.

Day 3 - Accclimatization Day

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Trek to 4100 meters and return to camp 1 for the night.

Day 4 - Camp 2

After breakfast, take down tents, pack, and trek 4 hours to camp 2 at 4200 meters; transportation of equipment by horses. Enjoy hot dinner and go to sleep early at camp 2.

Day 5 - Mount Ararat Summit

Wake up at 1 AM, drink tea/coffee, eat, fill thermos with hot tea, depart from camp 2 at 2 AM. Climb 5-7 hours to Mount Ararat summit at 5137 meters for sunrise. Return to camp 2 around 9:30 AM, eat, rest, pack gear for horses. Return to camp 1 for the night.

Day 6 - Hot Springs

After breakfast at camp 1, pack equipment for horses and descend to 2250 meters to meet minibus for transfer to hotel. Have shower and short rest. Men may go to barber for shave and neck massage. Drive to hot springs to relax in thermal pool in private room. Return to Dogubeyazit for celebration dinner and Turkish deserts.

Day 7 - Agri Tour

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Dogubeyazit/Agri regional tour of Işhak Paşa Palace (closed on Mondays), Tomb of Ahmed-I Hani (famous scholar and poet), Urartian Castle, old Bayazit city archeological ruins, mountain drive to Noah’s Ark National park (Durupinar), lunch of homemade cheese and bread, grilled chicken and tomato kebob, and watermelon with a family in a Kurdish village or nomad tent. Visit carpet factory, transfer to hotel for packing and shower. Farewell dinner.

Day 8 - Agri Departure

Breakfast in hotel; transfer to Turkish Airlines bus for 1.5 hour drive to Agri airport for 13:40 departure.

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Mount Ararat Summit 8-Day Tour Includes:

* 2 nights in 3-star hotel with breakfast

* airport pickup

* return transfer to Agri airport

* cultural tour

* Agri cultural tour

* Visit to hot springs and relaxing in thermal pool in private room

* all admission fees

* all meals both on and off Mount Ararat

* transportation to and from Mount Ararat, 2250m starting point

* 4 nights and 5 days on Mount Ararat

* camp security guard on Mount Ararat

* government climbing permit

* licensed mountaineer guide

* cook

* food

* water, coffee, tea, juice

* porter and horse to transport backpack and gear

* horses to transport food and cooking gas

* dining tent

* tent shared by 2

* mat

* cookmen

* climbing certificate

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Upgrades are available for a surcharge:

* single tent

* horse to ride

* private guide from camp 2 to summit

* return to town ahead of group

NOT included:

* airline tickets

* sleeping bag

* clothing

* boots

* skis

* walking sticks (required!)

* headlamp

* alcoholic beverages (buy or bring your own)

* medicine

* gratuities