Mount Ararat South Route Climbing inonu glacial plateau.

Mount Ararat South Route Climbing inonu glacial plateau.


Two Ararat uses the east route for climbs to Mount Süphan. This route never loses the amazing sight of Lake Van. The route has occasional sandy areas. That’s why using leggings provides an advantage to climbers. Considering its altitude and its small size, most mountaineers underestimate Mount Süphan compared to Mount Ararat even though it’s almost as hard as climbing to Mount Ararat. With its one route, it’s possible to climb this mountain in one day. But setting up a camp before the climb is necessary because the climb takes a whole day.

Second camp area of the south route has an altitude of 4200 meters. You can reach this area after an average of 4-hour walk. Used for pre-climb stays, this camp area has a rocky texture. Over the years, mountaineers cleared this space from rocks one place at a time and made spaces for tents. This area requires a fair amount of attention and is rather cold compared to the Base Camp area. It can snow, rain or hail instantly and the wind can reach very high speeds. There’s a water issue in this area. Drinking water is obtained from the melting glaciers.

Mount Suphan Est Route Climbing Map:

The trek to the summit of Suphan Mountain takes around two to three days to complete, depending on the pace of the hiker. The summit offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, including Lake Van, which is the largest lake in Turkey.

Hikers are advised to be prepared for the challenging terrain and changing weather conditions, as the mountain can experience extreme temperatures and sudden weather changes. It is recommended that hikers bring appropriate gear and clothing, including warm layers, rain gear, and sturdy hiking boots.

Despite its challenges, the Suphan Mountain route offers a unique and rewarding trekking experience for those who undertake it. The route is rich in natural beauty and provides trekkers with a chance to explore some of Turkey’s most remote and untouched landscapes.