Climb some of the most spectacular peaks of Eastern Turkey - Nemrut Lake Crater, Mt. Suphan and Mt. Ararat. This spectacular trek will give you a feel, not only for the stunning scenery of Eastern Turkey but also an insight into how people live in this part of the world and a chance to experience the warmth and hospitality of the people. Cruise across a lake to visit the spectacular Armenian church on Akdamar island. Visit the stunning waterfall and drink in the sunset at the incredible Ishak Pasha Palace.
- A short cruise on Nemrut Crater Lake
- Visit Akdamer church on Akdamar island
- Scale Mt. Suphan and Mt. Ararat
- Experience a sunset at Ishak Pasha Palace
- Stop for tea at the stunning Murradiye Waterfalls.
Day 1: Fly from Istanbul to Van. You will be greeted by your guide on arrival at VAN airport, from where you will visit the beautiful Van castle. After sampling some fine Turkish kebabs for lunch you will visit Akdamar Island, taking a short boat cruise to visit the ancient 10th century Armenian Church, the Cathedral Church of the Holy Cross on the island. The church was built by Bishop Manuel under King Gagik I in the 10th century. Drive to a campsite near the Nemrut Crater Lake. Dinner and overnight in the beautiful nature. Meals: L, D.
Day 2: After breakfast, we will pass to the west side of the Crater Lake taking a short boat cruise before starting a 4 hour trek. After rejoining the driver and vehicle you will be transferred to Mt Suphan for dinner and overnight in camp at 2750 m/9025 ft. Meal plan: B, L, D.
Day 3: With an early start after breakfast, we hike up to the summit of Mount Suphan (4058 m/13315 ft.) - with a great panoramic view of Van Lake. We descend back to camp for dinner and overnight. Average hiking tme: 8 hours. Meal plan: B, L, D.
Day 4: After breakfast we drive to Dogubeyazit (average drive time: 3 hours). On the way we stop by the stunning Murradiye waterfalls and enjoy the view while enjoying a Turkish tea. After lunch, you will check into the hotel while permits are sorted and participants equipment is checked. Rest of the afternoon free. Dinner and overnight in hotel. Meal plan: B, L, D.
Day 5: Transfer to former Eli village region at 2200 m/7250 ft to start the climb of Mount Ararat. We then load the duffle bags on the horses and start the four hour trek to the Green Camp at 3300 m/10850 ft. Dinner and overnight. Meal plan: B, L, D.
Day 6: Rest at camp. Acclimatization hikes up to 4000 m/13150 ft for 4-5 hours. Dinner and overnight at Green Camp. Meal plan: B, L, D.
Day 7: After breakfast, hike up from Green camp to the 2nd camp at 4150 m/13615 ft. (2-3 hours). Rest of the day free to relax or do some further acclimatisation walks. Dinner and overnight. Meal plan: B, L, D.
Day 8: Summit day. Early wake up call at 3:30 am and start for the summit at 4:30 after a hearty breakfast. You will reach the summit after 5-6 hrs of good hiking. The summit is at 5137 m/16854 ft. It will take 2-3 hours to descend back to the camp site at 4150 m/13615 ft. Dinner and overnight in the 2nd camp. Meal plan: B, L, D.
Day 9: Descend all the way down to the village road to reach the minibus for the transfer to hotel in Dogubeyazit before lunch time. After lunch, we will see a demonstration showcasing the very best of local handcrafts and handmade carpets. You will then visit the ancient and stunning Ishak Pasha Palace and experience the beauty of the scene as the sun sets. Dinner and overnight in hotel. Meal plan: B, L, D.
Day 10: After breakfast, transfer to Van airport for onward flight. Meal plan: B.
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