Eastern Turkey, Doğubeyazıt, Mount Ararat (5,137m)

Climb Turkey's Highest Mountain!

Difficulty: Regular

Eastern Turkey, Doğubeyazıt, Mount Ararat (5,137m)

Climb Turkey's Highest Mountain!

Climbing the Great Mount Ararat, Turkey’s highest mountain, and the final resting place for Noah’s Ark! Mt. Ararat, the extinct volcano with a height of 5,137 meters, is a rewarding experience set in the wild breathtaking landscape that is South-East Turkey. The actual Mount Ararat trek takes 5 days, with 4 nights camping on the slopes of the mountain. Climbing Mount Ararat does not require any serious technical climbing but one should know basic self arrest, ice-axe and crampon use for the last 200 meters of the mountain.

4 nights camping, 2 nights in a hotel in Dogubeyazit, starting and ending in Van. Also visiting Muradiye waterfalls, 17th century Ishakpasa Palace. See the stunning mountain scenery and enjoy the moderate adventure in a high altitude!

Fully supported by our family of porters and kit carrying mules, you will experience what its like to be on a high altitude expedition.

This unique itinerary also incorporates culturally fascinating visits to an ancient Ottoman Fortress and the site according to the book of Genesis, where Noahs ark came to rest.

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Requirements & Technicality

We require all undertaking this expedition to be at a good level of fitness. We advise regular cardio-vascular training such as running, cycling and some gym work. Previous winter trekking would also be useful but not necessary. We can provide expedition training and conditioning throughout the UK. Contact us for further details.

*Discounts available for those booked on major expeditions with Ascent Mountaineering.

A great introduction to high altitude mountaineering. Mixed snow and ice conditions for the final 100-200m of ascent (in the summer months) that will require ice axe and crampon use. Previous experience would be useful, but not necessary; you will be guided through the essential skills upon reaching the snow level and theoretically taught at camp.

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Day 1: Van city

Our trip will start when you arrive to Van airport. First we will go to visit Van Castle, then we will have boat trip to Akdamar Island and will visit Cathedral Church of the Holy Cross, which was built by Armenians in the tenth century. After lunch on shore of Lake Van we will drive to Dogubayazit. On the way we will stop to see Muradiye waterfall.

Afterwards- arrive to Dogubayazit, dinner and spend the night in hotel.

Day 2: from Dogubayazit to Mount Ararat

Transfer from hotel to Eli Village at 2200 meters (with minibus). Then we will walk to Yesil Yayala base camp at 3200 meters (our equipment will be transported by pack animals). When we reach the camp we will drink tea and ea1.Climbing takes on average 3 hours.

Average ascent 1000mt hot meal. Overnight at Camp 1.

Day 3: Mount Ararat Acclimatization

Climb to 4200 meters (Camp 1) and return to Base Camp (for acclimatization). Dinner and next overnight at Camp 1.

Average climb – 8 hours.

Day 4: Mount Ararat Camp 2 at 4200 meters

After breakfast we start to climb to Camp 2 at 4200 meters. Equipment will be transported by pack animals. When we reach the camp we will have hot meal. Overnight at Camp 2. (We have to go to sleep very early. Next day we start to climb at 2 a.m.)

Climbing takes on average 5-6 hours. Average ascent 1000m.

Day 5: Summit day

We start climbing early in the morning (1 or 2 a.m.). After 5-7 hours we reach Mount Ararat summit at 5165 meters (depending on snow conditions, crampons may be needed for the last 200-300 meters).

Afterwards we return to Camp 2, we have a rest, eat meal and pack equipment. Then we start to descent to Eli Village at 2200 meters, where vehicles wait us. We back to Dogubayazit.

Day 6: Cultural tour

This day we will visit Ishak Pasha Palace – one of the most important palaces in Ottoman history.
Then we will visit Durupinar site. It’ s a canoe-shaped area that some people believe could be the “foot print” of Noah’s Ark.

Our last stop at this area will be Meteor crater. It’s the second largest meteor crater in the world, after the largest one located in Alaska. Meteor Crater is 60 meters deep and 35 meters across.
On the way of crater, we also can see Iranian border


Doubayazt is a city and district of Province of Turkey, and is Turkey’s most eastern district, the border crossing to Iran. Elevation 1625 m. Area 2,383 km². Population (2010) 115,354 (up from 73,794 in 1980) of which 69,447 live in the town of Doubeyazt, the remainder in the surrounding countryside.

The town of Doubayazt is a settlement with a long history. It lies 15 km southwest of Mount Ararat, 93 km east of the city of  and 35 km from the Iranian border. The town stands on a plain surrounded by some of Turkey’s highest peaks including: Ararat (5,137m), Little Ararat (3,896m), Tendrek Da (3,533m), Kaletepe (3,196m) Arda (2,934m) and Gllertepe (2,643m). The weather on the plain is hot and dry in summer, cold and dry in winter.

Flights & Travel Information

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To book your flights or to discuss your requirements, please call our dedicated flight account manager, Ellie Gilmore on 0808 260 9953.

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Discounted Equipment Hire

Ascent Explorers have teamed up with Outdoor Hire to provide the hire of top quality equipment at the most affordable prices.

To hire all or any of the kit list for this expedition from the Outdoor Hire website, please click here.

Make sure you use our exclusive discount code AEXOH966 for an additional 10% saving.

Services Included

  • 2 Nights in Hotel at DoÄŸubeyazÄt.
  • Horses/Pack Animals
  • Climbing permits.
  • Food/Water.
  • Cooking Fuel
  • Cooks
  • Turkish Bath
  • Tour in DoÄŸubeyazÄt.
  • All transfers
  • Tents
  • UK Guide
  • Local Guide

Services Excluded

  • International flights & taxes.
  • UK transfers.- Alcoholic drinks.
  • Personal climbing equipment & clothing.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Personal medical and evacuation insurance.

Prices, Booking and Terms & Conditions

The total cost for this expedition is £ and a deposit of £ is required to secure your place. For further information concerning our Terms and Conditions, bookings and cancellations, please refer to our Terms and Conditions page (Opens in new window).

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Participation & Accuracy Statement

Ascent Explorers recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. Although it is our intention to operate this itinerary as printed, it may be necessary to make some changes as a result of flight schedules, climatic conditions, limitations of infrastructure or other operational factors. As a consequence, the order or location of overnight stops and the duration of the day may vary from those outlined. You should be aware that some events are beyond our control and we would ask for your patience.

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