General Information

Mountaineers skiing on Mount Ararat.

Mount Artos Skiing Program is a four-day program with a skiing stage of one day. This program is preferred by athletes who want to take a short vacation because of its short duration. Program has a climb and skiing stage along with an extensive cultural tour of Van.

  • Mount Artos Skiing and Climbing Organization 4 Days Program:

    1st Day: We’ll welcome you in Van and settle into our hotel. We’ll spend the day resting in Van city center.

    2nd Day: We’ll leave the hotel early in the morning and arrive at Gevaş with our vehicles. After arriving at the village, we’ll start our climb to the summit of Mount Artos. We’ll reach to summit after a 5-hour long hike and ski back to the vehicle transfer point after resting for an hour. Skiing stage of the program ends here, and we’ll return back to our hotel in Van with our vehicles.

    3rd Day: We’ll leave our hotel after breakfast and start our tour of historical buildings of Van. Our first stop will be Van cat house and after our tour, we’ll visit Akdamar Island, Çavuştepe and Hoşap castles and return back to our hotel in Van.

    4th Day: In the morning, we transfer you to Van Airport with vehicles and that concludes the Artos Polar Rabbit program.

    Click here to read all the details of the program.

  • Attention:
    Please do not leave your group during the climb without informing your guide. Staying together with the group will help you to spend less of your energy and protects us from any possible accident that may happen. You should bring your trekking poles with you and use them during the hike. These poles will not only lower the possibility of an accident, but it’ll also help you lighten your weight so you’ll be less tired. Poles that are adjusted to your heart level will also help you to relax your circulation.

Booking code:

SKI-ARTOS-4-DAYS

  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Group Size: The number you specify
  • Category: Mount Artos Skiing Climbing Tour
  • Route to be Used: Mount Artos West Route
  • Tour Type: Private Ski Mountaineering Tour
  • Mountain accommodation: N/A
  • Hotel accommodation: 3 Nights
  • Tour Starting Location: Van Airport
  • Tour Ending Location: Van Airport
  • Climbing Altitude: 3,515 m

Mount Artos Climb & Skiing Tour Program includes:

Services Included in the Price

3 Nights Hotel Stay – “Accommodation Hotel, including room and breakfast”

 Night Mountain Stay – N/A

The airport cultural tour and Mount Artos vehicle transfers are included in the tour.

Our cultural tour covering the Van Cat House and Van Castles will conclude with a return to the hotel after visiting the cathedral on Akdamar Island.

The tour guide service is included in the price, and the number of guides is determined by the number of participants.

All our tours are covered by cancellation and general health insurance. For more detailed information about the insurance options we offer, please visit our insurance page here.

In the city:

A Turkish breakfast is served every morning at your hotel.

Climbing Certificates prepared in the name of the customer by our company are issued for all participants in the climb.

In our camp sites, we offer hot water and hot drinks along with boxed fruit juices for our customers to enjoy after their walks. You can also bring your favourite herbal tea with you.

Services Not Included in the Price

National and international flight tickets are not included in your package and therefore all costs associated with these tickets must be covered by the participant themselves. For more information on getting to the area, you can go to this link.

Tips are not obligatory on our Mount Suphan Climbing Tours. However, if you wish to show appreciation for the staff’s efforts, you are welcome to give a Tip of at least 5% of the tour cost to our staff in charge. For more information about Tipping and the team working on your tour, please visit our  Tipping page.

Personal equipment is not included in the tour price. However, we understand that some equipment might create extra baggage and cost for our guests and sometimes you may only want to use the equipment once. Therefore, you can rent equipment such as sleeping bags, boots, and walking sticks from our company. For this, you can visit our rental page. As our rental equipment stock is limited, don’t forget to reserve any equipment you need while making your tour booking. To review the equipment you can rent and the prices, visit our Mount Ararat Rental Gear page..

Alcoholic drinks are not included in the tour price, but you are welcome to bring your own alcohol.

Food in the city is not included in the tour price. However, breakfast will be provided at your hotel during your stay in the city. Additionally, we would like to mention that the quality of the local food options available in Van city is high and the prices are at reasonable levels.

All cultural excursions not included in the tour programme are available at an additional cost. If you would like more information about the tours we offer, you can check out our Climbs or Cultural Tours page, or use our site’s search engine.

Your personal expenses are not included in the tour price.

Climbs to Mount Suphan do not require mandatory insurance. Our company meticulously fulfils its legal obligations. In this context, we include tour cancellation and health insurance in the tours we offer. The type of insurance that many companies in the market leave ambiguous with the phrase “insurance included” is precisely this insurance. However, it should be noted that this insurance is not a climbing insurance. Beyond the health and tour cancellation insurance included in our tours, obtaining a climbing insurance is the responsibility of our customers. You can obtain high altitude climbing insurance, also known as extreme sports insurance, by contacting local insurance agents. Our company is in partnership with Global Rescue, a rescue and insurance services company. If you wish to purchase insurance online through Global Rescue, you can use this link. Please visit our insurance information page for more detailed information about the insurance.

Mount Artos Skiing Tours Price

You can customize the Mount Artos Skiing Tours price by modifying the included services. As the group size increases, the cost per participant decreases. Travel agencies, mountaineering clubs, and tour guides can join our Two Ararat Partner Program to enjoy exclusive benefits and discounts. For a price quote, please message us via our reservation page with the number of participants.

Important notice:

WEATHER CONDITIONS MAY CAUSE CHANGES IN THE PROGRAM!

MOUNT ARTOS SKIING AND CLIMBING EXPEDITION 4 DAYS:

1st Day: Welcoming Day

Today, we’ll welcome you in Van Airport and transfer you to the hotel with our vehicles. After settling into our hotel, we’ll take short tour in the city center and spend the night in our hotel resting.

Accommodation: Van Hotel

2nd  Day: Mount Artos “Summit and Skiing Day”

Today we’ll leave our hotel and head on to Gevaş. After a 50 minute long drive, we’ll reach to the point of 2,300 meters of Mount Artos where we’ll start our climb. Here, we’ll take the equipment needed for the duration of the climb and hikes and start our climb to Mount Artos. The summit of the mountain has an altitude of 3,515 meters, and it takes approximately 5 hours to climb. After reaching the summit, we’ll observe the wonderful scenery of Lake Van resembling a blue pearl. After resting here for half an hour, we’ll ski back to our vehicles at 2,300 meters. We’ll return back to our hotel in Van after everyone completes their descent.

Accommodation: Van Hotel

3rd Day: “Van Tour Day”

After breakfast, we’ll visit the University of Van. Here, we’ll visit the Van Cat House and continue our tour with the visit of Van Fortress. After an hour-long tour of Van Fortress, we’ll take a meal break in our tour. This break will be followed by the tour of Akdamar Island. We’ll travel to Akdamar Island on a ferry and visit the island for an hour. After leaving the island, we’ll see the Çavuştepe Fortress and then proceed to our last stop Hoşap Castle. After an hour of Hoşap Castle tour, we’ll return back to our hotel in Van and complete our tour program.

Accommodation: Van Hotel

4th Day: “Farewell Day”

After a nice breakfast in Van, we’ll get you to the airport with our vehicles and this special mountain ski program will be completed at the airport with great memories.

5th Day: “Farewell Day”

After a nice breakfast in Van, we’ll get you to the airport with our vehicles and this special mountain ski program will be completed at the airport with great memories.

MOUNT ARTOS RESERVATION PROCESS

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By clicking on this image, you can go to the website of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies “TURSAB” verify that our company and website are legal.

During the tour, to avoid any issues and ensure your safety, it’s necessary for us to conduct your tour in compliance with legal procedures. This way, we won’t have any issues with local government and the gendarmerie. Furthermore, all travel agencies operating in Turkey are obligated to insure their customers. However, this insurance is not climbing insurance. Please review the detailed information on our insurance page. Below, you can find the Reservation process listed in points.

The reservation process includes the following steps:

  1. Select the tour that suits you and send us the necessary information for the reservation.
  2. We will send you a document with your tour details and our account information for you to confirm your reservation.
  3. Provided there are no errors in the information on the document, you will send a prepayment to our account. Once your payment reaches our account, we will send you a “Payment Received” document to confirm your tour.
  4. As your tour date approaches, we will prepare your Travel Insurance and send you the documents.

Cancellation and Refund

For our tours, a modest prepayment is required to secure climbing permits and initiate insurance processes. Please note that this fee is non-refundable in the event of tour cancellation. Full tour payment will be made in cash to our team on the day the tour starts, guaranteeing an experience. This allows you to make tour cancellations and changes without taking any risk. For detailed information about the tour cancellation and refund conditions, please click here.

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We look forward to meeting you! Please do contact us if you have any queries.