Classic Ararat trekking program combined with visiting historical treasures of Mount Ararat area and a bath in Diyadin Hot Springs.
Program of this tour gives you opportunity not only enjoy trekking on Mount Ararat, but also to familiarize with cultural and natural heritage of Dogubayazit area.
After intense trekking you will visit Ishak Pasha Palace, Urartian’s fortress, Museum of Noah’s Ark and meteor crater located near to Iranian border. Optionally you can also take a bath in hot springs in Diyadin.
*Turkey's highest peak (5137 meters)
*Place of where Noah's Ark landed
*Rise up at the border of Turkey, Iran and Armenia
All our guides were born on the slopes of Mount Ararat and each guide climbed Ararat minimum 50 times.
Climbing Mount Ararat require permition from Turkish local government in Dogubayazit.
For more information about climbing permit, please click on the link.
*Choose summer months for your trekking. The best weather condition is in July and August.
*For better acclimatization we recommend you to climb one other mountain, before your Ararat ascent. We can organize for you trekking on Mount Nemrut, Mount Suphan, Mount Tekelti or Little/Small Ararat as your acclimatization tour.
Our guide will meet you at the airport. You will pack all luggages to minibus and drive to Dogubayazit. On the way to Dogubayazit we can stop near interesting places to take photos.
Check-in at a hotel. If group arrive early, we can visit that day Ishak Pasha Palace, located 7 km from the town.
Dinner and overnight in hotel
After breakfast we will drive to Cevirme village on Ararat (elevation 2200 meters). There we will give you lunch packets and drinks for the trek and start to walk to the Camp 1 located at an altitude 3300 m. All the equipment will be carried on horses. Trekking to Ararat Camp 1 takes around 4-5 hours. After reaching the campsite we will have dinner.
Overnight in tents.
We will eat breakfast , take our lunch packets and small backpacks and then will start trekking to Camp 2 located at 4200 meters. Afterwards we will descent to lower camp for dinner.
Next overnight in tents at Camp 1.
We will eat breakfast and pack our luggage, which horses will carry to higher campsite. Then we will start trek to Ararat Camp 2 (4200 meters), which we should reach after 4-5 hours. There we will pitch tents and eat lunch prepared by our cook.
We have free afternoon. We can rest, take some pictures and enjoy fantastic view.
At the evening we will have dinner.
Overnight in tents.
We wake up very early (usually 1-2 a.m.), eat breakfast and drink something hot. Then we prepare our equipment for summit trek (last time we check our headlamps, crampons, walking poles, ect.). We start to walk to the summit of Mount Ararat with very slow tempo. Usually when we are at an elevation 4900 m Sun rise, what give us opportunity to take fantastic photos of sunrise on Ararat. After 5-7 hours of trek we will reach the top of legendary Mount Ararat. We will have time for filming the summit and group picture. Then we will descent to our high camp, have hot meals and 1-2 hours rest. Afterwards we will prepare our luggage for horse transfer and descent to Cevirme village. We drive back to Dogubayazit.
Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast in the hotel we will drive to see historical sites near Dogubayazit. First we will visit an stunning palace of Ishak Pasha from 17th century, which was built by Ottoman Empire to control silk road and area. Then we will walk to Urartian castle (8th century BC) to have amazing view of Dogubayazit and Ishak Pasha Palace. After that we will have some break for tea and coffee near tomb of Ahmedi Hani (Kurdish writer and holly man). From the castle we will drive to Uzengili village to see Noah's Ark National Park and museum. Afterwards we will drive to second biggest Meteor hole in the world, located just next to the border with Iran.
At the evening we can drive to small town – Diyadin ( about 40 km from Dogubayazit) and take a bath in volcanic hot springs.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast in hotel, we transfer you to the airport. If you have additional tour with us we continue our tour.