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Mount Ararat Expedition 5137 m

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Slider 1 Initial region Van, Dogubeyazıt
Slider 1 Duration 8 Days
Slider 1 Language English, Spanish
Slider 1 Price € 1.250 / person
Highlights

Mt. Ararat Expedition

Wonderful view on the summit 5137 m.

Van Akdamar Island

Noahs Ark

Itinerary

DAY 1: MEET AT VAN AIRPORT TRANSFER TO DOGUBAYAZIT

An Overland Travel guide meets you at Van Airport and we drive to Dogubeyazıt. 175 km (2 h, 15 min)

Depending on arrival time, overnight in Van.

Overnight: in Dogubeyazit at a hotel

Meals: -

 

DAY 2: ASCENT TO MT. ARART 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 meet some semi nomadic families, who use the fresh green Plateaus of the Mt. Ararat for their sheep flocks. We walk to our first Camp Site (Base Camp) which is set up on elevation of 3.200m.

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 3: 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.

Meals: B/L/D

 

DAY 4: 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.

Meals: B /L/D

DAY 5: Mt. ARARAT SUMMIT (5137m)

Between 2:00 - 2:30 in the morning we will have breakfast and start walking between 3:00 or 3:30 to get a good view at the sunrise on the top. After 650 m. ascent, we reach Glacier at 4.850m. After we fixed our Crampons we continue our ascent till we reach the Summit of the Mt. Ararat. If the weather is clear we can see the Mt. Damavand in Iran, the Elbrus in the Caucasus and the Kackar Mountains near the Black Sea. We enjoy the great panoramic view from the Summit and afterwards start descending 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

Meals: B / L / D

 

Day 6: Mt. ARARAT – DOGUBEYAZIT

 Extra day, depending on the weather conditions on Day 5, we may make another summit attempt. Otherwise, omit this day. If the extra day isn’t necessary, that day will be spent in Dogubeyazıt. Descend to Cevirme Village about 3 hours and return to Dogubeyazit.  We visit Ishakpaşa palace. There is a chance of trying Turkish Bath.  Late afternoon free for visit city center Doğubeyazıt.

 

DAY 7: AKDAMAR CHURCH -ISLAND of AKDAMAR

Transfer to Van and we visit Akdamar Island which is the most important Armenian Church in East Turkey. On the island it stands the 10th-century Church of the Holy Cross, Architect Monk Manuel built the church between the years 915 and 921. The Church was consecrated in honor of the holy cross. Reliefs, depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments, daily Iife such as hunting, run along the exterior of the church. Overnight at hotel in Van.

Meals: B / L / D

Overnight: hotel in Van.

 

DAY 8: 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- -

Tour ends.

Included

Price Includes

–    All transfers and transportations with private vehicles to the places mentioned in the Itinerary

–   Days 1 & 8: One (one way) arrival/departure transfer from/to Van airport/ Hotel in Dogubeyazit      & Van

–    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

–    7 x Breakfast, 6 x Lunch (Lunch Packages & Restaurants where available), 6 x Dinner

–    All necessary Camping Equipment’s (Tents, Mattresses, necessary Kitchen Gears & Dinnerware)

–    Ararat Permit Fees

Excluded

–   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 kind of Entrance fees

–    All kind of optional activities

–    Extra Nights

–    Single supplements

–    Single Tents

–    Personal Equipment

–    Tips

Trip Information


Best Season:  
Jun15  / Jul / Aug / Sep15  
Duration of the Trip: 8 Days / 7 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.
Accommodation
Hotel    :    3 Nights
Camp   :    4 Nights

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