Taurus and Ararat Trekking
Ararat expedition 5317m
Admire fascinating scenery ,lakes seven
Hike through wilderness
Climb 3720 meters Emler Summit
Ararat climb and summit 5317m.
Meet with nomads learn their culture
DAY 1. Arrival in Kayseri airport. Transfer to Goreme - Cappadocia(1 hrs transfer)
You will meet your tour guide and driver at Kayseri Airport. We drive to Goreme
Accomodation in standard hotel
DAY 2. Walk in red valley and rose valley half day and transfer to Taurus mountains
We have half day walking in Cappadocia and discover caves and valleys. Afteroon, we drive to Taurus mountains to camp site in Emli Valley.
Accomodation : Emli Valley camp site
DAY 3. Emli Camp - Eznevit Plateau - Sokullupınar Camp Site (+ 600 -400 meters / 6 hours walk)
After having our breakfast and we are walking to Aksampinari spring where has chance to see 180 meters high rock tower of “Parmakkaya. Then
DAY 4. Sokullupınar - Çelikbuyduran Pass - Emler Summit - Seven Lake Plateau (+1700 -600 meters 7-8 hrs walk)
A long day is waiting for us. First we will start to climb through the Karayalak valley and stop for lunch at Celikbuyduran pass at 3500 meters. For the people who like an optional non-technical climb of Mount Emler at 3723 meters, we will continue up to summit. Then the route is followed by a short
Camp name: Seven lakes
DAY 5. Seven lakes plateau walk to orta tepe, discover lakes, (+-400m)
A nice day on 3050 metres. We have trek and loop walk to orta tepe 3450m. A perfect day for acclimatization to high altitude. If we have not chance to trek to summit Embler on previous day, this is Dinner at camp.
Camp name: Seven lakes
DAY 6. Seven Lake Plateau – Tekepinarı - Karagöl Camp Site (-+600 meters / 5-6 hrs)
After having breakfast at our camp site we will start walking towards north part of the mountains. After reaching down at the bottom Aktaş River, we will continue walking straight to our camp site. Dinner at camp.
Camp name: Karagöl camp
DAY 7. Karagöl to Demirkazık guest house- Transfer to Kayseri and take train or bus to Erzuurm(-400m/3hrs)
We continue to descend towards the Pınarbaşi viilage, take our bus to Village guest house. Here we have shower lunch and prepare luggage. If you want to leave belongings that you don’t need to use on Taurus, we leave them here on Day 2 and get them back with you now.
2 hours transfer to kayseri
Take train or bus to Dogubeyazıt.
Sleep in Overnight bus or train.
DAY 8. Transfer to Dogubeyazıt, visit Ishakpasa Palace
After having our breakfast we are heading off to Dogubeyazıt from Erzurum. A nice day to see town and rest after the jouney. We visit Ishakpasa Palace. Sleep in standard hotel.
Day 9. Ascent to mt. Ararat camp 1 - 3200 m
After breakfast we load our luggage and camping equipment on our vehicle and drive to Eli Village (2.000m), Our luggage will be carried by mules and horses.. On the way it’s possible to
Walking time: 4 h; ascent: approximately 1.200m (depending on road conditions & starting point)
Overnight: at Mount Ararat base camp 3.200m
Meals: B / L / D
Day 10: Acclimatisation day
Trek to camp II (4. 2OOm), about 4 hours trekking time. Return to camp 1. Afternoon is free for preparation for next day, because we will go up to the summit. Dinner and overnight in camp. (Ascent = 1100m / Descent = 1100 m)
Overnight: camp in 3200m. Camp 1
DAY 11: Mt. ARARAT (Camp II, 4200m)
Trek to camp II (4. 2OOm), about 4/5 hours trekking time. All luggages will be carried by pack animals. A short course will be given on how to use ice-axe and crampons. Overnight in camp. (Descent = 1200 m)
Overnight: Camp in 4200m. Camp 2
Meals: B /L/D
DAY 12: Mt. ARARAT SUMMIT (5165m)
Between 2:00 - 2:30 in the morning we will have breakfast anddescending to our Base Camp at 3.200m.
Walking time: 9/10 h; ascent: 937m; descent: 1.937m
Overnight: at Mount Ararat base camp 3.200m camp 1
Meals: B / L / D
Day 13: Mt. Ararat camp 1 to dogubeyazit
DAY 14: TRANSFER TO VAN AIRPORT FLY HOME
Group transfer to Van airport from hotel (15 minutes) fly back or depending on request we organize hotel and transfer in İstanbul and add 1 or 2 days extra sightseeing tour in İstanbul. Meals: B- -
- – All transfers and transportations with private vehicles to the places mentioned in the Itinerary
- – English speaking Tour Leader/Mountain Guide
- – Hotel accommodations, rooms on double/twin share base;
- – Half Board (HB) service; Important: HB Dinner Service available until 20:30/21:00 h
- – All necessary Camping Equipment’s (Tents, Mattresses, necessary Kitchen Gears & Dinnerware)
- – Ararat Permit Fees
- – All International and Domestic Flights
- – Travel insurance
- – Extra transports and transfers other than stated in the Itinerary
- – All kind of Soft and Alcoholic drinks, Bottled Water
- – Meals other than stated in the Itinerary
- – All kind of personal expenses
- – All Entrance fees to museums
- – All kind of optional activities
- – Extra Nights
- – Single supplements
- – Single Tents
- – Personal Equipment
- – Tips
Jun15 / Jul / Aug / Sep15
Duration of the Trip
15 Days / 14 Night
Mt. Ararat Permit
It is necessary for a Mount Ararat climb to apply a Permission (Permit) given by the government. Therefore it is necessary to confirm your Mount Ararat climb 30 days in advance before the Tour begins and to send us all necessary Personal Details of each Group Member (Passport copies) by time to complete all requirements.
Hotel : 3 Nights,
Train or Bus: 1 night
Camp : 9 Nights