Mt. Ararat (5165m) Ski Tour

       First , we visit Istanbul is the only city in the world which embraces two continents, one arm reaching out into Asia, the other into Europe. The museum, churches, places, mosques and bazaars and the sight of natural beauty seem inexhaustible. As you recline on the shores of the Bosphorus at sunset contemplating the red evening light reflected in the windows and on the slender minarets on the opposite shore you understand, suddenly and profoundly, why so many centuries ago settlers chose to build on this remarkable site. Then 6 days will be on Mt.Ararat Eastern part of Turkey near Iran border and it is a magnificent sprawling dome whose snow covered summit is 5.165m above sea level. Most Christians believe it is the site where Noah’s Ark came to rest after the great Flood. A climb of Mt.Ararat is a tough walk (non-Technical) but requiring a good deal of stamina. The upper third of volcanic covered in snow and the last hundred meters to the summit is icy.
Program 8 days:  
Day 1 : Istanbul
Meet the group at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon will be spent to discover the uniqueness of old Istanbul. Our first stop is Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque) is more familiarly known as Blue Mosque because its interior gleams with a magnificent panelling of blue. it was built by architect Mehmet between 1609 and 1616. After visiting we stroll around Ancient Hippodrome the scene of chariot races and the centre of Byzantine civil life, stood in the open space in front of the Blue Mosque. We continue the visit Covered Bazaar is the world largest’s covered market. this labyrinth of the streets and passages houses more than 4.000 shops. Covered bazaar is still commercial centre of the old city. Overnight hotel. Overnight hotel.
Day 2 : Istanbul - fly to Van - Dogubeyazit
In the morning, transfer to the airport and fly to Van is one of the most important cities of the old Vaspurakan region.We drive to the direction of Dogubeyazit that is close to the Iranian border and famous with Ishakpasa Palace. We visit Ishakpasa Palace Ottoman governor Ishakpasa constructed the palace in 17th century with a mixture of architectural styles. The palace was made by using red clay stones and it resembles the Topkapi and Edirne Palace. Overnight hotel in Dogubeyazit
Day 3 : Dogubeyazit – Mt Ararat (Camp I , 3200m)
In the morning transfer till Eli village. Today, we wear our ski and ski to the base camp at 3200m. Our baggages will be carried by horses our mules. Dinner and overnight at camp. Ascent= 700 m. Descent : 0

Day 4 :Mt Ararat (Camp II)
Today we ski to camp II (4. 2OOm). Return to camp 1. Afternoon is free for preparation for next day, because we will go up to the summit.. Dinner and Overnight Camp. Ascent = 1100m - Descent =1100 m. .
Day 5 : Mt Ararat (Camp II)
Ski to camp II (4. 2OOm). All luggage will be carried by pack animals. Overnight camp with all meals. Ascent = 0m - Descent =1200 m.
Day 6 : Mt.Ararat. 5165m Summit
Ski to the summit ( 5.165m) .After summit we ski down. About at 4500 m glaciers and perennial snows are present. Return to the base Camp I. Overnight at camp, with all meals. Ascent = 1065mm - Descent =2265 m.
Day 7 : Mt. Ararat – Dogubeyazit – Van
Ski to Cevirme Village about 3 hours and return to Dogubeyazit . Driving to Van about 2h. Late afternoon free for visit city centre. Overnight hotel.
Day 8 : Van – Istanbul – home
In the morning transfer to the airport and fly home.

Summits : Mt.Ararat 5165 m
Grade : IV
Limit :
7 – 16 persons
Season :
March – April , 15th May

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