I joined a UK team and local guide Burhan Cevarun last minute. Climbed the normal route solo from BC.
We succesfully climbed Mt Ararat with www.arrarattrip.com with our family of four incl two kids aged 14 and 16. It was a great trip, Saffet and Hazal too such goof care of us all week! We spend a week in the region, visited many interesting sites and also climbed Nemrut and did some hiking in the mountains near Ararat visting kurdisch villages and nomadic villages to aclimatize. Unfortunately we couldn't climb mt Suphan because it was closed by the police. The actual climb of Ararat iwas easy, for the final climb we left the second camp at 1.00 and we summited before sunrise. There was very little snow on the mountain this year, only the last 200 meters. It's a long way down afterwards......
Colorado Mountain Club adventure travel trip. There were 9 of us, total, including guides. We were on the mountain for 5 days, summited on August 20 in lousy weather. We started up around 2AM ın fairly decent weather, the wind began to pick up and clouds started rolling in around 15,000 feet. Heavy wind by the time we reached the glacier. The wind died down a little while we were on the glacier, but then we could hear some Armenian climbers singing, and I knew we were near the summit. Then the wind rose to fierce levels, with graupel. We couldn't see anything from the summit, so we headed back to high camp after only a few minutes. A successful day, most definitely worth it!
Unsuccessful in 2007 when a thunderstorm stopped us only 70 vertical meters below the summit. Returned in 2010 and had more luck, reached the top in complete whiteout. I've yet to see Erewan from up there ...
Hi. Ararat is nice and easy Peak (of course if weather is good).
We had perfect weather. Only on the summit was VERY windy... so on photos from the summit everybody sit :)
We climbed with Saffet and Aga from http://www.ararattrip.com/
Straight up from Güngören. The approach had an easy grade through rocky pasture land. After about 6 hours the ground is too rocky to support herd animals and grade steepens. I was hit by storm and snow so bivvied in boulder field. Next morning continued and despite fresh snow fall, crampons were not required until after reaching volcanic rim above 5000m. I followed major snow couloir west from the summit and reached a village after dark. The last 4 hours of descent was in hail, sleet and finally rain.
A nice peak in a culturally rich part of the world. if you go only to climb, you are missing the point. Ararat would be a blast to ski in early spring.
Climbing with Shepherd Ahmed, shame that on the top was only clouds.
Florence and I together with trekking group had a good 1 week preparation/acclimatization in capadoccia (+1000m) and Taunus range (3000). Then we moved to Ararat Mountain. We stayed in camp 1 (3200m) then moved following day to camp 2 (4200). Aug 18 at 3am we departed reaching summit around 7am and back to camp 2 where we collected our things and rested for 1h. Then down to camp 1 (3200) reached at 4pm. Our 1rst 5000m a great mountain a great experience and lot of emotions in the summit !!
Our acclimatization was marginal, so we were rather slow, but the views were worth it!
See the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCfRo6hTKEg
We climbed Ararat with a guided tour from "Hauser exkursionen". We started at 2:00 in the morning and reached the summit about 6:15. It was very windy and cold, so I started to decend after only a few minutes on top...
In the 16th August, 07h00AM A Group of Portuguese Climbers just summited the Ararat. A beautiful mountain!!!!- 17 celsius degrees!!
" I was fascinated by the tale of Noah's Ark since I was a kid. In 1986 I took the opportunity to travel to that region in one of my best non-climbing trips ever. I recall Chris (my travelling companion) and I being kindly hosted by a schoolteacher after our bus left us stranded in Igdir late at night. In the morning, his hospitality extended to buying us tickets to Dogubayazit, the base of all Mount Ararat climbs. We were not experienced enough to climb it but the view of the peak was sufficient. In 1990, I had an official permit to go but passed it over for a climbing trip to the Mt Blanc region. Then in 1991, the Kurdish problems an the Gulf War instabilities made access by foreigners to the peak and the region very difficult for a decade. Having another chance to go and actually climb it is fantastic"
I led a group of clients in AUgust 2001. Great weather, and we were on the first foreigners to be allowed to climb it since its' re-opening in 2001. Alas, the kidnapping of 4 Germans by a revived PKK bunch of guerillas in 2008 has led to the peak being shutdwon indefinitely to climbers for the near future
A nice peak to climb without much difficulties,beautiful view,in a pleasant environment. Probably more challenging in winter / spring with skis...