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Ski touring Ararat and Suphan

Ski touring in Turkey, Suphan and Ararat

Two in one: climbing and skiing.

Beautiful peaks, gorgeous panoramic views and an unforgettable experience

  • The tour is available for booking from  March 1 to April 30
  • Minimum number of participants 6 people
Tour type:
Alpine skiing and snowboarding
Number of participants:
From 8 persons
Maximum height:
5137 m
March - April
Start of the program:
Finish program:
8 days
720 USD
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Day 1

We will meet you at the airport in Van. Transfer to the hotel of the city of Ercis

Day 2

Early wake up at 4:00. Transfer to Mount Suphan. Ascent to the top, descent to our bus. Approximately 7-8 hours. Rest for 30 minutes, then transfer to the hotel in the city of Dogubayazit

Day 3

Moving to the side of Mount Ararat, the village of Eli 2200 m. Then walk on skis to the ski base camp at an altitude of 2800 m. Overnight in a tent

Day 4

We go up on our skis to the second ski camp at an altitude of 3600 m. Overnight in a tent

Day 5

Acclimatization day. We will climb on our skis to an altitude of 4300 m, and then we will ski down to our camp at 3600 m. Overnight in a tent

Day 6

Get up early. We go skiing to the top of Ararat 5137 m. We take pictures, admire the beautiful panoramic views. Then we ski down to the second camp, a short rest. Skiing down to the village of Ely, where the bus will be waiting for us. Transfer to the hotel in the city of Dogubayazit

Day 7

Breakfast in the hotel.   Then there will be a cultural excursion to the places of Ishak Pasha, the Borderi meteorite crater of Iran, the Noah's Ark park, the Turkic bath, overnight at the hotel

Day 8

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport


  • The senior guide (group leader) can change the ascent plan (depending on weather conditions, the moral and physical condition of the group members
  • By prior agreement, between ascents you can add a day of rest to the tour

Airports Van city - transfer to Ercis -  Summit  Suphan (4100 m) - transfer to Dogubayazit - transfer to Eli settlement (2200 m) - Trekking to Base Camp 2800 m - Trekking to Camp 3600 m - Acclimatization hike at 4300 m - Summit Ararat (5137 m) - Descent to Eli (2200 m) - Transfer to Dogubayazit - Transfer to the airport Van

Service package cost - from 720 US dollars (from 600 Euro) *

*Payment is made in Euros (Dollars)
*Group leader is free  
*The cost is indicated for a group of 8 people
*Depends on living conditions (negotiated in advance)

Included in the price:

  • Transfers (Van, Ercis, Dogubeyazit, Ararat, Dogubeyazit,Van)
  • Hotel accommodation in Ercis, 1 night + breakfast
  • Hotel accommodation in Dogubeyazit, 2 nights + breakfast
  • 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


  • 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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