DISCOVERING MT. ARARAT: 11 Days - 10 Nights:
DAY 1: ARRIVE to ISTANBUL: Wellcome to istanbul. Upon arrival Ataturk airport in Istanbul, our team will meet you at the airport and your transfer will be organise to the hotel (in Old city) and overnight.
DAY 2: ISTANBUL - (Domestic flight to) VAN: After breakfast (depends of the airline tariff), your transfer to the domestic airport for flight to Van city. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel in Van where overnight. Dinner at your hotel in Van (B,D)
DAY 3: VAN - DOGUBAYAZIT: After breakfast we drive you to Dogubayazit (duration 2 hours). Overnight at the hotel (or camp at Eli Village). (B.L.D.)
DAY 4: DOGUBAYAZIT / CLIMB DAY 1, to Mt. AGRI (ARARAT: After breakfast have we continue and drive to Eli Village by a local truck. Departure to the base camp Yesil Yayala (3200m.). Follows transportation of equipments by pack animals. Arrival and Dinner follows Overnight at the camp. (B.L.D.)
DAY 5: CLIMB DAY 2, Mt. ARARAT: Breakfast and (due to our program) continue to Climb to the second camp (4200m.) where we target. Today as well our transportation of equipment by pack animals. Dinner and Overnight at the camp. (B.L.D.)
DAY 6: CLIMB DAY 3, Mt. ARARAT - BIG DAY (SUMMIT): After breakfast an exciting day wait us. We continue to Climb to the summit (5137m.). We have aphoto break here and follws we return to the down base camp. Transportation of equipment by pack animals, upon arrival dinner and overnight. (B.L.D.)
DAY 7: RETURN TO DOGUBAYAZIT: We drive back route down to Dogubeyazit, on our road we have time to visit of famous Ishak Pasha Palace facing to Mt. Ararat. Transfer to hotel where we overnight at the 3* hotel in Dogubeyazit . (B.L.D.)
DAY 8: DOGUBAYAZIT - VAN, DAY TRIP: After our last breakfast at Dogubeyazit. Leave from Dogubeyazit and drive to Van, on our way visit to Muradiye waterfall if out time permitt. Arrive to Van where sightseeing tour of Van (Including a boat trip on Van Lake to visit to famous Armenian building Akdamar church on the island). Overnight at hotel. (B.L.D.)
DAY 9 - VAN (Domestic flight to) ISTANBUL: Follows breakfast we transfer you to Van airport. Transfer to the airport for flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival to istanbul we meet with you and your transfer to the hotel and overnight. (B)
Day 10 - ISTANBUL: Breakfast and full day sightseeing tour of Istanbul. Visits to Hippodrom, Blue Mosque, St. Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar. Overnight at the hotel. (B,L)
Day 11 - ISTANBUL: Transfer to the airport for your international flight. End of tour (B)
ARARAT TOUR (combine + istanbul) (11 days) Tour can be organise and Departs:
Periods from 15th JUNE - UP TO 15th SEPTEMBER in a year time (Summer Season's Only) and maximum 15 participants for each Group.
Mt. Agri (HOLY ARARAT): Turkey's highest mountain, Ararat, has a legendary status due to its geologic location and the fact that it is believed to have been the final resting place of Noahs Ark. This peak, mentioned in the Bible, has several names in different languages, the main ones being Ararat, Kuh - i Nuh and Cebel ul Haris. Prof. Frederick Von Parat successfully reached its summit, which Marco Polo said no-one would ever climb, on 9 October 1829. The former president of the Mountaineering Federation, Dr. Bozkurt Ergor on 21 February 1970 made the second ascent. Thousands of visitors came in 1980, and ten years later climbing was banded but this was lifted in 1998 when the Mountaineering Federation gave permission to a group of climbers. Height: 5165 m. Location: Eastern Anatolia, near the border with Iran and Georgia, between the Aras and Murat Rivers.
Best Time for Climbing: July to September. Winter climbing is very difficult but extremely rewarding.
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