Combined Kaçkar Mts. and Mt. Ararat Tour (15 Days)

The 2 week tour is designed for those who would like to enjoy both the beauty of Kaçkar Mountains and the greatness of Mt. Ararat, according to our clients’ request.

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Departure Dates For 2018

  • 19 August – 1 September
  • the tour is also available on request

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Transfer from Trabzon Airport to Ayder (3 hrs)
  • Day 2-6: Trek on Kaçkar Mountains
  • Day 7: Transfer to Doğubeyazit
  • Day 8-14: Trek-climb Mt. Ararat
  • Day 15: End of trip, transfer to airport

Equipment

Trekkers should have a good quality sleeping bag, mat, good quality thick-soled waterproof boots, Gore-Tex or other rainwear, a survival sack, fleece jacket, trousers, hat and gloves, swimwear, crampons, ice axe, hat and a daysack. Snow glasses and sunblock are recommended. Items to be transported by mule should be packed in waterproof bags in a rucksack or soft kitbag.

Accommodation and Meals

  • Accommodation: 2 nights in pensions, 3 nights in hotel, 9 nights camping.
  • Meals: Dinner in camp consists of soup, main course and salad or sweet or fruit. Lunches are picnics with local specialities. Prices include tea and coffee, but exclude alcoholic and soft drinks which are available at pensions or hotels.

Grade

Grade C with Grade D optional ascent of Kaçkar Mountain (6 hrs). Average daily trek 5-7hrs.
Trekkers carry a daypack containing rain gear, extra clothing, camera, and picnic, etc.
Grade C: Demands a bit of experience and fitness to tackle steep slopes and narrow, stony paths for up to 8 hours per day.
Grade D: For experienced trekkers who can keep up a steady pace for 8 hours or more and tackle some easy scrambling.

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Price

Please contact us for detailed information.

Tour Programme

  • Day 1: Flight from Istanbul (plane seat bookings can be arranged by Middle Earth Office). Meeting at Trabzon Airport and transfer to our pension in Ayder. With its hot springs, it is like heaven. Overnight at the pension.
  • Day 2: Ascent from Ayder via Caymakcur pass (6-7 hrs). We stay at a wonderful campsite near the lake where few people go. Peaceful, nice and quiet camp at Buyukdeniz Lake.
  • Day 3: Passing to Dobeduzu via Naletleme pass from Buyukdeniz Lake (5-6 hrs). High trek with beautiful views of the lakes and streams around. Camp at Dobeduzu.
  • Day 4: Passing to Dilberduzu via Pisovit Pass. Nice and high trek with a beautiful view of the Dobeduzu valley all along the way (5-6 hrs). Camp at Dilberduzu.
  • Day 5: Optional climb to Kaçkar summit (H:3937m; 5-6 hrs. Grade D). We will have to walk on snow for short distances. It is a good day for daily treks around (to the icy Deniz Lake for example) for those who would choose not to attempt the summit. Camp at Dilberduzu as previous day.
  • Day 6: After loading our backpacks on our mules we walk down from Dilberduzu to Hevek which is an excellent rest before going to our next summit (3-4 hrs). Overnight at the pension.
  • Day 7: Transfer to Doğubeyazıt. Today we have a long drive that begins from Hevek to Yusufeli, on the way we will stop at Barhal to visit the old Georgian church. After Yusufeli we drive to Kars to see the old Armenian capital Ani. After this visit we will reach Doğubeyazit via Igdır. Overnight in hotel.

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  • Day 8: In Doğubeyazit, we visit Noah’s Ark and Ishakpaşa Palace. Overnight in hotel.
  • Day 9: Transfer to Eli village after breakfast, load the equipment on the mules, climb to the 3200m. campsite. Total walk 2-3 hrs. Overnight at camp.
  • Day 10: For acclimatisation (getting used to altitude) we climb to the 4200m. campsite and return to the 3200m. camp (3,5-4 hrs ascent and return). Overnight in camp at 3200m.
  • Day 11: Climb to 4200m. camp accompanied by mules carrying the luggage. Pitch tents and spend night at high camp.
  • Day 12: If weather conditions are suitable, climb to the summit (5165m.), using harnesses and ropes, and return to the campsite at 4200m.
  • Day 13: Extra day, depending on the weather conditions on Day 12, we may make another summit attempt. Otherwise, we omit this day. If the extra day isn’t necessary, that day will be spent in Van, and there will be one night accommodation in Van.
  • Day 14: Strike camp, load equipment to mules and descend past the 3200m. camp to meet the bus at Eli village. Transfer to hotel in Doğubeyazit. Total walk 3-4hrs. Overnight in hotel.
  • Day 15: End of trip, transfer to Van airport.

A final list of clients with photocopies of their passports is required at least two months before the departure date, so that we can ensure that permissions for the Mount Ararat climb arrive in time.

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