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Climbing Ararat. Turkey

Climbing Ararat from Turkey

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


  • We have 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 day tours to Ararat.
  • For groups from 6 people and for Individual tours - the tour will take place at any time (everything is agreed).
Tour type:
Expeditions and ascents
Eli Village
Number of participants:
From 1 participant
Maximum height:
5137 m
June - October
Start of the program:
Agri or Igdir
Finish program:
Agri or Igdir
7 days
560 USD
435 USD
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Attention! We have 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 day tours to Ararat. The following is a program for a standard 7-day tour.

Day 1

We will meet you in the cities of Agri or Igdir. Transfer from the airport to the city Dogubayazit. Check in at the hotel.

Day 2

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 3400 m and 4200 m will be carried by horses and mules. Overnight stay in the base camp at an altitude of 3200m.

Day 3

Base camp 3400 m, breakfast. Acclimatization climb to 4200 m. Then return to the base camp. Dinner.

Day 4

Base camp 3400 m, breakfast. Go to the second camp. 4200 m

Day 5

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 3400 m. Horses will carry everything down our things.

Day 6

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 7

Morning breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to the airport.

Attention! The organizers of the event (group leaders) can change the ascent plan (depending on weather conditions, the moral and physical condition of the group members).

Agri (Igdir) – Dogubayazit - Eli (2200 m) - Base camp (3400 m) - Сamp (4200 m) – Summit Ararat (5137 m) - Base camp (3400 m) - Eli (2200 m) – Dogubayazit - Agri (Igdir)

The cost of a package of services - from $ 560 *

* Payment is made in Euro


  • all transfers
  • 2 nights in a hotel.
  • breakfasts on the mountain
  • one lunch on the mountain
  • 2 liters of water per day
  • guide services
  • horses
  • tent, crampons, sleeping mats
  • summit Сertificate  
  • cook services
  • your permit 
  • branded T-shirt
  • branded buff

Not included:

  • flight by plane
  • food in cities
  • insurance

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

  • 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.

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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