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Ski touring Ararat

Skiing tour Mount Ararat, 5 days 

Skiing from the top of Mount Ararat is very prestigious, join our groups

Tour type:
Alpine skiing and snowboarding
Number of participants:
From 6 people
Maximum height:
5137 m
February - April
Start of the program:
Agri, Van
Finish program:
Agri, Van
5 days
400 USD
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Day 1
Pick up you at Van or Agri airport to Dogubayazit. Overnight stay in hotel

Day 2
After breakfast, we will go to Mount Ararat /Cevirme Village at 2200 m by minibus. Our baggage and skis are carried by horses. Walking up to Camp 1 at 2800 m (2-3 hours). Tea and food will be ready for us. Night in Camp1 (minimum -10° during the night)

Day 3
We ski up to Camp 2 at 3600 m by carrying  horses equipment.  Tea and food will be ready for us. Night in Camp 2 (minimum -10° during the night)

Day 4
Summit day. Get up early. We have breakfast in the middle of the night and begin our ascent at 2-3 am. After 6-8 hours of skiing, we finally reach the top with spectacular panoramic views of Turkey, Iran and Armenia. (at the top, at least -30C). Then we go down straight to the car point, transfer to the city of Dogubayazit. Overnight at the hotel.

Attention! Before leaving the camp, we need to collect all our things and prepare the trunks (backpacks) in the tents, which after we leave will be delivered straight down.

Day 5
After breakfast we will transfer you Agri or Van city airport

The senior guide (group leader) can change the ascent plan (depending on weather conditions, the moral and physical condition of the group members)

Airports: Agri or Van city) - transfer to Dogubayazit - transfer to Eli settlement (2200 m) - Trekking to Base Camp 2800 m - Trekking to Camp 3600 m - Summit Ararat (5137 m) - Descent to Eli (2200 m) - Transfer to Dogubayazit - Transfer to the airports Agri or Van

Service package cost - from 480 US dollars (from 400 Euro) *

*Payment is made in Euros (Dollars)
*Group leader is free  
*The cost is indicated for a group of 6 people
*Depends on living conditions (negotiated in advance)

Included in the price:

  • Transfers(Van (Agri)/Dogubeyazit/Ararat/Dogubeyazit/Van (Agri))
  • Hotel accommodation in Dogubeyazit 
  • Turkish Mountaineering Federation permit price (different from climbing permit)
  • Mountain guides
  • Cook service and porters
  • Food and drink on the mountain
  • Horses carrying luggage
  • Tent equipment
  • Excursions: Muradiye Waterfalls, Ishak Pasa, Fortress of Van


  • Insurance + from COVID-19 !!!
  • Air travel
  • Food in cities

Attention! Food + souvenirs + other roughly 100 - 200 dollars !!

Equipment you need to bring:

  • Tour ski, DVA (Arva, Bips…), snow shovel and probe
  • Walking shoes
  • Warm and waterproof gear (different layers)
  • One rucksack between 40 to 50 litres
  • One duffle bag (trekking extend 60 to 80 litres) that will be carried by horses
  • Crampons (if you don’t have we can rent you some)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Headlamps
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Balaclava (winter buff)
  • Thermos
  • Toiletry kit

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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