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Climbing Ararat and Kazbek. Turkey-Georgia

Climbing Ararat and Kazbek

The mountain is a legend, a symbol, a whole story, a dream of many nations and generations. Ararat is traditionally associated with the biblical legend of the Flood and Noah's Ark

Kazbek - the dream of climbers from around the world. Admire the morning and evening views of one of the most beautiful peaks of the Caucasus. It will be an unforgettable experience.

See our separate tours to Kazbek and Ararat

Turkey - Georgia
Tour type:
Expeditions and ascents
From South
Number of participants:
From 4 participants
Maximum height:
5137 m
June - September
Start of the program:
Finish program:
16 days
1 650 USD
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Day 1

Arrival in Tbilisi. Transfer to the hotel from the airport. Hotel accommodation. Dinner.

Day 2

Breakfast. Check out On the way excursion: Mtskheta - one of the oldest cities in Georgia and the first capital of the country, founded in the fifth century. Next, stop in Borjomi. Tour. Visit the park and sources. Lunch, transfer to Akhaltsikhe. Visiting Rabat. Overnight in Akhaltsikhe.

Day 3

Breakfast. Transfer to PPC checkpoint Vale. Transfer time 20-30 minutes. Here we pass the passport control and cross the border with Turkey. On the Turkish side we are waiting for a mini-bass, which will deliver to the city of Dogubayazit. Travel time is 5 hours. Hotel accommodation. Dinner

Day 4

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer by bus to the village of Eli (2200 m). Then we go light, and all our things to the height of 3200 m and 4200 m will be carried by horses and mules. Overnight stay in the base camp at an altitude of 3200m.

Day 5

Base camp 3200 m, breakfast. Acclimatization climb to 4200 m. Then return to the base camp. Dinner.

Day 6

Base camp 3200 m, breakfast. Go to the second camp. 4200 m

Day 7

Day to climb the summit. We get up early at 2 am. Breakfast. We start from the camp at 3 o'clock in the morning. In 6-7 hours we will climb to the top of Ararat (5137 m). 5-10 minutes take pictures, admire the views, relax. Then we go down to the second camp at 4200 m. Here we rest for one hour, we collect all our belongings and then we go down to the camp for 3200 m. Horses will carry everything down our things.

Day 8

Reserve day in case of bad weather.

Day 9

Breakfast, go down to the village of Eli (2200 m). Then our driver will take you to the city of Dogubayazit. Check in at the hotel, rest, shower, lunch. Next will be a cultural tour of the places Ishak Pasha, Iranian meteorite crater Borderi, Noah's Ark, Turkish bath, overnight at the hotel.

Day 10

Breakfast, transfer by car to the checkpoint Vale. Transfer to the city of Borjomi. Next, stop in Borjomi. Hotel accommodation. Tour. Visit the park and sources. Dinner, wine, etc.

Day 11

Breakfast, transfer to Stepantsminda (Kazbegi). Overnight in a guest house, hotel. Preparing for climbing, getting equipment for hire, purchasing food, etc.

Day 12

The beginning of the ascent to Kazbek. We rise to the pass and descend a little to the Sabertse green glade, snack, rest. Further rise to the Gergeti glacier. We follow the tongue of the glacier to the weather station (3600 m). Overnight in tents.

Included in the price: throwing a jeep to the church and further throwing backpacks on horseback (cargo up to 75 kg) to the weather station

Day 13

Climbing Kazbek (5033 m.) 5-7 hours. Early exit at 03:00. Descent to the meteorological station and further, as a group, to the green glade Sabertse. Overnight in tents.

Day 14

Reserve day in case of bad weather.

Day 15

Descent to Stepantsminda. Check in at the guest house. Festive dinner.

Day 16

Transfer to Tbilisi. Departure See you on the new routes!

Tbilisi - Mtskheta - Borjomi - Akhaltsikha - Akhaltsikhe Rabat fortress - PPC checkpoint Vale -  Dogubayazit - Eli (2200 m) - Base camp (3200 m) - Сamp (4200 m) – Summit Ararat (5137 m) - Base camp (3200 m) - Eli (2200 m) – Dogubayazit - PPC Checkpoint Vale - Borjomi - Stepantsminda - Weather Station (3600 m) - the peak of Kazbek (5033.8 m) - Saberza glade - Stepantsminda - Tbilisi

Service Package cost - from 1650 dollars US *


  • All transfers
  • Accommodation in hotels (guest houses)
  • Ararat (breakfast on the mountain, one lunch on the mountain, 2 liters of water per day, horses, a tent, cats, sleeping mats, a certificate of climbing, cook services, permission (permit) to climb)
  • Kazbek (transfer to church, horse)
  • Guide services

Not included:

  • Flight, road to / from Tbilisi

Brief information on the area and route

Mount Ararat is a mountain, stratovolcano and the highest volcanic massif of the Armenian Highland in eastern Turkey. About 30 (20) km from the border with Armenia (Iran) is located. The massif consists of two cones of sleeping volcanoes merged by the bases: the Big Ararat (5137 m) and the Small Ararat (3896 m). The summit of Big Ararat is the highest point of Turkey.The distance between the peaks of the Great and Small Ararat is 11 km. Volcanoes are separated by the Sardar-Bulak saddle. The base of both peaks has a length of about 130 km in circumference. Big Ararat from 4250 m and above is covered with eternal snow. There are about 30 glaciers in the massif (the largest is the glacier of St. Jacob, more than 2 km long).

Local names of Ararat:

  • The traditional Armenian name of Ararat is Masis (Armenian Մասիս), or Black Mountain
  • The Turkish name of Ararat is Agrydag or Agra-Dag (Turkish: Ağrı Dağı), “mountain curve” or “mountain of pain”
  • The Persian name of Ararat is Kukhi-Nuh (Pers. وه نوح), “Mount Noah”
  • Ararat's Arabic name is Jabal al-Харāreṯ, “the mountain of the plowman”
  • Ararat’s Kurdish name “Agri” (Kurd. Çiyayê Agirî - translated from Kurdish as “Mount of Fire” indicates volcanic origin) or the second name “Chiya Grie” is translated from Kurdish as “Weeping Mountain”.

The first ascent of the Great Ararat was made on September 27 (October 9), 1829 by Professor I. F. Parrot, Professor, University of Derpt.

The first ascent alone, in 24 hours, was made by James Bryce on September 12, 1876.

The first winter ascent alone was made by the former chairman of the Mountaineering Federation of Turkey, Bozkurt Ergör, on February 21, 1970.

Kazbek Mountain (Georgian Mkinvartsveri (or Mkinvari), translated from Georgian ice (th) peak (top) - an extinct stratovolcano, the most eastern five thousand meters of the Caucasus, height 5033.8 m. It is located in the eastern part of the Central Caucasus, on the border of Russia and Georgia

The first ascent to the peak of Kazbek was made in 1868 by the British, 23-year-old D. Freshfield, Tucker and Moore (from the southeast slope).

Currently, it is a very popular mountain among climbers and tourists from all over the world.

Climbing routes from 2A to 3B category of complexity, from Russia and Georgia.

During the ascent of Kazbek from the village of Stepantsminda, you will visit: the Temple of the Holy Trinity (Tsminda Sameba). The temple is located at a height (2170 m). This is a cross-domed temple, built in the XIV century in Georgia. The only temple of this type in the Kazbegi district. Further, Sabertse pass (Arsh) (2,930 meters), the Gergeti glacier, meteorological station (3,600 m) and approximately at an altitude (3,800 m) on the 80-meter rock wall in the cave is the ancient monastery Bethlemy (Bethlehem).

Additional Information

  • Children under 14 years old are allowed on the route only if accompanied by adults.
  • The host party has the right to change the route according to weather conditions and the state of the group
  • The cost of the voucher does not include: optional excursions, transfers outside the program, environmental fees, etc.
  • It is possible to provide additional services by prior arrangement: additional transfers, personal equipment hire, hotel booking, recreation, etc.
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