Biblical Mount Ararat
It is a snow-capped and dormant compound volcano in the east of Turkey (Historical Armenia). It consists of two major volcanic cones: Greater Ararat/Masis (5165 m/16945ft) and Little Ararat/Sis (3925 m/12877ft). Greater Ararat is the highest peak in the Armenian Highlands. The Ararat massif is about 35 km/22 miles wide at ground base.
The mountain has been called by the name Ararat (in the West) since the Middle Ages, as it began to be identified with “mountains of Ararat” described in the Bible as the resting place of Noah’s Ark, despite contention that – Genesis 8:4 does not refer specifically to a Mount Ararat. It is the principal national symbol of Armenia and has been considered a sacred mountain by Armenians. It is featured prominently in Armenian literature and art and is an icon for Armenian irredentism. Furthermore, it is depicted on the coat of arms of Armenia along with Noah’s Ark.
ARARAT SUMMIT HIKING
6 nights/7 days
Get to the top of Biblical Mount ARARAT in 2021!
The duration of the tour is 6 nights and 7 days.
The number of participants: 10-15 people
Participants can apply to climb for the following dates:
- 1st group – 20-26 July 2021
- 2nd group – 1-7 August 2021
- 3rd group – 9-15 August 2021
- 4th group – 18-25 August 2021
The group will depart from Yerevan to the Armenian-Georgian border (Bavra), then via Akhaltskha city will reach the Georgian-Turkish border. Passing through Ardahan and Igdir, we will get to Bayazet and spend a night there.
Hiking Mt. Ararat.
We will move from Bayazet by car and Mt. Ararat up to an altitude of 2200 meters. This is where the actual hiking will start. It will take about 4-5 hours of walk to reach 3300 m altitude. We will spend the night in the first camp located there.
After breakfast, the group will continue hiking to an altitude of 4100 m, where the second camp is located. Participants will take a rest and get prepared for the next day’s climb. Overnight stay will be in the camp.
Reaching the Summit of Mt. Ararat – 5165 m.
At night, around 1:00 – 2:00am the group will continue its mission to the Summit of Mt. Ararat. Depending on the time of the year, the temperature may vary from 0 C to -15 C. In case of favorable weather conditions, participants will have a chance to capture the territories of Armenia, Iran, Nakhichevan, Turkey, as well as to admire the remarkable views of Mount Aragats, Geghama Mountain ranges, etc. After taking pictures and celebrating a successful climb, participants will start the way down to the camp located at an altitude of 4100 m. Afterwards go down to 3300 m and spend a night in the camp located there.
After breakfast, the group will continue walking back to the foot of Mt. Ararat and will be transported to Bayazet. In the evening, we will have the opportunity to visit Daroink Castle and walk around old Bayazet. Overnight stay in Bayazet.
The group will depart for Van and also have the chance to visit the stunning waterfall of Berkri on the way. Participants will visit Akhtamar St. Cross Church, which is considered as the first of the seven churches of Armenian architecture by its unique architectural solutions, ornaments and sculptures. You will have some free time to swim and taste the local fish from Van Lake – Tarekh. We will then visit the Castle of Tushpa (Van Fortress, 9th century BC), where cuneiform inscriptions and mausoleum of kings of Sardar and Argishti are maintained. Next stop will be the door of Mher, and then we will return from Van to Bayazet and spend the night there.
In the morning, the group will have the opportunity to explore the streets of Kars and also stop by the ruins of the famous Armenian poet Yeghishe Charents’s house where he spent his childhood. This ancient city is full of buildings with Armenian architecture dating back to the 19-20th centuries. It is also important to visit Kars Fortress, Bridge of Vardan and St. Arakelots church. Our next stop will be Ani – the city of a thousand and one churches. After a full day of exploring these historical sites, we will head back to Yerevan.
*** During the hiking to Mount Ararat all the items of participants will be transported by horses.
*** Depending on weather conditions, an additional overnight stay may be required, however this won’t be an extra cost.
*** As you already know, you need to be physically prepared to be able to hike to the top of the Mount Ararat. We will make sure to train you beforehand and will hike the Mounts of Ara, Hatis and Aragats. These trips will be included in the package.
What’s recommended to bring with you:
- Hiking pants, jackets or a skiing uniform
- Weatherproof mountain boots
- Sleeping bags
- Mountain sunglasses
- Head lantern
- 2 pairs of gloves
- Hotel Accommodation
- Meals – 3 times a day
- High Quality Transportation
- Tour Guide Services
- Professional Hikers’ Services
- Tents and Sleeping Bags
- Entrance fees for all sights
- Visa to Enter Turkey