Turkey Mount Ararat Climb

Trip type: Trekking, High altitude mountaineering, Skitouring
Duration: 7 to 9 days, depending on route
Height: 5137 m
Country/Region: Turkey, eastern Anatolia
Price: from 1’490.00 CHF p. P.
Participants: 2-8
Dates: On request, available all year

Mount Ararat, also known as the “fiery mountain”, is an extinct volcano and with an altitude of 5137 meters, making it the highest mountain in Turkey. It is considered a national symbol for Armenia and is closely associated with the biblical story of Noah’s Ark, which is said to have been stranded on Mount Ararat.


Auch Wildsalat schmeckt nach 25km wandern


Schwierigkeit 4 5 1

Up to 8 Hrs./Day

Wild camping

Schwierigkeit 4 5 1

Experience advantageous


Schwierigkeit 4 5 1

Necessary. Adventurers are required here!


Schwierigkeit 4 5 1

Fit enough to carry a 14 kg backpack

Ararat Climb 5135 m – Your first giant in beautiful Anatolia

An Ararat climb represents an incredible adventure and is best suited as a “taster” high-altitude mountaineering for hikers with stamina. Mount Ararat is part of the Ararat Mountains, which straddle the border between Turkey and Armenia. The mountains offer an impressive backdrop of more peaks, deep valleys and spectacular gorges. When the weather is fine, long-distance views to Armenia and Iranian Kurdistan are possible.

Very important is the biblical significance of this mountain. There is a strong connection to the story of Noah’s Ark. Many people visit the region hoping to find evidence of the Ark’s existence or its remains. In fact, historical and biblical writings indicate that Noah’s Ark is trapped in the glacier. Annually, different expeditions take place in search of remains of it.

Due to the geographical location between Turkey and Armenia, the surroundings of Mount Ararat also offer opportunities for cultural exchange and meetings between the two countries. This can lead to a better understanding and rapprochement between the cultures. Thus, an Ararat climb is not only an adventurous and sporting endeavor, but also a journey into a fascinating country marked by cultural, biblical and scenic delights.

Together on Turkeys highest point

Ararat is a mountain massif in eastern Anatolia, Turkey. An Ararat climb is a true adventure during which we will trek a lot as well as stay overnight in base camps in the high mountains on the glacier of Ararat. Come with us on a journey of superlatives above the rooftops of Turkey!

Your benefits with Exped Tribe:


Local and multilingual mountain guide


Support member

who will document the trip with professional recordings and look after your well-being. You will receive drone videos, photos and much more as a souvenir of your adventure.


Small groups

of max. 8 participants. Increased flexibility, familiar atmosphere and harmonious get-together. We do our best to ensure that all participants have an incredible adventure! We conduct expectation phone calls and pool participants who have similar expectations and abilities. We are happy to accept special requests!


Vegetarian friendly

We offer Alpine gourmet cuisine, completely without meat/fish!


Co2 compensation

Planting of several trees per participant. You will receive a certificate of your trees and will be able to follow their growth.


Rental materials

Cost-effective rental materials such as sleeping bags, climbing equipment and much more are available.

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Schedule of the Ararat Climb in Turkey

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Day 1

Istanbul, we’re coming!

Arrival from Zurich or Milan by plane. We are happy to organize an alternative journey if desired. Once in Istanbul we will continue to Van, where we will be picked up and continue our journey by car to Dogubayzit.

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Day 2

Start of the climb

Short stroll around the town and start of the ascent.
After a leisurely hike of about 5 hours we reach the first campsite at 3200m.

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Day 3

Climbing Period

We start our hike to the second camp at 4200m to do our acclimatization exercises.
Although the stage is much more difficult compared to the previous day, we reach the second base camp in about 4 hours. In the tent camp we have enough opportunity to rest before the big summit day.

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Day 4

Climbing Period

After breakfast we start our ascent to the second camp site at 4200m. After this ascent we will spend the night in the second camp at 4200m. Here we will check our equipment and prepare our backpacks for the summit climb, which starts at midnight.

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Day 5

Climbing Period

Short overnight stay and start the ascent to the summit. We should reach the summit in about 6 hours. Kudos, we are standing on Mt. Ararat! After the summit success we will go back to the second camp at 4200 m. Today we start our full descent to the first camp at 3200 m, where we will spend our last night on the mountain.

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Day 6

Climbing Period

We will eat a fortifying breakfast. Later we will start our descent to 2200 m to the vehicle transfer point. About 3 hours later we will arrive at our hotel and check in.

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Day 7


A well-deserved day of rest! Today we visit the historic town of Doğubeyazıt and explore its nature

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Day 8

Relax! (Optional)

After breakfast we will start our tour of Van and stay overnight at our hotel.

Extra day for the climb: There is an extra day in this program. The weather conditions on the mountain sometimes make the climb impossible. With an extra day, you will have the opportunity to wait in the second camp area until the weather conditions improve. If there are no bad weather conditions, this day will be used after the summit descent to rest at the base camp at 3200m.

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Last day

Au revoir,  Turkey! Puffer day

We take one day as a buffer. To rest, to do another activity on site or in case of bad weather on the trail. Unfortunately our trip ends after today, but we are already looking forward to another adventure together with you!

Important info about your trip

  • Hard shell jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Functional underwear
  • Long and short hiking pants, quick drying
  • Long and short shirts, fast drying
  • Soft shell or fleece jacket
  • Hat, gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun and lip cream
  • Drinking bottle and thermos flask
  • Poss. camera and powerbank
  • Backpack (80-110l)
Technical Equipment
  • Telescopic poles
  • Mountain boots or high hiking boots
  • Gaiters
For the overnight
  • Warm sleeping bag (comfort temperature 0°/-5°)
  • Sleeping mat (insulated preferably)
  • ISO mat
  • Cutlery (fork/knife/spoon/cup/bowl)
  • Headlamp
  • Toiletries (reduced to minimum)
  • Other camping equipment, if available
  • Local expedition leader + Exped Tribe tour guide
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in base camps and along the trail, hotel on arrival and departure
  • All transfers in Turkey
  • Professional photo reportage and videos
  • One activity to support the local community
  • Group material (expedition tents, stoves, etc.)
  • Co2 compensation with the planting of 10 trees/participant
  • Travel to and from the destination country
  • Private insurance with coverage of return transportation costs
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for local activities and local guide
  • Everything that is not listed under “Included”
  • Snack (not included, serves to replenish the energy balance): This is taken between breakfast and dinner and is carried for an appropriate number of days. Dried fruit, chocolate, cheese, wholemeal bread and energy bars are good choices. Remember not to make your backpack too heavy.
  • Full board (included): Out of commitment to animal welfare, we do not offer fish/meat on our tours. Nevertheless, you can of course order what you like best at the local restaurants, be it vegetarian or of animal origin. You are also welcome to bring and eat your food of animal origin at any time.
Rental material
  • Telescopic poles, CHF 35.00
  • Expedition backpack (90-110l), CHF 60.00
  • Sleeping bag, CHF 60.00
Others, Add-ons

This adventure can be extended with the following if you wish:

  • Sport Climbing in Turkey
  • Road trip extension


Are you up for this unique high-altitude adventure in the border region of Turkey?
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