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... and the ark stopped in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the Ararat mountains.
Ararat 5165 m – the highest volcanic massif of the Armenian Highlands. Located on the right bank of the middle reaches of the Araks River, 16 kilometers from the border with Iran, 28.5 kilometers from the border with Armenia. It consists of two cones of sleeping volcanoes merged by the bases: the Big Ararat and the Small Ararat. The height above the sea level of the summit of the Great Ararat is 5165 m, the Small – 3896 m.
On September 27 (October 9), 1829, Johan Friedrich Parrot, a professor at the University of Dorpat, made his first ascent of Big Ararat as part of a research expedition to Ararat and the accompanying Armenian-Russian group: translator and conductor Khachatur Abovyan, two soldiers of the 41st Regiment – Alexey Zdorovenko and Matvey Chalpanov, as well as two peasants from the village of Akori – Hovhannes Ayvazian and Murad Poghosyan.
As a result of the earthquake and avalanche, the monastery of St. Jacob and the village of Akori, located on a mountain, were destroyed; since then there are no permanent settlements on Ararat.
Climbing does not require special skills, but good physical condition or the experience of climbing mountains with a height of 3000-4000 meters – are welcome. Of the special equipment, only trekking sticks and cats are used.
- The number of people in the group is from 6 to 10 people;
- Trekking ascent (does not require special skills);
- The deadline for submitting documents no less than two months before the date of ascent.
In case of unpreparedness of the group members for their acclimatization, an additional overnight stay on the mountain is possible, or an acclimatization ascent (2 days) at the highest point of Armenia, Mount Aragats. The tour is formed in such a way that in case of force majeure (due to bad weather) the group would have a spare day for climbing.
Recommended list of clothing and equipment
Mug, bowl, spoon, knife; Easy thermos for tea; “Seat” (at the discretion), Rug, polyurethane foam or self-inflating; Sleeping bag with a comfortable temperature up to -10. Lipstick, moisturizing lip. Sunscreen cream. Personal care items
Clothes and shoes:
Rain jacket, windproof Jacket – easy analog of a puff; Thermal underwear; Fleece jacket ; Trekking socks (3-4) ; Highland boots or good trekking; (already used before climbing and worn-out); Warm gloves windstopper; Cap- “balaclava” or mask – from wind and frost;
Crampons; Ice ax; Trekking poles Mountain glasses- UV protection 4u; Backpack for climbing (25-35 liters); Backpack for equipment (75-90 liters); Flashlight headlamp- batteries (2 sets), a spare light bulb; Medicines for personal use
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Yerevan - BayazetTransfer Yerevan - Gyumri - Akhaltsikhe - Bayazet (12 hours with a stop for lunch) Crossing the Armenian-Georgian border - Bavra. Dinner Crossing the Georgian-Turkish border - Valais Arrival in Bayazet, accommodation at the hotel. Acquaintance with the instructor and discussion of the details of climbing Mount Ararat. Dinner and overnight in Bayazet.
Bayazet - Ella - climbing to 3200 m.Bayazet - Ella - climbing to (3200 m). After breakfast - distribution of the necessary mountain equipment and food, instructing. Departure by truck to the village of Ella at an altitude of 2000m. Due to the difficult terrain of the road, a trip by another mode of transport is impossible. Here it is necessary to shift all the equipment on horses and mules. Start climbing. After reaching camp 1 at an altitude of 3200m - setting up tents and preparing for dinner. Overnight in tents.
Climbing to (4200m)After breakfast - gathering camp and continue climbing to camp 2 (4200m). The road is narrow and stony. Travel time - 3-5 hours (depending on the preparation of the group). After lunch, the instructor conducts briefing. Hang up immediately after dinner, as the next day we expect an early rise and a night ascent. Here it is necessary to wear warm clothing appropriate to the weather. It should be noted that due to the cold and lack of proper acclimatization, it is difficult to sleep at such a height.
Ascent to 5165, descent to 3200 m.The rise at 2 am, (it all depends on the weather), after preparation and a short meeting we start to the top. The rate of recovery is rather slow. A beautiful picture opens at sunrise. You see the shadow of the top of Ararat at your feet, which gradually covers the valley. Explorer organizes fixed halts. The glacier starts from a height of 4200m (depending on the season), here we put on cats. The group rises one after another. Finally, the top: height 5165m. Because of the strong wind, you cannot stay on top for a long time. Descent to camp 2 at an altitude of 4200m along the ascent path. The descent time is about 8 hours. Since it is hard to sleep at an altitude of 4200m, the descent continues to camp 1 (3200m). After lunch - time to rest.
Descent to DogubayazetBreakfast. Descent to Dogubayazet Relaxation Transfer to Yerevan
Reserve dayReserve day for bad weather
All transfers according to the program,
A local guide with knowledge of the English language,
A guide with Russian from our company,
Accommodation in hotels or guest houses,
Accommodation in tents on the mountain (one tent for 2-4 people),
Provision of public equipment (tents) ;
Meals (half board at the hotel in Dogubayazet;
Meals on the mountain;
Transportation of goods on horseback during the ascent.
Food outside the mountains
Personal equipment, including sleeping bags and mats (rent is possible),
Additional orders in a hotel and restaurants.
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