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Trekking Turkey's Highest Mountains

Explore Turkey's most popular High altitude peaks, ararat, Suphan, nemrut
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Overview

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Group: 4-15 People
  • Type: Guided Backpacking
  • Pick-up: Van airport
  • Difficulty: 4
  • Age: 12+

Trekking Mt.Suphan – Mt.Nemrut – Mt.Ararat

Mount Suphan, a spectacular dormant volcano, rises majestically from Lake Van’s northwest borders. Suphan receives three to four meters of snowfall throughout the winter.

One of Turkey’s most famous vistas is seen at the peak of Mount Nemrut. One of Turkey’s most remarkable and terrifying remains is King Antiochus I of the Kingdom of Commagene’s grave mound atop this 2,150-meter hilltop, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Because of its geologic location and the belief that it was the last resting place of Noah’s Ark, Turkey’s tallest peak, Ararat, has a mythical reputation. This biblical mountain is known by numerous names in several languages, the most common of which are Ararat, Kuh – I Nuh, and Cebel ul Haristir.

Mount Ararat (5165m) is Turkey’s and Europe’s tallest summit. It’s a basalt-based volcano that transitions to andesite lava about 4000 meters. A glacier may be found near the peak, and the Serdarbulak ridge can be seen on the eastern side, with Kucuk (Little) Ararat at 3896m. Mount Ararat’s height, together with its glaciers, geological structures, inhabitants, and snow-covered alpine meadows, has a seductive, almost mystical appeal.

We will climb three spectacular volcanoes on this excellent hiking tour: Nemrut (3050 m), Suphan (4058 m), and Ararat (4058 m) (5137 m).

Trekking on three volcanoes is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure as well as a fantastic cultural experience. We’ll see Urartian Castle, which dates back to the 9th century BC, the Armenian Church of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island, and the spectacular Ishak Pasha Palace, which is one of the most remarkable Ottoman palaces.

There is so much to see and do in Eastern Turkey!

Itinerary

Day 1Meeting at Van Airport sightseeing and travel to Mount Nemrut

We’ll meet up with your guide at the Van airport and then drive to Van Castle. We’ll drive 33 kilometers from the city center to the ferry port and take a short boat ride to Akdamar Island on Lake Van. The Church of the Holy Cross, an Armenian church erected between 915 and 921 AD, will be visited. We will drive to a campground near the Nemrut Crater Lake after viewing Akdamar Island.

At the campground, we had dinner and spent the night.

Day 2Hike on the Nemrut Caldera, then go to Mount Suphan.

We will begin our trip to the West side of the Crater Lake and ascend to the peak of Mount Nemrut after breakfast. We shall be taken to Mount Suphan after we have descended from the peak. On the campsite, we’ll set up our tents. There will be dinner and an overnight stay there.

Day 3Ascend to the peak of Suphan

We will begin our trek to the peak of Mount Suphan (4058 m) after an early breakfast, from where we will get a beautiful view of Van Lake and its surrounds. We’ll descend to the campground for supper and nighttime after a picture break.

Day 4Transfer to Dogubayazit, followed by sightseeing.

After breakfast, we pack our belongings and travel to Dogubayazit, where we will stay in a hotel and shower. After that, we’ll have lunch in the city center. After that, we may go to Ishak Pasha Mansion (a 17th-century Ottoman palace located 7 kilometers from Dogubayazit). The rest of the afternoon is yours to do as you like.

Dinner and a night in Dogubayazit are included.

Day 5Camp 1: Dogubayazit to Ararat

We will pack our belongings and drive to Cevirme Village, on the foot of Mount Ararat, after breakfast in the hotel. Our gear will be loaded onto horses by porters, and we will begin our walk to Camp 1 (Base Camp) at 3200 meters. We’ll have lunch, sip hot tea, and pitch our tents at the camp. Dinner and some downtime.

Camp 1 is where you will spend the night.

Day 6Mt.Ararat Camp 2 ascent

We have breakfast at Camp 1, pack our belongings, and begin the rise to Camp 2, which is located at 4200 meters. Our luggage will be transported to Camp 2 by horses. We’ll have lunch, set our tents, and prepare our gear for the next day at the campsite (ascent to the summit).

 

At the campground, we had dinner and stayed the night.

Day 7Return to Dogubayazit after trekking to Ararat's top.

After a very early start, we will enjoy a light breakfast and begin our ascent to the summit of Mount Ararat (5137 m). Following a brief picture stop at the peak, we will begin our descent to Camp 2, where we will relax, have lunch, and pack our belongings. We’ll have a break before continuing our descent to Camp 1 and then Cevirme Village, where minibuses will be waiting for us. We’ll return to the hotel in Dogubayazit.

 

Day 8Departure to Van airport for onward travel

We’ll eat breakfast at the hotel in the morning. Then, depending on your flight schedule, we’ll drop you off to the airport in a Van.

Includes & Excludes

Price Includes:Click to Expand

All transportation during the tour, including from and to the airport in a van

Local tour service provided by a professional

On Mount Ararat, pack animals (horses) will transport your belongings.

Before walking on Ararat, dinner at a small eatery in Dogubayazit.

2 nights in a Dogubayazit hotel (with breakfast)

During the climb, you will be served all meals and soft drinks, as well as a culinary service (on Nemrut, Suphan and Ararat)

Pads and tents made of foam (1 tent for each 2 persons)

(If you don’t already have them) Crampons

Van Castle, Akdamar Island, and the Ishak Pasha Palace all charge admission fees.

Akdamar Island may be reached via ferry.

Price Excludes:Click to Expand

Domestic flights are not covered, nor are alcoholic beverages.

In a town, meals (except those which are mentioned as included in the price).

Additional Note/s

Best Time for Climbing: July to September. Winter climbing is very difficult but extremely rewarding.

Mount Ararat (5165m) is the highest peak in Turkey and Europe. It is a volcanic mountain made up of basalt, which changes to andesite lava around 4000 m. At the summit there is a glacier, and on the eastern slope is the Serdarbulak ridge, with Kucuk (Little) Ararat at 3896m. The height of Mount Ararat, along with its glaciers, geological formations, people, and mountain meadows covered snow has an alluring, almost magical appearance.

Trekking on Mount Ararat doesn’t require any technical skills. Only at 4900 meters we wear crampons for last 1 – 1,5 hour. Mostly the path is quite fine to walk and it is not rocky. Mount Ararat is not very difficult peak to climb but it is over 5000 m high, so the big challenge is altitude.

Mt. Suphan, an inactive volcano, is the third highest peak in Turkey. Its peak is glacier-covered.

Climbing: The ascent up Mt. Suphan is generally made on the eastern face, with a marvellous view of Lake Van, and begins at the village of Aydinlar. Camp is set up at the Sekerpinari or Suphan plateau, 6-7 km from the village and up 2500 m. It takes 8-10 hours to climb up to the peak and come back to camp.

Mt. Nemrut :The mausoleum of Antiochus I (69–34 B.C.), who reigned over Commagene, a kingdom founded north of Syria and the Euphrates after the breakup of Alexander’s empire, is one of the most ambitious constructions of the Hellenistic period. The syncretism of its pantheon, and the lineage of its kings, which can be traced back through two sets of legends, Greek and Persian, is evidence of the dual origin of this kingdom’s culture.

Crowning one of the highest peaks of the Eastern Taurus mountain range in south-east Turkey, Nemrut Dağ is the Hierotheseion (temple-tomb and house of the gods) built by the late Hellenistic King Antiochos I of Commagene (69-34 B.C.) as a monument to himself. Imagine a massive mountain, more than 2,400 meters above sea level in the middle of nowhere, and someone built a bunch of massive statues of Greek and Iranian gods on top of the mountain back in the 1st Century BC and somehow, they are all still standing today, wouldn’t you want to go see it with your own eyes? 

Travel – Transfer – Logistics

Private Transfers:

All private transfers will be arranged according to the itinerary and you will find the confirmation and the details for your private transfer in the itinerary .

Equipment :

Trekkers will require good quality thick-soled waterproof walking boots, warm clothing, hats and gloves, gators (preferably breathable such as Gore-Tex), sunglasses, sunhats, sun cream, rain gear such as water proof jacket and trousers (preferably breathable such as Gore-Tex), day sack (approximately 40 lt), and a warm sleeping bag. If needed, snowshoes or crampons will be given. It is advisable to use walking sticks. If possible, pack your belongings in a soft kitbag or rucksack.

Transfer :

We’ll take care of the rest while you pack!

While you enjoy your trek, we will transport your belongings between the lodgings and the campgrounds. Our goal is to make your vacation more pleasurable. You simply carry your daysack on the walks.

Accommodation :

We stay in tiny, family-run pensions with a personal touch for four nights of half-board. Trekkers are asked to pitch/strike their own tents during the three-night camp. All of the tents are dome-style with two entrances and are of high quality.

Meals :

Throughout the journey, you will taste natural, regional, and delectable Turkish cuisine. Evening meals include a soup or salad, a main entrée, and a dessert of fruit or something sweet. Hot soup or salad, a main course of pasta or rice, and fruit will be served in the evenings at camp. Picnic lunches will be served. Part of the meal is intended to be carried by the trekkers. Our meals are delicious, and we carry plenty of trail snacks like dried fruits and almonds. Water can be found in springs along the way.

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