General Information

The caldera of Mount Suphan greeting us within the snow is also the summit of Mount Suphan that we will climb.

The caldera of Mount Suphan greeting us within the snow is also the summit of Mount Suphan that we will climb.

The Artos, Süphan, and Mount Ararat Ski and Cultural Tour offers a unique programme where you can ski on the peaks of three volcanic mountains, considered sacred during the Urartian Kingdom. You’ll also have the opportunity to see castles, cities, and artefacts from the Urartian Kingdom. This tour provides an in-depth insight into the region’s history, promising a delightful, enjoyable, and historically rich experience.

  • Mount Artos, Suphan and Ararat Ski Climbing and Cultural Organization 10 Days Program:

    1st Day: Program will start in Van. We’ll welcome you at the airport and transfer you to Van and spend the night here in our hotel.

    2nd Day: Today, we will visit Tuspa, the capital of the Urartu Kingdom, and the famous Van Castle. The Urartians were an ancient civilization in Eastern Anatolia. Our tour continues with a visit to Akdamar Island. The 10th-century Akdamar Cathedral, known as the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, showcases Armenian architecture with Biblical reliefs. After touring the island, we will return to our hotel to rest for the day.

    3rd Day: We’ll travel to Gevaş with our vehicles and climb the summit of Mount Artos. After the climb, we’ll ski back to vehicle transfer point and travel to our hotel in Adilcevaz to spend the night here for our Mount Süphan climb.

    4th Day: We’ll leave Adilcevaz and arrive at Mount Süphan. We’ll climb to the summit of Mount Süphan after setting up our temporary camp and later ski back to this area. After resting for a while, we pack up our camp and head back to Doğubeyazıt with our vehicles. We’ll visit Muradiye Waterfall en route. And settle into our hotel in Doğubeyazıt and rest for the next day’s climb of Mount Ararat.

    5th Day: We will be transferred from our hotel to Mount Ararat Çevirme Village (with altitude of 2,200m) by vehicle. At this point, our carriers will handle our equipment and transfer it to the camp using mules. This is also where our hike will begin. After a comfortable hike of about 5 hours, we’ll arrive at the base camp at 2,800m.

    6th Day: After breakfast, we’ll start our climb to the second camp at 3,500 meters. After this climb, we’ll spend the night in the second camp at 3,500 meters. Here we’ll do our equipment check and we’ll prepare our bags for the summit climb which we’ll start at midnight.

    7th Day: After a night of rest, our summit climb will start with waking up at the time our guide has determined. We will reach the summit “5,137m” in about 8 hours. After resting for half an hour at the summit, we’ll head towards to the second camp at 3,500 meters, where we’ll spend our last night on the mountain.

    8th Day: We’ll have breakfast. After which we’ll start our descent to the 1,900 meters where the vehicle transfer point is. We’ll arrive at this point 5 hours later and then get transferred to our hotel. After settling into the hotel, we will go to the Turkish Bath to relax our bodies.

    9th Day: On the last day, we’ll tour the historical and the natural spots of Doğubeyazıt and return back to our hotel which will also be the end of our program.

    10th Day: Today you’ll be transferred to the airport with our vehicles. And Tour Program will be completed in the airport.

    There is an emergency Extra day in our program. Weather conditions on the mountain sometimes make the climb impossible. With a extra day, you’ll have a chance to wait in the camp for the weather conditions to improve and then try again the next day when the weather gets better. If there are no bad weather conditions, this day will be used after the summit descent to rest at the Base Camp at 3,500 meters

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  • Mount Artos, Suphan and Ararat Skiing and Climbing Organization Info:

We set up temporary camp areas on Artos and Süphan mountains. These camp areas will be packed up by TwoArarat employees after the end of the tour. We are serving at a special camp area on the south route of Mt. Ararat during winters. In this camp area, we have our camping tents and kitchen. During the climb, our firm will keep a cook at the mountain ready, responsible for preparing your hot food and drinks. On climb days, our cook will provide your rations every morning for your consumption during hikes. Since camp area will be a private area, there’ll be guards securing the camp. This way the equipment you left behind will be safe and the tents will be under surveillance in the case of bad weather conditions. The equipment you won’t need during the climb will be kept by our contracted hotel to be handed back to you after your return. Equipment you’ll be bringing to the mountain will be transferred between the camps by carrier mules and you won’t be charged any extra fee for all these services.
We request our vegetarian and vegan visitors to inform us in advance about their choices.

  • Attention: Mount Ararat has areas prone to avalanches. That’s why it’s important to avoid any mistakes that may cause an avalanche and maintain constant communication with your guide. You should especially have a good choice of gloves and boots. Remember, Mount Ararat is a mountain that has a large ice mass that doesn’t melt throughout the year and affected by cold because of its equatorial position.
Booking code:

SKI-ARTOS-SUPHAN-ARARAT-10-DAYS

  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Group Size: The number you specify
  • Category: Mount Artos, Suphan And Ararat Skiing Climbing Tour
  • Route to be Used: Mt. Suphan East – Mt. Ararat South Route
  • Tour Type: Private Ski Mountaineering Tour
  • Mountain accommodation: 3 Nights
  • Hotel accommodation: 6 Nights
  • Tour Starting Location: Van Airport
  • Tour Ending Location: Van Airport
  • Climbing Altitude: Artos 3,515 m, Suphan 4,058 m – Ararat: 5,137 m

Mount Artos, Suphan, Ararat Ski Climbing and Cultural Tour Program includes:

Services Included in the Price

6 Nights Hotel Stay – “Accommodation Hotel in Van, Adilcevaz and Doğubayazıt, including room and breakfast”

3 Night Mountain Stay – “Accommodation in tents with all foods included”

Our cultural tour program will commence in the city of Van, which also houses the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Urartu, Tushpa. While in Van, we will visit notable sites such as Tushpa and Van Castle. Another significant stop on our journey will be the Akdamar Island in Lake Van, where we will admire the Akdamar Cathedral. Upon reaching Dogubayazit to climb Mount Ararat, we’ll visit İshak Paşa Palace, reminiscent of Warner Bros. castles. Then, we’ll tour Kurdish villages, view the geological structure linked to Noah’s Ark, and visit the imposing Doğubeyazıt sinkhole. The tour includes an ice cave at Mount Ararat’s base, where icicles form even in summer. It concludes in Doğubeyazıt, with bazaars and a lively main street.

Transfers to cultural fields are included in the program. We will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. The next day, we will take you to Mount Artos in the Gevaş district, then transfer you to your hotel in the Adilcevaz district. We will arrange your transport from the hotel to Mount Süphan. After your skiing and climbing tour at Mount Süphan, we will transfer you directly to your hotel in the city centre of Doğubayazıt. We will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Mount Ararat for the Ararat Climb. At the end of your tour, we will provide a return transfer from the hotel to the airport. Your tour will commence with our service picking you up from your hotel, and after the mountain tour, you will be returned to your hotel in Doğubayazıt using our service. If your climbing trip includes a cultural tour, transfers to cultural sites will also be conducted by our service.

For our tours, it is legally required for our company to obtain insurance. As a fully licensed travel agency, we ensure that all our customers participating in our tours are covered by insurance. This comprehensive coverage includes lost baggage, in-city accidents during the tour, and cancellations. However, please remember that extreme sports and nature activities currently do not fall under this insurance coverage in Turkey – “The insurance only covers the city phase of the tour“. If you need insurance for these activities, we suggest you purchase climbing insurance from your own insurance company. You can also request a copy of the insurance policy to verify the coverage provided by companies that offer climbing and high-altitude insurance. Through our partner Global Rescue, you can also purchase online high-altitude insurance. For more detailed information about the insurance options we offer, please visit our insurance page here.

The climbing permit fee for Mount Ararat is included in the tour price. The permit fee for both local and foreign nationals must be paid into the T.C. Doğubayazıt District Governorship Village Services “T.C. Doğubayazıt Kaymakamlığı Köy Hizmetleri” account. If the permit fee is not paid, permits will be considered invalid and legal action will be initiated against those who enter the National Park without permission. It is crucial that permits are arranged in accordance with the law and payment is made after approval is received. Many companies do not pay the permit fee to the institutions and do not send you the payment receipt. In contrast, we carefully provide you with all the transaction documents, including the original bank receipt, as proof of payment.

For every 10 people, we provide a local mountain guide. To offer a personalised experience, we limit our groups to a maximum of 15 climbers. When there are more than 15 participants, we start preparations for a second tour with different team members on the same dates.

In the city:

A Turkish breakfast is served every morning at your hotel.

In the mountains:

Throughout your journey, chefs will prepare delicious meals and provide the necessary nutrients for your climb. Separate menus are prepared to ensure the satisfaction of vegetarian clients. Lunch packs that can be carried all day are provided for midday treks. Evening meals are prepared by the chef and served in our dining tent.

Breakfast: Every morning, the chef prepares a Turkish breakfast. This breakfast, including seasonal salad, jam, hazelnut spread, black olives, halva, eggs, and cheese, is served with coffee and tea.

Lunch: Once you’ve reached the mountain by vehicle, our chef will welcome you and offer lunch packs to refresh your energy. These packs include fruit juice, a wafer or chocolate, water, a sandwich, and fruit. These snack packs are provided for your daily climbs, as you will be hiking around lunchtime each day.

Snacks: Upon arriving at the campsite, our comfortable dining tent will be waiting for you with hot drinks, snacks, and treats. On summit night, after a energising and tasty breakfast, we’ll start the climb. To keep you warm and energised, a comforting hot soup will be served. For lunch, our chef will provide you with packs of sandwiches, fruits, and chocolates to take with you.

Dinner: For dinner, we will prepare delicious hot meals for you. Each meal includes a main dish made with meat or chicken, accompanied by soup, rice, bulgur wheat, or pasta, and a seasonal salad.

Tent: Our winter and ski mountaineering camps are prepared at suitable altitudes depending on the weather and snowfall, using Dome tents for accommodation and kitchen and dining tents.

Mat: Mats are provided in our tents for your comfortable sleep.

Crampon: Considering that every participant of the Mount Ararat Climbing Tour will have different boots, we use the Strapped C1 and Crab Crampon models for crampons. This way, our crampons can be attached to all types of boots.

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Our Carrier Mule teams, who will carry climbers’ equipment and bags throughout the climbing tour, will transport your gear between camp sites. Upon reaching the mountain, your equipment will be carried to the camp at 3,500 metres by horses. And this process will be repeated on your descent from the mountain to the city. You will complete your tour with just a small backpack. Additionally, you can leave your extra luggage and equipment at our Hotel free of charge and retrieve it upon your return.

On the day we descend from Mount Ararat, we will visit the Turkish bath to alleviate all our fatigue with a relaxing massage.

We believe that a nature hike is not a competition and therefore do not offer climbing certificates solely to those who reach the summit as proof of their achievement. Our company will provide a certificate to all participants of the Mount Ararat Climbing Tour simply for reaching the campsite. These certificates, which will include the tour date and the names of the participants, will be presented to them during the celebration dinner organised by our company.

As part of our tour, our company organises a celebratory meal following the climb. This special gathering takes place at a location selected by our team; this can either be our main campsite before returning to the city or a restaurant in the city. Guests can savour the tastes of traditional Turkish cuisine from a menu prepared to suit everyone’s preferences or enjoy a delightful barbecue party. On this occasion, all participants of the Mount Ararat Climbing Tour will be presented with climbing certificates.

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.

Water sources on Mount Ararat are limited, with the only natural water being obtained from glaciers. However, these glacial waters are not preferred as drinking water due to their superficial nature and lack of essential minerals. To ensure the well-being of our customers, we offer free bottled drinking water transported from the city by Mules at our camp sites.

In our camping areas, toilet paper and liquid soap are available free of charge for our customers. It is also possible for you to bring your own personal hygiene products.

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 Ararat 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 Mount Ararat Tour 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. The local people working at the Mount Ararat campsite sell some drinks like beer on site, but remember that prices are higher on the mountain compared to the city.

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 Doğubayazıt is high and the prices are at reasonable levels.

Our pre-planned Mount Ararat Climbing Tours do not include cultural tours. While our company organises hiking, climbing, and cultural tours in the region, we also arrange cultural tours and climbing expeditions in neighbouring countries. You can diversify your climb with cultural tours and different mountains by selecting a special tour, or after your climb, you can choose to buy extra days to explore the area. 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 Ararat 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, Suphan And Ararat Ski Cultural Tour Pricing

You can customize the Mount Artos, Suphan and Mount Ararat Ski Cultural 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 Ararat Climb Dates & Prices

Mount Artos, Suphan, Ararat Ski Cultural Tour and Climbing Expedition 10 Days:

1st Day: ” Welcoming Day “

Today, we’ll welcome you in Van 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: Van “Van Cultural Tour Day”

Today, we will visit the city of Tuspa, known as the capital of the Urartu Kingdom, and the famous Van Castle. The Urartians are known as an ancient civilisation established in Eastern Anatolia. Our tour will continue with a visit to Akdamar Island. The historical Akdamar Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, located on the island and built in the 10th century, is an example of Armenian architecture with remarkable details. The cathedral features magnificent reliefs adorned with excerpts from the Bible. After touring the island, we will return to our hotel and spend the rest of the day resting.

Accommodation: Van Hotel

3rd 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 2300 meters of Mount Artos where we’ll start our skiing 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 3,550 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 vehicle transfer point at 2300 meters. We’ll return back to our hotel in Adilcevaz after everyone completes their descent. After settling into our hotel, we’ll take short tour in the city center and spend the night in our hotel resting.

Accommodation: Adilcevaz Hotel

4th Day: Mount Süphan “Summit and Skiing Day”

Today we’ll leave our hotel and head on to Mount Süphan. Lake Van will be presenting it’s beautiful scenery during the climb. After 3 hours, we’ll arrive in Kışkıllı Village and reach to 2600 meters with our vehicles. We’ll set up our temporary camp here. While our cook will prepare us snacks for our consumption, we’ll try to reach to the summit from the camp area at 2600 meters while occasionally crossing areas with the inclination of 15 degrees. After about 6 or 8 hours , we’ll reach to summit of Mount Süphan at 4058 meters known as Sandıktepe. It is possible to get a bird’s eye view of Lake Van and its surrounding areas from here. If we also have clear weather conditions, it’s possible to get a clear view of Mount Ararat. Volcanic vent gives a deep impression of the mountain’s volcanic character. And this vent is one of the hardest parts of the climb. After resting at the summit for half an hour and making last checks on our skiing equipment, we’ll start our descent to Kışkıllı camp area. When we arrive to the camp after 2 hours, we’ll take a break with our cook’s food service. After meal and a rest for one hour, we’ll quickly pack up our tents and return back to our hotel in Doğubeyazıt. We’ll have a chance to see Muradiye Waterfall en route. We’ll rest for the tomorrow’s Mount Ararat climb when we reach our hotel.

Accommodation: Doğubeyazıt Hotel

5th Day: 3,500m “Mount Ararat Winter Base Camp”

Today will be the first day of our expedition to the glorious Mount Ararat. We’ll head on Mt. Ararat with our vehicles after a breakfast in our hotel. About an hour later, we’ll arrive in Village with an altitude of 1,900 meters. Here, our cook will provide the rations we’ll use during the hike. We’ll be handing over all of our equipment (about 20 kg) to the carriers. We’ll take the equipment we’ll use during the trek to our 30-liters backpacks. Our trek will continue with little photo breaks en route until we reach the Base camp area in 3,500 meters. When we arrive at the camp area, our cook will greet us with warm food and drinks. After resting here, we’ll start to settle into our camp. You can spend your free time with little exploration hikes.

Accommodation: 3,500m Mount Ararat Winter Base Camp

6th Day: 3,500m “Extra Rest day”

Today is dedicated to rest and recuperation at the base camp. This break will give everyone a chance to recharge and prepare for the upcoming trek. After dinner, feel free to explore the nearby terrain at your own pace, taking short walks to higher points in the surrounding area to enjoy the stunning views and fresh mountain air. Use this time to relax, stretch, and soak in the beauty of our surroundings.

Accommodation: 3,500m Mount Ararat Winter Base Camp

7th Day: “Mount Ararat “Summit Day 5,137m”

Today, we’ll try to reach the summit from the camp area at 3,500 meters while occasionally crossing areas with the inclination of 25-30 degrees. We’ll wake up at 3,500 meters in the second camp area to climb the summit. We’ll eat the meal and take the rations provided by our cook. We’ll start our hike with the help of our headlights. We’ll reach the summit after 7 hours we left the camp. The first stage of the hike may not cause any trouble but as we ascend, the effects of the cold weather may be particularly hard. We’ll start our glacier walk when we reach 4,700 meters where Mt. Ararat glacier line begins. “The area where we’ll fit our crampons may change depending on the amount of snow.” Now we’re really close to the summit. We’ll start climbing with 30 degrees inclination and will reach the summit of Mt. Ararat after passing this 100 meters long area. It’s possible to see the five countries around from the viewpoint of the mountain. “Turkey, Iran, Georgia, Armenia and Nakhchivan. After resting half an hour at the summit, we’ll start our descent skiing back to the second camp area at 3,500 meters. When we arrive at the camp, we’ll rest and eat.

There is an emergency Extra day in our program. Weather conditions on the mountain sometimes make the climb impossible. With a extra day, you’ll have a chance to wait in the camp for the weather conditions to improve and then try again the next day when the weather gets better. If there are no bad weather conditions, this day will be used after the summit descent to rest at the Base Camp at 3,500 meters

Accommodation: 3,500m Mount Ararat Winter Base Camp

Climb from 3,500 meters to 5,137 meters
Average Hiking TimeAverage Hiking DistanceAverage AscensionAverage Inclination
7 Hours4km1,637m20° – 30°

8th Day: “Return to Doğubeyazıt”

We’ll have a hearty breakfast to fuel up for the day. After which, we’ll start our descent to the 1,900 meters mark, which is the vehicle transfer point. The journey to this point will take approximately 5 hours, providing us with ample time to take in the breathtaking scenery and enjoy the natural surroundings. Upon arrival, we’ll be transferred to our hotel where we can rest and relax after the day’s adventure.

Accommodation: Doğubeyazıt Hotel

9th Day: “Doğubeyazıt Tour Day“

Today we’ll visit the historical and the natural beauty of the foothills of the Mount Ararat. After we leave the hotel in the morning, we’ll visit the İshak Paşa Palace looking from above, resembling the castles of “Warner Bros”. And then we’ll visit a lot of Kurdish villages and see the geological structure believed to be the Ark of Noah. From there, we’ll move on to visit the Doğubeyazıt sinkhole with it’s astonishingly intimidating size and visuals. Our tour will continue with an ice cave at the foot of the Mount Ararat, which forms icicles even during the hot days of the summer. Our tour will end with the arrival at Doğubeyazıt, but the cities bazaars and the main street which is very lively in summers will be waiting for you.

Accommodation: Doğubeyazıt Hotel

10th Day: “Farewell Day”

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

MOUNT ARARAT RESERVATION PROCESS

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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. Mount Ararat can be climbed with permission from the local authority “Doğubayazıt District Governorship” and is also designated as Mount Ararat National Park. We need to submit an application for permission before your climb, with petitions prepared including your identification details and climbing dates. 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.
  5. On a suitable date, we will apply for your climbing permission from the Doğubayazıt District Governorship and later send you the document they provide us.
  6. Before the start of the tour, we will deposit your Climbing Permit Fee into the Doğubayazıt District Governorship Village Services “Doğubayazıt Kaymakamlığı Köy hizmetleri” account and send you the payment receipt.

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.

For the Pre Climb & Trip Information

You can access detailed weather reports and forecasts for Mount Ararat here.

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