DAY 1 - Van (D)
Arrive in Van airport. You will be greeted and brought to your hotel or camp site, where you will meet your mountain guide. Dinner and overnight in Van.
DAY 2 - Mount Ararat (B, L, D)
After an early breakfast, we will we drive to the highest truck stop (approximate elevation 2000 meters/6562 ft), then begin a four hour hike that ascends about 1100 meters to Base Camp 1 (approximate elevation 3100 meters/10,170 ft.) The distance is about 8-10 km. Base Camp 1 is a green pasture with stone walls to shield tents from the wind. Dinner and overnight in your tent.
DAY 3 - High altitude acclimatization day (B, L, D)
DAY 4 - Mount Ararat (B, L, D)
A steeper six hour hike to Base Camp 2 (approximate elevation 4200 meters/13,780 ft). The distance is 10 km. Circular clearings among the rocks provide our tent sites with a natural wind shield. Melted glacier water runs freely near the campsite. Dinner and overnight in your tent.
DAY 5 - Mount Ararat (B, L, D)
The climb from Base Camp 2 to the summit (elevation 5137 meters/16,854 feet) is 6 hours. We usually start this ascent at 2:00 am. Crampons and an ice axe are needed for the final hour of ascent. Most people return to Base Camp 2 by 11:00 am, pack, and descend to Base Camp 1. Dinner and overnight in the tent.
DAY 6 - Mount Ararat - Van (B, L, D)
A 4-hour descent from Base Camp 1 to where our vehicle will be waiting, and then, back to lodgings in Van and a well deserved visit to a Turkish bath to loosen up those tired muscles and a relaxing dinner on the shores of Lake Van and an opportunity to reflect on your achievement. Dinner and overnight in Van.
DAY 7 - Departure (B)
Breakfast, check-out & transfer to Van Airport as per your onward flight schedule.
All hotel accommodations in choice of preferred class
All noted city sightseeing tours on regular group OR private guided basis
All tours with professional tour guide, licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
All main entrance fees to sights mentioned by the itinerary
All meals mentioned by the itinerary (B:Breakfast, L:Lunch, D:Dinner) - Vegetarian meals available
All required land transport & round-trip airport transfers with A/C minivans throughout the trip.
All parking fees, road tolls
Local taxes & handling services.
International flights to/from Turkey, internal flight & coach tickets ,any tips to guide, driver or staff at hotels, items of a personal nature, hotel extras (minibar, telephone/internet usage, laundry, etc), drinks with meals (except the drinks served with breakfast) and medical services