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Ararat, Russian speaking guide

Climbing Mount Ararat with a Russian-speaking guide

Comfortable and safe ascent without backpacks to the historical (legendary) peak Ararat

We offer 2 (two) tour options:

  • climbing in a group with our local guide + Russian-speaking guide (tour dates are agreed in advance!!)
  • climbing in a group with our local guide (economical option) - more details here
  • all tours to Ararat - more details here
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Ararat, Russian speaking guide
Tour type:
Climbing Ararat
Number of participants:
From 1 people
8 days
760 USD
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Day 0

Meeting with the group leader (Russian-speaking guide) at the airport of departure. Negotiated before departure !!!

Day 1

Arrival at the airports of the cities of Agri or Igdir (by agreement of Van). Our representative will meet you. Transfer to the city of Dogubayazit. Accommodation at the hotel.
(You can also independently get to Dogubayazit by bus or car). Short evening briefing. Checking equipment and clothing.

Attention! Arrival/departure to the city of Van!!! Early approval and transfer fee required

Day 2

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer of the group by bus to the village of Eli (2200 m). Here all the backpacks, all the necessary equipment and food are loaded onto the horses.
And all the participants go further light to the Base Camp at an altitude of 3200 m. Overnight in tents.

Day 3

Base camp 3200 m. Breakfast. Acclimatization hike to the upper parking lots at an altitude of 4200 m. Here we will spend 1 - 2 hours. Don't forget to bring warm clothes with you!
Then return to base camp. Dinner. Overnight in tents.

Day 4

Base camp 3200 m. Breakfast. Loading of things on horses. Trekking to the second camp at an altitude of 4200 m. Dinner. Overnight in tents.

Day 5

An attempt to climb the summit. Early rise at 2 am. Breakfast. We pack up and leave at 3 o'clock. In 6-7 hours we will climb to the top of Ararat (5137 m). 5-10 minutes we take pictures, admire the views, relax. Then we descend to the second camp at 4200 m. Here we rest for one hour, collect all our things and then descend to the camp at 3200 m. All our things will be carried down by horses.

Day 6

Base camp 3200 m. Breakfast. We go down to the village of Eli (2200 m). We sit down in a comfortable transport, go to the city of Dogubayazit. Check in at the hotel, rest, shower, lunch. Then there will be a cultural excursion to the places of Ishak Pasha, the Borderi meteorite crater of Iran, the Noah's Ark park, the Turkic bath, overnight at the hotel.

Day 7
Reserve day in case of bad weather.

Day 8

Morning breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to the airports of the cities of Agri or Igdir.


  • The senior guide (group leader) can change the ascent plan (depending on weather conditions, the moral and physical condition of the group members).
  • You can also stay at our hotel for additional relaxation and excursions

Departure airport - Airport of Agri or Igdir (Van city) - transfer to Dogubayazit - transfer to Eli (2200 m) - Trekking to Base Camp 3200 m - Trekking to Camp 4200 m - Summit Ararat (5137 m ) - Descent to Base Camp 3200 m - Descent to Eli village (2200 m) - Transfer to Dogubayazit - Transfer to the airports of Agri or Igdir (Van)

Service package cost - from 760 US dollars (from 630 Euro) *

* Payment is made in Euros (dollars)
* The cost is indicated for a group of 10 people
* Depends on living conditions (negotiated in advance)


  • meeting / seeing off at the airport
  • all transfers along the route
  • 2 nights in a 3 * hotel with breakfast
  • food on the ascent
  • cook services
  • 2 liters of water per day
  • 2 (two) guides, local and Russian speaking
  • horses
  • tent, crampons, sleeping mats
  • climbing certificate
  • permits (permits) for climbing
  • excursion to the places of Ishak Pasha, Iranian meteorite crater Borderi, Noah's Ark park, Turkic bath
  • branded T-shirt
  • branded buff


  • food in cities, on excursions and while moving under the route
  • transfer from Van
  • insurance + from COVID-19 !!!
  • air travel

Attention! Meals + souvenirs + other approximately from $ 100 !!

Attention! Arrival/departure to the city of Van!!! Early approval and transfer fee required

Brief information on the area and route

Mount Ararat is a mountain, stratovolcano and the highest volcanic massif of the Armenian Highland in eastern Turkey. About 30 (20) km from the border with Armenia (Iran) is located. The massif consists of two cones of sleeping volcanoes merged by the bases: the Big Ararat (5137 m) and the Small Ararat (3896 m). The summit of Big Ararat is the highest point of Turkey.
The distance between the peaks of the Great and Small Ararat is 11 km. Volcanoes are separated by the Sardar-Bulak saddle. The base of both peaks has a length of about 130 km in circumference. Big Ararat from 4250 m and above is covered with eternal snow. There are about 30 glaciers in the massif (the largest is the glacier of St. Jacob, more than 2 km long).

Local names of Ararat:

  • The traditional Armenian name of Ararat is Masis (Armenian Մասիս), or Black Mountain
  • The Turkish name of Ararat is Agrydag or Agra-Dag (Turkish: Ağrı Dağı), “mountain curve” or “mountain of pain”
  • The Persian name of Ararat is Kukhi-Nuh (Pers. وه نوح), “Mount Noah”
  • Ararat's Arabic name is Jabal al-Харāreṯ, “the mountain of the plowman”
  • Ararat’s Kurdish name “Agri” (Kurd. Çiyayê Agirî - translated from Kurdish as “Mount of Fire” indicates volcanic origin) or the second name “Chiya Grie” is translated from Kurdish as “Weeping Mountain”.

The first ascent of the Great Ararat was made on September 27 (October 9), 1829 by Professor I. F. Parrot, Professor, University of Derpt.
The first ascent alone, in 24 hours, was made by James Bryce on September 12, 1876.
The first winter ascent alone was made by the former chairman of the Mountaineering Federation of Turkey, Bozkurt Ergör, on February 21, 1970.

Additional Information

  • Children under 14 years old are allowed on the route only if accompanied by adults.
  • The host party has the right to change the route according to weather conditions and the state of the group
  • The cost of the voucher does not include: optional excursions, transfers outside the program, environmental fees, etc.
  • It is possible to provide additional services by prior arrangement: additional transfers, personal equipment hire, hotel booking, recreation, etc.

We recommend taking with you:

  • waterproof windproof jacket and trousers;
  • warm jacket or puff;
  • tracksuit;
  • a set of thermal underwear, t-shirts, underpants (interchangeable);
  • sleeping bag (comfort from -10 ° C);
  • polyurethane foam mat;
  • trekking shoes (mountain boots for cats);
  • replaceable shoes for the camp (sneakers);
  • backpack up to 40 l; a seater;
  • trekking poles;
  • rain cape on yourself and on a backpack;
  • sun protection: panama, cream, glasses;
  • work gloves;
  • mug, spoon, bowl, knife (KLMN);
  • thermos and flask for water with a total volume of 1-2l .;
  • headlamp (spare batteries);
  • individual first-aid kit;
  • MANDATORY camera, etc.
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