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Ski tour to Ararat (5165m) in 7 days

Climbing snow-capped Ararat above the spring-like plains of eastern Anatolia is perfectly possible on skis. You fly individually (via Istanbul) to Van in East Antolia on the lake of the same name. After visiting the Van castle complex, which is over 3,000 years old, you take an introductory tour to the 4,085 meter high Süphan, the third highest mountain in Turkey. Very impressive and ideal for height adjustment. The view of Lake Van, which lies directly to the south, is unique. Then you drive to Dogubayazit, the small Kurdish town at the foot of the mighty Ararat, 5165 m. You tackle the “Büyük Agri Dagi” via the base camp, which is at a good 3000 m altitude depending on the snow line, with your local mountain guide. If everything goes well, you ski down from the summit straight to the flower meadows at the foot of Ararat – gigantic. If you still have some time, we recommend an individual extension in Istanbul.





  • Group size: 2 - 12 people

  • Travel time : 12 days
  • Overnight stay in tents : 5 days
  • Overnight hotel accommodation : 7 nights

Day 1: Flight  via Istanbul, onward flight to Van. Transfer from Van Airport (1727 m) with the lake of the same name in Eastern Anatolia to Doğubayazıt directly to the hotel (- /- /A)


Day 2: Dogubayazit – Base Camp: Drive to the starting point on Ararat to the small settlement of Eli at approx. 2200m. Here the things are loaded onto the pack horses. We hike for about 4-5 hours to the base camp. The height of the base camp is variable, depending on the snow situation. This varies between 3000m and 3,500m. After the camp has been set up, it is worth climbing a few hundred meters higher in the afternoon. After a cozy dinner, we settle down early in the tents, rest and look forward to the next day, which brings us ever closer to the summit. (B/L/D)

Day 3: Acclimatization day After breakfast we go up to around 4000m, depending on the condition and wishes of the group, departure back to the camp to drink tea and coffee, rest until dinner (B/L/D)


Day 4: Summit day: Get up early in the morning and look forward to the summit. We climb slowly, the air becomes thinner. At 4,900 m we step on glaciers. If the slopes are not blown, you can ski to the summit. When the weather is nice, there is an incomparably beautiful view from the Mountain of Noah. We look into the countries of Iran, Armenia and further up to the Caucasus. We enjoy the descent to Bases Camp with a gradient of around 30°. Here our chef delights us with a delicious dinner. Overnight in camp. (B/L/D)


Day 5: Descent to the starting point and return to Dogubayazit; in the afternoon drive to one of the most beautifully situated palace complexes, the Ishak Pasha Palace above the city, sightseeing tour, from the café there is a wide view over the plain and the surrounding mountains; Dinner with a Kurdish family or in a beautiful local restaurant, overnight in the hotel. (B/L/D)

Day 6: Dogubayazit – Van, Akdamar Island (reserve day. If the reserve day is required on the mountain, this program item is omitted) Transfer to Van to the hotel. Drive to Gevas on Lake Van, lunch, then a 20-30 minute boat trip to the island of Akdamar with the famous Armenian Cross Church, built in 915. Overnight in Van. (B/M/D)


Day 7: Flight home: transfer to the airport. Flight home via Istanbul (B/-/-)


F "“ Breakfast M "“ Lunch L "“ Packed lunch A "“ Dinner

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Price: without flights 7 days from €590

Price: with flights for 7 days from €1280





13.04-19.04 2024




Your own desired dates for May - October on request - guaranteed for 2 people or more

Reise - Ararat in 7 Tagen 
Teilnehmerzahl: 2-16 
Anforderung: 3 Stiefel 
Zeltübernachtung     4 Nächte 

Hotelübernachtung  : 2 Nächte in 3*** Hotel
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Performed Services:

  • All meals and overnight stays according to the program

  • All transfers in Turkey according to the program

  • Permission from Ankara for the Ascent of Ararat

  • 50 Dollar Eintrittsgebühren pro Person für den Nationalpark Ararat

  • Licensed mountain tour guide  English

  • Food and Beverages - full board - all inclusiv on the mountain

  • Kurdish Cook

  • Luggage transport by horses on the mountain up to camp 

  • Tent for two people & thermo mats 5cm (single person tents additional charge)

Not included in the services

  • meals not mentioned

  • beverages

  • individual excursions and visits outside the program

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips

Program changes:  During this trip, despite careful preparation, changes to the program due to unforeseeable events can be expected. These can arise due to weather conditions or short-term changes as a result of legal regulations, political decisions or health problems of participants, etc. In any case, we will try to carry out the travel program within the framework of what is responsible or, if not possible, to organize an equivalent alternative program. We look forward to having you with us! This trip will offer you many unforgettable experiences and impressions of a grandiose, extraordinary natural and cultural world. If you feel addressed by this trip, we look forward to welcoming you to our group

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