Mount Ararat Climb - Turkey's Fabled Mountain
Turkey, Climbing, 10 days - from £1,395 (land only) - from €1,955 (land only) - from $2,260 (land only)
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With over ten years of successful summits on Ararat, we know our expert English-speaking local guidesand proven itinerary will give you the best chance of standing where Noah once stood.
- A fascinating journey to the highest peak in Eastern Turkey
- Far-reaching views across Armenia from the summit of Ararat
- A challenging and remote summit with technically easy climbing
- Exploring Istanbul and especially the stunning blue mosque
- A real adventure travel holiday at final resting place of Noah`s Ark
This walking and climbing holiday, trekking to the summit of Mount Ararat in Turkey, is a true adventure travel experience. Close to Turkey's border with Armenia and unclimbed until the early 19th Century, Mount Ararat (5165m) is the final resting place of Noah's Ark - according to the Old Testament. Whatever its place in history, this extinct volcano provides an unusual and quite challenging walking and mountaineering objective. After a day spent exploring the minarets and markets of Istanbul, we fly east to the bustling frontier town of Dogubeyazit. From here, it is a short approach to Mount Ararat, which we climb over a period of 5 days. Making a pre-dawn start from our high camp, we will be trekking across the easy-angled snow slopes leading to the summit of Mount Ararat. Since the mountain was made accessible to foreign climbers, KE groups have climbed Mount Ararat in each of the last 12 years and made ascents of what is surely one of the world's most enigmatic peaks. This is a short but extremely rewarding walking adventure holiday, trekking in a very different corner of the world.
Is this holiday for you?
This is not a long or sustained trekking holiday. However, the height gain of very nearly 3000 metres from the village of Eli to Ararat's summit is considerable. Two 5-hour trekking days (separated by an acclimatisation and rest day) take us to our high camp on the mountain. The summit day will be longer, something of the order of 10 hours in total. Underfoot conditions will vary from easy trails through upland meadow to zig-zag paths on volcanic scree. The uppermost slopes of the mountain are snow-covered and present a short, low-angle snow slope. The technical aspect of climbing Mount Ararat is not difficult but a high level of fitness is required. Previous experience of walking in crampons is preferable but not essential for this holiday.