ENCOUNTER THE SUMMITS: (Mt. Suphan & Mt. Ararat) – Want to feel like you are on top of the world? Come and conquer the first and third highest peaks of Turkey. On this trip you will summit both Mt Ararat at 5,137m (16,854 ft.) and Mt Suphan at 4,058m (13,314 ft). For those who want an extra challenge added to their Mt. Ararat summit experience, Mt. Suphan is a great introductory and acclimatization climb. Since these are both dormant volcanoes, the climb is not technically challenging, but it is physically strenuous. The summit of Mt. Suphan offers a great view of Lake Van and the surrounding mountains. The summit of Mt. Ararat will offer a magnificent opportunity to encounter a major piece of history and culture while experiencing a magnificent view of three different countries from the summit. These summit experiences are also available in the winter as a backcountry ski tour option.
Day 1: ARRIVAL AND PREP.
Day 2: BASE OF SUPHAN
Day 3: SUMMIT MT. SUPHAN
Day 4: RECOVERY DAY
Day 5: BASE CAMP 1
Day 6: BASE CAMP 2
Day 7: SUMMIT DAY
Day 8: DESCEND AND RECOVER
Day 9: RETURN
- Transfers to and from the Van airport
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Doğubeyazıt.
- 2 nights hotel accommodations in Van
- Certified Mountain Guide
- Food and drinks on the mountain
- Mules to carry equipment
- Entrance fees to all attractions
- Climbing permits from the Turkish government
- Personal climbing equipment
- Alcoholic drinks
- Gratuity for guides and porters
- Food at local restaurants
The equipment and clothing you bring to this program will have a big impact upon the quality of your experience. If you have any questions regarding equipment, please contact us and we will clarify any inquiries that you might have.
- Crampons for the final 200m glacial ascent to the summit
- General Safety equipment. The guide will carry all necessary safety equipment, including general first aid items.
- Sleeping Bag – suitable for 1 night at -10°C (14°F) and 2 nights at 0°C (32°F) minimum temperatures.
- Sleeping Mat – something to provide insulation from the cold ground and a little extra comfort.
- Backpack – 25L to 40L size
- Duffel Bag – 60L to 80L, to be carried by the mule
- Hiking shoes, stiff enough to be able to fit crampons and 4 hours of hiking each day. Also you will want to bring light, comfortable shoes to wear around the camp.
- Warm and waterproof clothing. You will want multiple layers for the change in weather and physical activities. See recommended clothing for more information.
- Trekking poles are recommended but not necessary.
- Sunblock and SPF lip cream/gloss
- Water Bottle and optional thermos
- Personal Toiletry kit
- Blister Kit (tape or second skin)
- First Aid items – bandages and light pain relief medication.
- Camera – the views are stunning and you will want to capture the experience.
- Warm socks – bring additional pairs and something that will help prevent blisters, like moleskin.
- Warm pants – something that you feel comfortable climbing in.
- T-shirt – something light and comfortable, moisture-wicking material is preferable.
- Long sleeve layer – preferably fleece layer to add warmth and stay dry.
- Jacket – you might want a couple layers, both something that is wind and water proof and something for insulating warmth.
- Warm Hat and Gloves– something for warmth at night and during the last day of climbing.
- Long Underwear – preferably not cotton, as cotton will trap moisture.
- Additional Sweater – this is something to wear on the colder nights and as an additional layer when needed.
- 9 Days
- $ US
- Summit the 1st and 3rd Highest mountains in Turkey
- Biblical resting place of Noah’s Ark
- 3 countries are visible from the Mt. Ararat Peak
- Amazing view of Lake Van and surrounding mountains
- Both summits are dormant volcanic mountains