Legendary Mount Ararat

Tour Code : TRE 07

Highlights
–    Mount Ararat summit climb 5.137m
–    Semi-nomadic families & authentic kurdish villages
–    Dogubeyazit & Ishak pasha palace
–    Van; pearl of the east & the citadel Kingdom of Urartu  
–    Akdamar Island & the holy cross church

TRE 07 - PRIN

Best Season   
Jan / Feb / Mar / Apr / May / Jun / Jul / Aug / Sep / Oct / Nov / Dec

 

Duration of the Trip
8 Days / 7 Nights

 

Difficulty Level/walks (treks)
= D/E (Challenging/Demanding)
Mount Ararat summit trek (5 routes on 5 days)

 

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 60 days in advance before the Tour begins and to send us all necessary Personal Details of each Group Member by time to complete all requirements.

Necessary Details we need 60 days in advance:
–           Your full name & surname (as indicated in the passport)
–           Date and place of birth
–           Nationality
–           Passport number
–           Issue & expiry date of passport (please make sure that expiry date is beyond your Travel Dates)

 

Accommodation
Hotel    :    3 Nights
Camp   :    4 Nights

Day 1 : Van – Dogubeyazit

Meet at the Van airport with Demavend Travels representative and drive to Dogubeyazit; a settlement with a long history. Dogubeyazit lies 15 km southwest of Mount Ararat and 35 km from the Iranian border. The area has had a rich history since it was settled during the times of the first Armenian Kingdom of Urartu. The Area was subsequently conquered by Persians, Romans, Arabs and Byzantines all of whom would have used the plain to rest and recoup during their passages across the mountains. We spend the Night in Dogubeyazit at the Hotel.
Transfer time: 2/3 h; transfer distance: 180 km (Van – Dogubeyazit)
ON: in Dogubeyazit at the Hotel
Meals: – / – / D

Day 2 : Ascent to Mount Ararat Camp I (Base camp) 3.200m

After Breakfast we load our luggage and camping equipment on our vehicle and drive via Topcatan village to Eli Village (2.000m), Between 2.000 and 2.400m (according to road conditions) we will start walking. Our luggage will be carried by mules and horses which will be arranged in advance, we have only to carry our own daily bags. 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 Side (Base Camp) which is established at a high of 3.200m.
Walking time: 4 h; ascent: approximately 1.200m (depending on road conditions & starting point)
ON: at Mount Ararat base camp 3.200m
Meals: B / L / D

Day 3 : Acclimatization Day ; ascent to Camp II (High camp) 4.200m & return to Camp I (Base camp) 3.200m

Today we will walk up to 4.200m for acclimatisation. High altitude is defined as altitudes greater than 3.000m and AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) may appear above this level. After easy ascent we will arrive at the Kum Kamp at a high of 3.7000m where will have time to take a break. Afterwards we go on ascend to 4.200m where will have our second Camp (High Camp) on next day. At 4.200m we will take time to have a Picnic. We descent down to our Base Camp at 3.200m and prepare ourselves for the next day to move up to Second Camp.
Walking time: 5/6 h; ascent/descent: 1.000m
ON: at Mount Ararat base camp 3.200m
Meals: B / L / D

Day 4 : Ascent to Camp II (High camp) 4.200m

In the morning we ascend up to the second campsite at a height of 4.200m. After reaching the campsite, we set up our tents and we take a little rest. In the afternoon we can go higher to get acclimatized (optionally). We will have dinner today a bit earlier; we will go sleeping early in the evening, because we have to wake up very early in the Morning to begin our Mt. Ararat Summit climb.
Walking time: 3/4 h; ascent: 1.000m; descent: 0m
ON: at Mount Ararat high camp 4.200m
Meals: B / L / D

Day 5 : Mount Ararat summit ascent 5.137m & return to Camp I (Base camp) 3.200m

Between 2:00 and 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 a very hard ascent, because of the steep slopes, we will reach the Glacier at 4.750m. 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
ON: at Mount Ararat base camp 3.200m
Meals: B / L / D

Day 6 : Camp I (Base camp) 3.200m descent back to Dogubeyazit; sightseeing Ishak pasha palace

In the morning we descend to the village of Eli; near the village our vehicle awaits us and we drive down to Dogubeyazit to our Hotel. After having Lunch in Dogubeyazit we take time to visit Ishak Pasha Palace. The palace is built on a hill at the side of a mountain 5 km (3 mi) east of Dogubeyazit. It was the last large monumental structure in the Ottoman Empire from the “Lale Devri” period. It is one of the most distinguished and magnificent examples of the 18th century Ottoman architecture and is very valuable in terms of art history. We spend the Night in Dogubeyazit at the Hotel. 
Walking time: 3 h; ascent: 0m; descent: between 800 and 1.200m
ON: in Dogubeyazit at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 7 : Van sightseeing; Van castle (citadel) and Akdamar Island & church

After having breakfast we leave Dogubeyazit and drive to the city of Van. Archaeological excavations and surveys carried out in the Van province and environs prove that the history of the city itself goes back as far as 5000 B.C. Under the ancient name of Tushpa, Van was the capital of the Urartian kingdom in the 9th century BC. Today Van is more known as “The Pearl of the East” because of the beauty of its surrounding landscapes.
In Van we take time to visit Van Castle (Citadel) and Akdamar Island. Van Castle (Citadel); was constructed by Urartian king Sardur. It is a massive stone fortification built during the 9th to 7th centuries BC and is the largest example of its kind. It overlooks the ruins of Tushpa, the ancient Urartian capital during the 9th C., which was centred upon the steep sided bluff where the fortress now sits. One of the most remarkable structures around is the rock tomb of Argisti the first, outside which is a long inscription relating the events of his reign. Akdamar Island & church; we drive to Gevas town and take a Ferryboat to visit Akdamar Island, a small island in Lake Van which is home to a 10th Century Armenian Church, known as the Cathedral Church of the Holy Cross and were the seat of an Armenian Catholics from 1116 to 1895. The unique importance of the Cathedral Church of the Holy Cross comes from the extensive array of bas-relief carving of mostly biblical scenes that adorn its external walls. We spend the Night in Van at the Hotel.
Transfer time: 2/3 h; transfer distance: 180 km (Dogubeyazit – Van)
Ferryboat transfer: 20/25 min. to Akdamar Island / one way
ON: in Van at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 8 : Van – Home

Transfer to Van airport where the Trip concludes.
Transfer time: 15 min.; Transfer distance: 10 km (Hotel – Van airport)
Meals: B / – / –

ON = Overnight accommodation / B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner

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 & in Van
–    Demavend Travel 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

 

Price Excludes
–    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, Tea & Coffee
–    Meals other than stated in the Itinerary
–    All kind of personal expenses
–    All kind of Entrance fees for historical and natural sites
–    Day 7: Ferryboat from Gevas to Akdamar Island & church
–    All kind of optional activities
–    Extra Nights
–    Single supplements
–    Single Tents
–    Personal Equipment
–    Tips