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Mount Ararat Climb
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Mount Ararat Climb is a 8 days – 7 night trekking and climbing in East of Turkey. The southern route spreads the climb over three days up and one day down, using two campsites at 3,200m and 4,200 metres, and mules to carry supplies to the first camp. It starts from Eliköyü, an abandoned village in the foothills and sticks to a ridge for much of the way, thus avoiding the Ulker glacier which careers down the face into deep and jumbled gorges below. The path, though rocky, is clearly marked. Above 5000m are permanent icefields, so crampons, ice axes and ropes are required. The summit is reached via a long ridge and is no more than a rounded hump marked by cairns.
Ağrı (Mt. Ararat)
Rising at the borders of Turkey and Iran, Mount Agri, an inactive volcano capped year round with ice and snow, rises to 5137 meters. The Old Testament records that it was on this mountain that Noah’s Ark came to rest after the great flood. Southwest of the mountain, the Little Mount Agri (Ararat) reaches up to 3896 meters; the Serdarbulak lava plateau (2600 m) stretches out between the two pinnacles. Climbing the spectacular Agri is a challenging and rewarding experience.
The top of Ararat is covered with a large cap glacier and many valley glaciers run from the top. The world’s attention has been drawn have due to Noah’s history. In the south near a village there is a long fossil which is supposed to belong to Noah’s Ark because of similarity, according to some archeologists studying this subject.
In the summer, the weather in the area and on Mount Agri is sunny, warm and dry. However, in the winter and spring, cold and harsh conditions prevail, and mountain climbers occasionally face blizzards and turbulent weather. July, August, and September are the months when most world mountain climbers come to the area. Climbing up Agri is most enjoyable during this period. However, despite the usual sunny and clear weather at that time of year, high altitude mountain weather swirls around above 3000 meters. The southern side of the mountain offers the easiest and safest climb to the summit. With this route one has access to the best route communication and transportation facilities and it is safe. It is not recommended to climb Mount Agri alone and without a guide.
Regional Attractions: The area surrounding Agri has retained its natural beauty. The local population still engages in traditional life styles. In the summer months the villagers move to the yayla, the summer pastures, to find fresh grazing for their herds of sheep, goats, cattle and horses. Women continue to weave carpets and kilims in time _ honored designs; Village of Ortulu is particularly renowned as a center of beautiful handicrafts. Other nearby tourist attractions includes the Ishakpasha Palace, a fabulous 18th century castle of a local potentate, and the meteor hole near the Iranian border.
Do not miss the spectacular site of the Ishak Pasha Palace, only 6 km from Dogubayazit. Ishak Pasha, Ottoman governor of the province, constructed the palace in the 17th century with a mixture of architectural styles. Nearby you can see a bas-relief of an Urartian king, and a rock tomb from the ninth century B.C. Near Dogubayazit, Turkey’s most scenic natural monument, Mount Agri rises to a height of 5,137 meters. To see the place where it is believed that Noah’s Ark came aground, go to Uzengili Village, 25 km east of Dogubayazit. Be sure to try the local dessert (Actually it is very widely popular all around Turkey) Asure (Noah’s Pudding), believed to have first been made by Noah’s wife from the last bits of food in the ark.
Ararat is the largest and highest (16,940 feet, 5,165 m) volcano in Turkey. Ararat is located at 39.7N, 44.3E. In this image, north is to the lower left. The border with Armenia is 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the summit and is roughly along the left edge of the image. Ararat has not erupted in historic time. The most recent eruption was probably in the last 10,000 years. The volcano is thought to be the resting place of Noah’s ark. The observation of vessel-shaped features in aerial photographs of Ararat caused a stir in the late 1950s. Expeditions found the features to be landslides and lava flows.
The cause of volcanism in eastern Turkey has not been established. However, the region lacks moderate and deep earthquake activity common to most subduction zones. An alternative model proposes renewed subduction of continental lithosphere A third model proposes that volcanism is related to shear along the contact of the two plates.
Mount Ararat lies in the far east of Turkey close to the borders with Iran, Iraq and Armenia. Kachkar mountains, which are still accessible to visitors and in many ways more attractive to mountain walkers since they comprise a complete range of mountains, rising to 3932m, rather than the isolated volcanic cone of Ararat. Ararat is the great prize however for mountain collectors, not only because it is the highest summit in Turkey but also for its historical significance.
(Armenian Masis; Turkish Agri Dagi; Persian Koh-i-Nuh), mountain, extreme eastern Turkey, near the border with Armenia and Iran. Except on the northwest, where a spur nearly 2134 m (7000 ft) high merges with a long ridge, the mountain is completely isolated, being surrounded on all other sides by elevated plains ranging from about 760 to 1370 m (about 2500 to 4500 ft) above sea level. From an elevation of about 2680 m (about 8800 ft) Ararat rises in two peaks, known as Great Ararat (5122 m/16,804 ft) and Little Ararat (3914 m/12,840 ft). Above the 4267-m (14,000-ft) level, Great Ararat is perpetually covered with snow. Vegetation, consisting for the most part of grasses, is chiefly confined to the area between about 1525 and 3355 m (about 5000 and 11,000 ft). According to the Old Testament (see Genesis 8:4), Noah’s ark landed on the “mountains of Ararat” after the deluge. On July 2, 1840, great masses of the mountain were torn loose by a violent earthquake. The resulting avalanche buried a village and the St. Jacob’s Monastery on its lower slopes producing the Ahora Gorge.
Spending Money: It is difficult to give an average amount as so much depends on the individual and the destination, but it would be wise to allow a minimum of 10 $ per day for incidentals and trips, though on this trip it would be hard to spend as much as this. Remember there are often souvenirs to buy and you should allow some extra spending money for this.
Baggage on Flights: You are restricted to 20kg of baggage on most flights. We recommend you to take rather less than this to allow for souvenirs that you may want to bring back.
Baggage on Trip: On this trip there are restrictions as to the type and weight of baggage that you can bring; on trips where it is not possible to take a suitcase you will need a back pack. Generally you can take whatever type of bag will protect your belongings and stand up to rough treatment.
On-Trip Services: Our staff is there to help if you need any special assistance. This trip is more participatory: on some we have cooks and camp helpers to do the work, and you will not be expected to do any helping, but you will need to help by putting up your own tent, and sometimes also by joining a cooking.
Food: Meal plans prepared according to mountain menu. All you need to do is to take enough money to cover the cost of meals not included in the trip cost, and any of drinks and incidentals.
Hotels and Pensions: In the main centres we normally use at least tourist class hotels, wherever possible with twin rooms and private facilities. Accommodation based on twin-share, though single rooms are sometimes available for an extra cost. By nature, accommodation in remote areas is often of a simpler type; there may be only be low standard hotels, and lodges and pensions. In such places, services such as plumbing and hot water can be erratic and below the standards found in your home country.
Camping Equipments: Where camping equipments is needed, all the communal items are supplied by Buklamania, including tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, packs, crampons, axes, helmets, cooking and eating utensils.
Clothing and Equipment: On this trip light, comfortable casual clothes are all that is needed, plus cold and wet weather protection. Gore-tex equipments strongly recommended.
Accommodation: Whether in hotels, lodges, pensions or camping this is always included during the tour.
Single Rooms or Tents: Our prices are based on twin share accommodation. If you book on your own, we arrange for you to share with a person of the same sex. We do not charge a single supplement. If you would like a single room or a tent on a particular holiday you should contract us. You can book and pay for this before, it may be necessary to make the request locally and pay the supplement if the room or tent if sharing. Please note on this trip single accommodation is may not available due to local conditions.
Food: All the meals are included in price.
Transport: All necessary transport during the trip is included; whether private or public, include airport transfers on arrival and departure.
Sightseeing: All Included in price
Staff: On all trips we provide a leader, assisted by local guides, drivers and any other staff as appropriate. Leaders usually meet the group locally.
Taxes and Entrance Fees: We include all necessary local permits, taxes and entrance fees to National Parks or sites which are part of the itinerary.
Not Included: Domestic flights from Istanbul to and from Van to Istanbul(around 100 – 200 Euros), Travel insurance(around 20 Euros), permit for the climb(50 Euros per person), other personal equipments, personal expenditure such as laundry, drinks and tips.
- 5 night camping
- 3 night hotel
- evening meals
•Day 1: On arrival at Van airport, you will be met by your tour guide and your driver. We will transfer to our hotel in Dogubeyazit. After checking in we visit the Noah’s Ark and Ishak Pasha Palace. Diner and overnight in hotel.
•Day 2: We transfer to Eli village after breakfast, load the equipment on the mules, climb to 3200 m. campsite. Total walk 2-3 hrs. Camp.
•Day 3: Today we do an acclimatization (getting used to altitude) climb. We climb up to 4200 mt campsite have lunch there and spend some time. Then we return to our camp at 3200 mt. Climb 3.5-4 hrs. Overnight in camp at 3200 mt.
•Day 4: We climb to 4200 mt. camp accompanied by mules carrying the luggage. We pitch tents and spend night at high camp.
•Day 5: We wake up early for the summit climb. If weather conditions are suitable, we climb to the summit (5165mt), using harnesses and ropes, and return to the campsite at 4200 mt.
•Day 6: Extra day, depending on the weather conditions on Day 5, we may make another summit attempt. Otherwise, omit this day. If the extra day isn’t necessary, that day will be spent in Van, and there will be one night accommodation in Van.
•Day 7: We strike camp, load equipment to mules and descend past the 3200 mt camp to meet the vehicle at Eli village. From here we transfer to hotel in Dogubeyazit. Total walk 3-4hrs. Overnight in hotel.
•Day 8: End of trip, transfer to airport in Van.
Departure Dates for 2014:
27 July – 3 August
- 865.00 GBP per person. Min 6 max 12 pax. There is a surcharge of 75.00 Euro per person for groups smaller than the minimum number. Prices include all meals, guide, transfers and mule support. Tea and coffee are included, but alcoholic and soft drinks which are available at camps or restaurants are excluded.
- There will be an official charge for climbing mount ararat for mountaineering federation $50 usd per person
- Entrance fees to historical sites and museums are not included.
Please note: There is a surcharge for groups smaller than the minimum number of £33 per person
climbers are expected to help pitch/strike their own tents. All tents are good quality dome tents with two doors.
Lunches will be picnics. Trekkers are expected to carry some part of the food for lunch. Evening meals in camp will be hot soup or salads, a main course with pasta or rice and fruit.
Grade D: For experienced trekkers who can keep up a steady pace for 8 hours or more and tackle some easy scrambling.
Trekkers need boots compatible with crampons, daysack (approximately 40 lt), warm clothing, sunglasses, sunhat, suncream, raingear (preferably breathable such as goretex), crampons, ice axe, gloves, sleeping bag. Walking sticks are recommended.
Tea and coffee are included, but alcoholic and soft drinks which are available at camps or restaurants are excluded.
The photocopies of clients’ passports are required at least two months before the departure date, so that we can ensure that permissions for Mount Ararat arrive in time.