Climbing Mt. Ararat

Climbing Biblical Mount Ararat 5165 MSL + Tour to Historical Armenia

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Climbing Biblical Mount Ararat 5165 MSL + Tour to Historical Armenia

13 – 19 July
27 July – 2 August
8 August – 14 August

Armenia lies in the highlands surrounding the mountains of Ararat.  There are evidences of an early civilization in Armenia in the Bronze Age and earlier, dating to about 4000 BC. In 9-6th centuries Ararat – Urartu Kingdom was created near Lake Van and Mt. Ararat which was one of the most powerful states of the ancient world. In the 1st century BC the Kingdom of Armenia reached its height enlarging its territory to about 300 000 sq km under Tigranes the Great in 1st cen. B.C. A great part of the Great Armenia is now in Turkish territory including Mt. Ararat which was united again to Turkey by Soviet Government. As a matter of fact the Wilsonian Armenia which was merely 5 time bigger then today’s Armenia including Mt. Ararat, Soviet Republic of Armenia became a country covering 29,743 sq km only.

So, this tour includes also ex Armenian regions and together with the Biblical Mt. Ararat climbing you visit also Armenian ruined monasteries in Turkish territory.

 

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1. Yerevan – Ani – Bayazet

    Starting early morning (02:30 am), the group will be heading to Armenian-Georgian border checkpoint Bavra from Yerevan, then we will cross the Georgian -Turkish border via Akhalkalaki checkpoint. The first stop on our way will be near the shore of lake Tsovakn Hyusiso (Childir), the next one will be near Ani, the city of thousand and one churches. The group will reach to Bayazet city in the evening, have dinner and take an overnight stay in the hotel.

  • Day 2. The first camp of Mount Ararat

    The group will approach up to 2200 meters by off-road cars leaving for Bayazet, where the hiking will start from. Hiker’s heavy items and clothes will be transported by horses. The group will get to the first camp (3366 m) after 5-6 hours of hiking, where we will have a rest, get adapted, have dinner and overnight in tents.

  • Day 3. The second camp of Mount Ararat

    In the morning the group will have a breakfast and will rise to the second camp (4150 m), which will last over 4.5-5 hours. Overnight stop will be in tents.

     

  • Day 4. Climbing to the top of Mount Ararat

    Wake up at 12:00 am, breakfast. At 01:00 am the climbing to the summit of Mount Ararat will start. The duration will be 6 hours, the temperature will be around from 0 to -20 C. Depending on weather conditions, the participants will have a chance to see the territories of Armenia including Mount Aragats and Geghama Mountain Range, territories of Iran, Turkey.  After celebration of climbing, participants will begin their way down to the second camp having time to relax for about 1-2 hours, after which the group will continue to move down to the first camp. Dinner and overnight in tents.

  • Day 5. The first camp of Mount Ararat – Bayazet

    After having a breakfast, the group will move down to the foot of Mount Ararat (2200 m) and be transported to Bayazet.  Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel.

  • Day 6. Bayazet – Van

    After the breakfast our group will head to Van, visiting waterfalls of Berkri on the way, and the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Akhtamar Island, one of the masterpieces of Armenian medieval architecture. After swimming and testing Vana Tarekh (Van fish) the group will go to the fortress of Tushpa (Van-castle 9th century BC). Then participants will return to Bayazet and take an overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 7. Bayazet – Kars – Yerevan

    After the breakfast, the group will visit to Daronik castle, Artsap Armenian village, the castle of Kars, Arakelots monastery and the ruins of Yeghishe Charent’s home (Armenian famous poet) on the way back.

    End of the services.

     

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