Ararat offers a challenging climb. Unlike the Kackars, it has no green glens,
canyons, rivers, lakes, or waterfalls. It
is a bare mountain with a majestic peak which is difficult to reach.
is sparse on the mountain. In
general, it is very difficult to find water outside the designated camp
grounds. Since the source for this water is melted wormy snow, drinking
it may cause diarrhea. Therefore it is advisable to bring filters and/or
is covered with volcanic rocks. It
exhibits the characteristics of all volcanic mountains, that is, slopes with a
gentle initial incline become steep very quickly as the elevation increases.
There are no trees on this mountain, climbers should not dream of
resting on green grass under a shade tree.
is 2 main camp site over south route. 3200m and 4200m. The greenest area
is at camp 3200m, and it is only 1000 m2. It is used for tents only.
Camp 4200 m is rocky. The
space for 20-30 tents is packed earth which has been cleared of rocks.
If needed, one can pitch tents on leveled rocks.
It is difficult to sleep at this camp, because of sulphorous emissions
from the rocks.
protection is not enforced. Therefore
one frequently encounters garbage. There no rest areas for toilet facilities,
but the dirt accumulated in secluded spots used for bathroom purposes, is
washed away with the winter snow.
southern route from camp 3200 to the peak is equipped with signs bearing the
coordinates. But most of the
posts have been demolished either by people or the harsh winds.
view from the peak, on a clear day, is extraordinary.
To the east and south you can see into
, the Suphan dag and sometime the
. To the north, the
and the Caucuses may be visible.
Mountain generates its own weather conditions; it is not wise to depend on
weather forecasts. The peak is
subject to severe winds, and sudden changes in temperature.
Every year several deaths have been recorded due to weather conditions.
One has to be equipped for the worst, and one has to know when to quit.
you leave Doguayazit, you can reach the
Eli at 2200 m. In fact the road could take you to 2800 m but, in the severe
winter in 2002 damaged the higher portion of the road.
That is to say to one has to walk after reaching 2200m.
There is however, no difficulty in finding mules.
In fact, the mule packers will find you whether or not you want to find
prices for mules are a matter of bargain.
Usually one mule carries three backpacks.
The mule packers will insist on two backpacks a mule if the packs are
over 25 kg. In general, the mules are rented for the whole climb, the rental
is for the distances 2800-3200; 3200-4200 and 4200-2800 and should be between
190 Euro and 210 Euro each mule
the packers will ask separate prices for the mules and the packers.
This mode of payment is to be avoided.
Bargain for a single price for the packer, the mule and for the whole
trip, both the ascending and descending parts.
If you provide meals for the packer, and a bit of extra money the
packer may be persuaded to look after your tent while you climb.
The packer may also carry you smaller bags like the sharpas.
Ararat or Mount Agri
Longitude: 44° 18' E
Latitude: 39° 42' N
Best Season for climb: July, Agust, and mid September.
First Climb: 1829 Frederic Parot
Airports: Agri, Van, Kars, Erzurum.
Place for Accomodation: Dogubayazit.
you go with a tour, most of the camping equipment will be provided by the
agency. For example Buklamania
will provide, free of charge, Expedition tents,
70 backpacks, sleeping bags that are
at -18 centigrade, 2
cm thick mats, semi automatic crampons, ice picks, safety belts...
Tent: Expedition tent. Suitable for winter
Sleeping bag: Min -15C
Rucksuck: 40 and 70 lt. (If there is a mule for carrying, type of
rucksuck is not important)
Mat: 2 cm thick
Gaiter: Gore-Tex will be best
Balaklava: Preserving your nose, ears and mouth
Hat: Fleece hats ara suitable.
Socks: Mountaineer socs are suitable.
Gloves: Polypropilen gloves inside the Fleece gloves. and Gore Tex
Underwear: Synthetic easy dry underwears
Mid wear: Windproof fleece
Up wear: Breathable gore-tex jacket and panth
Glasses: Full protected glasses like ski glasess
Compass: GPS or claasical compasses
Survival Kit: Full equiped.
Stone: MSR Whisperlite Int 600 (If you will join a company organisation you do
not need this. because all food organisation is made by them.)
Boot: Waterproof, vibram, and semi aotomatic crampon attachable boots.
Crampon: Suitable for your boots
Axe: suitable for your height
Rope: 50m 9mm static rope
Carabin: at least 6 carabin
Perlon: 10m x 2
Ice Crew: 4 crew
Other equipments for station.
Dehidrate expedition foods
Traditional mountain menus.