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Ski touring Mount Suphan & Ararat

Tour Code : WIN 05

–    Mount Ararat summit 5.137m
–    Mount Suphan 4.058m
–    Mount Artos 3.537m
–    Dogubeyazit & Ishak pasha palace
–    Van; pearl of the east & the citadel Kingdom of Urartu  
–    Akdamar Island & the holy cross church

Best Season   
Jan / Feb / Mar / Apr / May / Jun / Jul / Aug / Sep / Oct / Nov / Dec


Duration of the Trip
10 Days / 9 Nights


Difficulty Level
= D/E (Challenging/Demanding)
Mt. Ararat; Mt. Suphan & Mt. Artos with tour ski (7 days)


Mt. Ararat Permit
It is necessary for a Mount Ararat climb to apply a Permission (Permit) given by the government.
Therefore it is necessary to confirm your Mount Ararat climb 60 days in advance before the Tour begins and to send us all necessary Personal Details of each Group Member by time to complete all requirements.

Necessary Details we need 60 days in advance:
–           Your full name & surname (as indicated in the passport)
–           Date and place of birth
–           Nationality
–           Passport number
–           Issue & expiry date of passport (please make sure that expiry date is beyond your Travel Dates)


Hotel    :    5 Nights
Camp   :    4 Nights

Day 1 : Istanbul

Meet at the Istanbul Ataturk Int. Airport with Demavend Travels representative and drive to the Hotel, located in the historical centre of Istanbul, known as Sultanahmet.
Transfer time: 30 min.; transfer distance: 18 km; (Istanbul Ataturk Int. Airport – Hotel)
ON: in Istanbul at the Hotel
Meals: – / – / – 

Day 2 : Fly to Van; sightseeing Akdamar Island & church and Van castle (citadel)

In the morning we drive to the Istanbul Ataturk Int. airport and fly to Van where we take time to visit Van Castle (Citadel) and Akdamar Island. Van castle (citadel); was constructed by Urartian king Sardur. It is a massive stone fortification built during the 9th to 7th centuries BC and is the largest example of its kind. It overlooks the ruins of Tushpa, the ancient Urartian capital during the 9th C., which was centred upon the steep sided bluff where the fortress now sits. One of the most remarkable structures around is the rock tomb of Argisti the first, outside which is a long inscription relating the events of his reign. Akdamar Island & church; we drive to Gevas town and take a Ferryboat to visit Akdamar Island, a small island in Lake Van which is home to a 10th Century Armenian Church, known as the Cathedral Church of the Holy Cross and were the seat of an Armenian Catholics from 1116 to 1895. The unique importance of the Cathedral Church of the Holy Cross comes from the extensive array of bas-relief carving of mostly biblical scenes that adorn its external walls. We spend the Night in Van at the Hotel.
Transfer time: 30/40 min.; transfer distance: 40 km; (Van – Gevas / one way)
Ferryboat transfer: 20/25 min. to Akdamar Island / one way
ON: in Van at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 3 : Mt. Artos 3.537m and Adilcevaz

After breakfast we drive to the town of Gevas where we will start our first Ski Tour. At an altitude of approximately 1.700/1.800m (depending on Road & snow conditions) we start our ascent, after approximately 4/5 hours we will reach the Summit of Mt. Artos, known as one of the most famous Summits in eastern Anatolia. The Summit rewards us with beautiful views to the Lake Van down below and the Anatolian Highlands around. After enjoying this beautiful scenery we ski down on the same way back to our vehicle. In Gevas town and next to Lake Van we will have a break and taste a cup of traditional Turkish Tea, known as Cay. In the late afternoon we continue to Adilcevaz, at the skirts of Mt. Suphan, where we spend the Night at the Hotel.
Ascent/descent: approximately 1.737m (4/5 h) (depends on Road, Weather and Snow conditions)
Transfer time: 30/15 min; transfer distance: 45 km (Van – Gevas/Mt. Artos starting point)
Transfer time: 3 h; transfer distance: 175 km (Gevas – Adilcevaz)
ON: in Adilcevaz at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 4 : Mt. Suphan (4.058m) & Dogubeyazit; sightseeing Ishak pasha palace

Today we drive to the starting point of our today’s Ski Tour, which will take approximately 30min. (depending on Road conditions). With the first sunbeams we follow a riverbed which takes us up to an altitude of approximately 3.050m. After passing some small Rocks we continue our climbing and reach the Summit of the Mt. Suphan Dagi. The Sunrise and the panoramic view over the Van Lake reward us for our efforts. After having Picnic next to the Summit we ski down to our vehicle on the same way.  Afterwards we drive to Dogubeyazit; a settlement with a long history. Dogubeyazit lies 15 km southwest of Mount Ararat and 35 km from the Iranian border. The area has had a rich history since it was settled during the times of the first Armenian Kingdom of Urartu. The Area was subsequently conquered by Persians, Romans, Arabs and Byzantines all of whom would have used the plain to rest and recoup during their passages across the mountains.  In Dogubeyazit it is possible to visit Ishak Pasha Palace; built on a hill at the side of a mountain. It was the last large monumental structure in the Ottoman Empire from the “Lale Devri” period. It is one of the most distinguished and magnificent examples of the 18th century Ottoman architecture and is very valuable in terms of art history.
Ascent/descent: approximately between 1.900/2.100m (5/6 h) (depends on Road, Weather and Snow conditions)
Transfer time: approximately 30/45 min.; (Adilcevaz Hotel – starting Point / depends on Road Conditions)
Transfer time: 3 h; transfer distance: 200 km (Mt. Suphan (Adilcevaz) – Dogubeyazit)
ON: in Dogubeyazit at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 5 : Ascent to Mount Ararat Camp I (Base camp) 2.500/2.700m

After Breakfast we load our luggage and camping equipment on our vehicle and drive via Topcatan village to Eli Village (2.000m), Between 1.900 and 2.000m (according to road conditions) we will start our ascent. Our luggage will be carried by mules and horses which will be arranged in advance. We climb up to our first Camp Side (Base Camp) which we will establish at a high of 2.500m or 2.700m and our cook will arrange the meals for the evening. We spend the Night at the Camp.
Transfer time: approximately 1 h (Hotel Dogubeyazit – starting point / depends on Road Conditions)
ascent: between 1.000m and 1.400m; (4/5 h) (depends on Road, Weather and Snow conditions)
ON: at Mount Ararat base camp 2.500/2.700m
Meals: B / L / D

Day 6 : Acclimatization Day; ascent to Camp II (High camp) 3.700/3.900m & return to Camp I (Base camp) 2.500/2.700m

Today is an acclimatization day up to 3.700 or 3.900m. High altitude is defined as altitudes than 3.000m and AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) may appear above this level and doesn’t matter if you are fit or not, can happen to anyone anytime. Question is good hydration and not overexerting. So an acclimatization climb is certainly necessary and on Mt Ararat we follow this rule. We ascend up to second camp and even more depending on our limits and weather and ski descend back to camp 1 and prepare ourselves for the next day to move up Camp II.
Ascent/descent: between 1.000m and 1.400m; (4/5 h) (depends on the altitude of base & high camps)
ON: at Mount Ararat base camp 2.500/2.700m
Meals: B / L / D

Day 7 : Ascent to Camp II (High camp) 3.700/3.900m

After breakfast we ascend to the second campsite at an altitude of 3.700m or 3.900m. After reaching the campsite, we set up our tents and we take a rest. In the afternoon, we can make walks on higher altitude and ski down to get acclimatized.
Ascent/descent: between 1.000m and 1.400m; (4/5 h) (depends on the altitude of base & high camps)
ON: at Mount Ararat high camp 3.700/3.900m
Meals: B / L / D

Day 8 : Mount Ararat summit ascent 5.137m & return to Camp I (Base camp) 2.500/2.700m

Very early in the morning we will have breakfast and start our ascent before sunrise. After a very hard ascent, because of the steep slopes, we will reach the Glacier at 4.750m. Depending on the Snow Conditions it can happen that we need to use Crampons. We continue our ascent till we reach the Summit of the Mt. Ararat. If the weather is clear we can see the Mt. Damavand in Iran, the Elbrus in the Caucasus and the Kackar Mountains near the Black Sea. We enjoy the great panoramic view from the Summit and afterwards start descending to the Base Camp.
Ascent: 1.437m; descent: between 2.637m and 2.437 m; (7/8 h) (depends on the altitude of Base Camp)
ON: at Mount Ararat base camp 2.500/2.700m
Meals: B / L / D

Day 9 : Camp I (Base camp) descent back to Dogubeyazit & drive to Van

In the morning we descend to the village of Eli and drive from there down to Dogubeyazit and continue to Van. Archaeological excavations and surveys carried out in the Van province and environs prove that the history of the city itself goes back as far as 5000 B.C. Under the ancient name of Tushpa, Van was the capital of the Urartian kingdom in the 9th century BC. Today Van is more known as “The Pearl of the East” because of the beauty of its surrounding landscapes. We spend the Night in Van at the Hotel.
Descent: between 1.000m and 1.400m; (4/5 h) (depends on Road, Weather and Snow conditions)
Transfer time: 2/3 h; transfer distance: 180 km (Van – Dogubeyazit)
ON: in Van at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 10 : Van – Home

Transfer to Van airport where the Trip concludes.
Transfer time: 15 min.; transfer distance: 10 km (Hotel – Van airport)
Meals: B / – / –

ON = Overnight accommodation / B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner

Price Includes
–    All transfers and transportations with private vehicles to the places mentioned in the Itinerary
      Days 1 & 2: One (one way) arrival/departure transfer from/to Istanbul Ataturk Int. airport/Hotel in Sultanahmet
      Transfers in Istanbul valid for Istanbul Ataturk Int. airport only/Extra transfer cost will be charged for each transfer
      Day 10: One (one way) departure transfer from/to Hotel in in Van/Van airport
–    Demavend Travel English speaking Tour Leader/Mountain Guide (Logistic Guide only / no specialist of Ski)
–    Hotel accommodations, rooms on double/twin share base;
      Bed & Breakfast (BB) and Half Board (HB) service; Important: HB Dinner Service available until 20:30/21:00 h
–    9 x Breakfast, 8 x Lunch (Lunch Packages & Restaurants where available), 8 x Dinner
–    All necessary Camping Equipment’s (Tents, Mattresses, necessary Kitchen Gears & Dinnerware)
–    Ararat Permit Fees


Price Excludes
–    Professional Ski Guide
–    All International and Domestic Flights
–    Travel insurance
–    Extra Transports and transfers other than stated in the Itinerary
–    All kind of Soft and Alcoholic drinks, Bottled Water, Tea & Coffee
–    Meals other than stated in the Itinerary
–    All kind of personal expenses
–    All kind of Entrance fees for historical and natural sites
–    Day 2: Ferryboat from Gevas to Akdamar Island & church
–    All kind of optional activities
–    Extra Nights
–    Single supplements
–    Single Tents
–    Personal Equipment
–    Tips