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Mont Ararat hike traverse in Turkey

Go on this unique Mount Ararat hike traverse in Turkey. Join Edy, IFMGA certified mountain guide, on this trip, perfect for non-experienced hikers.

Duration10 days
Offer periodJul, Aug
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripNot specified


Take this Mont Ararat hike traverse, on the far north east of Turkey. Join me on a 10-day trip to this dormant compound volcano. Also, you don’t need to be an expert mountaineer to go on this program. Yet, since it is 5,137 m high, it is important to acclimatize before, which I include on the program.

First, I will meet you at the Istanbul Airport. Then, we will take a transfer to a local Hotel. Next morning, we will take a flight to Van for some afternoon sightseeing. Among other things, we will visit a fabulous Armenian Church from the 10th century.

On Day 3, the acclimatization for our main goal will begin. I will guide you on our ascent to Mount Artos (3,350 m) from Gevas. Next morning, we will drive to Dogubeyatiz.

Next, on Day 5, we will finally drive to Ararat. Then, I will guide the ascent to the site of our first camp, from Eli Village (2,000 m), for the night. Next day, we will get another acclimatization day in the area. It will be Day 7 when we will reach our second camp (4,200 m), almost ready for the main goal. As we zig-zag up, we will go through some rocky scree slopes. Yet, there will be few and rear steep segments.

Finally, after enough preparation, summit day. I will guide you on our way up to the Mount Ararat summit (5,137m). Depending on the ground conditions, we might need to use crampons for areas of permanent snow and ice. We will later descend to the first camp site.

Next day we will descend and transfer to Van. After our last night at a hotel, we will return to the Istanbul International Airport, where the program ends.

Interested in the Mount Ararat hike traverse in Turkey? Contact me for questions. Also, check out other mountaineering options, like Mountaineering in Classic Routes.

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The minimum number of people for this trip is 6

Meeting point

Istanbul Airport, Turkey




Day 1: Arrival

  • Meeting at Istanbul Airport
  • Transfer to Hotel

Day 2: Van

  • Flight to Van
  • Transfer to Hotel
  • Afternoon sightseeing: Van Castle, ferry to Akdamar Island (on Lake Van)
  • Final checks to equipmet
  • Overnigth at the Hotel

Day 3: Acclimatization: Ascent to Mount Artos

  • Drive to Gevas (1,800 m)
  • Acclimatization ascent to Mount Artos (3-4 hours)
  • Return to Van
  • Overnight at the Hotel

Day 4: Dogubeyazit via Muradiye Waterfalls

  • Transfer to Dogubeyazit, via Muradiye Waterfalls
  • Overnight at Hotel

Day 5: Ararat and trek to Camp

  • Drive to Eli Village (2,000 m)
  • Trek to site of the first camp
  • Overnight at the camp

Day 6: Acclimatization day

  • Climb up to site of the second camp
  • Descent to first camp for the night
  • Overnight at the camp

Day 7: Ascent to second camp

  • Ascent to site of second camp (3-4 hours)
  • Overnight in tents

Day 8: Summit day: Ascent to Mount Ararat

  • Trek up to area of permanent snow and ice (possible use of crampons)
  • Arrival at the Mount Ararat summit (5,137 m)
  • Descent to site of first camp
  • Overnight at the camp

Day 9: Descent - Van

  • Descent to roadhead
  • Transfer back to Van
  • Night at Hotel

Day 10: Return

  • Flight to Istanbul
  • Outbound flight

About the guide

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I was born in 1966. I was an aspirant Mountain Guide from 1986 and a Mountain Guide (IFMGA) as from 1989. In 1988, I joined the Mountain Guides company of Courmayeur, which was the 1st Italian guiding company and the 2nd in the world in 1850. From 1995 to 2001, I had the role of leading guide with as main function the coordination of the work and the promotion of the guiding programs we were organising.
From 1986, I worked in the Mountain Rescue Team of the Aosta Valley. I became a Mountain Rescue Instructor in 2000. As a mountain guide, I practice a lot mountaineering, rock climbing, off-piste skiing, ski touring, snowshoeing, etc.
The past 22 years, I have climbed with my clients many classic routes in the Alps, of mixed, ice and rock; I have climbed the mountains of South America (Aconcagua in Argentina, Cordillera Blanca in Peru, trekking in Torres del Paine in Chile and Fitz Roy in Argentina, the slopes of Alpamayo Pequeno, Sajama, Huayna Potosi, in Illimani Bolivia, Cayambe, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo in Ecuador). Each year, I keep on travelling the Andes with clients and friends to discover new mountains to satisfy the desire of mountaineering.

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Prices per person

Group of 6

EUR 2062 each

Group of 7

EUR 2062 each

Group of 8

EUR 2062 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transport during the trip

• Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)

• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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