The Mt. Ararat
Mount Ararat is a magnificent sprawling
dome whose snow covered summit is 5165m. high. It lies in Eastern Turkey
near the Iranian border and is the highest mountain in Turkey. The
earliest recorded mountain ascent in the world is that of Mount Ararat
by Noah. Most Christians believe it is the site where Noah's Ark came to
rest after the "Great Flood". A climb of Mt. Ararat is a tough walk
(non-technical but requiring a good deal of stamina). The upper third of
the volcano is covered in snow and the last hundred meters to the summit
can be icy requiring crampons, ski poles and maybe a rope.
Meeting and welcome
reception at the Hotel Sim-er in Doğubayazıt. Introduction to mount
climbing techniques and presentation of the Mt. Ararat by the
Professional Guide. Visit Noah's Ark and that of the Ishak Pasha Palace.
Dinner and overnight is
at the hotel.
After a delicious
Turkish breakfast, each of the members of the climbing team is checked
for climbing eligibility at the Control Centre and gets then the
climbing bags and equipments. First stop is a picnic at the Village Ele
of an altitude of 2200 m. Next we get our horses and mules and proceed
towards our dream pinnacle at the Mt. Ararat. Horse and mule riding
lasts about 5-6 hours. In the course of road one can take photographs of
the yurts and the tents of transhumance. We now reach an altitude of
3200 m. We then camp here; an environment full of greenery and water.
We prepare our meals
and enjoy dinner before sleep.
After a copious
breakfast being composed of foods of mountains we continue to climbing
and reach our 2nd camp of an altitude of 4200 m. This part of the track
is hard, not easy; full of dust and stones. One feels like as the
mountain goats. This hard track lasts about 3h. After 3hs of hard track,
we create a camping place; one cleans the place of our tents for
camping. Time to have launch. After the lunch our Guide briefs us about
the Summit of Mt, Ararat (Ağrı Dağı). From here, one contemplates the
Small Mt. Ararat, Doğubayazıt, together with Iran. We also see the
Pinnacle of the Mount Ararat.
After dinner, we rest
for a while and go to sleep early to be fresh for next hard day. It is
worth noting that one needs special clothing since the altitude is high
and the weather is cold and dry.
Today is the day of the
Dream Summit. With the dawn (sometimes at 01h30 sometimes at 2h,
sometimes at 3h, according to the season and time), after having carried
out our last preparations, again we get under way for the Summit. Our
guide is very attentive. He informs us again about the climbing process
and details; the last and the most important information concerning the
Summit. One walks attentively and gently. We will admire an unique
exceptional landscape under the shining sun. One feels the shade of the
Mt. Ararat Mount under his/her feet; it covers all the plain and one is
impressed and affected deeply.
At the altitude of 4900
m. ices start. Here and there are the assembling fixed stations.
One puts his/her cramps on and walks in discipline on the same line
within the safety measures. The Summit is in front of you at the
altitude of 5137 m. Eventually, the dream is carried out exceptionally.
The climax of Europe is in front of you and emotions are everywhere.
Presence of a
continuous strong wind at the Pinnacle prevents one to stay a long time
at the top of the Mt. Ararat. We still, however, have a downwards walk
on the high plateau with ices. The de-climbing is carried out in the
same discipline (but with fun) as that of climbing. Walk this time lasts
8h. It is difficult to sleep at 4200 m altitude, thus one continues to
de-climbing until the attitude of 3200 m.
Time to enjoy a warm
delicious dinner and to rest until the next day.
Day of return. After
having dismounted the tents and equipment we take our mules and camels
again. This downwards walk with mules and camels lasts about 5 hours. We
finally switch over to our waiting truck. Truck brings us to our hotel
within an hour.
We deserve now to
celebrate the realization of our dream at our hotel. A a nice barbeque,
a hot shower awaits us.
Dinner and overnight is
at the Hotel Sim-er in Doğubayazıt.
After the breakfast, we
leave our hotel to depart to our destinations. End of TransAnatolie
- 2 nights in HB the
- Guide Services:
Expert of Alpinism; The Mt. Ararat climbing expert of the Ministry of
Culture and Tourism.
- Hébergeement in
- Climbing to the Mt.
Exclusive of the
- Airport tax,
insurances, drinks and tips.
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