Trekking on Ararat - starting from the border with Georgia

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Program of this trip was prepared for those who travel from Armenia or Georgia and plan to reach the summit of Mount Ararat.

Our team will pick you up from the Turkish-Georgian border crossing and take you to Dogubayazit, where your Ararat adventure will start. You will climb Ararat from its south face (classic route). Additional day for acclimatization, planned in the trip program, will allow you to adapt easier to the high altitude conditions and increase our chance for summiting Ararat.

What is more, during this tour you will have opportunity not only to conquer summit of Mount Ararat, but also visit the most interesting places of Eastern Turkey. You will visit Kars city, explore ruins of Ani (ancient Armenian city) and fascinating Van Fortress, you will see beautiful Van Lake and stunning Palace of Ishak Pasha. 

Since you have decided to visit our region, we want to show you everything that has the best to offer.

Day 1: From Georgian border to Dogubayazit
We will meet at the border crossing in Aktas and we will start to drive to Dogubayazit. On the way we can stop near beautiful Cildir Lake for taking photos and eating lunch. Upon arriving to Dogubayazit we will check-in at our hotel and drive to visit Ishak Pasha Palace - one of the most important palaces in Ottoman history, built in 17th century. At the evening we will have dinner in local restaurant.
Overnight at a hotel in Dogubayazit.

Day 2: From Dogubayazit to Ararat Camp 1
In the morning we will have a nutritious breakfast at the hotel. After meal we will pack all the equipment and drive by minibus from the hotel to Cevirme village at 2200 m. Then we will walk to Ararat Camp 1 located at an elevation 3200 m (our equipment will be transported by horses). When we will reach the camp (after 3-4 hours of walking) we will drink tea or coffee and eat some snacks. Later we will set up our tents and have a rest. At the evening we will have hot meal.
Overnight in tents at Camp 1.

Day 3: Acclimatization on Mount Ararat
That day, after good breakfast on the campsite, we will take lunch packets and our small backpacks and start to climb to the elevation 4200 m (Camp 2). After reaching higher camp we will have some rest and then we will return to Camp 1. It will help us to adapt better to high altitude and minimize a risk of altitude sickness.
Dinner and second overnight at Camp 1.

Day 4: Ascent to Ararat Camp 2 at 4200 m
After breakfast we will start ascent to climb to Camp 2 located at 4200 m. Equipment will be transported by horses. We should reach Ararat Camp 2 within 4-5 hours. When we will reach the campsite we will set up our tents and have a dinner. That day we should go to sleep early so that we can have a good rest before the tiring climb that awaits us on the following day.
Overnight in tents on Camp 2.

Day 5: Summit day
We will start climbing early in the morning (1 or 2 a.m.). Within 5-7 hours we should reach Mount Ararat summit at 5137 m (depending on weather condition and pace of the group members). Crampons may be needed for the last 200-300 m.
Afterwards we will return to Camp 2, where we will eat meal and have 1-2 hours rest. Then we will pack the equipment and walk down near Cevirme village, where driver will wait for us. We will back to Dogubayazit.
Overnight at the hotel in Dogubayazit.

Day 6: Van city tour
After breakfast at the hotel we will drive to Van. On the way we can stop by Muradiye Waterfall, to take few photos and drink tea. We will pass Van city and drive to Gevas, to take a boat trip to Akdamar Island and visit Church of the Holy Cross, which was built by Armenians in the tenth century. Then we will back to Van for having lunch and visiting stunning Urartian Castle. From this place we will get amazing view of Van Lake.
After sightseeing of Van area we will return to Dogubayazit. Dinner and overnight in Dogubayazit.

Day 7: Kars and Ani tour, transfer to border crossing with Georgia
We will wake up early in the morning, eat breakfast and then we will drive to Kars. First we will visit city centre of Kars, then - Kars Castle (12th-century Seljuk fortress) and Kumbet Camii, which was originally built as a Church of Apostles in the 10th century.
Afterwards we will drive to visit the ruins of Ani - ancient Capital City of Armenian Kingdom. We will see its impressive fortified walls still encircling the ruins of numerous churches, mosques and caravanserais.
Transfer to Georgian border. End of the tour.

Included in full service option

  • Transfer from the Georgian/Turkish border crossing and back
  • Transfer from Dogubayazit to the foot of Mount Ararat and back,
  • Transfers during cultural tour
  • Professional local guide service
  • Pack animals (horses), which will carry your equipment during trekking on Mount Ararat
  • Accommodation at a hotel in Dogubayazit (with breakfast) - 3 nights, twin rooms
  • All meals and soft drinks during the climbing on Ararat, with cooking service
  • Foam sleeping pads and tents (1 tent for each 2 persons)
  • Crampons (if you haven't got your own)
  • Entrance fees to Van Castle, Akdamar Island and Ishak Pasha Palace
  • Ferry cruise to Akdamar Island

Not included

  • Domestic flights
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals in cities

Photos from our tours

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