Mount Ararat Climb




8 days


Van; Dogubayazit; Cevirme Village; Yesil Yayala Base Camp; Camp 1; Camp 2; Mount Ararat Summit; Camp 2; Camp 1; Cevirme Village; Dogubayazit; Van

Mount Ararat is a beautiful snow-capped, dormant volcano and the highest mountain in Turkey (5137m).  Its summit is located 16kms west of Iran and 32kms south of the Armenian border. Mount Ararat is associated with the “mountains of Ararat” in Biblical terms, it is considered to be the place where Noah’s Ark came to rest. This mountain also plays a significant role in the local history and literature.

You don’t need extremely technical climbing skills to scale Mount Ararat but you must have basic knowledge of basic self arrest, ice-axe and crampon use for the last 200 meters of the mountain.

Climbing Turkey’s highest summit is a rewarding and unforgettable achievement, you will be in awe of the natural beauty of this cultural and geographical icon. We highly recommend this adventure to anyone who enjoys hiking and the outdoors.


Day 01: Arrival at Van (D)

A Rahhalah guide will meet you at the airport. First, we will visit Van Castle, followed by a boat trip to Akdamar Island to visit the Cathedral Church of the Holy Cross which was built by the Armenians in the tenth century. After lunch on shore of Lake Van, we will drive to Dogubayazit with an enroute stop to see the stunning Muradiye waterfalls.

Check-in at the hotel in Dogubayazit, followed by dinner.

Day 02: Camp 1 (B, L, D)

First, we will start with a drive to Cevirme Village for a pleasant tea break. Then we will walk to Yesil Yayala Base Camp at 3200 meters (our equipment will be transported by pack animals). When we reach the camp, a hot meal and tea will be waiting just for us.

Overnight in tents at Camp 1.

Day 03: Acclimatization (B, L, D)

Acclimatisation is a very important process whenever you plan to climb a mountain so we will undergo an essential acclimatisation walk to 4000-4200 meters to prepare ourselves for the adventure that lies ahead.

Dinner and overnight at Camp 1.

Day 04: Camp 2 (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we will begin our climb to Camp 2 at 4200 meters (our equipment will be transported by pack animals). Things get slightly more strenuous at this part of the adventure but our guides will be there to support you to keep going on. Also, apart from being rewarded with beautiful views, a hot meal will be waiting for us at the camp.

Overnight at Camp 2. (We have to go to sleep very early. Next day we start to climb at 2 a.m.)

Day 05: Summit (B, L, D)

We begin our climb early in the morning (1 or 2 a.m.) and after 5-7 hours, we will reach the summit of Mount Ararat at 5165 meters (depending on snow conditions, crampons may be needed for the last 200-300 meters).

Afterwards, we will return to Camp 2, rest, eat, and pack our equipment. Then we start to descent to Camp 1.

Dinner and overnight on Camp 1.

Day 06: Descent (B, D)

After breakfast we start our descent to Cevirme Village, where our minibuses will be waiting for us.

We will be back at our hotel in Dogubayazit for dinner and a free afternoon. We can visit Ishak Pasha Palace, a beautiful cultural icon and one of the most important palaces in Ottoman history, as well as the Ahmed-i Xani Tomb and Urartian Castle.

Day 07: Sightseeing (B, D)

After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to see the Durupinar site. It is a canoe-shaped area that some people believe could be the “foot print” of Noah’s Ark. We will also visit a small Noah’s Ark Museum.

Our next stop at this area will be Meteor crater, the second largest meteor crater in the world. Meteor Crater is 60 meters deep and 35 meters wide.
On the way of crater, we also can see Iranian border.

Later we will walk to ‘Ice cave’.

At the evening we drive to Diyadin village to see the natural hot springs in the Tendurek valley and take the opportunity to take a bath in the pool.

Day 08: Departure

Transfer to Van airport for your flight.

1,965 USD

per person in a group of min 4.

Trip Dates

2nd September 2016


  • This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies.
  • Full payment should be made 30 days prior to departure date.
  • All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.


  • Transfer from/to the airport in Van
  • Transfer from Dogubayazit to Mt Araratand back
  • All transfers during cultural tours on day 6 and 7
  • Professional local guide service
  • Pack animals, which will carry equipment
  • Hotel accommodation at three stars hotel in Dogubayazit (with breakfast) – 3 nights
  • All meals and soft drinks during the climbing, with cooking service
  • Dinner on a day 1, day 6 and day 7
  • Sleeping mattress and a tent
  • All entrance fees to museums and historical places
  • Climbing permit


  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals in town
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Cost in case of earlier descent
  • Alcoholic beverages

Important note: Ararat is located in military zone, that’s why the government of Turkey requires special military permission to climb it.

Required documents:

  • A scanned copy of passport photo page
  • Full name
  • Date of beginning of your trekking

When to apply?

  • 2 months prior to your travel

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