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Climbing Ararat. Georgia

Climbing Ararat from Georgia

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.

Alternative tour - climbing Ararat directly from Turkey

Article:
89
Country:
Turkey - Georgia
Tour type:
Expeditions and ascents
Directions:
Eli Village
Complexity:
Easy
Number of participants:
From 3 participants
Maximum height:
5895 m
Season:
June - September
Start of the program:
Tbilisi
Finish program:
Tbilisi
Duration:
11 days
Price:
980 USD
Count:

Day 1

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

Day 2

Breakfast. Check out the hotel. 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. City Tour. Visit the park and sources. Lunch, transfer to Akhaltsikhe. Fortress Rabat, Akhaltsikhe. Overnight in Akhaltsikhe.

Day 3

Breakfast. Transfer to CAT 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-bus, which will deliver to the city of Dogubayazit. Travel time is 5 hours. Hotel accommodation. Dinner

Day 4

Breakfast. Transfer by minibus from the hotel to the village of Eli (2200 meters above sea level). Track light to camp number 1 (height 3200 meters) (equipment will be delivered by horses). Dinner. Overnight in the camp.

Day 5

Breakfast. Acclimatization day. Track to camp number 2 (4200 m), and then return to the base camp. Overnight in tents.

Day 6

Breakfast. Track up to the camp at an altitude of 4200 meters. Equipment will be delivered by horses. Dinner in the camp. Overnight in the camp. Early overnight.

Day 7

Breakfast. Early access to the track (01.00-02.00). In 5-7 hours we reach the top of Mount Ararat at an altitude of 5137 meters. Then we return to Camp 2, rest, have lunch and pack the equipment. Equipment is transported by horses. And then we return to the descent to the village of Ely at an altitude of 2,200 meters, where cars are waiting for us. Transfer to Dogubayazit. Dinner. Visit the Turkish bath.  Overnight hotel.

Day 8

Excursion to Dogubayazit, visiting the site of Ishakpasa, Noah's Ark, meteorite crater. Dinner. After lunch we go to a hot spring in Diyadin, an ideal remedy for tired legs! We are returning to Dogubayazit for dinner. Overnight at the hotel

Day 9

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

Day 10

Breakfast. Departure to Tbilisi. Accommodation at the hotel. City Tour. If desired, visit the sulfur baths. Farewell dinner (Georgian hospitality, Georgian wines).

Day 11

Breakfast transfer to the airport. Departure.

Tbilisi - Mtskheta - Borjomi - Akhaltsikhe - Fortress Rabat, Akhaltsikhe - Vala - Dogubayazit checkpoint - Eli (2200 m) - camp 1 (3200 m) - camp 2 (4200 m) - camp 1 (3200 m) - camp 2 (4200 m) – Summit Ararat (5137 m) - Eli (2200 m) - Dogubayazit - Vale checkpoint - Borjomi - Tbilisi

The cost of a package of services - from 980 US dollars *

* Payment is made in euros (EUR 850)

Included in the price:

  • Services of the Russian-speaking guide;
  • All type of transfer according to the program on the territory of Georgia and Turkey
  • Accommodation in hotels and guest houses according to the program on the territory of Georgia and Turkey
  • Permission to climb Mount Ararat (50 euros)
  • Professional licensed track Guide on the route
  • Organization of the camp, its equipment, kitchen accessories
  • Tents and accessories, sleeping mattresses, etc.
  • Food, hot and cold drinks
  • Horses for carrying cargo

Additional Information:

The ascent (track) of medium difficulty, the climbers go light, with a small backpack on the order of up to 40 liters. Basically, this is a supply of water and what you consider necessary to take with you. All cargo, personal luggage, food, tents, accessories camp, transported by transport, and then on horseback. Camping, tents are provided by the staff. A cook with the same staff prepares and feeds 3 times a day. All accommodations are up to the starting camp in hotels and mini-hotels.

We recommend to take with you:

  • waterproof windproof jacket and pants;
  • warm jacket or puff;
  • sports suit;
  • set of thermal underwear, T-shirts, underwear (interchangeable);
  • sleeping bag (comfort from -10 ° С);
  • polyurethane foam mat;
  • trekking shoes (mountain boots for cats);
  •  removable shoes for the camp (sneakers);
  • backpack up to 40 liters; sidushka;
  • trekking poles;
  • rain cape for yourself and your backpack;
  • sun protection: panama, cream, glasses;
  • work gloves;
  • cup, spoon, bowl, knife (CLMN);
  • thermos and flask for water with a total volume of 1-2 l .;
  • head lamp (spare batteries);
  • first-aid kit is individual;
  • ALWAYS camera, etc.

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.

Additional Information:

Climbing (track) of medium difficulty, climbers go light, with a small backpack of about 40 liters. Basically, this is a supply of water and what you consider necessary to take with you. All cargo, personal luggage, food, tents, camp accessories are transported by transport, and then on horseback. Camping, camping is provided by the staff. A cook with the same staff cooks and feeds 3 times a day. All accommodations to the launch camp in hotels and mini-hotels.

We recommend taking with you:

  • waterproof windproof jacket and trousers;
  • warm jacket or puff;
  • tracksuit;
  • a set of thermal underwear, t-shirts, underpants (interchangeable);
  • sleeping bag (comfort from -10 ° C);
  • polyurethane foam mat;
  • trekking shoes (mountain boots for cats);
  • replaceable shoes for the camp (sneakers);
  • backpack up to 40 l; a seater;
  • trekking poles;
  • rain cape on yourself and on a backpack;
  • sun protection: panama, cream, glasses;
  • work gloves;
  • mug, spoon, bowl, knife (KLMN);
  • thermos and flask for water with a total volume of 1-2l .;
  • headlamp (spare batteries);
  • individual first-aid kit;
  • MANDATORY camera, etc.
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